NARS Pure Matte Lipstick Amsterdam Review & Swatches

I fell in love with NARS Pure Matte Lipstick when they launched the MLBB (my lips but better) lip shade Montego Bay and later for Summer, Moscow fell into my possession and yet again I fell in love with a matte lipstick. Now NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Amsterdam has landed on my desk and yet again, I find myself falling even deeper in love with this formula.

I dunno how but NARS somehow convinced me that matte is a rather nice finish.

The shades mentioned above and the new shade, Amsterdam, released for Fall 2012, are perfect examples that indeed mattes are wearable and have a formula that can be done right.

Too many times matte finishes fall victim to being terribly drying and looking quite nice at first application but as wear time goes on they begin to fade, bleed, feather, migrate, and dry out terribly. NARS successfully created a formula with a soft, velvety finish, full color coverage, and a long, comfortable wear that remains fresh.

NARS Pure Matte Lipstick ($25) is a easy to wear matte formula which is quite hydrating and has a smooth glide during application. Some mattes apply quite patchy but NARS’ formula seems to yield full color coverage on first swipe. They wear light and comfortable for me and I never feel like it looks less than smooth on my lips even if I’m suffering from a bit of dryness.

Amsterdam is a warmer shade of brownish red that can be worn easily if you can’t wear truer shades of red without looking like a clown. The color has just the right warmth to add elegance to your Fall looks.

For me the shade proves an easy wear due to that warmth.

Again, NARS proves to me that matte’s aren’t all evil. A superior formula, a gorgeous shade of color for Fall, and a long, strong comfortable wear time makes this matte shade and this matte lipstick in general well worth the purchase.

With Gloss

Muse Approved.

Amsterdam is a gorgeous shade for Fall and as always NARS Pure Matte Lipstick continues to impress me each time I try a new shade.


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  • 7/26/12 14:12 Michelle:

    A great look for you! I’m not a matte lipstick girl at all but I can make an exception for this one. This makes me want to find a TARDIS (that’s what you call them, right?) and teleport myself to Fall so I can finally dig out my sweaters and start wearing all the autumn makeup collections. Hurry up, Labor Day! :)


    • 7/26/12 14:16 the Muse:

      girl you don’t need the tardis, it’s right around the corner ;D!


  • 7/26/12 14:26 Kaitlin:

    Ooh, might have to nab this! It looks very nice on you!


    • 7/26/12 14:42 the Muse:

      thanks dear <3!


  • 7/26/12 14:33 18thCenturyFox:

    Love matte formula, gorge color! Dd you use clear gloss because I like that shade even better


    • 7/26/12 14:42 the Muse:

      just clear gloss right on top, give it a little pop :)


  • 7/26/12 14:50 Miss PK:

    So pretty! Thanks for sharing this. Btw, I love love that you share a beautiful face pic wearing the lipstick.


    • 7/26/12 15:08 the Muse:

      aw thanks miss pk! hope it’s a little helpful!!!!!!!!! <3!


  • 7/26/12 16:06 Nadege:

    That looks great on you!


    • 7/26/12 16:08 the Muse:

      thanks nadege 😀 <3!


  • 7/26/12 20:47 Jones:

    LOVE it !! This is what I thought afghan red would look like but that color’s great too lol


  • 7/27/12 16:29 Beth Maiorana:

    Love it!! Now I want all those others, too. I’m going to get them. I was wondering about NARS lip formulas- I am just getting recently acquainted with their shadows. I love ’em … xoxo Beth in Pgh 😉


  • 7/27/12 19:06 Kimryan8:

    Sex-aaay! That looks awesome on you! I want that lipstick.


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