Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Review and Swatches
Another lip product review – are you surprised? This one is a good one – but unfortunately, it does come with a steep price tag (C$34). Is it worth it? Keep on reading to find out.
The Nars Powermatte Lip Pigments live in sturdy square tubes that have a window on the side which show the colour of the product fairly accurately. The applicator is very stiff and barely moves during the application process – which is a trait that is unseen for most lip products. Although this type of applicator may not work for most liquid lipsticks, it was actually very fitting for the thin consistency of this product (more on that later). Unfortunately, the down side to the thin consistency in regards to the packaging is that the product can spill out of the neck of the tube, and makes the packaging messier. The wand also tapers to a thinner tip, which aids in lining the lips or cleaning up the edges of the lip line, which I appreciated.
All in all, the leaking issue is the only issue with the packaging, but unfortunately, it’s a pretty bad one. I couldn’t even lie it down on its side without it leaking all out from the mouth of the tube and even to the outside. So I definitely don’t recommend bringing this on-the-go in a purse, or when you’re traveling. Instead, keep it upright at all times. I was pretty disappointed in how the packaging performed, especially for how expensive the Nars Powermattes are.
The Nars Powermatte Lip Pigments are incredibly unique because of three things – their consistency, pigmentation, and ability to not emphasize lip lines.
Firstly, these are by far the thinnest liquid lipsticks I’ve never tried. If you were to put a particularly large amount on the back of your hand, it would start dripping.
Even though this product is thin, it is SO intensely pigmented. Often times I like to sheer out all of my liquid lipsticks for a long-wearing, everyday lip colour. By feathering out the liquid lipstick at the lip line, it will look more like it was applied by a bullet lipstick, but it has the longevity of a liquid lipstick. The Nars Powermatte Pigments are the best for doing this technique because the product is so liquidy and easy to manipulate.
My favourite way to wear these are to apply three dots to the center of my bottom lip, rub my lips together and then use a finger to feather the product out to meet my lip line. This creates a beautiful stain-like effect
The best quality about the Nars Powermattes is that unlike every other liquid lipstick that I’ve tried, these don’t emphasize lip lines. They are also not drying and barely feel like anything when they are on the lips. If you have been on the search for a matte lip product that doesn’t look like it’s sucking the life out of your lips, you’ll like these.
With all that being said, these will not last very long on your lips if you are eating oily foods. Similarly to my favourite drugstore liquid lipsticks, the Maybelline Matte Inks, these will eventually wear off once you start eating foods that contain oil.
If you are looking for a matte, long wear, comfortable, pigmented lip product, I would definitely recommend this product. This is definitely the best matte liquid lipstick I’ve ever tried before, but the steep price tag and leaky packaging holds me back from purchasing more colours. If you are looking to splurge, and you don’t mind the fact that it cannot be brought in your purse for touch ups throughout the day, then I say go for it.
Have you tried the Nars Powermatte Lip Pigments before? What do you think of them?