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I love NARS products and because I had some birthday money left over I thought i'd treat myself and get one of the lipglosses as I have heard so many positive reviews. I got mine from the ASOS website however the lipgloss can be purchased from a limited amount of shops, the only shop that I am aware sell this is Selfridges but it is more widely available on the internet and can be bought from the official NARS site, eBay, etc. I paid £17.50 for mine and prices vary from around £8-£18 depending on where you buy it from. This is definetly not a cheapo lipgloss and if I hadn't of had the money from my birthday then I wouldn't of bought it as obviously I have better things to spend £17.50 on then a tube of lipgloss. I made sure that due to the price I re-read a few reviews of the gloss, and all were positive so I went ahead and bought it.
This lipgloss is described as highly pigmented and it can be used alone or over lipstick for a high shine finish. It says on the product description that the lipgloss features 'a creamy, semi-sheer formula' which makes me think it's more of a liquid lipstick with a glossy finish if that makes sense. The packaging is very professional looking, it's quite minimalistic which makes it look quite sleek - it's simply a transparent sturdy plastic lipgloss tube which is slightly chunkier and shorter than an average lipgloss tube. I really like the design as it feels quite sturdy if that makes sense. The brand name - NARS is the only writing on the tube which makes it very simplistic, some lipglosses can be really tacky looking but this isn't. The lid is black and screws off. The applicator is atttatched to the lid, it's a little shorter than an average lipgloss wand but not to the point of been too short.
The applicating brush itself is made of some sort of foam, it's very soft and it picks up the gloss well and distributes it easily, because it's quite flat it spreads the formula smoothly and evenly. The only thing is that it seems to absorb some of the lipgloss (only a teeny tiny amount) which I found quite strange. The lipgloss tube contains 8 grams of product which isn't a huge amount considering the price and it's not a very long lasting gloss either - i've had mine since late September and my tube is already looking quite empty (around 3/4 left), so obviously this is an issue if you don't want to regulary repurchase the product.
The lipgloss is available in a number of different shades so there will be something for every skintone - i'm very pale and like my lips to look quite striking so I picked 'Oasis' which I think is the darkest shade available - a lovely pillar box red type colour with beige undertones. Other colours available are light pink, purple, yellow, golden, flamingo pink, etc. Each shade has its own name - for example 'Orgasm' and 'Angelika'. All of the shades are really pretty although I personally (as I have such light skin) would never dare try Luxor - the lilac type shade. The pigmentation is really good, I can't fault it to be honest. It had a prominant shine to it, so it's not the type of lipgloss that I would reccomend if you want a more matte lipgloss as it's the type that is noticeablly a lipgloss, it doesn't look very natural at all lol although when worn right it can look subtle.
The lipgloss itself has a gorgeously thick and creamy consitency, it is almost like a cross between lipstick, lip balm and lipgloss - it has quite a jelly like texture but it's creamy at the same time if that makes sense. It definetly feels sticky but not to point of being unpleasantly greasy or noticeably yucky. The lip gloss hasn't really got any scent and it is tasteless. I do like this as it makes a nice change from the scented lipgloss - it's more mature and basic. The lipgloss gives me a gorgeous noticeable hint of colour which looks quite natural but because the gloss is so shiny it takes away the natural look and makes it very noticeable. It is definetly very glitzy so I would personally reccomend wearing this on a night out or for a special occasion as it would look silly if you wore it to work as it is so noticeable. If you want to tone it down enough to wear to work then you can use it as a top coat over lipstick. The lipstick seems to tone down the sparkliness but not enough for it to look natural. I also find that it makes my lips appear quite moist and plumped up which looks gorgeous and it isn't drying at all, nor does it highlight the lines in dry/damaged lips.
The staying power is pretty good and the sticky texture seems to help it stay put. I'd say on average it needs topping up every 3-4 hours. It's not the best lipgloss in the sense that it doesn't really absorb and instead leaves a thin layer of residue but the residue isn't the type that wears off quickly. This is a really high quality lipgloss and it gives a lovely shine of colour and lots of shimmer. It is definetly not ideal if you want an au naturale type of look but it is ideal to wear to glam up your lips for a night out - reccomended.
My opinion on this lip gloss is slightly divided. Certainly this lip gloss has beautiful colour; Sunset Strip seems to be the best selling colour with its vibrancy (said to be loved by Hollywood stars) although I tended towards Babe and Scandal, both more clear reddish colours.
The case is simple enough; the main body with a cloudy effect and a black top that clicks when closed (for peace of mind).
Because this lip gloss is quite sheer, you should take your natural lip colour into consideration. This lip gloss does have plenty of pigment but it doesn't seem to be strong enough to just ignore and override the natural colour.
The best thing about this lip gloss would have to be its glossiness; it creates a glass like reflective surface on your lips making your lips appear flawless, plump and dewy. This gloss is probably the only match for the famous Bobbi Brown lip gloss, I think.
However, there is a crucial downside to this lip gloss. It is simply just too sticky. Yes, once you put on, you don't feel it so much on your lips but come wind (which, being in England, does inevitably happen quite often) and, providing you have long enough hair, it's all hair on lips day. This can really annoy the life out of me to the extent that I would actually carry this gloss to put on indoors and STAY indoors. If you try touching the lip gloss with your finger tips you'll undoutedly see what I mean since this gloss really is exceptionally sticky even on hand (I need liquid soap to get it off properly). It does seem to set a bit on your lips with time though.
Plus, given the fact that this lip gloss comes with a doe foot applicator, it is not the easiest thing in the world to apply evenly. It may have worked better with a brush.
On the other hand, this does mean that it lasts. Oh yes. If you don't eat something major, it should last you pretty much for the whole 9.00 to 17.00 working day.
Nars lip gloss is the best, best, best! But don't just take my word for it, it has won the Best of the Sephora award, that's how good it is. I really love lip gloss but your average lip gloss is quite sticky and it doesn't last long at all. With Nars lip glosses you can get a variety of colours from reds to pinks to purples to nudes, they last a good half a day without having to top it up, it's not sticky and doesn't make your lips dry because it instead sits on top of the lips hence why it lasts longer, the lips don't absorb it. The lip gloss is quite thick and it's slightly like putting icing on your lips but the colours look amazing.
The lip gloss comes in a very sophisticated bottle with a black lid with NARS printed on it. The applicator is a sponge-type wand which makes the lip gloss easy to apply, I find you need to apply one coat to the top lid, re-dunk and then apply to the bottom lip. People then usually rub both lips together to evenly spread the colour but I advise against this with the Nars lip gloss as it's not as 'watery' as other lip glosses so when you apply it, it spreads evenly anyway. If you do rub your lips together, the colour is compromised.
The lip gloss is perfect to wear alone or to apply over a lipstick (may I suggest Nars for lipstick too). The lip gloss comes well packaged in a lovely black box. The cost is slightly high at £17 (it's a little lower in some stores due to the drop in VAT) for a 6.25g tube. However, you don't need to re-apply or apply much in the first place, so you'll find it lasts a long time. It's a good investment and once you've bought it, you'll wonder why you didn't buy it sooner :)
I definitely give this product a 10/10 and no cosmetics bag should be without it.
This review can also be found on Ciao.co.uk, under the same name :)
Well, you can never have too many lipglosses.....and you can never write too many reviws about lipglosses! As a waitress (a pretty bad one at that!), i always set aside my tips to spend on something that i totally do not need, and that is pure indulgance- more often than not, a lipgloss. Before i bought my Nars lipgloss, i searched around Boots, Selfridges and Space Nk, trying on lipglosses from Anna Sui, Bobbi Brown, Stila, MAC, Hard Candy, Too Faced, and loads more, but found that they were all either really translucent and had barely any colour, or they were too opaue with too many bits of glitter in them (or i already had them!). This is what made me buy the Nars one. I chose a reddy/orange one called 'babe' which sounds horrible and christina aguliera-ish, but on its quite translucent and more cameron diaz (i hope!). The texture is very, VERY thick, so if you prefer yours natural and a bit runny, or if you're not used to wearing heavy lipgloss (and hence the hair stuck to your face everytime you move your head effect) then you probably won't like this. And if you're looking for a really natural everyday 'i'm not wearing any makeup' kind of sheen, then again this ain't for you. But, If you want something for going out to the pub or going out clubbing (or cocktail party or whatever non-students get up to!) then this is perfect. Orange sounds gross for a lipgloss, particularly for pale skin (like me) but as its translucent, when you put it on it just makes your lips look redder and glossier, and its particularly good for pale skin, because i find that glosses that are red to start off with end up making my lips look too dark and my face really pale. Other wonderfull things :o) about the lipgloss are, ofcourse the stylish matt black rubbery plastic, the fact that the gloss comes out on an applicator wand, hence minimum wastage and no goo on fingers, and the fact that the gloss stays put for a very very long time (mos
tly because its so thick). On the downside, at 15 pounds its not very cheap, but it will last you longer than your average 10 pound lipgloss, so ain't too bad. And also, its not very easy to apply, being so thick, its hard to spread the gloss evenly on lips, and i would say a mirror is almost essential when applying it. Overall i would say, worth buying for a night-time lipgloss, it looks stunning, both on the lips and in the tube!
The NARS Sweet Dreams Lip Gloss collection comes in a diverse range of shades and features a semi-sheer formula. Enriched with nourishing ingredients the gloss leaves lips feeling velvety smooth and the doe-foot shape of the tip provides easy application for comfort and precision. The gloss can be used alone for a subtle touch of colour and shine or over lipstick for more intensity. - R.H