NARS Lipliner swatches

NARS Lipliner swatches

NARS Lipliner swatches

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.

NARS Lipliner swatches

NARS Lipliner swatches

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.

NARS Lipliner swatches

NARS Lipliner swatches

There are 2 comments

  1. Noeleen Bouma

    Hi Lara – I am desperately trying to find a Nars Lipliner in “Jilted Love”.
    Do you have any idea where I can purchase this particular colour in Oz?
    I really want this colour but can’t seem to locate – maybe it’s been replaced by another name/ colour at Nars?
    Thank you
    Noeleen

    1. swatchgirl

      Hi Noeleen! As far as I know Jilted Love has been discontinued, which is a real shame as it’s a fairly unique pale peachy pink lipliner and not something that a lot of brands make.

      Off the top of my head I’d suggest replacing it with some Make Up For Ever Aqua Lips liners – 18C Coral is a shade or two darker than Jilted Love, 23C Apricot Pink is a similar pinky-peachy-apricot-ish lipliner. If you’re in Sydney you can find Make Up For Ever at Sephora at Pitt St Mall, or order from http://www.pmstudio.com.au/

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