Review & Swatches: NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in “Amsterdam”

NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Amsterdam

Availability: Sephora, NARS
Price: $25.00

Company’s Description

Bright. Bold. Perfectly matte. This super-rich lipstick provides high-impact payoff: an ultra-pigmented, long-wearing formula that glides on effortlessly with comfortable wear.

NARS’ Pure Matte Lipstick in Amsterdam is a new shade released with the company’s Fall 2012 collection. NARS describes Amsterdam as a garnet red.

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Packaging: 9/10

This lipstick comes in a thin tube made of NARS’ classic black, rubberized plastic. The cap slides on and off and the base twists to push up more product.

Quality: 9.8/10

Amsterdam is a deep red that does not lean too orange and leaves a satin-matte finish.

The formula, though matte, doesn’t dry out the lips. It won’t moisturize them either, so those who want moisture will need to apply a balm on top.

What I love about this color is its durability. The color lasts on my lips for a good 3+ hours. What’s even better is that it wears off evenly, which is very rare for a lipstick (color usually wears significantly more quickly in the middle of the lips than at the edges). Even after the product comes off, Amsterdam leaves a good-strength stain on your lips for another hour.

The other thing I like about this product is that you can wear it sheer or intense. It looks beautiful either way.

Ease of Use: 8.75/10

The formula is dry, so it will skip over the skin a bit. You can press and rub your lips together, or layer the product to even its finish.

Price: 7.5/10

For $25.00 you get 0.07 ounces of product. This is an expected price, but you get significantly less product than with other market-equivalent brands.

Final Grade

NARS Pure Matte Lipstick Packaging

NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Amsterdam

NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Amsterdam

NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Amsterdam Swatch

NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Amsterdam Applied Sheer

NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Amsterdam Applied

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