What it is:
A holiday set of six mini lipstick hybrid shades in a semi-matte, long-lasting finish and comfortable wear.
What it does:
The innovative Mind Game Velvet Lip Glide Set features three cult-classic and three limited-edition shades for instant, highly saturated color. The non-drying formula hugs lips with velvety smooth precision, thanks to a hydrating, oil-infused complex brimming with antioxidant-rich water lily flowers and white tea extracts. The wands feature a plush, doe-foot applicator for soft product application and flawlessly supple lips.
This set contains:
– 6 x 0.12 oz/ 3.5 mL Mind Game Velvet Lip Glide in Bound (soft magenta), No. 675 (deep peach), Chez Claude (warm pink), Unspeakable (reddish pink), Plato’s (deep pink), Toy (deep plum)
What else you need to know:
“Velvet Lip Glide is soft yet strong. Effortless and intense. Polished and provocative. It encourages you not to compromise. Glide on strength. Go with it. See where it takes you.”—François Nars
This is a very long review, so strap in. The Velvet Lip Glide is a new formula from NARS so releasing this new set on the heels of that product launch is genius. The formula itself has an almost cake frosting texture that when it hits your lips transforms from the frosting feeling to a melty gel oil hybrid that coats the lips. It’s fascinating to wear because it feels so light, but there is certainly something there. The formula spreads out quite a bit. The spreading never actually bleeds outside the confines of the lip, but you need less than you might think because these are pretty pigmented for the most part. The application is mostly easy. I have a smaller top lip, and it can be tricky. The tip isn’t super precise, but it does work to line your lips with the color right to the very edge. They styled the applicator for medium lipped folks so if you’re small or enormous, you will need to play with it. Many people have complained there is an issue with it gathering into lip lines. I didn’t find this when applied lightly. When I applied too much, yup, there it was. The formula does differ slightly from shade to shade in consistency as well which may add to this problem. They range from non-drying to hydrating, even on my lizard lips. There is a fairly robust warm vanilla scent that almost pulls cocoa-y that fades as the formula sets. There is no taste. The formula doesn’t seem to accentuate lip flaws or dryness either.
As for the NARS Mind Game Velvet Lip Glide Set, the sizes seem to be about half, but the applicator is full size. It’s a great way to try the formula. Now three of the colors in this are limited edition, so if you fall in love with one, there aren’t dupes in the main line. The packaging isn’t really that special but I like that it’s not. I don’t need more crap. There is a beautiful cardboard box with a plastic tray inside with the mini’s nestled in it quite snugly. The shades are arranged in the packaging from lightest to darkest, and it spells NARS with the lids. Let’s go over the shades:
Bound is a lovely mauve-pink shade that for some will be a nude and for some an MLBB. It’s not as cool toned as I thought it would be. It’s pretty neutral and universal. The texture is fluffier than some of the other shades, very cake frosting-like, but does smooth on nicely. It’s close to opaque and can be lightly built up to be opaque. I prefer to do a skim coat with it because after a meal it can look a little liney if you’re wearing too much. The initial wear is a satin finish on me for about two hours turning into a velvet matte after. When it reaches it’s velvet matte stage, the color looks slightly lighter and warmer. It wore for a good 6 hours even through food and drink with no transfer and minimal breakdown. It wore down to an even pink stain that didn’t come off until I removed it with an oil cleanser.
675 is billed as a deep peach. When you first look at it, you might think it’s not peach, but it is just the color of the deepest part of the outside of the peach skin. It’s darker in person than in photos. It’s unique. This one is moderately sheer and the most like a gel oil straight from the tube. It’s more like a gloss than a lipstick. It wore well for 4 hours, but it did transfer quite a bit. It left behind a slight stain that lasted all day. I enjoyed the shade more than I thought because it’s sheerer than the other shades it mixes well with my lip color but still pulls warm to make something even more unique.
Chez Claude is a dark neutral pink that can pull fuschia. It’s between the consistency of Bound and 675 when applied. It’s easy to wear with little transfer. It’s similar to Bound in it’s set up with a glossy first half and a velvet matte second act. It also dried down brighter. These never fully dry down, but they do seem to slowly set into a more matte finish. It wore well for about six hours with no breakdown, but that began around eight hours. It left a matte stain that lasted until I removed it.
Plato’s is a dark pink with a more berry undertone. It’s similar to Chez Claude in all other ways except it stays glossy much longer. I wore this for almost 24 hours. My lips were still stained the next morning quite intensely. It had migrated outside the lip line slightly though which was only noticeable up close.
Here is where we start getting into trouble. When I first saw the initial release, Unspeakable and Bound were my top contenders. Unspeakable was like a currant color, and I was in love. The version in this set is way more chocolate burgundy. I know colors look a little different on different skin tones or lip tones, but this is opaque and crazy pigmented. It looks like a different shade compared to other bloggers photos of the full sized product. I’m super disappointed. The color it is is still beautiful. It’s just not what I wanted. It’s fluffy like Bound, and it’s easy to over-apply. I suggest you line your lips with the tip, glide the product between your top and bottom lip by pressing your lips together. Any product build up can be tackled with lip pressing and gentle finger pats. Once it’s smoothed out it sets up to a velvet matte more quickly than the others, though it could be all the fussing with the product in the first few seconds speeding the process. It wears well and breaks down around the 6-hour mark. It leaves a burgundy stain that lasts until you remove it.
Toy is described as a deep plum. It skews more purple than red on me, but I can see that is mostly my coloring. I need to use the same application technique as Unspeakable though Toy’s consistency is much more like Chez Claude and Plato’s. Out of all the shades, it’s the most moisturizing. Despite being crazy pigmented, it’s not fully opaque so it can look a touch splotchy up close. I haven’t tried a second coat yet for full opacity. It transfers more like 675. It remains dark until it starts to breakdown, but the stain is about a shade lighter and slightly redder. It also stays glossier than expected. Not as glossy as Plato’s but similarly to Chez Claude. The wear time is also like Chez Claude though it does fade a bit more than that one with a meal. The stain lasts until you remove it. What I love about this shade is the color brings out the yellow in my skin, making all my blemishes and rosacea much less noticeable.
If you’re on the fence about this collection, don’t be. It’s a great product with a novel texture and superb colors. Even the regular line is worth your attention; you just get a lot more bang for your buck as this set is a real value. I’m upset about Unspeakable. Either it’s mislabeled (several sets had the issue with 675), mixed improperly, a different color altogether, or tweaked since the release of the promotional shades sent to bloggers. Other than that, I’m in love with the formula. It’s not sticky like a gloss. Hair doesn’t get stuck in it but it’s not a thick feeling as lipstick. The glossiness is nice and the matte velvet dry down is comfortable, nondrying, and multidimensional. They wear and break down pretty evenly. Even though they aren’t billed as long wearing they hit a nice middle ground and I have had no problems touching up. I will certainly be buying more of this formula in the full size. While I love the Audacious line of lipsticks, I think I like these better as they are less drying over continued daily wear. With the Audacious line, if I wore the same shade for a week, my lips would be pretty dry at the end of the week. For occasional wear, they work well. I’ve worn a different shade of Velvet Lip Glide every day this week and my lips are in better condition than when I started. That really makes any fuss worth it for me for the darker shades. Overall, I’m pretty pleased with the NARS Mind Game Velvet Lip Glide Set.
Product Quality: A-
Repurchase: I might consider getting it again if I can’t find it after VIB
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