In the words of the eternally wise and beautiful Jackie Aina, every girl should have a signature red lipstick – you just have to find the one that works for you. I’ve been on a mission to find my perfect red ever since I started this blog, first with Perfect Shade, and then with Sleek. So far, no joy, but then in my goodie bag from the Glamour Beauty Festival I found a NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in the shade Starwoman – a vivid blue red, which is exactly what I needed for my fair, neutral undertone complexion. NARS is a high end brand with a solid reputation, and their Radiant Creamy Concealer is my absolute fave. This whole time, did I just need to go high end? Was this the answer to my prayers?
No. It was not. The colour is undeniably gorgeous and I can’t fault them for that. The formula is thin but creamy, and application was made easy thanks to the pointed applicator which can be used to line as well as fill in. However. It’s not transfer proof. In fact, this is probably the least transfer proof lipstick I’ve ever used. It got everywhere – on my teeth as I was applying it, on my sleeve, all over my hands, and obviously around my mouth and chin too. This wasn’t just a one time thing where I fucked up and managed to smudge it everywhere – even today when taking photos just of the lipstick itself for this post, it went all over my table. It’s honestly a nightmare. Super pretty, great for selfies, but other than that, I would stay well away. It’s such a shame because it’s such a stunning colour, and I’m shocked because it’s advertised as staying in place all day. It’s a no from me.
Not one to let some smudging get in the way of a selfie, though, here is my finished look – I teamed it with a sparkly liquid eyeshadow from Stila (which truly is smudge proof and I will be reviewing in due course) for a Hollywood Glam look. As usual, all products used for this look are listed below.
Have you had a better time with the Powermatte Lip Pigments than me? Do you have a recommendation for the perfect red lip? Let me know!
- Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer, £24 (CF)
- Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation in 120, £26 (CF, V)
- NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly, £24
- Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, £29 (CF)
- Bleach London Contour-Nuity in Bones 5, £4.50 (CF, V)
- Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Bronzer in Golden Days, £4 (CF, V)
- Glossier Cloud Paint in Beam, £15 (CF)
- BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Moonstone, £32.00 (CF*, V)
Brows & Eyes
- Anastasia Beverley Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Soft Brown, £19 (CF, V)
- Benefit 24-Hour Brow Setter Clear Brow Gel, £20
- Benefit Stay Don’t Stray Eyeshadow Primer in Light/Medium, £22
- Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer in C1, £4 (CF, V)
- Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Peach Glow, £3.99
- Urban Decay Naked Palette using Naked and Buck, £39.50 (CF)
- Stila Cosmetics Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Gold Goddess, £23 (CF)
- Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, £16.00 (CF, V)
- Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara in Black, £8.99
- Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in Brown, £8.99
- NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in Starwoman, £23
*BECCA has recently been acquired by Estée Lauder which may jeopardise its cruelty free status; Estée Lauder sell their products in mainland China, where animal testing is required by law for cosmetics.