NARS Larger Than Life lip gloss in Born This Way review, swatches, photos

A quick swatch post to lead us into the weekend feels about right, don’t you think?

NARS Larger Than Life lip gloss - Born This Way

NARS Larger Than Life lip gloss - Born This Way

Born This Way from Nars Larger Than Lip lip gloss range is a milky lilac pastel without any shimmer or glitter, although the colour is a lot pinker on the lips than it is in the tube. Not gonna lie to you, this is a difficult gloss to pull off. It tends to split itself and settle into lip lines even if you’ve got smooth lips and/or are wearing a balm underneath.
For best results I’d suggest using this as a highlight gloss rather than an all-over lip colour. When dabbed over something like Illamasqua’s Fable lipstick it holds its form a little better and doesn’t slip and slide quite as much.

The most apt description I can come up with for Born This Way is that it’s like a slightly bananas designer dress. I love to look of it, I like to look at it, but it requires a bit of work and dedication to actually pull off. Apt for something named after Mother Monster, right?

NARS Larger Than Life lip gloss - Born This Way

NARS Larger Than Life lip gloss - Born This Way

Two key points on the Larger Than Life glosses:

  1. They don’t have that normal NARS gloss scent, rather an inoffensive background note of something vaguely sweet like vanilla.
  2. They have a different applicator than the usual doefoot fuzzy brush. The short plastic bristles require ‘breaking’ before you use them (pressing them against your fingertip until the bend and splay out is fine) and are a little finicky application-wise. The short bristles allow for precise application to define, say, your cupids bow and keep a clean lipline.

Hmm. Looking at Mecca Cosmetica’s website, I think I may need – ‘need’ being a subjective term – to try Pir√©e (rosy pink) and Odalisque (cantaloupe) before I make my final opinion on Larger Than Life gloss. Need.

NARS Larger Than Life lipglosses are AU$47 for 6ml, available now at Mecca Cosmetica. Gloss on!

There are 5 comments

  1. Tara

    I have always been put off by the NARS lip gloss scent.
    The vanilla scent that you describe- is it similar to MAC? I actually don’t mind the MAC lipstick and gloss scents.
    Thanks for the review

    1. swatchgirl

      It’s not as overtly strong as MAC’s vanilla scent, but it’s still noticeable. Just def not the same as the regular NARS scent, that’s for sure.

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