|Left to right: Terre de Feu, Dirty Shame, Porte Vecchio|
Today's trio is all by Nars, 3 different dark shades giving 3 different finishes. The products are:
- Nars Matte lipstick in Terre de Feu
- Nars Lip gloss in Dirty Shame
- Nars Lipstick in Porte Vecchio
Porte Vecchio is very sheer in texture so would be ideal if you are a little afraid of a dark lip. It leans very brown and having just swatched it quite heavily on my wrist, it looks like a bad bruise! It is a warmer shade than most I am featuring and reminds me a little of a less intense version of the Dior Pinstripe Plum. It's very easy to wear and I think would look lovely on a dark skin. I'm going to be posting (late I know) on the blush featured in the Nars Fall Collection, Douceur, but I think this lipstick would work well with it as it also has a lot of brown in it.
If you want to embrace the trend for all things matte ( I don't mind it on the lips but I can't be doing with it on nails), Terre de Feu is a fabulous colour. It is much more my idea of a classic dark lip, a cool, rich shade which makes a great alternative to red. It is best described as a pinky purple, and would give you that Morgana look that is so stunning in Merlin - just watching the finale of it as I write this, for me the best thing about Saturday night TV in the UK, have never watched X Factor in my life.
I love Morgana's makeup, the actress looks like a cross between Rachel Weiss and Keira Knightley, I would imagine a makeup artist's dream. Very happy to see the return of Lancelot this episode as he is almost as beautiful as this lipstick! While I'm rambling about Merlin, anyone else think that the guy who plays the wizard would have been a far better choice than Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter? When I was reading the books, he is far more what I imagined in my head as Harry.
|Santiago Cabrera as Lancelot in Merlin|
In this series of posts I have been focusing very much on colour, but I should add that I find Nars lip products aren't the most forgiving on less than perfect lips. They can feel a bit dry compared to the very creamy textures that feature in the line ups of other brands so it is something to be aware of. Even though my lips are usually hideously chapped, it doesn't stop me buying or wearing Nars, I just ensure I wear lip balm underneath.
It's been a while since I have deviated from my usual Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils but since swatching these three Nars beauties, they have taken pride of place on my (rather crowded and stained) dressing table.