Velvet Lip Glide
NARS Velvet Lip Glide has a few shortcomings so it's not likely to be the product to go after if you're looking for a great glossy lip product.
Like the brand's other liquid lip products, Velvet Lip Glide is sleekly packaged in a clear, square tube with NARS' signature black rubberized cap. It features a flat, slightly-larger-than-normal sponge-tipped wand applicator that hugs lips to evenly distribute color (though someone with thinner lips may find this oversized).
Speaking of color, this lip color is boldly pigmented, so you don't need much for opaque coverage. While the initial finish is quite glossy, after about an hour or so it settles down to more of a soft shine (though not quite the demi-matte finish that NARS claims).
The formula feels cushiony and soft, and isn't drying throughout its wear time, which is about three hours (shorter if you eat something), so a bit longer than standard lip gloss.
While these are all aspects to love, there are two reasons this wasn't rated higher. First, it's very prone to bleeding; this starts within a half-hour of application even if you don't have lines around you mouth. You can mitigate this a bit with lip liner, but still you'll see this gloss seeping through, particularly with the darker shades.
The second problem is that this contains a couple of fragrant plant extracts that could aggravate the delicate skin of the lips. You can't smell or taste them (there is a vanilla scent, but this is provided by non-aggravating ethyl vanillin), but their other problematic fragrance element that have the potential to cause sensitizing issues, even in low amounts.
While not an outright bad lip color, Velvet Lip Glide just doesn't do anything to set itself apart from the best in this category, especially for its price point and if you consider the superior options on our list of Best Lip Glosses and Best Lipsticks.
- Rich, full color coverage.
- Attractive soft shine finish.
- Formula feels comfortable on lips.
- Bleeds within a half-hour of application.
- Contains fragrant plant extracts that could aggravate lips.
Frenchman Francois Nars has been painting the faces of New York's top models since arriving in the United States in 1984. Their images and his handiwork have been seen on the covers of countless fashion magazines, most notably Vogue and Elle. As the story often goes for the talented makeup artists who have become celebrities in their own right, Nars became frustrated with the state of available makeup and, surprise, another cosmetic line was born.
Beginning (as Bobbi Brown did) by launching a small collection of lipsticks in 1994, the clamor for the colors was incredible, and demand for more NARS products from the artist grew. Shortly thereafter an entire product line followed, gaining attention with vibrant, deeply pigmented colors, sleek, tactile-enhanced packaging and risqu shade names.
As an overview, NARS makeup has many strengthsit reaches its zenith with blushes, tinted moisturizer, foundations, brushes, and lipsticks. If youre a fan of bold colors, youll find them here, and the brand offers consistently impressive foundations and concealers. NARS consistently impresses when it comes to offering a wide range of shades to suit nearly any skin tone.
Where NARS often falls short is in the amount of fragrance added to many of their skincare formulas. In some cases, the amount and specific fragrance ingredients chosen outweigh the potential benefits, so be sure to double check their review before buying. Overall, NARS offers a lot to love, and if you dont mind splurging a bit (as their prices can be on the spendy side) there are quite a few makeup picks that come with our highest recommendations.
Strengths: Superior foundations and foundation shade options; excellent blushes; splurge-worthy lipsticks; beautiful bronzers and consistently impressive color products.
Weaknesses: Can be expensive; a few skincare formulas contain high amounts of fragrance.
For more information about NARS, owned by Shiseido, call (888) 788-6277 or visit www.narscosmetics.com.
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