When I heard that NARS were releasing another lip product, I was so excited. NARS have created some of my all-time favourite lipsticks, ranging from their Velvet Lip Glides to their Oil-Infused Lip Tints, as well as their Afterglow Lip Balms. With a focus on comfortable formulas that look smooth and feel lightweight and effortless on the lips, NARS really seem to know what they’re doing and often standout amongst the crowd (in my opinion). So, the question today is: Are their brand new Air Matte Lip Colours up to the same standard?
From Selfridges online, I picked up two colours: All Yours, a light nude pink, and Joyride, a vibrant mid-tone warm pink. As with any review, I wanted to test a lighter shade (I ended up choosing the lightest shade) versus a deeper/more vibrant shade, just see whether there are any differences between the two formulas, and, unfortunately, this time there was.
While both formulas are incredibly comfortable to wear, Joyride looks significantly better on the lips with effortless application. Even though All Yours can be made to look nice, it’s quite fiddly to do so and I’ve found that it can easily exacerbate the smallest amount of texture – texture that I didn’t even realise I had! With Joyride, as it’s a deeper and more vibrant shade, you hardly need any product to make it work, whereas with All Yours you need a lot more product to prevent it from looking patchy, but even then it looks quite clumsy. Joyride looks very smooth on the lips too. Personally, I’d recommend the mid-to-deep or vibrant tones from this collection, and I’m curious to know what the other nude colours are like. Luckily, All Yours is the only light shade, with the rest being in the mid-tone and vibrant category.
While these have a matte formula, the finish is luminescent, which helps to keep your lips looking and feeling hydrated and healthy. The product is incredibly easy to manipulate and spread around with your finger, and you have all the playing time in the world to get the lipstick just as you want it as they don’t dry down that much. Depending on the amount of product that you apply, you can even maintain the ability to easily rub your lips together while still having a matte-like look – it’s really weird! But, bear in mind, you don’t need a lot of product – while the formula is exceptionally fine and silky, it’s highly pigmented.
In terms of texture, they have a thin and almost mousse-like consistency with the feel of a powder. I’d recommend doing a lip exfoliation and using a good hydrating balm or treatment prior to application just so you can get the formula to look and feel its best.
In saying all that, however, while I do really like the formula for Joyride and may pick up a couple of other shades in the future, the Air Matte Lip Colour formula isn’t my favourite out of all the lipsticks that NARS have released. But, I must admit, I do prefer cream formulas, so that might be why. For a matte formula, though, Joyride is pretty fantastic and I reckon this will be true for the other shades besides All Yours.
Regarding longevity, I wouldn’t wear these if you’re about to eat, especially if you’re eating anything containing oil, as they will come straight off – and most likely will do so in a patchy way. As they don’t fully dry down, they do eventually fade off the lips anyway throughout day.
Last, but not least, let’s talk about the packaging! In all honesty, the packaging was a huge reason why I was so taken with these lipsticks in the first place. The parcel/paper bag-like look to them is super cute, and the soft matte exterior is soft too. One thing, though, I expected the components to be bigger than they were, but it’s not really that big of a problem considering you only need a small amount of product for each application.
These lipsticks are limited edition, and in the UK they’re currently only available online at Selfridges (click here to shop).