NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Moscow (Summer 2012 Makeup Collection)

NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Moscow (available here) - $25

Bright, bold, perfectly matte, this super-rich lipstick provides high-impact payoff: an ultra-pigmented, long-wearing formula that glides on effortlessly with comfortable wear.  Contains wild mango butter, known to provide advanced moisturizing properties to repair dryness and scaling and enriched with vitamin E and açai oil for antioxidant benefits.

NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Moscow Summer Makeup 2012 Collection Beauty Blog Reviews Swatches FOTD Looks
NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Moscow:  A strawberry red Pure Matte Lipstick is as striking and sophisticated as the Russian capital that lends its name.
NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Moscow Summer Makeup 2012 Collection Beauty Blog Reviews Swatches FOTD Looks
NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Moscow Summer Makeup 2012 Collection Beauty Blog Reviews Swatches FOTD Looks

NARS Moscow is red with a hint of orange to it.  For some reason, when I read strawberry red, I was imagining a pinkish red - guess I was thinking of strawberry smoothies :P  It's a matte finish and a subdued red which makes it easy to wear on a bright summer day.  I find it easier to apply it lightly and build up the colour as I want it rather than applying a thick, opaque layer right away.  It tends to look more orange when it gets more opaque, so I prefer the sheerer application.

NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Moscow - Swatch/FOTD

NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Moscow Summer Makeup 2012 Collection Beauty Blog Reviews Swatches FOTD Looks
NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Moscow Summer Makeup 2012 Collection Beauty Blog Reviews Swatches FOTD Looks

With it's sleek black packaging to the classy, wearable red colour, NARS Moscow is my current favorite.  I really won't call this a hydrating lipstick, but it doesn't dry out my lips.  It lasts about 3 to 4 hours on me (after that I get hungry - sorry, I don't love blogging enough to starve-test a lipstick!).  Not really a fault, but the Velvet Matte lipstick is best saved for days when lips are in reasonably good shape - half a minute with a gentle sugar scrub or a toothbrush would would help this lipstick go on much better.  Overall, a red lipstick that would work with just about any skin tone and any amount of confidence :D

So, what's your favorite red lipstick?

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