In addition to its fabulous new Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils (which I plan to feature tomorrow), NARS showcased three lip glosses and two lipsticks for spring. I selected one of each to go with my spring look: Tzigane Lipstick ($24) and Super Orgasm Lip Gloss ($24). In case you are wondering, Tzigane is a rhapsodic composition by the French composer Maurice Ravel. It also means "gypsy." I'm not sure which inspired François Nars, although I suspect it was the gypsy connection.
Tzigane is advertised as a sheer, pink brandy that leaves just a whisper of subtle color on the lips. It's said to be perfect to wear solo by day or paired with a bold eye by night. I envisioned a brown-rose shades, so I was disappointed when it arrived in the mail. It's coral to my eye.
Super Orgasm, not new, continues to play the Orgasm franchise to the hilt - in this case with great success. The gloss shade is pinker than its blush sister. It's shiny pink with an almost imperceptible hint of peach, and laced with gold glitter. I didn't like Super Orgasm Blush - way to sparkly for my taste, but I love the lip gloss!
Here is a swatch photo of both shades. The photo was taken indoors in sunlight. You can see the luscious pink of Super Orgasm at the top. I really like it. It's pigmented, and the shine is flattering. I am much less fond of Tzigane. To my eye, it's a muted coral. I can't see the pink (remember, "sheer pink"), and while I can envision the brandy, it's a stretch to call it pink brandy. Someday, I'm going to stop trusting the little color swatches on the NARS Web site. They are among the worst online.
Super Orgasm has found a good home. Tzigane will be going to one of my chocolate-skinned friends who looks very good in coral. I hope she likes it. I have plenty of coral lip colors (mistakes and by choice). I didn't need another.
You can purchase the NARS Spring 2011 collection at the NARS Web site and Sephora. I hear it's scheduled to arrive at Neiman Marcus soon.
Photos at top courtesy of NARS