The new lipstick colours you need to know about


We’ve got some news that’s going to make lipstick fans very happy. As part of NARS 20th Anniversary celebrations, the brand is launching a new lipstick collection with 30 drool-worthy shades.

The Audacious Lipstick Collection pays tribute to the brand’s humble beginnings, founder and creative director François Nars’ first-ever collection: a set of 12 lipsticks.

From neutral nudes to deep aubergines and dark plums, the pigment-rich, full-coverage formula is housed in a black metallic case with a magnetic closure. This is one lipstick you won’t find lid-off and smeared in the bottom of your handbag.

We rounded up some lipstick volunteers from our office (it wasn’t hard) to test out four of the new shades: (L-R) ‘Annabella’, ‘Michiyo’, ‘Natalie’ and ‘Vera’.

Here's what they thought.

Holly, iVillage Australia editor.

NARS shade tried: Annabella, a poppy red.
Skintone: fair to medium.
What Holly thought: I usually wear pinks and shy away from reds, but I found this shade bright but not too intense - just to my liking. It did come off on my teeth, but I think that was more in my application than the lipstick's fault.

Dimity, Mamamia office manager.

NARS shade tried: Michiyo.

Skintone: whiteish and sometimes red (her words, not ours!).

What Dimity thought: As soon as I put on this bright shade, I promptly forgot about it. This made the comments I received while wearing it all the more pleasant. The only issue was I felt I had to reapply it a few times to keep its brightness, but think this is to be expected with most lippies. Tick of approval from me.

Avi, iVillage writer.

NARS shade tried: Natalie - a flamingo coral.

Skintone: light olive, I go really dark in summer.

What Avi thought: I'm personally not a big fan of lipstick - I prefer lip balm or gloss. So while this is a bit of a "thick" lipstick for me, I smeared a little on and went over it with a clear gloss. That way I still get the bright colour (which I love).

Valentina, iVillage site producer.

NARS shade tried: Vera - a bright raspberry.

Skintone: olive.

What Valentina thought: I find it hard to find a lipstick that goes with my complexion. I loved NARS Vera because it works with my olive skin tone. It was easy to apply and for a darker shade, I was impressed that it didn’t stain my lips.

Available exclusively from Mecca Cosmetica, Mecca Maxima and online at from 28th September 2014.

What lipstick shade are you wearing right now?