I purchased Gold Digger from the Spring 2014 collection. On my pigmented lips it look like I sucked all the grease out of a piece of fried chicken. There was a slight plastic taste and smell and the applicator was a grand smokin' mess. No,no,no this baby is going back asap.lol
I just discovered this lip gloss last weekend, and I fell in love. I bought the color "Candy Says" which is described as a shimmery strawberry pink, but I dont think it is. It is not a bright pink color. To me it is a beautiful light-medium pinky peach color with shimmer. It is almost exactly the same color as Nars lipstick in "Sexual Healing" except the lipstick has more frost. Both the Sexual healing lipstick and this gloss in Candy says are my HG colors for my NW25 skin tone. Would highly recommend. The only thing I dont care for is the tiny brush applicator! But overall, I love and would like more colors.
I have the shade coeur sucre and I love it. I like the color, not super pigmented but pigmented enough to deposit a true colour. It's very very high shine! That's what I love! Very seductive looking. Last long and I kinda like how thin it applies with a thick texture. Unlike some glosses that are thick and goopey. The brush is tiny so i have to apply it for a while with my big lips but other than that and the price it's perfect
A friend of mine had this in her bag on New Years Eve and she let me try it out. Like her, I layered it over NARS Amsterdam (she inspired me to get that lipstick as well), and the result was a more stunning, shimmering, warm oxblood lip than I'd ever been able to create before. I knew I had to have it.
Apart from the color, the first thing I noticed was how thick this gloss is, which I prefer to thinner glosses. Being that my lips are prone to feathering, a thicker, stickier gloss formula is a bit of a must. With this gloss, I find that when worn over liner and a long-wearing lipstick, I don't experience much feathering (there's a tiny amount, but nothing a clear liner around the edge of my lips won't fix in the future), and it lasts for quite a long time. I wore it for about four hours until I removed it before bed, and it was still quite shiny and pigmented. In fact, it seemed to help my lipstick stay on longer.
It doesn't seem to dry my lips out at all, which is a plus, since the wrong formula can do some major damage to my sensitive lips.
As I mentioned, the color is gorgeous. It's a terrific deep burgundy laced with warm shimmer. It does not pull cool against my skin tone, so it definitely keeps the burgundy hue when applied, rather than turning to burgundy like many other deep red glosses. This is truly a warm shade, perfect for the colder months.
The packaging is pretty standard. NARS doesn't go crazy making their packaging look ornate, and I prefer the simplicity. The brush applicator is a bit too stiff and small for my liking, but it's not unusable. I would prefer a more flexible brush, or a standard doe-foot applicator, but it's a small detail.
The price is hefty at $26, but for the life of me, I cannot find a decent dupe of this color and formula. Would I repurchase? Perhaps, if I don't ever find a good dupe.
EDIT: Tried it for the first time on its own, and it was so hard to apply evenly. When I pressed my lips together at all, it clumped up around the edges of my lips and it looked ridiculous. Darn. It's perfect over a dark red lip color, but I'm not really into the idea of having a lip gloss that serves only one purpose. I returned it and bought Buxom Diamond Lips in Starr, and it works beautifully on its own, or over a multitude of lipsticks (I already tried it). Sad - I was really feeling the NARS gloss at first...
I absolutely love NARS, it is my favourite makeup brand but these glosses are a let down. I have them in the shades 'Born this Way' and 'Gold Digger'. Born This Way is a pretty light pink shade with bluey undertones which unfortunately doesn't show up on my lips at all since my lips are a very bright papaya colour on their own so it shows up as a clear gloss. Gold Digger is also a pretty shade that doesn't really show up on my lips (looks like a clear shimmer) and while it may work nicely for someone who has less pigmented lips, an exact dupe for this shade is Maybelline's Almond Crush lipgloss and the formula of the Maybelline one is WAY nicer and the packaging is high end-esque too! Since I do have pigmented lips, I'm not really judging these lip glosses more on the colours but on the formula. This lip gloss is thick, get-caught-in-your-hair, unpleasant-to-kiss-with sticky. I just find the feeling of these glosses absolutely unbearable on my lips and when I go to eat or kiss my lovely man, it feels absolutely disgusting. For the prices of these glosses, I am quite disappointed.
I had gone to Sephora to treat myself to some of the classic Nars lipglosses when this formula caught my eye and I tried it on. The little brush is obnoxious to use but I really liked that this formula is thicker and tackier in texture than the classic formula. It also has better color payoff and I like the stickiness because it lasts longer. One major plus is that is fragrance free, which is important to me because I have sensitivities to fragrances. Another thing I noticed is that my chronically dry lips got a lot better when I started using these lipglosses. I don't know if its the formula or the lack of fragrance is keeping them from getting chapped but that's a huge deal to me, so much that I will be definitely be getting more of these. So far I have Odalisque which is a beautiful light melon shade, and Paris Follies, a pretty warm pink.
Edit: I bought two more. Piree, a very naturally looking nude pink similar to the regular Nars lipgloss in Chihuahua, and Viva, a classic warm rose shade somewhat similar to Dolce Vita.
I got the color 'spring break' in sample size. Its light- beige and super sticky. It flakes on me so I mix this with my other glosses so its not soo gooey. The brush is like a tiny Q- tip perhaps designed for precise application. Glad i got to try this small sample instead of splurging... didnt like the thick texture, color and flakiness. Wont purchase.
Although I love Nars this lip gloss was a bit of a let down. I got the larger than life lip gloss in the colour coeur sucre. It is a really pretty barbie pink colour with a little bit of sparkle but I do not like this lip gloss the because it is very sticky and hard to spread out evenly on your lips. the brush is not the best either.
I pair Holly Woodlawn with Niagra and its a goregous pink coral. This lipgloss gives great pigmentation, and does last a bit longer than most lipglosses. The color is amazing, and the texture of the gloss is not too sticky. It walks that fine line.
It's a little pricey and the applicator could be a bit better. However, it makes up for it with amazing color pay off and how it just brightens your face.
Try it out.
I've tried Nars lip glosses before, but thought they were nothing special. The Larger than Life collection has changed my mind. I went to Sephora today looking for a nude, opaque gloss that wouldn't look too pale on me. When I tried Tiber, a pinkish-brown nude color, I instantly knew I had found it. Tiber is the best nude lip gloss I have ever tried, hands down!! It's so creamy and has just the right amount of stickiness. I've only had this for a day, but I'm completely in love with it. I'll definitely be purchasing other colors from this collection & would highly recommend them.