What does one do on an afternoon off in the middle of the week? Go makeup shopping. Duh. And that is exactly what I did a few weeks ago. I was on the Upper East Side strolling around before a meeting and wandered into the new NARS boutique on Madison. WOWSA is all I can say. It. Is. Stunning. One of the best parts of living in NYC is the access to flagship stores and concept stores that take the shopping experience to a whole other level. Of course when in such amazing stores with beautiful aesthetics all around, it’s hard not to buy. So I figured I needed to add two more lipsticks to my collection.
Mayflower was the first shade I was drawn to and luckily I didn’t already have it. Most of the time when I go makeup shopping, I end up picking all the shades and colors I already own. At least I’m consistent, I guess. I am not a glitter/shimmer lipstick fan at all, but this particular lipstick did not irritate my lips and gave my lips that gorgeous “my lips but better” effect so I knew I had to buy it. If you are a NARS fan, then you know that Heat Wave is a must have in any lipstick collection. It was shocking that I didn’t already own this bold red-orange hue, but since purchasing it, I can now say I have arrived. Ok, maybe that is taking it a bit far but this vibrant red is truly all it’s cracked up to be. Bright, intense and H-O-T, Heat Wave is so fun to wear as well as look at. Here is a swatch of both colors:
The glitter in Mayflower is still quite apparent when swatched as it is when worn, but it’s not too much that it feels inappropriate for daytime. I have taken to wearing this color all the time and it goes with practically any eye and lip. Heat Wave is definitely a weekend or evening shade for me and I love it. I tend to be drawn to more orange-toned reds rather than blue-toned reds so Heat Wave was right up my alley. Now if only I could stop here, right? I already have my eye on Schiap, Red Lizard and Belle du Jour for my next trip.

What are you favorite NARS Lipsticks? Any that I should check out next time? Let me know in the comments below!

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