Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On and American Woman review and comparisons.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On and American Woman.

I do believe every cosmetics brand has now come out with their version of the matte liquid lipstick.  Understandably, these types of lipsticks are very big sellers. With that being said, Nars Powermatte Lip Pigments Get It On and American Woman ($26 USD/ 5.5mL.) is one of the newer releases that certainly proves somethings are worth the wait.  Everything from the formula, to the applicator head, packaging, amount, etc. is done well.  To boot, who could resist lipsticks named after classic rock songs?  Well played Monsieur Nars.

Nars Get It On

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On and American Woman.

Nars Get It On

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On.

Nars American Woman.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment American Woman.

  • IMHO, when it comes to liquid lipstick, the one thing that makes or breaks a new release is the applicator head.  Lets face it, formula is important, but truthfully speaking if the applicator head is cheaply made (e.g., large head, long splayed fibers, too thin or thick tip, etc.), the product becomes useless.  Even though Nars is a bit late to the matte liquid lipstick party, they took their time and thoroughly designed a head with precisely cut fibers and a substantial pointed tip–absolute genius.
  • Typically a lipliner is usually used to achieve a crisp outline of the lips; however, with Nars Powermattes the tip virtually eliminates the need for that step.  The softly rounded rigid pointed design glides effortlessly across the skin, depositing pigment with exacting detail.  A lipliner can be used, but more so to add dimension or for color alteration.
  • In addition, the top portion and wand length allows for amazing control during application.  The top is the perfect size and girth for a hardy grasp and the wand length ensures perfect balance during application.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Arm Swatches andFormula:

Nars Get It On and American Woman.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On and American Woman freshly applied.

Nars Get It On and American Woman.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On and American Woman after three (3) minutes.

  • The formula of the new Nars Powermatte Pigments is quite thin and watery when compared to other matte liquid lipsticks on the market.  For this reason, Nars strongly advises to shake the pigment prior to application.  Omitting this step will result in uneven color placement and poor longevity.  When the pigment is properly incorporated, one dip will deliver complete opacity on the lips.  Even the lightest shade, Get It On, will absolutely cover and conceal natural lip coloring with one swipe.
  • As expected, the colors deepen slightly when dry.  The above swatches shows Get It On develops a pinker undertone and American Woman develops a rosier undertone.  Both colors look amazing on their own (not too pale) or mixed together (see photo below).
  • In my experience when working with the darker shades in the line (e.g. Rock With You), it would be highly advisable to wipe some liquid off on the sides of the opening before applying the color to the lips.  The applicator head holds quite an ample amount of product that gathers at the corners of the mouth if one is not careful.  When I state these are potently concentrated I am not exaggerating, Rock With You was returned because it was too dark and high maintenance for my liking. Regardless, I was quite impressed with the consistency of all three shades; they all applied smoothly without any patchiness.
  • Also worth noting, a light vanilla fragrance is present, but not as pungent as MAC lipsticks.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Wear Time:

  • As for the wear, I found the formula adhered immediately to the skin without drying down fully. That slight moisture retention is what makes both colors so bearable throughout the day. The color transfer on cups and cheeks (if kissing) is minimal, certainly not as drastic as one would experience from a conventional formula.
  • Unlike the arm swatches, a matte finish develops within thirty (30) seconds on the lips. The lasting power ranges between four to six (4-6) hours (without eating or drinking) with even fading thereafter. The colors layer well, but on my dry lips I could only tolerate one touch up for the day. Multiple layers feel too heavy and drying for my taste; I prefer to wipe away the existing color and start fresh.
  • In all honesty, I cannot wear Nars Powermattes, on their own, for too many days in a row.  Even though the formula is comfortable, my lips were very dry by the third day.  Going forth, I remedied this dilemma by pairing these with my favorite lipsticks, Chanel Rouge Allure Inks (Chanel’s version of a matte liquid lipstick and reviewed here and here).  In comparison, Chanel’s formula has a lot more slip and dries down more gradually than Nars.  The addition of the Rouge Allure Inks, in particular, provides extra hydration and dimension, while yielding a velvety finish. Glosses also work well, but be sure to add just a touch to the center of the lips to prevent bleeding and wear of the liquid lipstick.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Lip Swatches:

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On (one coat).

  • Nars Get It On is described as a “tan rose,” to my eye, the shade is very reminiscent of Dose of Colors Truffle (reviewed here).  This warm beige pinky-peach can be worn on its own for those with light to medium skins. Darker skins will most likely experience a concealer like effect, but adding a darker lipliner will easily alter the shade to be more wearable.
Nars American Woman.

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment American Woman (one coat).

  • Nars American Woman is a lovely warm rose shade for those who desire the need for a more robust neutral color.  At first, I was under the impression this shade would be too cool for my coloring, but I was pleasantly surprised to see how rich and warm the color appeared against my complexion.
 Nars Get It On and American Woman

Wearing Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On and American Woman mixed together (two coats).

  • When the mood strikes, a combination of both colors meld to form a lovely shade for daily use. The silky smooth formula easily blends on the lips by just pressing and rubbing the lips together. The newly formed shade takes on a slightly cooler tone, but still extremely wearable for us olive-skinned ladies.

Comparison Swatches:

Comparison Shades: Jouer Melon, Jouer Creme Brûlée, Dose of Colors Truffle, Nars Get It On, Nars American Woman, Jouer Terra, Pixi Matte Beige, and Dose of Colors Supernatural.

Comparison Shades:
Jouer Melon, Jouer Creme Brûlée, Dose of Colors Truffle, Nars Get It On, Nars American Woman, Jouer Terra, Pixi Matte Beige, and Dose of Colors Supernatural.

  • Dose of Colors Truffle ($18USD/ 4.5mL) is the closest color in my collection to Nars Get It On. Truffle has a slightly deeper brownish undertone, a more whipped consistency and contains less product.  If you have one, you may not necessarily need the other.  Currently, Nars is not cruelty-free, so if that is of significance to you, then DOC may be your best bet.
  • Jouer Terra ($18 USD/ 6mL) is the closest color to Nars American Woman, with a less rosy undertone and a more mousse-like consistency.  Jouer is cruelty-free and their liquid lipsticks are lovely.
  • Out of all the brands swatched, Pixi Matte Beige ($14 USD/ 7 mL) is the only formula that is as fluid as Nars. From the onset, Pixi’s formula seems to require more time to settle and the applicator head is rather flimsy.   
Nars Get It On and American Woman ingredients

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On and American Woman ingredient list.

**Nars Powermatte Lip Pigments come in twenty (20) shades, are made in Italy and sold at Sephora, Nordstrom, Lord &Taylor, narscosmetics.com, etc.**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Get It On and American Woman are two colors that will surely become staples for many.  Since these two colors have entered my life, I have been shamefully ignoring my other liquid lipsticks.  Considering this formula works so well with other colors and brands, it has almost become automatic to reach for either color on a daily basis.  Which colors are on your radar?  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 154 Experimente and 150 Luxuriant review.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 154 Experimente and 150 Luxuriant.

As you can imagine, I have a overabundance of lipsticks in my collection.  My favorite formulas are satin and comfortable mattes–especially the liquid lipstick variety.  However, as we have come to expect, the matte liquid lipstick range is not the most obliging formulation for mature lips.  I have had the fortune of trying some really good brands, but Chanel Rouge Allure Inks ($37 USD/ 6mL.) in 154 Experiemente and 150 Luxuriant take the cake.  The creamy formula, gradual dry time, comfortable wear and elegant packaging is my idea of the perfect lipstick–or very close to it.  I hope you enjoy.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 154 Experimente and 150 Luxuriant.

Packaging:

  • As the photo above shows, both applicators are identical; the concave design is wonderful for hugging the lips to achieve unbelievable color adhesion.  The slightly angled curved tip is ideal for outlining the lip line, to achieve a fuller looking lip.  Unlike some independent liquid lipstick companies, whose applicators can demonstrate slight variations, Chanel’s applicator is the epitome of rigorous quality control and refinement.  The acutely cut fibers pick-up a substantial amount of pigment to last for one application.  IMHO, everything from the frosted glass tube, to the secure click closure, to the golden double “C” top is an example of well thought-out packaging design.
Chanel Rouge Allure Ink

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 154 Experimente and 150 Luxuriant heavy swatch freshly applied.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 154 Experimente and 150 Luxuriant swatch after 20 minutes.

Formula:

  • As mentioned in my previous review of 140 Amoureux (reviewed here), the formula is superbly creamy and glossy on initial application.  Some my argue, the consistency has a bit too much slip, but speaking from a purely mature perspective, I truly appreciate the supple nature of this formula.
  • Unlike regular mainstream matte liquid lipsticks, Chanel Rouge Allure Inks do not dry immediately and do not feel uncomfortable throughout the day.  The dry down time is roughly twenty (20) minutes, giving the wearer enough time to manipulate the shape and color.  At this point, I did not experience transfer; I was able to kiss my children without leaving an imprint on their cheeks and drink without seeing lipstick marks on the rim of the glass.
  • The creamy nature of Chanel Rouge Allure Inks melds easily with any lipliner to alter the overall color should the mood strike.  This chameleon-like quality makes this formula so versatile. Not only can one add a liner to change the color/tone, but the lipsticks themselves blend beautifully with each other to create a new shade.
  • Another alluring quality of this formula has to do with the level in which the color can layer on itself.  Whenever, I feel the need for more moisture throughout the day, an additional layer provides hydration and revitalizes the color.  Unlike, traditional matte liquid lipsticks, the outcome is not caky or unbearable, rather smooth, comfortable, non-feathering and vibrant.
Chanel Rouge Allure Ink.

Chanel 154 Experimente Rouge Allure Ink.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 150 Luxuriant.

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 150 Luxuriant.

 Chanel Rouge Allure Ink

Wearing Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 150 Luxuriant with Chanel Lip Definer 96 on the outer edges of the lips.

Application and Wear:

  • For the above looks, I lined the perimeter of the lips with Chanel Lip Definer in 96 Acajou. For these looks I was not intending to alter the color (I wanted to show true color representation), rather I wanted to even out my asymmetrical upper lip.  Should I have wanted a deeper hue, all I had to do was fill-in the entire lip area with the liner prior to lipstick application.
  • My preferred method of application is to lightly line my enter lip with liner prior to lipstick.  This not only gives me an adequate blueprint for color placement, but the liner acts as an absorbent base, initiating the lipstick’s mattifying properties.  This technique also makes this formula last so much longer.
  • Both colors applied evenly on initial application.  To achieve rich color payoff, two layers are required; waiting a minute between layers gives optimal results.  Admittedly, 150 Luxuriant is my favorite of these two colors.  154 Experimente is undoubtably lovely, but presently, I prefer the brightening effect of 150 Luxuriant against my complexion.
  • In all honesty, both colors wear longer than 140 Amoureux, however, this is not unheard of when it comes to darker shades.  In my experience, these colors stain the lips slightly and wipe off using a bit more effort than 140 Amoureux.  This is not to imply a makeup remover is needed (thank goodness), rather to highlight their resilient quality.
  • The colors last a solid four (4) hours (this will vary based on individual skin chemistry) before a slight drying sensation is felt.  At this point, an additional layer is added simply to combat dryness and to refresh the overall vibrancy of the color.
Chanel Rouge Allure Ink ingredient list

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 154 Experimente and 150 Luxuriant ingredient lists.

 

**Chanel Rouge Allure Inks are sold at Nordstrom, Saks, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, chanel.com, etc..**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would reiterate my previous assessment–Chanel Rouge Allure Inks are fabulous.  The incredibly creamy application, gradual dry-time, quality packaging, comfortable wear, versatile formula and vibrant pigment is heavenly for my maturing lips.  My only grievance is with the limited color selection–eight (8) colors in all.  I really wish the brand would expand the range to include more browny nudes and plums in the line.  However, should this day ever come, my wallet will weep uncontrollably–tears of joy of course.  🙂  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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