Name: NARS Sheer Lipstick in Flamenco
Date of Purchase: Feb. 2012
Notes: NARS was the first beauty brand I fell in
love with, and it remains my favorite to this day. (That said, my
experience is limited; with the exception of two YSL lip products and two Chanel nail polishes, I haven’t made a foray
into truly high-end brands, and let’s hope it stays that way for now.)
NARS strikes me as a smaller, more subdued, and slightly more expensive
version of MAC. Each brand offers a good blend of hardworking neutrals
and crazy neons at a mid-range price point, but whereas MAC releases
multiple huge collections per season, NARS’ seasonal collections are
less overwhelmingly frequent and more carefully curated. I don’t own a huge number of NARS products, but I’ve been
very impressed by almost all the ones I’ve tried. Which brings me to my
first NARS purchase: the sheer rose-red Flamenco.
When I say I have dry lips, I mean that it’s a good day when they’re not
bleeding. I’ve tried a number of ostensibly “moisturizing”
lipsticks, with mixed results (looking at you, Revlon Lip Butters). So
you can trust me when I say that NARS sheer lipsticks are as soothing as
lip balm. They also smell wonderful—a faint herbal scent, like fruity
tea. I haven’t worn Flamenco in a while, but when I swatched it this
morning, I was reminded of why it’s the only lipstick I’ve ever used up
and repurchased. (To be completely honest, I lost my first tube, but it
was almost used up.)
Flamenco is pigmented for a sheer lipstick. You can easily build it up to near-opacity, but no matter how sheer you wear it, it’s always red. Which kind of amazes me: surely a sheer
red would be, well, pink? Flamenco is not pink. It’s a neutral red that
leans a bit cool; its warm-toned counterpart in NARS’ sheer lipstick
line is Manhunt, a beautiful reddish coral.
Here, one coat of Flamenco:
Two coats, on my lips:
My other makeup is the combination I've been wearing almost every day this winter: NARS Lhasa eyeshadow over a coat of Maybelline cream eyeshadow in Tough as Taupe, and a bit of Lhasa on the lower lash line; Maybelline LashBlast Length mascara; NARS Coeur Battant blush.
I don't have a good explanation for why I rarely wear Flamenco anymore. (I do have an ungood explanation: sheer fickleness.) I don't even have any dupes for Flamenco in my collection; the closest thing I own is Revlon Red Velvet lip butter, which is much darker and browner than Flamenco.
How do normal people end blog posts? Cough mumble time to write an outline of a dissertation chapter I haven't yet researched. The joys of grad school.