NARS Zambeze Photogloss Lip Lacquer ($26) is one of four, limited edition lipgloss shades that launched with the NARS Man Ray Holiday 2017 Collection. P.S. You should know there’s a shade called Muse too. Ahem, possibly named after me.
Not really, only in my dreams.
But in all seriousness, NARS Zambeze Photogloss Lip Lacquer is one of the wearable nudes that goes great with a smoky eye. You know, nude lipstick and lipgloss is a weird thing for me. I’ve always avoided the shade like the plague because it gave me such a bad case of zombie lips. Fast forward to a few years ago and I started slowly getting into nudes more and more. Suddenly, it’s like a can of Pringles, once you pop you can’t stop. I’m literally addicted to constantly trying and adding new nude shades to my stash. It’s become an odd obsession of mine to find the perfect nude and even when I do I still enjoy the hunt to find the next great one that will look good with my complexion.
Granted, there are plenty of zombie lip shades out there that I’ve come across in my travels but there are plenty of really flattering nudes too. And guess what?
NARS Zambeze Photogloss Lip Lacquer is one!
The NARS Photogloss Lip Lacquer is one of the brand’s thicker lipglosses although, calling this lipgloss might be a stretch. The hybrid texture has the shine of a gloss but the texture of a thicker, creamier liquid lipstick and the pigmentation of one as well. The formula is super pigmentation on a single application with opaque coverage and a nice hint of shine with a lightly moisturizing feel and a vanilla flavor and fragrance that disappeared fairly fast after applying. There’s a bit of tackiness here but overall, nothing uncomfortable and although quite thick I still felt very comfortable wearing this product without issues of migration, feathering, or heaviness. I got about four hours of wear and during that time color remained very strong without fading or sinking into my natural lip lines. Although, during the initial application there was some streaking so, I had to swipe the sponge across my lips a few times to get smooth, even coverage.
I was concerned the color was a bit too brown for me aka zombie lips. You get it right? But the warm orange-y caramel undertone ended up working quite great with my light medium skin and thankfully I wasn’t looking like living dead girl after application. It’s a very easy to wear nude that should work across a variety of skin tone!
All in all, a great shade and formula from NARS well worth exploring. The shade is available for a limited time so if it does work for you, you might want to grab a back up because we all know how hard it is finding that perfect shade of nude lipgloss or lipstick.
Are you planning on picking it up?