Fun fact: one of my favorite forms of retail therapy is wandering around Sephora, swatching pretty lip colors up my forearms and treating myself to something new. Some people unwind with a cocktail at happy hour; I buy fancy lipstick.
I picked up the NARS Power Matte Lip Pigment in the bright red-orange shade, Light My Fire, on Emily of Cupcakes & Cashmere’s recommendation, and loved the formula so much I added a few more shades to my stash over time.
Here’s why I’m officially hailing the NARS Power Matte Lip Pigments as My Favorite Long-Wearing Lip Color Of All Time (!!):
- These babies are crazy pigmented, with intense color payoff that lasts for hours: I can apply it in the morning and not think about it until after lunch. One swipe gives full, opaque coverage.
- The color fades pretty evenly, unlike other liquid lipsticks I’ve tried that flake off and get patchy after several hours of wear. By the afternoon, I usually just dab a bit of clear agave lip balm over top to blend out the color and I can stretch it a few more hours.
- Speaking of other liquid lipsticks: if you’ve tried them, you know they can be really drying and unpleasant to wear. The NARS Powermatte formula is super lightweight — it’s almost watery out of the tube and applies like ink on the lips — so it feels light and comfortable. However, it is a matte formula, so it’s still a bit drying after a full day of wear; I like to use this overnight agave lip mask to rehydrate after using this or any other matte lipstick.
Light My Fire is the perfect bold lip for spring. I love to wear it with bronzed-up skin and a good coat of mascara. It’s one of those fun, bold colors that does all the work in a look: it’s just as awesome paired with a black cocktail dress as it is with a casual white tee and jeans, and I’m all about it.
As always, I recommend checking out Temptalia for swatches of the full color collection!