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This Is The Underdog Liquid Lipstick You Need To Know About

KULALA Beauty Clubber makes the case for the NARS Velvet Lip Glide a.k.a your new wingwoman at work and the party-slash-date after.

Welcome to KULALA Beauty Club, where YOU our dear readers help us suss out the best in the beautysphere. This week, we have Meryl (@meryljl) and her review of YSL Beauty’s Dessin Du Regard Eyeliner Pencil. Meryl sees herself as something of a double agent – a risk manager by day, a jazz singer by night. Makeup is her weapon of choice in both lives. 

A fan of NARS for about 10 years since trying their Orgasm blusher, I’ve tried a fair representation of their products, from the liquid foundations to the lipsticks. This is my first time trying their liquid lipstick and I was pleasantly surprised by the NARS Velvet Lip Glide.

Colour – the foremost reason for wearing lipstick. True to the elusive NARS quality, something about the shade Le Palace made my lips look sensual and alluring, almost like the colour you get after biting your lips. Unlike most shades of red which tend to be almost too vampy or too bright for day wear, this was just the right shade and my colleagues promptly asked what it was on Day 1 of the test. The next day, I noticed them jumping on the red lip bandwagon.

I loved that I could dial up the intensity of the vampy vibe by controlling the amount I applied. For example, I would drop some on the middle of my lips and purse them for my natural day look at work. I could also do a full application with the wand for a glossy high-glamour look, or blot my lips after that to make it more matte (read: mysterious and alluring). The colour also photographed well under different lighting – day light, white office light and stage light.

I never used to like liquid lipsticks because they are typically either too greasy or plastic-looking, and don’t last. The now-popular long-lasting matte ones are too drying for my liking. This Velvet Lip Glide was different as it had a thick consistency which could be spread evenly with the applicator or just by pursing my lips. It was really easy to use because of the evenness of pigments and smooth finish. The initial hour had a hydrating feel and glossy look. Thereafter, when it dries, it feels like your lips have been coated with smooth velvet, but not at all drying. The red did not bleed, a huge win for red lipsticks. It lasted even after eating and even drinking soup, and I only had to reapply after five hours to adjust the intensity of the colour. Expectedly, the colour will not last if you eat oily food, but that also means that it can be easily removed by any standard makeup remover without leaving a stain.

If I may be picky, the only downside to it is the relatively large packaging – approximately 15 percent larger than a regular lipstick that I’d bring out for touch-ups. The packaging is ace though. I love the clear square packaging which added a touch of class. I highly recommend this for the busy girl who does not have the time to keep retouching her makeup, and also the on-the-go working girl who wants to dial up her daytime look to something more alluring for date nights.

Thanks, Meryl! Want to join the KULALA Beauty Club? Head on over here to see how you can be a part of it. For more beauty reviews like this, click over here for our “Best of Beauty” series.

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