This review is on the new NARS lipstick in Banned Red:
This shade is part of the NARS 2016 spring collection that includes another lipstick, two lipglosses, a few eyeshadows and a blush.
I’ve always been a sucker for red lipsticks – I admire you ladies who wear red lips on the regular and look awesome doing it! I, on the other hand, am not as confident as you!
I have a handful of red lipstick options in my own lipstick collection, however, I don’t tend to wear them very often. Working in an office setting, a bright bold red lip on me, would seem quite out of place. But with the NARS Banned Red lipstick shade, I think it’s a red that is totally wearable anytime and everywhere.
NARS lipsticks are definitely on the more pricey side of lipsticks but after my first experience with a NARS lipstick in the shade Dolce Vita, I can completely appreciate the price point and the quality of the product. If you want to read my review on Dolce Vita, click here!
I’ve seen Banned Red described as a “mulled wine” shade. The best I can describe it is a deep, warm red/brown/copper shade with a satin finish. I think this would actually look pretty good on any skintone. This shade has that “90’s” vibe going on – a good mix of the deeper reds and browns that were so “in” those days and have made a comeback again over the last few months – Hello, heard of Kylie Jenner much? 🙂
This formula is very creamy and quite opaque even with one swipe. I like to apply a few swipes on my lips, then blot it down with a tissue and then reapply one more time. This helps to make the lipstick last a bit longer on me and give me that satin-matte finish that I personally like. The wear time on this is actually very good – maybe a good 4-5 hours before fading – and even after it’s faded or come off, I’m left with a bit of a stain on my lips. This formula does not dry out my lips, if anything it keeps them quite hydrated because of how creamy it is.
On days where I’m feeling a bit bolder and want my lips to be the focus on my face that day, I will wear Banned Red and not feel too over the top.
You can find NARS Banned Red (along with the rest of the NARS 2016 spring collection) at Sephora for $35 Cdn.
I give the NARS Banned Red lipstick: a STANDING OVATION
Have you tried this lipstick or any of the NARS products? Like or dislike? Suggestions?
Thanks for reading!