A Festive Lip Combo from Nars

If a year ago you told me I’d be writing a post suggesting that people actually buy a lip gloss, I would’ve told you that you were insane. I used to hate gloss. But, this shade from Nars has made me fall for it, all with the help of this lip liner…
I honestly used to be that person who never liked lip gloss. I was a matte girl, through and through. However, I read a lot of posts about how great Nars lip glosses were and was slowly but surely getting swayed. When I saw this shade in ‘Holly Woodlawn’ in TK Maxx for £9.99, I jumped at the chance to finally nap a Nars gloss. ‘Holly Woodlawn’ was actually a limited edition shade from Nars, but you can still buy it here if it’s taken your fancy. Or, if you’d rather get one from Nars’ permanent range, the shade Scandal is very similar from what I can tell. Also, it’s definitely worth checking out TK Maxx. They so often have higher end make up products in there that were once limited edition or ones that have been discontinued for half the price that they retail for. Quite often, the make up section in TK Maxx looks like a bomb has hit it, but occasionally and with the right amount of determination, you can pick up a complete gem in there.
Nars’ lip glosses are unlike any formula I’ve tried. They are incredibly high shine without being outrageously sticky. They’re so comfortable to wear, and incredibly hydrating which is refreshing when you’ve spent the last four years destroying your lips with matte shades and liquid lipsticks that constantly dry you out. Obviously, the colour isn’t especially long lasting but it leaves almost a sheeny stain on your lips with wear that is almost as pretty as when you first put it on, which is amazing. They are also incredibly pigmented, which I really didn’t expect from lip gloss. One swipe and you pretty much have opaque finish. In a way, the sheer quality of this gloss does make up for the retail price, which is £20. This lip gloss, on it’s own, is such a beautifully vibrant red. It’s one of the brightest reds I own and I completely love the shade by itself. However, also in TK Maxx, I found it’s soulmate…

Enter Nars ‘Salsa’. A nude brown lip liner. I didn’t buy these both to go together, but because I bought them at the same time, I wanted to try them out when I got home so I just layered them up on top of each other and OH. MY. GOD. I instantly fell in love with the colour that this gave. It helps the longevity of the gloss but provides the deepest, vampiest red that I’ve just fallen for. Since buying these two, I’ve been going overkill with the combination, wearing it all the damn time. And it’s made me love gloss. So much so, that I want more glosses. I want all of the glosses. Get me to the gloss.
Salsa is such a pretty colour; it reminds me quite a lot of MAC’s Amorous when you actually apply it to the lips. It’s got mauve undertones which are extremely flattering but I wouldn’t wear this lip-liner by itself as, when applied all over the lips, it can be quite drying. Which is why I popped the gloss over the top. I also get MAC Velvet Teddy vibes from this lip liner because it’s quite a classic 90’s shade in my opinion. I definitely think for winter, this lip liner is the one and would go with so many other lip products.
 I actually can’t find this one online anywhere other than eBay, which I’m not going to link as eBay is infamous for fake products and I don’t want to advertise something when I don’t know if it’s 100% genuine. However, a lip liner with a similar effect is Nars’ ‘Marnie’ which, from looking at online swatches, is such a similar colour to ‘Salsa’ and therefore would make a fantastic compromise, along with the ‘Scandal’ lip gloss.
Here is a swatch with the lip products layered, and I honestly think it’s stunning. It’s a bright pop of red but with those gorgeous mauvey undertones which makes it a perfect lip combination with a subtle hint of gold on the eye and a sharp contour for a Christmas party, or maybe even for Christmas Day. I definitely think I’m gong to be rocking this combo all year round, however. The staying power of the lip liner, as it is very matte, helps prolong the colour lips and even though after eating you’d have to reapply the gloss, you definitely will not have to reapply this lip liner. 
This is my staple lip combo for the season. I’m so happy I got a bargain and a fantastic look out of it. What is your staple lip look going to be for winter? Will you be trying something new? 


  1. November 16, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    I looove TK Maxx for makeup bargains, I've picked up some great NYX stuff in there but you're right, it does often have a hell of a lot of smashed stuff there which breaks my heart haha! Although I couldn't justify £20 for a gloss they look absolutely gorgeous on the swatch of them together and just like something I'd wear!
    Alice Xx

  2. November 17, 2017 / 1:06 am

    I love that lip gloss is back in hahaha… I love wearing glossy lips! I absolutely love the shade combo as well. Brilliant post Chloe xxx

  3. November 17, 2017 / 9:02 am

    These are gorgeous colours and you're right, VERY festive! I don't really do lip products at all but I'll certainly be looking for an alternative way to be festive with my colours this year!


  4. November 17, 2017 / 9:51 am

    I deffo know what lipstick I'll be wearing on Christmas day! This shade is perfect and right up my street, I've actually never tried anything from NARS but I've heard great things x



  5. November 17, 2017 / 11:52 am

    Such a stunning shade Chloe! I can’t wait to start doing more festive makeup 😍
    Emma | emmadrury.com

  6. November 17, 2017 / 12:18 pm

    Ah wow! That does look good! I’m like you and used to avoid glosses as so many are sticky but this sounds brilliant. I’ve never considered mixing different shades of lip liners with glosses but this actually does make a lovely shade for this time of year! May have to give it a go myself! x

  7. November 17, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    This is an absolutely gorgeous lip shade for this time of year, I wish I could pull it off though.

  8. November 17, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    Such a stunning collection love these!

  9. November 17, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    Wow, this combo looks so stunning and perfect for festive season!
    I'm not a big fan of lipglosses but maybe I should try Nars's ones. Thank you for you informative post!

    Tsu from kirakiratsu.com

  10. November 17, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    I love a good lip gloss, I never really do lip liner though can never get it right 💕💕

  11. November 17, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    I have never tried anything from Nars but heard so many positive things. The red is absolutely stunning! xx corinne

  12. November 17, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    I used to hate it but I’m vibing it now for sure! X

  13. November 17, 2017 / 9:20 pm

    This bloody red is to die for �� never tried something from Nars but after this post maybe I will buy something ��

  14. November 17, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    I don't read many beauty blogs as a lot of the content is a bit thin, but this was really well written and I love the photographs. Hope your blog continues to grow! Also- I love a red lip!

    Alice | Alice In Wonderlust

  15. November 17, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    Ooo, I'm definitely going to have to check out TK Maxx with the make-up. I've read so much about people saying they found such great things there, but I've never checked! That shade you made looks gorgeous!


  16. November 18, 2017 / 10:51 am

    Ohh such beautiful colours! I really rate Nars as a brand and their lip products never disappoint… Definitely another shade to add to my wishlist!

    Tor xx That's Peachy

  17. November 18, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    tkmaxx can be absolutely amazing for makeup bargains especially NARs I’ve purchased a few really nice bits of theirs from tkmax. I really love the look of the liner and gloss together x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿www.kayleighzaraa.com

  18. November 19, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    Truth be told, I'm not a major fan of lipgloss either – there's nothing worse than going out wearing it on a windy day and ending up having hair stuck to your lips, ewww! This lip gloss might just win me over though, I love the rich colour and the forumla sounds amazing! I agree, this would be perfect for a Christmas day lip!

    Abbey 😘 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  19. November 19, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    I love the bits you can find in Tk Maxx but I definitely agree, it can be hard to find everything completely un-touched. I love the look of this duo layered. Xx

    Kristy | http://www.thevioletblonde.com

  20. November 20, 2017 / 8:38 am

    I'm not the biggest fan of red lips on myself, but I must admit that colour is seriously stunning x

  21. November 20, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    I am obsessed with this lip combo, it looks stunning in the swatches and looks stunning in the insta stories too! I'm definitely not a lipgloss person either but I think you've sold me!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

  22. November 21, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    I've tried a lipstick from Nars before but I wasn't too impressed with it. I've never tried a lipgloss from Nars though and I have to say this combo looks absolutely stunning! Red is definitely my favourite colour for the festive season so I'm sure I'd love this! xx

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