NARS Moscow Pure Matte Lipstick was a surprise hit for me. I suppose I was too entranced with Ramatuelle and Liberté (swatches of which can be seen here) when I saw the earlier press releases to take notice of anything else, and with my dry lips I instinctively flee from anything matte. But I was at the physical store and the color in the tube grabbed me. After trying on the eyeshadow trio and the blush, I asked the SA if I could try Moscow as well. After that, I couldn't leave without it in my bag.
Moscow is an orange brick red. The Pure Matte formula is one that is not necessarily drying, but not moisturizing either. I don't find that it saps the moisture out of my lips, but as someone who has dry lips it does become slightly uncomfortable to wear a couple hours in. I usually have a potted lip balm with me to swipe over my lips for those occasions.
Moscow Pure Matte Lipstick
After 5 hours of rigorous eating, drinking, and talking
Applied mixed with balm
Layered with Guerlain Porto Ercole
I have a bonus preview of the purple gloss Porto Ercole from Guerlain's summer collection. Here it is layered over Moscow. As you can see, the gloss works to darken the color just a smidgen. If you remember Dior's limited edition Rock Coat nail polish, Porto Ercole works exactly the same, except in gloss form.
Eyes: Ramatuelle Eyeshadow Trio; Cheeks: Liberté Blush
Cheeks: Guerlain Météorites Perles d'Azur, Guerlain Terra Azzurra Bronzer + Blush
I was wearing Le Métier de Beauté Red Velvet a few days ago, and while I love the color, I was thinking it was high time to retire my bluer reds for a lighter touch. I find that Moscow is just the substitute I was looking for. It packs a punch, but doesn't scream as loud. Definitely a great red to wear for summer.
NARS Moscow Pure Matte Lipstick retails for $25 and is exclusively available to narscosmetics.com and the NARS 413 Bleecker St store till May 1. Remember to use code SIERRA upon checkout for a 20 percent discount!