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NARS New Lipstick 2019 Lip Swatches

August 8, 2019

NARS New Lipstick Swatches and Review 2019

I have 34 shades of the new NARS Lipstick Matte, Satin and Sheers swatched on the lips today. You can see the arm swatches, color descriptions and product shots in this post here.

Overall thoughts on the formulas are that they seem pretty consistent across each finish with the exception of a couple shades here and there. Sheers are my favorite because they have a glossy finish with lots of shine. Satins are the most traditional classic color – if you want something more creamy and opaque though opt for the Audacious Lipstick Formulas. Mattes have a semi-dry matte lightweight feel. They’re not going to glide on the lips effortlessly like the Pat McGrath MatteTrance but the new NARS mattes will adhere well to the lips and on me they don’t dry the lips out even though they feel a little dry at first swipe. If I layer/blend a few times the color evens and smooths out perfectly and it truly is a lightweight matte with a soft finish that doesn’t look dry.

Pigment is medium to full coverage and buildable. There were a few of the Satin shimmers I felt were on the sheerer side such as Orgasm and Cool It, but the color can be built up.

Colors are lip swatched in the same order as my arm swatch post. All done on bare lips. Note that I have pigmented lips and if there is any transparency to the color my natural lip will show through, particularly around the edges. I do think some of the shades made my lips look extra full/plump but the lipstick formula itself is not plumping.

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Set 1: Miramar, Orgasm, Niagara, Raw Seduction, Barbarella

NARS LIPSTICK new launch 2019

NARS Lipstick lip swatches

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Set 2: Boukhara, Chelsea Girls, Dolce Vita, Tolede and Tonka

NARS LIPSTICK new launch 2019

NARS Lipstick Lip Swatches: Boukhara, Chelsea Girls, Dolce Vita, Tolede and Tonka

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Set 3: Sex Shuffle, Cruising, Belle de Jour, Rosecliff and Pour Toujours

NARS LIPSTICK new launch 2019

NARS Lipstick Lip Swatches: Sex Shuffle, Cruising, Belle de Jour, Rosecliff and Pour Toujours EDITED

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Set 4: Raw Love, Instant Crush, Cool It, Jolie Mome, Afghan Red

NARS LIPSTICK new launch 2019

NARS Lipstick Lip Swatches Raw Love, Instant Crush, Cool It, Jolie Mome, Afghan Red

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Set 5: License to Love, Living Doll, Start Your Engines, Rouge Insolent, Bulgarian Rose

NARS LIPSTICK new launch 2019

NARS Lipstick Lip Swatches License to Love, Living Doll, Start Your Engines, Rouge Insolent, Bulgarian Rose

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Set 6: Dominatrix, Fire Down Below, Impulse, Fast Ride

NARS LIPSTICK new launch 2019

NARS Lipstick Lip Swatches Dominatrix, Fire Down Below, Impulse, Fast Ride

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Set 7: Damage, Candy Stripper, Soul Train, Hot Channel, Full Time Females

NARS LIPSTICK new launch 2019

NARS Lipstick Lip Swatches Dominatrix, Fire Down Below, Impulse, Fast Ride

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Overall impressions are positive! I love how glossy the sheer lipsticks are, I think they have a beautiful sheen and they feel comfortable on the lips. Satins are a little thicker but they don’t feel heavy or too thick. Even though the mattes tug a little when you apply it’s not a deal breaker – if I feather them on more like a lip liner colors blend out really well.

As mentioned in my arm swatch/first impressions post there were only a few shades I did not like because I found them streaky on the lips (Sex Shuffle, Fast Ride and Hot Channel). I did not try all 72 colors but did give them a quick look over at the counter. While I truly appreciate the wide color selection I feel like 72 shades is a little overwhelming to look through. That being said NARS did an excellent job at trying to cover every color family so I do believe there will be something for everyone. They’ve launched a lot of colors with variances in undertone, so if you like corals but look better in warm vs cool you’re bound to find something that will fit your taste.

A number of you asked how these compare to previous formulas. I can’t recall all the variations at this point, but I do know approximately 2 to 3 formulas ago some of the shades made my lips go numb and caused an allergic reaction. I don’t know what the ingredient was but this round they’ve removed it and I had no issues with any of the colors. They aren’t hydrating but at the same time none of the colors caused them to dry out or peel by the next 2-3 days. I did not need a lip primer or pencil with any of these, but if you are looking for a good lipstick primer to help smooth and prime the lip, the MAC Prep + Prime Lip is my holy grail. You can use lip balm underneath but the emollient quality often times diminishes the lasting power with the oils, jelly etc. The MAC primer smooths and helps extend wear.

Bottom line: lots to love. I cannot pick a favorite – there are so many good shades! If I had to narrow down my top five though I’d pick: Chelsea Girls (although this pulls more pink on me compared to what I see in the tube), Bulgarian Rose, Living Doll, Instant Crush, License to Love, Barbarella, Raw Seduction and Dolce Vita (oops that’s eight).

You can find the new NARS Lipsticks out now available at Nordstrom, Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and NARS Cosmetics and all NARS retailers.

 

NARS lipsticks gifted by NARS for review. Colors I purchased are Chelsea Girls, Dolce Vita, Barbarella and Raw Seduction.

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  • realitygreene August 8, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    So many of these colors looks fabulous on you! I will have to give these lipsticks a shot because a few shades are calling to me.

    Also, just a heads up, but there is an error in set 3. Pour Toujours is listed as Sex Shuffle in the photo.

    • BeautyLookBook August 8, 2019 at 8:22 pm

      Thank you for letting me know! Just updated 🙂

  • Eileen August 8, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Decades ago, yes, decades ago, I wore a Nars pot gloss called Chelsea Girls. it had a bit of a sixties vibe without being too pale or milky. I wonder how similar this new iteration is to the original. And, as for that can’t fail classic, Dolce Vita, I’ve worn that one off and on throughout the years. In general, I don’t like Nars lipstick, but those two shades have been amongst my go-to products for ages.

    • BeautyLookBook August 8, 2019 at 8:23 pm

      I too loved Chelsea Girls. I no longer have the original pot but the lipstick seems to be deeper, pinker and not quite as light/peach/beige as I remember. It’s still a really nice one!

      In my mind I feel like the Belle de Jour 2019 version is more like the original Chelsea Girls pot, but then it has been so long I really can’t recall for sure.

    • Alix August 12, 2019 at 11:35 pm

      Dolce Vita is the only lipstick I’ve ever bought more than once or twice… been buying it almost as long as it’s been around (and was $19, lol).

  • Tatiana August 9, 2019 at 12:16 am

    Lately it seems when companies revamp their lipsticks they add fragrance to them and then I can no longer wear the brand. Do you detect any perfume or fragrance to these? Dolce Vita to this point has been my go-to, day to day lipstick. Hoping it can stay that way.

    • Alix August 12, 2019 at 11:35 pm

      If you literally stick your nose right next to the bullet, you *may* detect the tiniest whiff of neroli, but it’s faint. For all practical purposes, these are unscented (yay!).

      I got Pour Toujours, the most perfect matte pinky-nude EVER (it doesn’t pull peachy on me), but drat if the bullet didn’t break off at the base after a week or so. Next stop, Boukhara!

  • stephanieamccoy August 23, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    I love Chelsea Girls! The sheer formula feels so nice.

  • Laurence August 23, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Thorough review. Thanks, Sabrina. Never tried Nars lipstick before, might be tempted to try.

  • kelleyhasapis1 . August 23, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    I am always so impressed by the quality and quanity of their lipsticks. They are my favorite brand.

  • Marina Sopta August 25, 2019 at 7:55 am

    Havent bought any of the NARS lipsticks, but my fave formula is Charlotte Tillbury, I will always splurge on her lipsticks. Posted this on the wrong article haha

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