NARS has so many beautiful holiday gift sets this year. So far I've managed to limit myself to one. I ordered the NARS Tech Fashion Lipgloss Coffret ($39 for a set of 4 mini glosses, 0.12 oz/4 ml each). I'm a major sucker for minis and the lip gloss set was too cute to pass up. The colors don't have names but are labeled with numbers:
- Shade I is a super sheer sparkling light peach with silver flecks
- Shade II is a mix of rose and bronze with gold and silver sparkles, also very sheer
- Shade III is a cool plum orchid with silver flecks
- Shade IV is a soft red with a hint of shimmer
Left to right, I, II, III, IV
Shade I and II are both very sheer but still show up on my lips. I think these will be better layered over lipstick if you want a more visible gloss look. Shade III and IV are both medium in pigment. All the colors have some degree of shimmer, I and II are more shimmery, while III and IV are not quite as sparkly on the lips. As far as I can tell there is no detectable scent or fragrance in the glosses. The finish is ultra glossy but not too wet looking. Lasting power is average. They adhere well to the lips but won't last the entire day without touchups.
These come with an angled sponge tip applicator.
Swatches are shown below applied on the arm with a couple swipes. Lip swatches are also straight from the tube, applied with the sponge tip:
A few comparisons to other colors for reference:
Set 1 with Shade I and II:
Bite Beauty Mix n Mingle Lush Fruit Lip Gloss in Papaya
MAC Cremesheen Glass in Romantic Overture
NARS Lip Gloss in Sweet Revenge
Surratt Lip Lustre in Ensoleille
Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl Full Shooting Stars (reviewed)
Set 2 with Shade III and IV:
Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Violet and Orchid
Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl Sheer Kissability (review)
Burberry Lip Gloss in Oxblood
I have more than enough gloss to last 20 lifetimes but I think this one is a winner. It has a good range of colors to suit a number of needs. The small sizes means I will be able to use them up easily within the next few months and not have to worry about them going bad. I'm a sucker for minis and I'm thrilled with this one. I love each and every shade in the collection which is rare for me when it comes to sets. It is limited-edition for holiday so once the sets sell out, they're gone.
I give it a huge thumbs up. If you've been eyeing this one, you might want to hold off until Black Friday or Cyber Monday to check for deals. I'll have a roundup in a couple days on deals posted on the blog.
The NARS Tech Fashion Lipgloss Coffret retails for $39. It's available at Nordstrom, Barneys, Neiman Marcus and Narscosmetics.com.
Did you get any of the NARS holiday sets? Any of them worth splurging for? They look so tempting and I'm trying to resist.