July 24, 2013

NAR La Paz Pure Matte Lipstick Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

NAR La Paz Pure Matte Lipstick NARS 2013

NARS La Paz Pure Matte Lipstick is a shade that was released with the NARS Fall 2013 Collection. I wouldn’t typically purchase a shade like this for myself as 1. It’s matte and 2. It’s purple.

As crazy as I am and I promise I’m crazy, I typically avoid skipping around the city in purple lipstick. In my experience, some people can rock the socks rock off a great shade of purple. I, however, am not one of those lucky few.

But if you love orchid or purple NARS La Paz Pure Matte Lipstick might be your girl.

I fell in love with NARS Pure Matte Lipstick when they launched the shade Montego Bay. I recall loving that shade hardcore! Now that I think about it I need to shop my stash for that color and pull it out for some looks. Later on Moscow came into my sweaty little palms and again I was surprised that I adore matte lipstick so very much. And finally Amsterdam ended up in my makeup bag and yet again I found myself adoring a matte lipstick.

Too many times matte lipsticks look dry and are drying on my lips but Pure Matte Lipstick has always had a soft, velvet finish with full coverage that remained quite comfortable through the wear. NARS created their Pure Matte Formula with a soft, hydrating texture that applied fairly easily or at least in my experience that’s been the case.

NAR La Paz Pure Matte Lipstick

NAR La Paz Pure Matte Lipstick Swatches

I can’t say the same for La Paz. This is a purplish berry shade with an opaque finish that has a good deal drier a texture than many of the Pure Mattes I’ve tried before. It has a gritty feel due to silver sparkle in the shade as well which by the way remains on lips well after color has faded. It tugged awfully on my lips on the first, second, and third stroke. It does offer opaque coverage with a goth-y purple sparkle finish. However, the drier texture is a deal breaker for myself and I’m sure many others.

As much as I’d love to recommend La Paz as a must have I’d skip it unless you’re really hard pressed pressed to find purple shades of lipstick. The formula was just dreadful all around.

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NARS Fall 2013 is on counters now.

Anyone try the shade?

How was your experience with it?

Do share!

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

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  • Misato-san

    I’m a sucker for purple lipsticks because I can rock them… I need to swatch it live but I can’t say I’m happy about the formula รง_รง

  • Angel

    These are getting such bad reviews. NARS needs to get their shi* together at these prices.

  • JenJ

    Aww man! Wanted to pick this. Oh well money in my pocket lol! I’ll stick with other purple lippies I have and love. Do better NARS! Hmph!

  • melissa

    i love purple lipstick but it doesn’t love me ๐Ÿ™ i look bad in it & i couldn’t handle the gritty feeling i have a pretty shade of lipstick that is covergirl but its gritty so i hardly ever wear it, i don’t own any NARS yet i loved the othe shades you posted above & the purple is pretty but not for me either

  • lil’eve

    too bad because i love purple and havent found any shades at the drugstore i like.