NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment Review + Swatches on Dark Skin

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Read ALL about my review process including how I take swatches, photos, and more here.

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In “OMG F-I-N-A-L-L-Y” news, NARS has entered the liquid lipstick world. Except of course a name like “liquid lipstick” isn’t enough of a name for a brand like NARS. Nah. NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment is definitely more fitting.

I’m not going to lie, in this world of Insta-beauty and with SO MANY brands coming out with liquid lipsticks, I was a little weary. In fact I’ve been on a gloss kick practically all year. But when I first tried these—–GURL.nars powermatte lip pigment 3

So I was invited to the NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment launch party and was given the entire collection (I’m missing Warm Leatherette in the first batch of swatches since I have doubles of one shade but then I was able to get a hold of Warm Leatherette so I swatched it separately) to take home. The packaging is sleek and substantial like we’re used to seeing with NARS. I like the peekaboo window that allows you to see the product color.

I’ve tried a bunch of liquid lipsticks (see my reviews here) and out of all that I’ve tried, NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment is high on my list of favorites which also include Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick and MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lip Colour.

These go on like a gloss and dry down matte but they never feel matte. It’s almost like they have a satin feel on the lips—you can actually forget you’re wearing it at times. Wear is awesome though depending on what you eat or drink, you might notice fading in the center (i.e. if you eat something oily, saucy, etc). I also loved that when I needed to touch-up, it didn’t feel goopy or look dry and hard.

The colors are really pigmented and I was very impressed that the deeper vampier colors like Paint It Black and Wild Night applied evenly (you know how darker colors can get streaky).nars powermatte lip pigment wand

I also love the applicator—it allows for even application but if you want precision, use a lip pencil.

There are 20 shades in total. Here are the official shade descriptions:

SLOW RIDE: Soft Brown Pink
GET IT ON: Tan Rose
LOW RIDER: Bright Peachy Pink
GIVE IT UP: Fuchsia
GET UP STAND UP: Bright Pink Coral
LIGHT MY FIRE: Vivid Orange Red
DON’T STOP: Geranium
STARWOMAN: Vivid Blue Red
ROCK WITH YOU: Deep Mulberry
DONE IT AGAIN: Chocolate Brown
WILD NIGHT: Deep Lilac
JUST WHAT I NEEDED: Burnished Rose

NOTE: Because of lighting, the red lip color swatches look very similar in the swatch pictures, but there are differences in undertone. Please refer to the shade descriptions to know the nuances.

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NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment Swatches

Press play below for labeled lip swatches. There’s no sound on the video so feel free to watch from almost anywhere. I didn’t have Warm Leatherette at the time I filmed these. Shown is NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment on its own—I don’t swatch with liner or anything else so you can see the product all on its own. I do use makeup wipes on my lips back to back to remove the color (which burns like hell…lol) and sometimes that can affect how lip products adhere to my lips.

NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment Swatches on Dark Skin from Danielle Gray on Vimeo.

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Warm Leatherette is swatched separately because I initially didn’t have it in the set I took home after the NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment launch party. Then after I had already photographed and filmed the other 19 shades, I got my hands on Warm Leatherette.

See more NARS reviews & swatches here

: $26 each. Available July 5,2017 on Sephora Mobile App Available July 6,2017 at NARS Boutiques and on Available July 13, 2017 at Sephora and on

Which NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment colors are you checking for? Tell me in the comments!

NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment Swatches on Dark Skin

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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas,, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style expert on CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.
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5 Responses to NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment Review + Swatches on Dark Skin

  1. Ohsoshy says:

    Thank you! I just got a notification from the Sephora app that it was available for early purchase as a VIB. I hadn’t planned on buying anything but I might change my mind.

  2. JuliePoules says:

    What did you think about “Rock with you”? It looks so dark swatched on your arm but on your lips it looks so different! What color would you compare it to?

    • Danielle says:

      Hi JuliePoules!

      Even in person it looks dark on my arm but on my lips you can see more of the burgundy color in it. My bottom lip is pink though so it could make the color look a bit different than when swatched on my arm. It’s a pretty color either way though.

  3. nycluxe says:

    I am a devout Stila fan – but really curious about the NARS collection. Which did you prefer: Nars or Stila for liquid lipstick?

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