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Nars Soft Matte Tinted Lip Balm

Random Lipstick Review

Glow Recipe Pop Lip Balm in Blueberry


Hello, sunshine! How are you all on these warm summer days? I hope you are all taking the time to chill and unwind. I have a quick review to share, and these are the lipsticks or lip products I have accumulated lately. I am not exactly sure where I got them. Some of them may have been given/gifted to me or purchased by me. I just do not remember anymore, but I have been looking at them and thought it might be a good idea to test them, talk about them, and see what my ultimate faves are.



Nars Audacious Sheer Matte Lipstick in Mathilde swatch


Nars Audacious Sheer Matte Lipstick in Mathilde – I think this was gifted to me. I am absolutely in love with the packaging of this lipstick. The bold shade of red with black butterflies swirling around the tube is so eye-catching. What an alluring packaging for a lipstick. Also, the product itself is really nice. It is indeed a true sheer matte lipstick that is light, but it packs a good pigment. It does not feel dry on the lips, yet it gives a blotted lip effect. The shade of the lipstick is another story. I do not think that the shade Mathilde fits me well. I think a deeper shade would be better.


Ilia Color Block Lipstick in Amberlight – Ahhh, this lipstick’s shade is purrrfect for my skintone. The shade is a blend of rose and somewhat brownish, which adds warmth to my skin. I would call this my everyday nude. The finish has a sheen to it, but it is not overly shiny. The packaging may seem understated, but I do not mind. After all, real beauty or talent can only be appreciated if you look close enough and not get distracted by the ones in front of you all the time.


Tom Ford Lip Color Satin Matte in To Die For – A beautiful lip color that is ideal for this summer. The shade is like watermelon-pink, which is a fun shade to wear. However, personally, I find this shade to be fitting for the younger generation. The packaging is a cute vintage pink which I love, but this will not be my ride-or-die lipstick anymore. Perhaps, a deeper shade will work better for me. Casablanca, I am looking at you, lol.


Tom Ford Lip Color Satin Matte in To Die For



Lancome L’Absolu Rouge in Peut-Être –  Ohhh, I call this the “Goblin lipstick” because this lipstick with this shade was featured in the Goblin kdrama series, a.k.a Guardian: The Lonely and Great God. If you have not watched the series, then you must. I highly recommend it. Now, back to the lipstick. I love the shade. It is an everyday mauve shade that seems to blend with the lips’ natural color. The shine is another story. I find the finish to be too shiny, but I still love the lipstick a lot.


Glow Recipe Pop Lip Balm in Blueberry – Pretty sure I purchased this myself. I have been curious about the hype of this lip product. This is not really a lipstick. This is a lip balm, and this is everywhere on Instagram. I love the simple yet pretty packaging of this balm, and from the way this looks, one might think that this adds a hint of color to the lips. But this does not. Nada. I thought at first that it is because I already have a natural pigment on my lips. However, other folks have observed the same thing as well. So, I just use this as a basic lip balm and lip scrub hybrid because this has some gritty texture. Swatching this will not show any color at all.


See the swatches below


ilia coloblock lipstick amberlight Swatch


Lancome L’Absolu Rouge in Peut-Être swatch


Are you wearing lipsticks or lip balms this summer? What are your current lipstick favorites?

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Nars Soft Matte Tinted Lip Balm Review + Swatches

nars soft matte tinted lip balm review


Halo darlings. I’ve got a quick review to share, and it’s all about the lip product I mentioned during my previous posts. I was so excited when I got my hands on the Nars Soft Matte Tinted Lip Balm. It looks like the perfect matte lip balm for any occasion, especially for Zooming :D. Well, guess what? I’m happy to report that it is indeed an amazing product that checks all the boxes. Hydrating? Yes. Comfortable? Oh yes. Pigmented? Yes, yes. Long-wearing? Totally, yes.


nars soft matte tinted lip balm brief encounter


The Nars Soft Matte Lip Balm is a limited-edition lip product from Nars. It comes with the signature Nars-style packaging, but it has a gray metallic tone. At a glance, the shades tend to be on the nude spectrum, or should I say, in varying intensities of the nude tone (excusez moi, this is the academic side of me talking 😀 lol). I do find the shades to be somewhat sheer, especially the ones that I got. But also, a few of the shades tend to be more opaque as they get deeper/darker.


nars soft matte tinted lip balm unrestricted swatch


UnrestrictedPink nude. This is a beautiful mix of sheer pink and sheer nude. I like this a lot, and the pigment stays on for more than four hours.


Brief EncounterNeutral Nude. This just gives me enough color on the lips. Perhaps a little too nude for me. But the effect just gives that enough warmth that slightly contrasts my skintone.


Whip LashRusty Nude. I didn’t expect how dramatic this shade could get. It’s like a brownish brick red. It’s a beautiful shade for medium skintone and perfect for Fall.


nars soft matte tinted lip balm lip swatches


The Nars Soft Matte Lip Balm is like Glossier’s Generation G lipstick (swatched HERE) but with more moisture. It is indeed comfortable, matte, lightweight, long-wearing and will give you that diffused and blurred lip texture effect. It seems like it is the perfect formula for the next generation of comfortable lip products. I hope this product will be made permanent by Nars soon.

What d’ya think of this newness from Nars?


nars soft matte tinted lip balm whip lash