Monday, July 4, 2011

NARS lipstick: Dolce Vita Review

Hey everyone and Happy Fourth of July!  I'm constantly on the quest to find the perfect 'my lips but better' shade of lipstick.  A few months ago, i found that perfect shade and I can't imagine living in a world without it now.  Which lipstick am i talking about? Why, NARS Dolce Vita, of course!  If you see me write 'MLBB' anywhere in this post, it means 'my lips but better'.  That being said, let's get started! 

 What it is? 
According to the Sephora website: A pure, creamy lipstick formula for bold color.  Nars Lipsticks are enriched with vitamin E to increase wearability and keep true color intact. 

NARS Dolce Vita is a sheer MLBB dusty rose color, and quite possibly the most well known lipstick color in the NARS collection.  This should be a staple every day lipstick in every woman's makeup collection because the color looks amazingly natural on almost every skin tone, in fact, it's been named the most universally flattering lipstick, which is reason enough to purchase this. This is a sheer formulation, but i find that it's actually pretty pigmented.  This would be a great lipstick for just a day to day basis and for dramatic eyes because it's fairly neutral but still adds a really nice punch of color to your lips. 
lipstick applied to both bottom and top lips. no lip balm or gloss.

I've heard so many people say that NARS lip products smell and taste really funky.  I have had that problem with some of their lip glosses, but i have to say i really like the scent of the NARS lipsticks.  The smell is really familiar to me, but i can't figure out what the scent is.  Anyway, I have no problem with scent or taste. 
Lasting Power
Lasting power for these lipsticks is about 3-4 hours maximum.  If you don't mind reapplying once in a while, this shouldn't be a problem for you.    

NARS lipsticks come in three different formulations: 
Sheer finish creates the most natural, stained-looking lips, Dolce Vita is a sheer formula. 
Semi-matte produces velvety, full-bodied lips.
Satin fashions creamy, moist-looking lips. 

These lipsticks are very creamy and moisturizing.  Usually when i apply a lipstick i have to apply a lip balm underneath and a gloss on top to add shine and moisture.  I don't have to do that with NARS lipsticks.  They give enough moisture and add shine to the lips.  That being said, these actually remind me of a more pigmented version of the Chanel rouge coco shines and Dior Addict lipsticks, formulation wise.

The packaging on all NARS cosmetics products is the same.  It's a matte kind of rubbery black rectangular prism with 'NARS' written across the top of the tube in upper case white.  Once the cap is removed, it reveals a cylinder which is used to twist the lipstick bullet up and down.  It twists the lipstick up and down easily, i have never encountered a problem with it getting stuck.  Also like all NARS packaging, it attracts makeup and fingerprints really easily.

$24.00 US and $30 CND

In conclusion,
Color: 5/5 
Scent/Taste: 4.5/5 
Lasting Power: 2.5/5
Formulation: 5/5
Packaging: 4/5 
Price: 4/5
Total: 25/30 or 83%

These lipsticks are fantastic quality, and Dolce Vita is an amazing color.  I definitely recommend picking it up if you're looking for a MLBB every day color. 

What do you think of this lipstick?

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