Saturday, July 30, 2011

NARS Niagara Lipstick Review

Hey everyone!
On July 14, while shopping for my mom's birthday present, I naturally found myself gravitating toward Sephora.  My mom likes to makeup shop for herself, so i decided to just get myself a little present.  I've been looking for a more pink toned coral lipstick for a long time, so of course I found myself browsing the NARS lipsticks because NARS has a wide variety of lipstick shades. The shade Niagara caught my eye almost instantly.  I swatched it and booked it straight for the check out, without looking at any other options, and I am so glad I chose this particular color because it is gorgeous and I honestly have no clue why I didn't already own it!  Anyway, let's get started with the review!
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. 

  Color 
NARS Niagara is a pink based coral.  I definitely think that it's more pink then coral, but it's very bright and looks absolutely stunning on your lips.  I have very pigmented lips, so the color appears a little darker on me.  

Finish
 You will usually never hear me utter a bad word about NARS products, but when i first applied this lipstick my lips were a little dry and it did not go on evenly over the cracks.  Now that my lips are less cracked, it goes on nicely.  If you have cracked, dry lips, you will not like this particular lipstick.  However, if you're dead set on purchasing it despite this fact, layer a coral lipgloss over top. 
Scent/Taste 
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. I stated in my Dolce Vita lipstick review that i loved the scent, but couldn't figure out what exactly the scent was.  Well, my little brother took a sniff and screamed out "OH MY GOSH! IT SMELLS LIKE FRUIT LOOPS!" and you know what?  He was right.  I never would have guessed, but these lipsticks smell like the popular cereal, fruit loops.  I love the scent, and don't mind the taste. 


Lasting Power
Lasting power for these lipsticks is about 3-4 hours maximum and Niagara leaves a slight pinky stain once it has faded.  If you don't mind reapplying once in a while, the lasting power shouldn't be a problem for you.    

Formulation
NARS lipsticks come in three different formulations: 
Sheer finish which creates natural, stained-looking lips 
Semi-matte which produces sexy, velvety, full-bodied lips.
Satin fashions creamy, moist-looking lips.  Niagara is a satin finish lipstick.

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 a little bit of shine to the lips.  I find that the sheer finished lipsticks give a lot of shine, and Satin adds only a bit of shine, but still enough that you don't need to layer a lipgloss on top.   All NARS lipsticks are infused with conditioners and antioxidants in order to protect, nourish and hydrate lips, which is obviously a big bonus.

Packaging 
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.
Tips
To add a little more coral to this lipstick, layer a coral lipstick over top.  I layered Revlon Coral reef, and it looked amazing! 
This lipstick should be paired with very neutral eyes and cheeks for a pop of color on your lips.  
 
Price
$24.00 US and $30 CND

In conclusion,
Color: 5/5
Finish: dry lips: 1/5, smooth lips: 4/5
Scent/Taste: 4.5/5 
Lasting Power: 2.5/5
Formulation: 4/5
Packaging: 4/5 
Price: 4/5 
**In case you want to know what i ended up purchasing for my favorite person in the world, my mommy,
I got her a Kristen Leather Cross body because she only likes cross body bags, and a new phone to replace her iphone. 

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