|NARS Autumn (Fall) 2013 campaign visual|
The red... droooooool...
As most people who read this will know, I'm a little bit obsessed with red lippie :-) I have been waiting for this particular collection from NARS to make an appearance since I saw visuals for Mysterious Red in various magazines in the last while. Just look at that lip... droool!
So while Mysterious Red was always going to be a definite purchase, La Paz surprised me (in that it was the exact shade of my teeshirt at the time) and well, then I had to have that too :-)
|L -> R: Mysterious Red, La Paz|
Mysterious Red is described as a "crimson red". It's one of NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils (I have this in Dragon Girl and Damned also) and absolutely love these pencils - they're fantastically pigmented, super opaque, reasonably long lasting, easy to apply, handy to bring with you, usable as a liner and/or a lippie...
... and annoyingly, as I keep comparing it with Dragon Girl, I now can't stop calling it Mysterious Girl, and I've had that irritating song in my head all bloody day long...
|NARS Mysterious Girl Swatch|
This shade is an unusual one - it's definitely a slightly darkened crimson but there's the barest hint of a slight orangey-ness to it. Barest hint. Slight. It's not an orange lippie :-) But it's there and lifts the blue-pink undertone very subtly and turns it into a slightly warmer and slightly darker version of NARS Dragon Girl . Annoying overly-sweet smell/taste notwithstanding, this is a great red to have.
Note: throw it into the freezer for an hour before you try to pare it to minimise waste.
As you can see from the comparison swatches, this is a matte love-child of MAC Russian Red and Rimmel By Kate #01, with a tiny bit of of a warm orange overtone as an afterthought to stop it being completely blue-based.
|L -> R: Cosmetics à la Carte Make Up For Dolls Red, NARS Dragon Girl, NARS Mysterious Red, MAC Russian Red, Rimmel By Kate #01|
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La Paz is described by NARS as "orchid" - it's a Pure Matte Lipstick, and again I have a couple of these (remember Mascate and Carthage, anyone). Overall, they're a great formula, but as with a lot of matte lippies, they can dry-out on your lips a bit over the course of their wear (easy peasy: use a lip primer like MAC Prep + Prime Lip underneath it, this will sort out that particular issue).
This one is a gorgeous rich pink-based light-to-medium berry purple.
|NARS La Paz swatch|
This is also a bit of an oxymoron - it's technically a Pure Matte formulation, but it is shot through with silver glitter. Glitter which seems chunky enough but doesn't feel gritty to wear, and gives the overall impression of a "shiny matte" (not a gloss, that's something else!) Odd. But I like it, and it works. No annoying scent here, which is good.
So although I thought I had found it with La Paz, it seems I'm still on the search for a replacement for MAC Spitfire, a limited edition lipstick from the MAC Wonder Woman collection (why oh why oh why did I not get a backup at the time - I'm nearly out). Some comparison swatches:
L -> R: MAC Deliciously Forbidden (LE), NARS La Paz, MAC Spitfire (LE), MAC Plumful, Illamasqua Welt
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Both of these are from NARS Autumn collection (2013) and are permanent line.