Today my lipstick was dressed to kill, but I was not.
I wore the new NARS Dressed to Kill lipstick ($24, from the spring 2013 collection) on my lips to go with my hot pink capri sweatpants and black hoodie (heart you, Zella Galaxy!!).
So I guess that made me, “Dressed to sit on the couch and watch bad reality TV.” Or, “Dressed to pass out at any given moment.” Or, “Dressed to sit drooling on the couch while completely covered in cat hair.”
Clearly, I missed the memo, as this rich, plummy brick red, with its golden glitter sprinkles, deserves better than that. It deserved to strut down the street with skintight jeans, over-the-knee black boots and a sassy leather jacket.
It deserves man-eater clothes. And you deserve Dressed to Kill.
The shade seems nothing like a typical spring lipstick color to me, and I’m totally good with that. While it may impersonate the kind of plummy wine you’d expect to find in a fall/winter release, it has a sparkly secret up its sleeve.
Gurl, it’s got glitter (*snaps*). GOLD GLITTER!
But I didn’t really see it until I had it on my lips. Then the lil’ sparkles appeared like magic.
I don’t really notice them in the mirror unless I get up very close. Closer than an arm’s length. Close enough, say, for a secret handshake, because this glitter’s sneaky like that, like a wink-wink that only makeup die-hards would know about.
One layer of Dressed to Kill covers my lips completely, but FYI, I have to prime my lips first with lip balm, and make sure they’re totally and completely smooth; otherwise, the thick formula calls attention to any dry spots or flakes.
It also lasts. I get from 5-6 hours if I’m just chilling between meals (it stands up to coffee and tea), and even if I do have a snack, like a piece of candy from See’s (Mmm… candy…), I can get away without having to reapply.
Of course, if a basket of French fries enters my airspace, then yes, I need to touch-up when I’m done.
In a word: bangin’. It’s not your average spring lipstick, and I think it is a tad drying, but Dressed to Kill is great.
And I have a feeling it’ll love medium and darker skin tones, although paler pretties definitely shouldn’t write it off. The high contrast of a rich, opaque lip color against light skin can also look very, very dramatic and beautiful.
AVAILABILITY: January 15 at NARS counters and narscosmetics.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A- (long-lasting and opaque, but the formula tends to highlight any flaws or lip flakes)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,