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pigmentation: sheer
Variation: AFGHAN RED (SA)
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when i go heavy on my eye makeup, this is a good shade to go with it

- Sephora User

i was impressed with how lightweight it is when it goes on

- Sephora User



the lipstick texture is creamy, yet long wearing

- Sephora User

the consistency is smooth and creamy and moisturizing which is impressive for a matte finish

- Sephora User

chapped lips

hydrates lips

i love how moisturizing this lipstick is and the packaging is very sleek

- Sephora User

they feel a little dry/stiff when you apply, but they look great, last quite a while, don't smell weird, feel very nice

- Sephora User

staying power


it's super creamy, doesn't bleed, my lips feel hydrated when i'm wearing it, and while its staying power is about average on me, it wears off evenly, which is nice

- Sephora User

it stays on a long time

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i love the velvety texture and smoothness

- Sephora User

and the texture is smooth and somehow airy

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i'm really into sheer, moisturizing lipsticks and this one is perfect

- Sephora User

i also love the fact that the shade has color but at the same time is sheer

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sephora userJune 14, 2017

Not impressed...

I received a sample of the lipstick. First, I'm not a fan of sheer lipsticks. If you watch Lisa Eldridge you know you can sheer out full coverage lipsticks by using a lip brush. I only buy full coverage lipsticks and sheer them out as needed. I was hoping for a the beautiful peachy color with shimmer on my lips, instead I ended up with frosted lips. I gave two stars because the lipstick wasn't drying and didn't settle in my lip lines. Otherwise, the smell was funny, it was sheer, it fell out when I attempted to put on my lips & my lips looked frosted. I'll stick with the orgasm blush and stay impressed.

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sephora userApril 27, 2014

beautiful sheers

I've only tried the sheer styles because I don't love the texture of creamier lipsticks. The sheers are great because they leave a very thin layer of color that doesn't smudge and doesn't require lipliner to keep in place. They aren't moisturizing but they aren't drying either... once the lipstick is on for a few minutes it pretty much just feels like your lips and you don't have to worry about it smearing. and now, some color feedback: Manhunt - gorgeous, perfect, vibrant red. Doesn't budge so no worries about it coming off on a glass... perfect "night out" color. Dolce Vita - not all that impressed with what everyone calls the "my lips but better" color. It just made my (already rather dark) lips look brown. Returned. Mayflower - very pretty and flattering pink. Barbarella - such a pretty color but since it's sheer it does not work well on darker lips.

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sephora userMarch 27, 2014

smooth, creamy, soft in texture and lasts quite a long time. I have both Dolce Vita and Tolede, which I have found are essentially the same color (a light, dusty pink), only they are have different levels of pigment. I avoided the NARS velvet matte lip pencil in Dolce Vita because I wanted something slightly less strongly pigmented (plus I found it a little bit drying). The lipstick is exactly that - it leaves lips smooth and it looks amazing, no matter what. Tolede is a slightly stronger, more matte finish, while Dolce Vita (the lipstick) is a bit more sheer and satiny. Both are lovely, moisturizing, and they last through one cup of coffee and a danish, which is all I could ask from a lipstick on a rainy Tuesday morning.

- sephora
sephora userFebruary 19, 2014

Red Lizard (semi matte) and Niagara (sheer)

Red Lizard was my first lipstick from NARS and my first red lipstick ever in fact. It did not disappoint. The color is rich and highly pigmented, it stays on literally forever. When I put it on for a day, I can wear it for about 10 hours and it doesn't need a reapplication, however I reapply a few times for my own obsessive compulsive reasons! The only negative side is that it is just a little drying after a while, but lip balm can correct that, no problem. I just bought Niagara today which is sheer instead of semi matte like Red Lizard. So far, I LOVE it. The color works with the pigment of your lips, it isn't a super bright color on me but is a nice peachy coral tone, perfect for spring. Also, it is not dry at all, which is a nice change from the semi matte lipsticks. I recommend NARS lipsticks to anyone looking for high quality lipstick. The price can be intimidating, but it is totally worth it.

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sephora userJune 23, 2015

the only lipstick(s) i wear ever

so first i have to confess that i rarely wear lipstick. i barely even wear lipgloss- i usually go for one of the benefit lip tints patted onto my lips with some kind of balm (eos, chapstick, whatever i pull out of my makeup bag first) on top. this being said, a full-on dramatic makeup look doesn't really come together without something with a little more "oomph" than lip tint and chapstick. and that's where the Nars lipstick comes in. i LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE these lipsticks. i have two- cruising, which is this cool, light pink shade and dolce vita which is this awesome "my lips but better shade" that compliments my olive skin tone perfectly. (cruising might actually be a little too cool for me but i'll get my paws on some lipliner and try to fiddle with that so it works.) they are both sheer, they are not matte but not sticky-shiny like lipgloss and are really easy to apply. you can build up the pigment with a few swipes, so don't be afraid if the sheer thing puts you off. i love these so much that i've actually taken to occasionally wearing them in place of my lip tint and chapstick routine. they feel amazing on my lips, they are not drying, and they don't stain lips. staying power is not a priority when it comes to my lip products because reapplying them is half the fun, but these are pretty long-wearing. i would say if you want more staying power invest in a lip primer (i know urban decay has that ozone stick, two faced has one, there are a few- idk if nars has one, i'll look around) and use lipliner. if you go for a primer or liner i'd bet this would stay put all day. they don't feather out, and if you kiss your boyfriend, he doesn't come away looking like he made out with red marker. i always really look forward to using these lipsticks and i can't wait to expand on my collection. i will be repurchasing these and have reccomeded them to lots of my friends.

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