I’ve been a NARS devotee for a long time and have always loved their lipsticks, so I’m not entirely sure why it took me so long to discover one of their cult favorite lip products for myself. I’m glad I finally did though, because Dolce Vita is a beauty!
It’s one of those little black dresses of the lipstick world — incredibly versatile — and imminently capable of making you look polished and chic.
Colour and texture
Dolce Vita is a sheer, my-lips-but-better dusty rose that flatters a wide range of skin tones, in my opinion, although on pigmented lips it can appear a tad too sheer to show up well.
As a moisturising, balmy lipstick, it’s one of my favourites when my lips are feeling dry. Wear time is fairly modest at around 2 hours on me, which is about average for a sheer lipstick.
I think it looks great with…
MAC Subculture lip liner (a medium nude), MAC Dervish (a medium rose nude) lip liner, both available at maccosmetics.com, look amazing with Dolce Vita.
Dolce Vita on the left; Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy on the right
NYX round lipstick in Tea Rose shares a lot in common with Dolce Vita. Both have a similar muted rose colour, but Tea Rose has more of a creme/satin finish than Dolce Vita’s balmy glaze, and I do find Tea Rose to be much more drying on my lips.
On the other side of the price spectrum, Chanel Rouge Coco ‘Mademoiselle’ (another favourite of mine) could pass as a full-coverage, satin finish sister of Dolce Vita.
You’ve gotta love the names NARS comes up with for products. They’re often cheeky, and they always seem to come with fascinating back stories. In an interview with W magazine, Francois Nars (the creative genius behind the brand) reveals that most of his products are inspired by films and books, e.g. All About Eve, Belle Du Jour, Roman Holiday and of course Fellini’s La Dolce Vita.
Is it wrong that I watched the Hitchcock film Casablanca specifically because I’d just bought NARS Lipstick in Casablanca? Probably best not to tell my film buff friends about that, lest I get disowned.
Price and availability
Dolce Vita retails for $58 AUD in Australia; $24 USD in the US, and you can find it in places that carry NARS, as well as online at narscosmetics.com and sephora.com. Aussies can get NARS online from meccacosmetica.com.au.