You know what they say, right? You can take the girl out of the ’90s, but you can’t take the ’90s out of the girl.
Well, I’ve never actually heard that before…but wouldn’t it make an awesome fortune cookie?
Back in the day matte lipstick was my BFF, and I always had at least one in my little black backpack (gawd, remember those?). I loved the look, but dangnabbit those old school matte formulas made my lips dry and flaky!
After all these years, I still love matte lips, and now with uber-moisturizing formulas like the one in new NARS Pure Matte Lipstick ($25), matte lips can be comfy, too (think spaghetti strap dress/baby-T combo, circa 1995).
Available in six shades with spectacular geographic names — Volga (a deep aubergine), Bangkok (a soft rose), Tonkin (a plum), Tere De Feue (a blackish cherry), Tashkent (a nude beige) and Vesuvio (a bold red) — the unscented, unflavored line conditions lips with hydrating vitamin E, wild mango butter and acai oil.
All four of the ones I’ve kissed so far feel smooth and soft on my lips. The texture’s considerably thicker than the similarly packaged MAC Mattenes (which I happen to like a lot), but isn’t as slick/slippery.
Lipstick Tips from Francois Nars
- For a modern matte look, choose a lip color close to your natural skin tone, or pair a darker lip color with simple face makeup
- For full, hard-to-miss lips, go with an audacious color spruced up with a dab of gloss or shimmer applied in the middle
- Use lip liner to fill the shape of your lips, but make sure you blend out any obvious edges
- Avoid over-applying your lipstick; the more you wearing, the heavier it looks (and, interestingly, the quicker it wears off)
Swatches from left on NC35 skin: Bangkok, Tonkin, Tashkent, Volga
A few dupes! Swatches from left: NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Volga, Benefit Lipstick in No Competition, NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Tonkin, MAC Mattene Lipstick in Flattery, Benefit Lipstick in Lady’s Choice
In terms of coverage, color and hydration, I think the Pure Mattes have a slight advantage over MAC’s Mattenes. Both offer dense, daring color, but the Pure Mattes look a tad more opaque and feel more hydrating to me. I think they’re also, in fact, a little more matte, as the Mattenes seem to have a slight shine.
Wear time’s also pretty good, and I’ve been getting about four real-life (including meals) hours from them. And that’s without a primer or lip liner worn underneath.
Something to think about: Matte textures tend look more natural than glossy ones do in pictures and photograph really well. That, plus their long wear time, should make these great for weddings and other events.
I’d prefer a slightly thinner, slicker texture (and a few dollars slashed off the price), but I think their opacity, wear time and moisturizing formula still make these worth checking out. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,