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Rare Beauty With Gratitude Dewy Lip Balm in Support

Nars Soft Matte Tinted Lip Balm Review + Swatches

nars soft matte tinted lip balm review


Halo darlings. Iโ€™ve got a quick review to share, and itโ€™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? Iโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜€ 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


Unrestricted โ€“ Pink 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 Encounter โ€“ Neutral 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 Lash โ€“ Rusty Nude. I didnโ€™t expect how dramatic this shade could get. Itโ€™s like a brownish brick red. Itโ€™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 Glossierโ€™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 dโ€™ya think of this newness from Nars?


nars soft matte tinted lip balm whip lash







Rare Beauty First Impressions

Rare Beauty makeup review


Hello gorgeous! Been testing the new Rare Beauty makeup line by Selena Gomez and I can definitely say that I think the packaging of these beauties is so pretty and quite different. I love the smooth matte tubes with rounded curves of the matte lip creams and lip balms, along with the blushes. I also like that thereโ€™s a variety of products available from the line, including an eyeliner and a blotting sheet.

So, without any fuss, letโ€™s talk about my first impressions of these products. So far, Iโ€™ve only tried a few, and here are my two cents.


Rare Beauty Lip Souffle Matte Cream Lipstick


With Gratitude Dewy Lip Balm in Support โ€“ Plum brown. The packaging of this lip product is magnetic and the other side is flat, which is nice because then the product wonโ€™t roll on its own. I donโ€™t think this product can be considered as a lip balm because the coverage is not sheer. I find the coverage to be actually opaque and the color is so saturated. The texture of this is quite balmy, yet, not thick and not sticky at all. This reminds me of a creamy version of the Glossier Generation G lipsticks, reviewed HERE. Also, there is a light floral scent to this.


Rare Beauty Selena Gomez


Lip Souffle Matte Cream Lipstick: These are whipped velvety matte lip creams that are so light and with very light floral scent. There is still some transfer of colors, but not as much. I find that these do set on the lips immediately right after application and these, for sure, make the lips look full – the type of effect you would typically see in most matte lipsticks. Also, using these can still emphasize the lipsโ€™ fine lines, but not as much. The effect may look matte on the lips but thereโ€™s no drying feeling. I think these lipsticks seem like a mix between the Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet (in terms of texture) and Ciatรฉ Liquid Velvet (in terms of scent).


Rare Beauty matte lip cream swatches

  • Courage โ€“ Nude Mauve. Not really my color, but it still works well for my skin
  • Fearless โ€“ Deep Mauve Rose. I love this shade. This complements my skin tone.

Note. These two colors look very similar on the swatches, but both will look very different once applied.

Rare Beauty lip swatches

Rare Beauty perfect strokes matte liquid liner review

Rare Beauty matte eyeliner review


Perfect Strokes Matte Liquid Liner โ€“ This waterproof matte liquid eyeliner really stays in place but Iโ€™m not quite thrilled with the thickness of the tip. I think this doesnโ€™t work really well if you have small lids and if you only want to make a thin cat-eye. But, if you love to do those bold, thick, and dramatic cat eye makeup, then you will most probably love this.


Rare Beauty Blotting paper


Blot & Glow Blotting Paper โ€“ This works in blotting away excess oil off the face, and this reminds me of one of my favorite blotting sheets of all time โ€“ the Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Blotting Paper. However, Iโ€™m not a fan of the size of each sheet because each sheet is really tiny, which therefore doesnโ€™t really help. I would need an 8.5 x 11 blotting paper to wipe off the excess oil from my face, lol.

Overall, I like the Rare Beauty line especially in terms of the way the products are named, and I like the overall feminine aesthetic of the brandโ€™s design. I will definitely be using the matte lip creams often and would love to test more products from the brand in the future.

Have you tried these already? What are your first impressions of these?