One of the recent trends I’ve loved is the fusion of lip treatment and lip color. Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil, Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Tint in Oil, and Lancôme Shine Lover Vibrant Shine Smooth Lipstick are three of my favorites in this category. High-quality oils and hyaluronic acid included in highly pigmented, soothing formulations have changed my mouth. I can’t remember the last time my lips felt dry or remotely chapped. Game changer.
I have owned hundreds of lip products in my life, and have about 100 hanging around my home and handbags right now. The YSL oils and Lancôme Shine Lover lipsticks are the only lip products I have ever used up and repurchased.
Of course NARS had to come along and show everyone in the industry how it’s done.
When I think of NARS, I think lips in bold yet wearable colors. I also think of superb formulations. So I shouldn’t have been shocked that the NARS Velvet Lip Glide is the treatment lip color to beat them all. Spiked with a healthy dose of NARS’ Oil Infusion Complex, NARS says “this hybrid lip color combines the fluidity and effortlessness of a gloss with the coverage and comfort of a lipstick.” Also true. I’ve never been a lip gloss fiend because of the stickiness, and there’s none of that here.
What NARS doesn’t mention – but really should, because it’s so striking – is how long these suckers last. I applied a single coat this morning, seen at the top of this post, in the poppy red shade Mineshaft. I then had several glasses of water, a bottle of Diet Coke, a steak lunch, and a few more Diet Cokes. Imagine my surprise when I looked in the mirror and saw most of the color still on my lips.
The range here is typical NARS: lots of statement hues, but also subtle pink-y beiges and even a chestnut shade. I think Mineshaft and Le Palace are my perfect colors, but I’m going to give Danceteria a try, too.
NARS Velvet Lip Glides aren’t out yet. Sephora VIB and VIB Rouge members will get a preview on September 6 and 7. Then NARS boutiques and the NARS website will have them starting September 15. From October 1, anyone can buy them at Sephora and other stores that stock NARS. I encourage you to seek them out – try different colors in-store, and try really hard to walk away with less than a handful. These cost 26 well-spent dollars, so go on and grab a couple.
Note: This is not an ad or sponsored post. NARS sent me Velvet Lip Glides to try and I adored them, as I do many other NARS products I have purchased.