Nude Up! | Nars Chelsea Girls and Bobbi Brown’s Cocoa
I had been considering NARS’ Lip Lacquer in Chelsea Girls for some time and during my last trip to Sephora, its gravitational pull finally landed it in my shopping basket. I am so glad it did.
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NARS describes the colour as a nude beige. I would also add that there is a kiss of pink in there. I think that really makes this wearable as a nude without looking too muddy. On its own, it pulls more tan than pink, but I like to wear it with a tan to med-brown liner to up the beige quotient. My fave liner is Bobbi Brown’s Coco Lip Liner, but good MAC substitutes would be Oak, Stripdown, Cork, or BBQ depending on your lip pigmentation.
Makeup artists, this is a great item for your kit as it skillfully tones down and nudes up any colour you add it too. Additionally, it would be super for a client who, surprise, has the worst chapped lips ever.
NARS Lip Lacquers are extremely comfortable and very moisturizing. The formula feels more like one of MAC’s Tinted Lip Conditioners than a lipglass. Chelsea Girls provides a sheer to surprisingly opaque texture. The fact that it builds so gradually makes it perfect a wide range of lip pigmentations.
There are a few downsides to this lip gloss. One is that there is a lot of lanolin in it (to give it moisturizing properties) and you can kind of smell it. It doesn’t bother me, but I know scent preferences are highly personal and can be a big influencing factor when purchasing. Additonally, I wore this with primer and it held up pretty well, but it’s not one that will hold up through dinner and cocktails. Oh, and these do lack any SPF.
Overall: Great texture, fantastic buildability, amazing colour, very moisturizing and a super multi-tasker.
Who likes the NARS Lip Lacquers? Any Chelsea Girls wearers out there? How do you wear it?