I’ve been on a cleaning tear lately – if you follow me on Instagram you would’ve watched The Great Unfilthing carried out in real time! – and one of the things I’ve been doing is getting deep and dirty into my makeup drawers and sorting/cleaning/sharpening/throwing out everything that’s been gathering dust for months and years. One of the things I tidied up was my cache of eye and lipliners, relics from a past when I wore pencils as a matter of habit and hadn’t yet eschewed the art of lining. With that in mind I’ve unearthed my collection of Nars Lipliners, given them a cursory tidy up and swatched them here for reference. Please note that a lot of these liners have been discontinued, so this is more of a trip down memory lane than a helpful shopping guide.
Nars lipliner swatches in China Red, Times Square, Creole, Heat Wave, Miss Sadie, Funny Face and Jilted Love.
From top to bottom:
- Jilted Love is a soft peach creme, and one of my go-to liners for creating a soft nude lip. It is very opaque without being chalky or flat, and has enough warmth to avoid that dreaded beige-y corpse look that can come along with a fully blotted out lip.
- Funny Face is a brilliant bright pink creme that’s an identical match to Nars Funny Face and to a lesser degree Nars Schiap. This liner has been deleted from the Nars line which is a real shame, as it’s surprisingly difficult to find ultra bright and bold pink lipliners.
- Miss Sadie is a rose pink frost that I initially purchased to liven up MAC Bombshell lipstick and Nars Roman Holiday. I’m normally not a huge fan of frosted liners but this always came out looking pearly and plush, and not a dated looking flat frost.
- Heat Wave is an intense true orange cream which, like Funny Face, is a surprisingly difficult colour to source in a lipliner. It’s a little brighter than MAC What A Blast and Make Up For Ever Aqua Lips in 18C.
- Creole is a taupe shimmer lipliner that I used a lot – a lot – in my makeup kit. It’s the perfect liner for Mediterranean complexions and, like a lot of Nars liners, was very unique in the addition of shimmer to a colour family that’s normally played very neutral and straight.
- Times Square is a deep wine creme. It’s bold and rich without looking blackened or brown, and a go-to liner for creating a longwearing deep wine lip.
- China Red is, despite its name, not a red at al, but rather a bold and brash berry creme. It’s identical to MAC Beet lipliner.
One thing worth noting with Nars lipliners is that they’re all exceedingly long wearing. They physically last a long time on my lips and when they do finally fade, they leave a noticeable stain of colour that lasts for several hours. For that reason I recommend using them as an all-over lipliner and not just traced over the edge of your lipline. Although the core Nars lipliner range has been reduced to a ten colour selection, they’re still some of the best long-lasting lipliners available in the market.