My lips went a bit crazy for NARS this past month. It took me a solid couple of months to finally whittle down my NARS Audacious Lipstick wishlist and settle on a single shade to test out in their latest, widely hyped up formula. I chose Anita, a gorgeous, infinitely wearable, dusky pink. It's a slightly deeper my-lips-but-better kind of a shade on me, and there's nothing not to love about the sleek packaging (complete with magnetic closure!), creamy formula, pigmentation that truly packs a punch or the perfect satin finish. I think this may be one of my new favorite lipstick formulas!
Then, I received the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl from my Secret Santa (I might have given them a little hint ;), and the pinky-red hue is perfect for times when I want a bold lip but am looking for something a bit more youthful and fun than a classic red. The finish looks like velvet indeed, and considering it's about as matte as matte can be, it's hardly drying and doesn't suck the moisture out of my lips as the day goes on. #SayNoToRaisinLips Though I do like Dragon Girl a lot, I have to say there's a drugstore dupe that I love 5x more! It's more pigmented and feels and looks nicer on the lips. I promise to tell you all about it soon.
Lastly is Montego Bay, a neutral pink from NARS' Pure Matte Lipstick range. I'd heard the formula's praises sung by a few of my fellow bloggers, namely Larie and Sandra, so I decided to dip my toes in, starting with a foolproof everyday shade to start with. In terms of matte-ness (I'm certain this isn't a word, but work with me here), it's slightly less matte than the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil formula but more matte than the satin finish of the Audacious Lipsticks. It wears pretty comfortably on my lips, feeling neither hydrating nor drying. I like this one so far, but in terms of an easy, throw-on pink shade, Montego Bay is definitely living in Anita's shadows right now.
L to R: Montego Bay, Anita and Dragon Girl
NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Montego Bay
NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anita
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl