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NARS Pure Matte Lipstick – Amsterdam – Review, Photos, Swatches

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Katherine, NARS, NC25 | by — January 28, 2014

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Brand: Nars
Range: Pure Matte Lipstick
Shade: Amsterdam
Swatched by the lovely: Katherine

Bright. Bold. Perfectly matte. This super-rich lipstick provides high-impact payoff: an ultra-pigmented, long-wearing formula that glides on effortlessly with comfortable wear. Contains wild mango butter, known to provide advanced moisturizing properties to repair dryness and scaling.  Long-wearing application.  Enriched with Vitamin E and açai oil for antioxidant benefits.

  • Katherine describes Amsterdam as a darker version of its official description of “garnet red”.  On her skin tone, the color is slightly more cool-toned, leaning towards plum or burgundy. It takes a couple of swipes to produce an opaque, even finish.
  • Read the rest of Katherine’s blog post to read her verdict on how long lasting this lipstick is!
  • Thanks Katherine for the lovely swatch!

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NARS Pure Matte Lipsticks – La Paz & Peloponnese – Review, Photos, Swatches

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Lips, LIPSTICK, NARS, NC20, Yishan | by — November 11, 2013

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Brand: Nars
Range: Pure Matte Lipstick
Shade: La Paz (limited edition), Peloponnese
Swatched by yours truly: Yishan

  • The Nars Fall 2013 Colour Collection features two shades in the Pure Matte Lipstick range, La Paz (limited edition lustrous purple) and Peloponnese (lustrous caramel) for a rich sultry statement.
  • The Pure Matte Lipstick formula is ultra matte with a high grip formula adheres to your lips like a glove with great lasting power.
  • Whilst it’s not drying while you wear it, I find that my lips need to be exfoliated soon after.
  • Link love: Also check out our earlier swatches of Nars Pure Matte Lipstick in Vesuvio and Bangkok
  • Verdict: Pelopennese took several layers to build up coverage against my flushed lip tone, but once it’s done you get a beautiful autumn caramel hue that will appeal to those that like a sepia finish to their look.   La Paz will appeal to those that like to go darker with their lip colour during fall, and purple pops really well against warm/dark skin tones. Instead of a wine or berry lip, why not try a purple lip this fall!

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NARS PURE MATTE LIPSTICK LA PAZ PELOPONNESE REVIEW PHOTOS SWATCHES

NARS PURE MATTE LIPSTICK LA PAZ PELOPONNESE REVIEW PHOTOS SWATCHES

RRP: $40 AUD

Available in Australia at Mecca Cosmetica.

This product was provided for consideration.

Budget lip liners that match luxe lippies

Budget Lip Liners that match Luxe Lippies

I’ve been drafting this post in my head for over a year now & even accumulated a few lip pencils in anticipation that they might be a good match for a potential lippie one day.  But it seems that it wasn’t until I acquired my new camera and wooden accessories that I finally got around to putting this post together.

The inspiration for this post came to me from the many times I’ve tried on a luxury lipstick brand on counter and was even prepared to purchase a matching lip pencil if they had one.  Instead I was suggested a completely different shade (eg. a MLBB lip pencil to go with a red lip pencil, or a rose pink pencil for a hot pink lippie and so on) in an effort to please me.  On such occasions, I immediately make a beeline for MAC and Bobbi Brown to search for a matching lip pencil, but I realise that not everyone is prepared to fork out thirty-ish dollars for it.  So I set myself a challenge of finding lip pencils from budget brands to match higher end lipsticks.

I happened to find matching lipsticks & lip pencils across 4 colour groups – red, nude, two pinks and wine.  I skipped orange as my Inglot coral lip pencil didn’t match any of my orange/coral lipsticks.

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The Lipsticks (L-R):

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet – L’Exuberante (pink)

Nars Pure Velvet Lipstick – Vesuvio (red)

Clinique Chubby Stick – Heaping Hazelnut (nude)*

Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick – Nocturnal (wine)

Clinique Long Last Lipstick – Spanish Rose (pink)*

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The Lip Pencils (L-R):

Australis Lip Pencil – Kiss Me Quick (pink)

Revlon Colorstay Lipliner – Red (red)

Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner – Natural (nude)

Rimmel Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Stay On Lip Contouring Pencil – Wine (wine)

Rimmel Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Stay On Lip Contouring Pencil – Indian Pink (pink)

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The reason I paired Clinique Chubby Stick in “Heaping Hazelnut” with a warmer nude lip pencil is because I have a flushed lip tone.  You can of course opt for a lighter or warmer nude pencil depending on your lip tone.  I got so many compliments with this combination that one of my friends immediately purchased both items the same day she spotted me wearing this.

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Surprisingly there are not that many blue red lip liners out there from budget brands, and Revlon’s lip liner was the closest budget brand I could find.  Natio and Sax also do great red lip liners but they lean towards neutral red.

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Australis paired with Chanel? Who would have guessed!

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I wore this combo when I met Michelle Phan in Melbourne last year.  The wine lip pencil really vamps up the lipstick so you can dial it up or down to your taste.

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Clinique’s Spanish Rose is pigmented enough to be worn alone, but it also goes beautifully with Rimmel’s “Indian Pink” lip liner.

Other lip liner brands I love

  • Natio
  • Bourjois
  • Bobbi Brown
  • MAC
  • Chanel
  • Dior
  • Lancome
  • Clinique
  • Burberry (on my wish list)
  • Serge Lutens (also on my wish list)

Hope you liked this post!

Products marked with an asterisk were provided for consideration.  All other items were purchased by me.

NARS Sheer Lipstick – Tzigane

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Jamilla, Lips, LIPSTICK, NARS, NC30 | by — September 8, 2011

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Brand: Nars
Range: Sheer Lipstick
Shade: Tzigane
Swatched by the lovely: Jamilla

  • Nars Sheer Lipsticks were voted “best overall lipsticks” in 2010 & 2011 InStyle “Best Beauty Buys”
  • Lightweight formula with sheer yet long lasting pigment.
  • Tzigane is described as a “sheer pink brandy”
  • This shade looks amazing once you see it in a full FOTD – check out Jamilla’s blog for her FOTD with this lip shade!

Source: Nars Cosmetics

NARS Sheer Lipstick – Mayflower

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Jamilla, Lips, LIPSTICK, NARS, NC30 | by — August 26, 2011

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Brand: Nars
Range: Sheer Lipstick
Shade: Mayflower
Swatched by the lovely: Jamilla

  • Nars Sheer Lipsticks were voted “best overall lipsticks” in 2010 & 2011 InStyle “Best Beauty Buys”
  • Lightweight formula with sheer yet long lasting pigment.
  • Mayflower is described as a sheer shimmering raspberry – so gorgeous it’s not hard to imagine why Jamilla is addicted to Nars Sheer Lipsticks!