These new NARS Velvet Lip Glides are exactly what I've been looking for, a long-lasting pigmented formula that isn't too drying. They claim to be "an innovative, long-lasting lip color with a smooth, semi-matte finish that provides ultimate hydration", and I completely agree. The first thing I thought of when I opened it and swatched it, was that it reminded me of Stila Patina's vanilla scent, which I love. Also the initial formula reminded me of Stila Patina as well. It's a "mousse" initial liquid gloss formula, thinner than Stila Patina but not too thin, that dries minutes later to a matte cream that's super hydrating (more hydrating and comfortable than Stila Patina though). It's NOT sticky AT ALL either! I wore it for about 4 hours and it stayed on well even through eating dinner. I love that it didn't leave an outer line around my lips, it was evenly distributed throughout my entire lip, just less pigmentation. That's huge for me because I hate when I apply a lipstick then hours later it looks like I just applied thick lip liner only. This formula is seriously so smooth and comfortable on the lips! I could wear this 24/7.
Bound is described as a soft rose pink. I would describe it as a light to medium pink-mauve shade. This shade would honestly look good on any skin tone. It was a little lighter than I expected but it still looks great and is perfect if you're looking for an everyday shade. I've swatched it below on my lips but I will say that it looks a little warmer, not as cool-toned in real life. There's 12 shades of these new Velvet Lip Glides that range from nude to very dark berries and a brown, but Bound was the only shade I considered that I would wear everyday to clinic and school. I don't like shades that are lighter than my natural lip color, which leans on the more pigmented pink side. So I never wear nudes or light baby pinks. I don't even own anything really lighter than my lip color. I feel that it just washes me out since I'm already light to medium skin tone with bright blonde hair and blue eyes. Other shades I'm interested in trying are Deviant (a deep burgundy), Unspeakable (a garnet) and Toy (a deep aubergine). These would be really pretty berry shades for a night out. I'm excited to try those once they come back October 1st. PS the first thing I thought of when I saw the shade Playpen, a light pink peachy nude, was that Jaclyn Hill would love this. Anyone else agree? :)
"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." - Francois Nars