Counter Knowledge: NARS Cinematic Lipsticks

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Inspired by Belly’s brilliant Counter Intelligence series, I’ve decided to share my ‘research’ trips to the playground a.k.a beauty counters here in the blog as well. I’ve had my fair share of Sales Associates experiences —from the 6-inches-away hoverbot, the head-to-toe-starer, the quick you’re-not-gonna-buy-anything judger to the obsessive-compulsive fixer who re-caps the lipstick even if I’ve already capped it and straightens every single eyeliner even when I’m still checking them. But not a single SA can stop a beauty-crazed junkie from swatching aplenty. I’ve learned to block out these hoverbots, starers, obsessos while I’m in my little bubble swatching on stuff. DND, plz. So for my first installment of this Counter Knowledge series, I’ll share the lipsticks that tempted me to break my makeup ban. nars

Cinematic Lipsticks

The NARS Guy Bourdin Cinematic Lipsticks are of the beautiful satin finish. Super opaque in one swipe, as pictured above. The colors aren’t at all unique but the formula is amazing, that it made me almost break my ban. They feel comfortable despite not being as lightweight as the Satin Lip Pencils, but are not at all drying nor flake-emphasizing. I didn’t really give much attention to the NARS satin lipsticks before, much preferring their Pure Mattes and Lip Pencils but these Cinematic Lipsticks are making me reconsider. Hashtag why did I even swatch these anyway, noooo. I’ll show you two of the ones I tried on after the jump! narsme Have I no shame? I have not. I’m past the point of feeling shy or awkward swatching and taking photos of swatches and myself in the counters. I don’t think it’s prohibited, anyway. In all the times I’ve shamelessly done this, I haven’t had a single SA telling me off (and once that happens, I’ll forever avoid that counter!!!). Anyway, I’ve fallen in love with Full Frontal. It’s not the typical pink I’d go for because it’s almost magenta but there’s something about it I’m attracted to. I normally wouldn’t wear anything with violet tones like MAC Heroine but this one’s slight violet tone just really called out my name louder and louder as I saw my reflection everywhere, bahaha. As usual, the other half of me tried and liked the nude one of the bunch which was Last Tango, a rosy beige-brown that I felt like abusing and wearing everyday.


But against my bitter judgment, I went for the better pronouncement — thanks, but I’m honoring my makeup ban. Instead, I just took photos and looked at them over and over again in my phone till I got tired of it. Unfortunately, I didn’t so here I am sharing it with the world because I don’t want to go crazy with these lipstick thoughts in my head. All this hulabaloo over a tube of lipstick, right. Confessions of a Beautyholic, anyone? Also, upon researching swatches, I stumbled upon the surrounding controversy around this collection and how it relates to Domestic Violence in Women – read about it here. I’m against any sort of violence and am not championing it in any way as I write about the lipsticks in this entry. I’m glad I didn’t pursue buying a lipstick because I would hate to feel that I’ve supported what Guy Bourdin advocated through his artwork. So that’s it for my first Counter Knowledge series! What do you guys think?
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  1. December 17, 2013 / 7:18 am

    Ok, the nude one that you tried on looks interesting. Currently reading the post from Temptalia. Intriguing. Anyway, just to share, I seriously hate going to counters because of one of the reasons you mentioned above. The “the quick you’re-not-gonna-buy-anything judger”. I hate it when they look at me like I cannot afford anything (not that I’m implying that I’m rich, cause I’m not but you know). Di ko naman kasalanan na minsan mas peg kong magmukang nakapambahay lang tapos andami ko pang tattoo, so muka lang akong adik na tambay. Hahaha such a shame.

  2. December 17, 2013 / 9:10 am

    Haha wow you are so brave, I would not be able to take pictures of myself after swatching each product. Especially not if it’s at a department store counter! I actually did the same thing last week, I swatched some Benefit lipsticks and took a picture of the swatches on my hand, and now I want all of them!

  3. Michelle
    December 17, 2013 / 6:09 pm

    Mmm Full Frontal looks incredible on you! When does your no buy end????!!! Get it after 😛

  4. ara
    December 18, 2013 / 12:45 am

    full frontal looks great on you, such an amazing colour, I love the swatch and last tango looks swell..

  5. December 21, 2013 / 12:37 pm

    Wow, Shari. Full Frontal needs a spot on your wish list for when you’re not on a makeup ban! It looks absolutely electrifying on you! I admire your ballsiness at the counter. I would be too shy to take selfies at the counter, but I love that you did it!

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