This season, Nars released a lone lipstick with their holiday collection, a shimmery reddish brown shade named Canaille ($24). Unlike the bold reds, deep plums and sparkle-heavy lip looks we’ve been seeing from MAC, Clinique, Estee Lauder, Givenchy and Dior, Canaille delivers a delicate whisper of color. While most of this year’s holiday lip shades take you to da club, Canaille takes you to the library. Shhh…
A Subtle Holiday Lip Color
In the tube, Canaille bears a strong resemblance to another reddish brown shade I’ve been wearing for years, MAC Paramount. But while MAC Paramount offers intense, full-color coverage and a matte finish, Canaille bestows a sheer layer of barely there, semi-glossy mahogany.
It’s a quiet look for the holidays, and I’m a bit surprised that NARS decided to go so low key. NARS is famous for their amazing colors, so I was hoping for a lipstick with a bit more oomph, ya know?
All the other elements of Canaille excite the lipstick lover in me: minimalist packaging, sheer coverage and a moisturizing formula free from taste or scent. But, ultimately, the color just doesn’t have enough *WOW*.
Nars Canaille Lipstick
Use: To add a sheer, reddish brown tint to lips
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B-
Wear This To Your Office Party
Still, I’ll keep Canaille around to wear to work, church or other conservative functions. For gals who aren’t yet ready for a full-on bold red lip, Canaille might hit the spot. It’s perfect for office holiday parties; it’s red without being too bold, yet sheer enough to be low maintenance (no need to worry about red lipstick on your teeth).
Add a Liner for Additional Staying Power
Canaille’s sheerness makes it easy to apply. I do two layers straight from the tube. If I was wearing this to a party I’d probably wear it with a liner, like MAC Lip Pencil in Mahogany, to give it more staying power.
What do you think of NARS Canaille? Are you loving it, or is it too subtle for you?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,