NARS Pure Matte Lipstick Carthage Review & Swatches


NARS Pure Matte Lipstick Carthage


I am on mission NARS and you shall see back to back NARS lip products review, covering almost all the finish and range – I am trying my best for that. Today I am sharing the pure matte lipstick which is different from their regular line of lipsticks – in terms of packaging and texture and also size.


nars pure matte carthage lipstick


Size – 2 gm

Price – $ 26 plus TAX , Available at Amazon

About NARS Pure Matte Lipstick:

What it is:
An ultra-matte, super-rich lipstick with the supple feel of a hydrating lip treatment.
What it does:
This matte lipstick moisturizes and sooths lips while depositing vivid, dramatic colour onto the lips.
What else you need to know:
The formula includes mango butter at levels known to provide additional comfort and moisture. The product comes packaged in a new, soft-touch slim stick.


NARS Carthage Pure Matte


My experience with NARS Pure Matte Lipstick Carthage :

Shade – CARTHAGE is described as HOT PINK, very basic description and very apt I must add. It is cool toned blue based Bright Electric Pink shade – not FUCHSIA but PINK and that too Matte. It is hard to get good bright matte pink easily and I am so glad I took a plunge and picked this shade and especially when summers are right around the corner. I see this working across skin tones  if you are little above NC 45 you may want to try this before buying , I picked this blindly but am so glad it didn’t disappointed me at all .

Texture – It has powdery matte texture which unfortunately is not at all forgiving on chapped lips, they enhance any flaws and makes the application tacky. There is no tugging or pulling as lipstick itself is very creamy and glides easily due to presence of mango butter in it.


nars lipstick carthage swatch


Pigmentation – It required a single layer to cover my lips decently and another layer added more brightness. They are gorgeously pigmented and you can see this in swatch below.

Staying Power – If am not having very oily food then it tends to stay 5 + hrs else a good 3 – 4 hrs easily and then leave my lips stained.

Packaging – It is housed in sleek black long tube just like MAC Slim shines but with matte finish. The size is just 2 gm which is almost same as their lip pencils. I find the size is too small for the price you pay and not at all justified. Their regular lipsticks are 3.4 Gms and their lip pencils are around 2.2 Gms.


nars lipstick  carthage lipswatch


What I like about NARS Pure Matte Lipstick Carthage :

  • I like the shade – matte and pink, what else do you want?
  • The sleek packaging is easy to carry around.
  • The creamy easily to glide texture.
  • They stay really well for hrs without fading or bleeding and above all don’t settle in fine lines.

What I don’t like about NARS Pure Matte Lipstick Carthage “

  • The price is too steep for the size.
  • It can mess if your lips are not well exfoliated.

Ratings – 4 / 5:

There are approximately 14 shade available in this range , ranging from neutrals to pinks to reds and berry , The price is little too steep for the small size but if you are looking for perfect matte pink lips then do give this a shot . I tried 3 shades and all of them were consistent in performance – long wear and creamy matte texture.

Have you tried NARS Pure Matte Lipstick Carthage ?

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