Lip Service: NARS Mysterious Red


Can you really have too many lipsticks?

I debate this question every time a ‘new and improved’ red lip color crosses my eyeline. Sometimes I resist the urge to adopt one… sometimes I don’t. In the case of NARS Mysterious Red (Autumn 2013), I lost the argument.

Like other Velvet Matte Lip Pencils, this one is incredibly easy to use, and can double as a lipliner (with careful application) and a lipstick.

Some people might find this formula a bit drying. If you’re not a fan of the ‘feeling’ of matte lipsticks, I suggest a light balm under this one, as it has the tendency to ‘pull’ a bit once its set. It goes on almost silicone smooth, but can feel a little dry as time wears on. Too much balm will change the ‘finish’ of this lip color though, from matte to satin. So use the least amount of balm possible to get the job done.

with flash

without flash

You can find out more about NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red HERE.

Lip Service: Mia Mariu

A lovely brand called Mia Mariu made its way to the Adventures In Makeup offices…
The company offers a selection of lip colors and formulas that are rather impressive. They’re both hydrating and highly saturated with color, and I found them very comfortable and easy to wear.

Top:  Hydrating Stick Glosses in Tango, Encanto, Granada, and Seduccion
Bottom: Lip Liners in Merlot and Marron, and Lip Gloss in Tentacion
Encanto (my favorite)
Merlot & Marron
Color me impressed with this lip selection. I can’t believe how flattering the colors are… I’m particularly blown away by Encanto (which I thought might look garish on my warm skin tone). The price point for these lippies is attractive as well…they range from $11 to $15. You can find out more about Mia Mariu products HERE.

MAC Quite Cute: Bubble Tea!

Bubble Tea Plushglass is likely my favorite from the new MAC Quite Cute collection. It’s taken me until now to properly swatch it. It looks like a straight nude in real life, but goes pink with flash on me. I lined my lips with Boldly Bare lip pencil for the swatch:

I love the minty feeling when you put it on, and I like the fact that it’s NOT sticky. MAC is doing better and better with these lip glass formulas. I remember when they would catch everything floating in the air.. including bugs! Ugh. That was a long time ago… thank goodness.

Ciao for now!