I think it was a mistake to buy Nars Deep Throat blush a couple of weeks ago. It was my first Nars purchase, and now I’m well and truly hooked on the brand. I saw online some swatches of the Pure Matte Lipstick in Carthage from the Nars Summer 2011 Collection and immediately decided that it had to be mine. I needed an excuse to go to Space NK anyway to pick up my Birthday N-Dulge treat, but Nars is always a good excuse. I nearly came away with a host of eyeshadows as well, but I managed to resist
Carthage is an almost scarily bright pink, blue toned, matte lipstick, and it’s way out of my comfort zone. I have nothing like it in my collection. I wore it with simple eyes and a black top, so I didn’t look like a clown or drag queen. On my skin, it swatches very true to the tube, and is pretty bright and scary. It’s definitely not a lippy for wearing to work (unless you work in the fashion industry) or to a wedding. However, as a statement lipstick, I do really like it. I tend to go for heavy eyes and muted lips, so it makes a bit of a change for me.
I applied it first by outlining with a lip brush, something that I almost never do, and went over it directly from the tube. I like the smallness of the lipstick as it’s easier to apply with precision, but it still looks slightly wonky on my (admittedly slightly wonky) lips.
I had expected the lipstick, which promises to last for ages, to be drying on my lips, particularly given its matte formula. I did find it slightly drying, but nothing that couldn’t be cured with a swipe of lipbalm prior to application. It did last a good long time on me. It survived several drinks, a 3 course meal and several more drinks, with most of the lipstick still on when I came to remove it at the end of the day. I’m impressed with this staying power, as I have never had a lipstick last even through a cup of coffee. I feel the purchase of some more wearable colours coming on...
For £18.50, it’s a pricey purchase, and I think I should’ve bought a colour that I would get more wear from. However, I’m impressed with the quality and staying power and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it if you’re after a bright colour with an on-trend matte finish.