I am 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!).
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.
And here’s another shot with different lighting:
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).
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.
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.
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.
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?