REVIEW: NARS Lipstick in “Niagara”

While feeling bold and expressive on a routine trip to Nordstrom, I came across this NARS Lipstick in “Niagara” and fell in love before swatching it. This line of lipsticks is described as catering to a wide range of “captivating shades designed to provide the look and style the color dictates.” The formula claims to be “exceedingly long-wearing,” “nourishing,” and “non-drying with vitamin E.” NARS lipsticks come in three different formulas: satin, sheer, and semi-matte.


Originally, I’d say that the shade “Niagara” is out of my comfort zone, for sure. However, this “satin pinkish coral” shade is the perfect watermelon-coral-pinky shade that flatters. In some ways, it can be a very summery color; yet, at the same time, it could also translate to being festive for the holidays. So, in my book, this color wins for versatility. The formula is creamy and hydrating — and the color is sheer enough to be comfortable to wear in public; and, pigmented enough to feel like you’re getting color without it looking like a marker. The texture is smooth on the lips — kind of like your lips are naturally drenched with such a pretty color. The glossy finish is nice with a shade like this, and I love how shiny it is without looking too wet. It wears nicely and fades beautifully too. Win, win.

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This is my first NARS lipstick and I’m quite happy with its performance. The range is worth checking out, but for me, since I already have so many colors and brands to get through in my collection, I purposely picked a bold shade to make it worth purchasing. The reviews are very high for these lipsticks, so don’t forget to check these out next time you’re at a counter. I’d recommend “Niagara” because it’s incredibly girly and feminine, yet really sophisticated at the same time. The problem with nude-pink lips is that I feel like I can’t always wear a lip like that to work or school; and, it can look a little harsh and unnecessary during the day — even though it’s my favorite “lip look.” I think using “Niagara” will re-inspire me to play with lip colors during the day.

Retails for $26.00 USD.
Made in USA.
Item contains 0.12 oz.