NARS Autumn Leaves Sheer Lipstick from Fall 2012 Color Collection

I have had a difficult relationship with NARS. I have been wooed by their beautiful collections and promo images and the glowing reviews from NARS fans. It seems that whenever I have caved to temptation I have ended up disappointed. Mind you my dabbling in NARS have been reserved mostly to their eyeshadows. I have purchased some very popular NARS duos in the past like Dogon and Rajasthan only to be disappointed in the pigmentation. Since then I have become a little more accepting of eyeshadow formulations that aren’t as richly pigmented as my favourite brands. I have grown to appreciate the benefits of these formulas in some applications. I was very tempted to give NARS another shot with their summer collection but managed to hold strong. I am, however, a sucker for Fall collections. The first item I have decided to review from this collection in their Sheer Lipstick in Autumn Leaves. This is my very first experience with a NARS lip product of any kind. This is what NARS has to say about the formula:

A beautifully sheer formula infused with ingredients to improve the condition of the lips. Sheer, long lasting color pigments have been suspended in this tranlucent formula to provide a sophisticated shine.

Sheerer lipsticks are a newer love for me. I used to be all about more opaque coverage as the uneven pigmentation of my lips bothers me. I know I could use a lip liner to even things out most most of the time that is an extra step I’m not willing to take for my lips with reapplications necessary through the day. I do love the translucent, juicy look of sheer lipsticks though so I’m learning to just deal with the unevenness of my lips.

Autumn Leaves is indeed sheer but it offers a really healthy dose of colour. It is sheer in terms of transparency as opposed to colour. It has a fine shimmer that ads more of a glow to your lips than sparkle. NARS describes Autumn Leaves as Shimmering Warm Brandy. It is a beautiful glowing rust shade. Maybe that’s not the most attractive way to describe the shade but I love rust shades and always refer to these type of colours as being “rust”. These are the kind of lip colours I was most drawn to in the 90’s so I was surprised to realize I had nothing even remotely close in my collection.

The wear time is good for a sheer lipstick. I must say I am very happy with my purchase. I am excited to start exploring NARS lip products more if this is indicative of their quality.

I like the compact size of the lipstick tube. It is not lacking in the quantity of lipstick but the packaging is a bit shorter than your normal lipstick.
Autumn Leaves in Direct Sun
Autumn Leaves with Flash
Autumn Leaves in Natural Light
I purchased this online from NARS.
Just a side note. I apologize that my posting will be scarce this week. We are on holidays and try as I might hubby is not letting me spend any time on the computer!
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  • BeautyJudy
    August 9, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    This is such a pretty fall shade, I may need this one!!!

  • Brooke @ BlushingNoir
    August 9, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    I think this looks stunning on you!

  • Kate MacDonald
    August 9, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    Sorry to hear that you haven’t enjoyed the Nars shadows you’ve purchased- I love Dogon and I only wish I’d gotten my paws on Rajasthan- but I’m glad that you took a chance on this one, because it is certainly a beautiful and original colour. I have so many lipsticks that it’s almost impossible for me to find something I can’t come close to matching, but this is one.

    And enjoy the vacation!

  • Perilously Pale
    August 9, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    BeautyJudy you just might!

    Thanks Brooke!

    Kate I’m really kicking myself for not keeping Dogon and Rajasthan because I bet I would like them now. 🙁

  • Dovey
    August 9, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    NARS Sheer lippie formulas are my favorite! I’m glad you really liked this one 🙂

  • Coco
    August 9, 2012 at 4:30 AM

    I haven’t tried any of NARS sheer lipstick yet. As much as I like NARS, I am quite bother with their package. The rubber surface is a dirt collector. Thanks for the swatch.

  • Anonymous
    August 9, 2012 at 4:59 AM

    Glad you could slip a post to us while on vacation — enjoy yourself!!

    Need a full face picture of you with the lipstick to see full face coloring.

  • Gaelle- The Make up Fairy
    August 9, 2012 at 8:03 AM

    I love how different it looks in different lights. makes me long for autumn!

  • Sunny
    August 9, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Enjoy your holiday!

    I love how this shade looks on you, but I have the same problem with NARS. So far I own two pieces of their spring collection (Paramaribo & Mexican Rose), but I’m just not too sure I want a lot else! From my swatching experience a lot is just a no-no.

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample
    August 9, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    This color is literally perfection on you–it goes with your coloring really well. I love that it’s semi-sheer and nice and shiny–it gives it a really natural look but is still pretty and polished.

    Hope you’re having fun on vacation!!

  • Shadowy Lady
    August 9, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Nars makes some beautiful lipsticks! I know everyone loves his blushes (and so do I), but my real love affair when it comes to Nars is the lipsticks: matte, semi-matte or sheer they are all GORGEOUS! Check out Dragon Girl (my all time HG), Roman Holiday, Damned and Afghan Red…

    I need to pick this one up ASAP!


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