NARS Unsung Hero: Gothika Lipgloss

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nars gothika lipgloss review

There’s *treasure* in them thar hills! Okay, well, they’re not hills — more like random makeup drawers, but you get the idea. 🙂


Today I dug around in my Miscellaneous Makeup Drawer, aka The MMD, looking for buried treasure. I try to keep my makeup organized, but I still have that one catchall drawer I fill with miscellaneous glosses, shadows and other items. It’s kinda like the chaotic ying to my organized makeup yang.

Anyway, while I was ferreting around, I spotted an old friend, NARS Lipgloss in Gothika ($24), a shimmery berry that sings with tiny golden sparkles.

nars gothika lip gloss swatch 2

A few months ago we were big time BFFS… I wore her almost every day for two weeks straight, but for some reason we lost touch.

Today, when I pulled her out of the drawer, I remembered what I loved about Gothika: easy-to-wear!

It may look scary dark in the tube, but it applies semi-sheer on my lips — just a wee dash of color!

Big plus: It’s sheer enough to apply on the fly without a mirror. 😉



So tell me, have your lips kissed NARS Gothika?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. It’s Friday night and raining outside, so I’d rather not leave the house. I’m looking forward to curling up on the couch with my friends Castle and Tabs (El Hub’s invited too, ha!). What are you up to tonight?


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  1. mandaxleslie says:

    love it!! gotta get some NARS lippies

  2. Marisol says:

    Such a pretty color. i’ve only tried one NARS lipgloss and didn’t really like it. But this one looks promising. Ok, what is this Castle about? I see people tweeting about it all the time.
    .-= Marisol’s last blog post… Gals Guide meet up =-.

  3. Marilyn says:

    Watching TV, catching up on my (magazine) reading, and relaxing! It’s been a looong week 🙂
    .-= Marilyn’s last blog post… Jingle Bell Run/Walk for the Arthritis Foundation – Recap! =-.

  4. Sarah says:

    that is a very beautiful color
    .-= Sarah’s last blog post… 50 Geektastic USB Gadgets & Funky Flash Drives =-.

  5. Kizzy says:

    That’s a pretty color! I would like it better if the color was a little darker on the lips though…

    Enjoy your weekend, Karen!!

  6. mishel says:

    karen! just like the youtube beauty gals, you should do a “how i organise my makeup” post. that would be interesting to read/see!

  7. Citrine says:

    At first I thought the color is a bit hard to pull off but then it gets quite natural when it’s on your lips…

    I haven’t bought any Nars lip gloss because they smell like molten plastic and it’s hard to get used to that scent…

  8. Jenny says:

    Ahhh!! I’m diggin the tiny gold sparkles! I have yet to try Nars lipglosses.. will definitely check this out when I go to Sephora tomorrow! Have a great weekend, Karen =)

  9. OMG!!! I swear this is most natural beautiful colour on your lips! I thought it was dark but i forgot your lips are well pigmented. thus, it’s such a complementary shade on your lips.

  10. Tavia says:

    This one looks pretty good on the lips. When I saw the swatch I was thinking that will be more darker on the lips but I like the final result. I wonder how it will look on mine 🙂
    .-= Tavia’s last blog post… MAC Warm & Cozy – Winter 2009 Collection – New Photos =-.

  11. I really like this one, but I was hoping it would be more pigmented than the swatch shows. I kinda love the color, but I would really LOVE a pigmented version of that…It does look fab on you!
    .-= Musicalhouses’s last blog post… GOSH Holographic Nail Polish: NOTD =-.

  12. Steph B says:

    Ohhhh…very pretty. A shade like that could warm me up on this freeeeeeeeezing day. I might have to stay in and watch the Benson & Stabler special ep marathon on USA, 🙂

  13. From the name, you would think it’s something dark-colored. Haha. It really is pretty.

    .-= All Women Stalker’s last blog post… 5 New Movies Coming out This Weekend… =-.

  14. Pinch says:

    Wow, that is gorgeous! It looks really good on you 🙂

    Hey Karen, can I ask you a favor? I’ve got to quit lying to myself and just GET that upper lip waxed. Can you please write me a howto for extreme dumbwads? 🙂 I’m a wax virgin and am just so scared to get it wrong. But it needs to get did 🙁

    I would be grateful forever!
    .-= Pinch’s last blog post… Smokey eye with Glamour Check! and Carbon =-.

  15. Glosslizard says:

    So pretty! I love the gold sparkles!

  16. Amanda says:

    pretty! but I too was hoping it was more pigmented. I’ve been searching for the perfect berry for a while. maybe I’ll try it at sephora next time.

  17. amy says:

    I love Nars’ lipglosses for their colour and staying power and especially their cheeky names. That is a gorgeous colour but I don’t remember ever seeing it at the Nars counter. Since I just got my VIB coupon, maybe it is time to stock up on some Nars items.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… FOTD A Tarte Face Christmas: Simple Greens and Teals with Berry Pink Lip =-.

  18. resham says:

    This color is beautiful…For my pigmented lips this will do the job…
    I find them pricey for the color pay off…I wish they were a bit cheaper…
    .-= resham’s last blog post… Stila Convertible Color — Gerbera/Lillium =-.

  19. knownever says:

    This color looks exactly like a wet and wild gloss I just got. the speed gloss in “Crazed” the texture of NARS glosses are obviously better, but the final effect seems like it would be identical!
    .-= knownever’s last blog post… Twins: Fat Lips/Fat Wallet =-.

  20. The gold sparkles are really pretty. It’s a pretty unique color, and looks so good on you
    .-= Makeupmorsels’s last blog post… Perfume Galore =-.

  21. Music_Is_Freedom says:

    It’s a great-looking colour, and the swatches look like the MAC Lipglass On Display (Makeup Art Cosmetics collection) looks on me (though the NARS shade looks a bit less pigmented).

  22. BlovetBeauty says:

    it looks dark but on the lips, very sheer and sexy
    .-= BlovetBeauty’s last blog post… IVY =-.

  23. Indi says:

    This reminds of the Smashbox 35mm lipgloss. That one is just a bit darker with a more copper-y undertone. I think someone mentioned they wanted a darker lipcolor similar to this one.

  24. Catherine says:

    Ooh, it’s pretty, but I’m actually a little disappointed! I wanted it to be darker and bolder on your lips. Still quite pretty though.
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… New NOTW – Gold Glitter Tips and Heart Gem on Zoya Ginessa =-.

  25. Stephie says:

    The close up swatch kinda reminds me of how NARS Mounia looks up close. Pretty!
    .-= Stephie’s last blog post… It’s Raining =-.

  26. Sarah says:

    Haha, I love your taste in TV! I’ve decided Castle is one of my all time favorite shows. Its just so light hearted and hilarious!

    But about the color, nice recommendation! I have yet to find a lip color that I truly love, maybe I’ll check it out next time I’m at Sephora!

  27. Saku says:

    Pretty I like the gold flecks in it.

  28. kumru says:

    oh the picture in the middle looks so delicious! It’s really surprising (as you’ve said) how light it really is.

  29. lexi says:

    Ha Karen,
    Gothika is an old gf of mine too! You just reminded me how much I loved her esp. when I paired her with MAC Plum liner. There’s another old gal pal I just got back in touch with too!

    Yes, because I am trying so hard to practice restraint at the makeup counters I am getting in touch with my old friends in my makeup cases. It’s kinda like reshopping your closet when you have lost a few pounds – refound treasures!

    Please post more unsung heros – chances are I own them too. I just need to dig around in one of many makeup bags lurking in my bathroom!

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