NARS Finally Makes Liquid Lipsticks…and Nails It!! Introducing the NARS Lip Covers From the Under Cover Summer 2016 Collection

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How gorgeous is the packaging for the NARS Under Cover summer 2016 collection?

I am super-excited about the new NARS Under Cover summer 2016 collection and the brand’s first foray into the liquid lipstick market.

Their new Lip Covers are incredible! They’re vibrant and long-lasting like a liquid lipstick, but with none of the dryness and discomfort, so basically exactly what you’d expect from NARS.


I have to admit that I am totally biased when it comes to NARS (here’s another post with my favorite NARS products), but even so, I really do feel these are awesome.

The Under Cover summer 2016 collection includes four of these new Lip Covers, four Dual Intensity Eye Shadows (I LOVE this formula!) and two Dual Intensity Blushes. This post is all about the Lip Covers, but stay tuned for reviews of everything else. For now, I’ll just say that the whole collection is gorgeous. If anything looks irresistably interesting, snatch it up! The collection is limited edition, and the products are available now at the NARS website (and coming soon to other retailers).

So, the Lip Covers — Do Not Disturb, Get Dirty, Members Only and Overheated — I really like this formula, and I hope they add more colors in the future (fingers crossed!).

NARS Under Cover collection

The NARS Lip Covers

I think the shades NARS chose to release with the collection are pretty interesting. There are two nude shades (Get Dirty and Overheated) and two red shades (Do Not Disturb and Members Only).

On the one hand, I appreciate that they’re giving us two variations on each color family, especially since it’s so hard to find a good nude, but on the other hand, I want even more variety, because the formula is that great.

Here are swatches of the Lip Covers, and I did these with a heavier hand so that you could see the texture and finish.

They look glossy in the pics, but once they dry down on your lips (which takes just a couple minutes), the finish looks more satin than glossy.

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Swatches of the NARS Lip Covers (L to R) in Do Not Disturb, Get Dirty, Members Only and Overheated

And here’s another shot with different lighting:

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NARS Lip Covers (L to R) in Do Not Disturb, Get Dirty, Members Only and Overheated

I think orangey red Do Not Disturb looks very similar to Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick in Orange Shot (which I reviewed a couple weeks ago).

Wearing Do Not Disturb from the NARS Under Cover collection.

Wearing NARS Do Not Disturb from the NARS Under Cover summer 2016 collection

Nude pink Get Dirty has slightly peachy undertones, and it reminds me of Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick in Nude Flush, but with just a tad more peach.

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Wearing Get Dirty from the NARS Under Cover collection.

And then there’s berry red Members Only. Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick in Berry Boost almost passes for a dupe (in terms of color, not formula), except that it’s a little less pink.

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Wearing NARS Members Only from the NARS Under Cover summer 2016 collection on my lips and Essie Fiji on my nails

Overheated is what I like to call “a dirty nude.” For comparison, it’s much more brown than the Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick in Nude Thrill. It’s closer to Maybelline Truffle Tease and MAC Among the Fireflies.

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Wearing NARS Overheated from the Under Cover summer 2016 collection

Despite having colors that are similar to the Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick collection, the NARS Lip Covers feel totally different.  These NARS Lip Covers are thinner and feel much more like a traditional lipstick on my lips (the Maybelline liquid lipsticks have more of a mousse-y texture).

The Lip Covers also dry down to a semi-matte finish, whereas the Maybelline liquid lipsticks are more glossy.

And then there’s the scent. These Lip Covers have a very slightly, hardly noticeable floral scent, while the Maybelline liquid lipsticks have a much stronger floral fragrance.

I think NARS totally nailed it with this Lip Cover formula, because these liquid lipsticks are intensely pigmented, long-lasting, and so much more forgiving (and less drying) than most other liquid lipstick formulas.


They aren’t transfer-resistant, though, but they will last through light snacking and drinking.

My only complaint is that I want more colors! But these four are available now for $28.

In case you’re curious about what else I’m wearing in these pics, that’s Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow Foundation in 8 (LOVE how light and glowy this is; I have a full review on my blog) // NARS Sexual Content blush (also from the Under Cover collection.  Swatches coming soon!) // Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow in Caroube (Chanel recently released more shades of this formula, and here are swatches and reviews of prior colors) // Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara // Glossier Boy Brow in Black // Boscia White Charcoal Mattifying MakeUp Setting Spray (full review upcoming!).

What do you think? Would you give these a try, or are you over the liquid lipstick trend?

Adia Goss

Adia is a lawyer by day and a beauty blogger by night. She believes that makeup should be fun and simple, but she also likes multi-step skincare routines (she’s complicated!). Adia loves the sight of a brand new highlighter, and she’s constantly looking for the perfect concealer. Follow her beauty adventures at Adia Adores (formerly beautyluxelife) and on Instagram.


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  1. Nivedita says:

    Better late than never right? I am loving the pop theme of the outer packaging. I have never been a gloss girl, yet, mattes have never been my thing. I am kind of over mattes, but the mention of ‘satin’ texture and the color selection is making me turn for a second look.

    All the colors are complementing your look. Definitely checking out for myself.
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  2. Erin says:

    I’ve been lusting for members only but I’m not made of money! Since I just got 3 mini lipsticks and 2 full size I need to get like something a little brighter for summer and then call it a day.
    Erin recently posted … Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Rock Steady Lipstick

  3. Madeleine says:

    The formula of these sounds really nice and I love the look of the shades – they all look gorgeous on you 🙂

  4. Cindy says:

    You look beautiful. I’m eager for an expanded liquid lipstick collection from Nars. & the packaging is gorgeous.


    I absolutely love these and I’m tempted to get them all. I would have to store them in the packaging; it’s just soooo pretty!

  6. Lulle says:

    Everything looks gorgeous on your lips! My preference goes to the 2 nudes though, they’re both shades that I could wear easily.
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  7. Aj says:

    They all look amazing on you! I’m really tempted to buy Get Dirty after seeing it on you.

  8. sarahc says:

    The nudes are killing me! They’re beautiful. I want them both.

  9. anusha says:

    Members only looks great.. btw i love ur eye makeup in these pics..
    Did u use only chanel caroube and achieved that?? I don’t like glitter in my eyeshadows..
    so which one do u think is better for me- chanel caroube or tom ford spice??

    • Adia says:

      Thanks Anusha! I only used Chanel Caroube on my eyes. I applied it to my lids and then just blended it out with my fingers. OK, so re: Spice vs. Caroube, they are both super pretty and I have them both. Caroube is more brown and slightly cooler, while Spice has much more gold in it. So it really depends if you want a true brown (like Caroube) or more gold/bronze (like Spice). Both have shimmer, but no glitter at all. Hope this helps 🙂
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  10. Dee says:

    I’ve got a question about the texture of these. Do they dry down to where they don’t transfer color onto, say a glass? Where your lips feel dry to the touch? I’ve gotten to where that’s the only type of lip color I like and it’s so hard to find that type of formula. If you know of other brands that dry down to a “dry to the touch” feel I’d appreciate the information! This is my first time reading your blog and it’s GREAT! Very informative, interesting and fun. Thanks so much for your help 😄

    • Adia says:

      HI Dee! These will definitely transfer onto a glass, but since they are so pigmented, the color stays vibrant on your lips for hours even if you are eating and drinking. I wouldn’t say these are exactly dry to the touch. Your lips will feel as if you’re wearing a regular lipstick, so it may not be exactly what you want. Some lipsticks that are more dry to the touch are the ColourPop Ultra Satin lipsticks. This is a newer formula and they totally dry down but they aren’t super drying. I would also recommend you check out the Sephora Collection Lip Stains and the Stila liquid lipsticks because they dry down completely and are not super drying. I hope this helps and thanks so much for checking out my blog 🙂
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      • Dee says:

        You’re a doll!! Thanks so much for all the great information and suggestions. I’ll check into the lip colors you mentioned.
        Take care and thanks again 😍

      • Dee says:

        Hi Adia!
        I had to come back and let you know I received my first Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip color.💄 Oh my gosh am I thrilled!! This lip color dries down to a completely dry to the touch feel, but is also so incredibly comfortable! The lasting power is some of the best I’ve ever found in any long wearing lip color and the color (Beeper was the first of what I’m sure will be many) is gorgeous. And the $6.00 price makes this an affordable new obsession😉

        I foolishly started smoking cigarettes in my teens and hated having to reapply lipstick/gloss all day after each cigarette. So I started wearing long wearing lipstick that dries down many years ago. I’m 47 and finally quit smoking (COLD TURKEY!) just over 2 1/2 years ago! But am so use to the texture of this type of lipstick that I can’t go back to traditional lipstick and my sweet husband of almost 20 years loves that he’s never had to deal with lipstick kisses!

        I hadn’t heard of Colourpop before and can’t thank you enough for recommending it. I might have to try their brow products too.

        Again, thanks so much! Wishing you much continued success on your wonderful blog! I’m sure to be back often to see what other great wisdom you have to pass along.

        😙, Dee

  11. Chris25 says:

    All of these look great on you! Members Only is just brilliant.
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  12. Becky says:

    Your LIPS! They are incredible! Anything looks beautiful on you! I’ll definitely be giving these a go though-still on the hunt for a liquid lipstick that doesn’t give me cat-butt lips after 2 hours!!
    Becky recently posted … Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks – worth the hype?

  13. Alix says:

    Dang, is there NO color that doesn’t look good on you???

  14. Meiko says:

    These look beautiful on you, especially the nudes! Will have to go check them out in store

  15. Michaela says:

    Hi Adia. All those colors look so good on you! Which nude do you think would look better on light skin tones?

  16. Michou says:

    Argh, I had hoped swatches would help me select. They all look so amazing on you now I want all four. 😛 I own a TON of neon and bright shades, but no peachy nudes… so I think Get Dirty is the one I’ll be picking up.

    Great review!

  17. Adia says:

    LOL! I think Get Dirty is great because even thought it’s a “nude”, it has enough color so that it’s not boring. Glad you enjoyed the review!
    Adia recently posted … Glossier Favorites

  18. Fancie says:

    I’m so happy NARS nailed this formula! I love me some liquid lipsticks and NARS so these are a must for me. They all look SO beautiful on you but I’m really loving the nudes. I need them in my life!
    Fancie recently posted … NYX Honeymoon Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick Review

  19. Ginger G. says:

    They look pretty! Wouldn’t it be great if they made a liquid lipstick version of their lipgloss ‘orgasm’?? 😍 I can just imagine….

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