Whether You’re Couch Surfing or Man Hunting, the Latest NARS Lipstick Comes Dressed to Kill

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Wearing the new NARS Lipstick in Dressed to Kill ($24) from the NARS spring 2013 collection

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. 🙂

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Dressed to Kill Lipstick ($24)

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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.

PRICE: $24
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,



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  1. Hafsa says:

    Beautiful! Looks less intense on, must be bc of the gold sparkle!

  2. Andreea says:

    I love gold glitter! I love plums right now, though they are truly not spring-y.
    Bute I got also really dry lips from every NARS lipstick I had, so I pass. They have tully outstanding&beautiful colors, but the formulation does not work out for me. Not even with lipbalm.

  3. Sarah says:

    Looks really dark but on the lips its nice & gorgeous!


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  4. Marla says:

    A little too dark for me but looks wonderful on you.

  5. Dollie says:

    It looks gorgeous on you 🙂

  6. Alison M says:

    I was trying to convince myself that I don’t need Dressed to Kill because Afghan Red is already a part of my collection. Now I’m thinking I was wrong! What would you say the key differences are between the two?
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  7. Jennifer says:

    Karen, you look SO amazing in red! I don’t have the confidence to pull it off but you look awesome!

  8. Kate says:

    Stunning looking colour. Did you find it more drying than other Nars semi-matte shades or is it about the same. I know some people find those drying, but they seem to be OK on me.
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  9. Chris El says:

    This color looks amazing on you Karen! I would consider checking this out, but since my lips tend to be chapped and flake a lot, I don’t think this will work for me.

  10. Alice Ann says:

    That is such a beautiful color, looks really good on you. I generally don’t like sparkle in lipstick, but this seems to add subtle dimension and lightens the color a bit. Can’t wait to try it, I’m such a sucker for Nars.

  11. This is SUCH a beautiful color! I have used NARS products before and they are amazing! (: Check out my fashion/beauty blog <3

  12. Jennifer L says:

    I generally hate sparkle in a lipstick… but that looks great! I can’t even tell. Very pretty!

  13. Ooh VERY very pretty on you, Karen!! 😀
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  14. Very stunning lip color on you, I’d love to give this shade a try!
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  15. TJ says:

    Oh that looks nice. And gold glitter, too? Sephora, here I come! Are you wearing Disco Inferno on your nails?

  16. Ava says:

    That is such a gorgeous color! A bit out of my price range though…know any good dupes?

  17. sillylilacs says:

    Gold glitter?! That’s such an interesting mix of colors! I’d never thought to pair that plummy wine with gold glitter!!
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  18. Lisa C says:

    That is absolutely gorgeous! Cant wait to try it out.

  19. Beautiful! Something tells me that my red lippie collection will start to flourish this year and it’s all because of you. Seriously, you’re always radiating with a red lipstick shade on!

  20. Icaria says:

    Now this is my kind of color! Love it!

  21. Teri says:

    I’m so glad I saw this on you. Looking at it in the tube, it looks so dark and it scared me. Now I won’t hesitate because it looks brighter then I thought. Beautiful! (on you too!)
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  22. This is a great shade for you, Karen! It adds glamorous colour to your whole complexion without looking too dark or dramatic, yet it’s also not neutral or plain.
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  23. Jennifer says:

    I can’t do dark lipsticks… they scare me! But you look great!
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  24. rashmi says:

    beautifullll shade Karen 😀 😀

  25. Christy says:

    This lipstick will be gorgeous paired with crazed by Nars it is the perfect match:))

  26. Christy says:

    You rock that gorgeous lipstick Karen.. I taught there is no way I was going to purchase anything from this colection but I am a sucker for satin lipstick and Nars matte lipsticks and lastly I just a huge fan of Nars… You look beautiful what eyeshawdow are you wearing do tell please:))

  27. Christy says:

    I bought the lipstick but not there new seducation blush I want to see if I was right and crazed will be a good match for the new spring lip stick.. They have sold out of the new reflecting powder..So better luck next time for that purchase..

  28. Christy says:

    The trick for a smooth finish is to use the velvet lip pencil and then apply dress to kill.. My favorite is damned and dragon gril:))

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