NARS Larger than Life Lipgloss in Rouge Tribal crossed over my desk last week from the NARS Fall 2012 Collection. I was quite excited about this shade as it looked like a rusty red shade with a warmth that I could pull off.
I never really liked red before purchasing MAC Queen’s Sin and every after that I’ve been obsessed with finding perfect shades of red that suit my skin tone. It really is true that if you search long enough you’re bound to find at least one shade of red that suits you and makes you look like a million bucks.
Let’s take a look at Rouge Tribal.
In the tube NARS Larger Than Life Lipgloss ($26) is a deep, warm shade of burgundy. It has a sparkle to it but this comes across as more metallic than refined shimmer.
Unfortunately the color comes across a bit too vampy on my lips. I had hopes for warmer red but I get a bit of a gothier plummy cherry that isn’t entirely flattering.
I’ve never actually tried the Larger Than Life formula and I was a little disappointed. It’s a thicker gloss with a very tiny pointed brush applicator for application. I think the formula suffers slightly due to this applicator as the gloss goes on less than smooth and you end up seeing patches of skin through the shade where the applicator failed to apply color adequately. It does have a fairly comfortable wear but the shade does migrate a good deal so a lip liner might keep it from traveling around your lip line. I noticed after the initial application it seemed to want to crawl around the bottom and top of my lip line, not pretty.
I’ve come to appreciate brush applicators on lipglosses as they build color so well however, in this case, they might have been better off with a sponge. An applicator this small seems quite useless? I really think the overall performance of the gloss would improve for me if the applicator was a shy bigger.
Rouge Tribal wasn’t exactly the shade of red I was hoping for Fall but I think the kill joy here was an applicator that just did a nice formula absolutely no justice. I felt like the more color I applied the more I ended up with patches of skin showing.
Hopefully NARS improves the applicator at some point as I truly believe it would help the formula along drastically.
Tried this shade?
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NARS Larger than Life Lipgloss in Rouge Tribal is available with the NARS Fall 2012 Collection now on counters or online at narscosmetics.com