It seems like liquid matte lipsticks are having another moment – they were everywhere a few years ago and then the hype died down a bit as glossy products took over, and now they’re back! Charlotte Tilbury, Dior, and Nars all launched very similar products around the same time within the last month… and, I might be a little biased, but I am loving the Nars Powermatte Lip Pigments and the new and improved Precision Lipliners, which launched on September 1st at most Nars counters in the UK.
Okay, let’s start with the Powermatte Lip Pigment… It’s unlike any liquid matte lipstick that I’ve ever tried. The formula is so lightweight, it isn’t creamy or thick like other liquid lipsticks, it’s actually pretty watery, which makes it feel like you’re barely wearing anything on your lips, even though the pigment is super strong! This thin texture means it builds easily and won’t go all cakey, thick, and flakey as you layer it up.
The applicator shape is also completely different to the usual doe foot ones. It’s more pointed at the end, making it so much easier to get that precise edge around your lips, especially around the cupid’s bow. But make sure, when you go to apply it, wipe a little bit of the product off on the rim of the bottle so that the runny liquid doesn’t go everywhere!
Once on, it’ll dry down to an opaque velvety matte texture that won’t smudge and stays on pretty well. You will obviously have to reapply a bit after eating and drinking but what lipstick actually stays on all day?!
These come in 20 shades and the lipliners come in 26, so there’s plenty of choice for everyone! I have Get it on in the Powermatte Lip Pigment, and Camargue in the lipliner, both a sort of nude colour. Some of the lipliners go well with the Powermatte Lip Pigment shades, but they don’t match exactly, which some people would find annoying but I think that’s quite nice… because there’s more of a colour range (I love wearing the lipliners on their own as well), and you can create more depth to the lips if you apply a lipliner that’s a little darker or lighter but still the same tone as the lipstick.
The new lipliners are so much better than old ones – there’s loads more shades, and the texture is perfect. The other Nars lipliners are quite stiff in texture and don’t glide on nicely; these ones are so much softer and creamier. And I prefer that they’re just basic wooden pencils that you sharpen, rather than the twisty up ones, as you can get a sharper point. I always used to swear by the Mac pencil lipliners, but now I think I’m going to have to stock up on these as I think they might actually be better.
As you can see the colours are pretty different, even though they’re meant to go together. But I don’t think the Powermatte Lip Pigments need a liner as I haven’t found them to bleed and they are so long lasting on their own. The lipliners are also matte, so if you want a less intense matte lip, just wear one of those on its own. I’m just so happy Nars finally released an amazing colour range of liners all in one go! You can probably find a good match for any lipstick with all these lipliner colours.
And here’s a massive close-up of my lips… my camera is too good and shows every bump and pore but please ignore that! This is just to show the texture of the Powermatte Lip Pigment on the lips. I would say they’re the best matte lipsticks Nars have created, as they’re not drying at all and they give you the most precision when applying them. Not to mention the packaging is super sleek and cool. They’re the best liquid matte lipsticks I’ve tried, even better than Dior and Charlotte Tilbury and any other brand.
Let me know what you think of these if you’ve tried them, peeps! Thanks for reading xx