There's not much to say about NARS Dolce Vita Lipstick ($24) that hasn't already been said. NARS calls this extremely popular lipstick a sheer dusty rose, and that's exactly right. I won't bore you with all the blah blah blah about quality and formula, but if you want to be assaulted by adjectives, see my reviews on Manhunt and Flamenco.
Otherwise, suffice it to say that Dolce Vita is a subtle ... dare I say ladylike lipstick, giving the lips a muted, rosy hue. I bought it, hoping it would be my version of a nude lip, but I have finally accepted that some of us are not meant to wear such low-contrast color on our lips.
|Slightly different angle,trying to capture DV's rosiness|
|Indoors, natural light, no flash. This muted image is how it looks on my lips.|
Swatched on my NW15 skin, you might be able to see the warmth in this lipstick.
Swatched on white paper shows how muted (dusty) this lipstick is. Here I see hints of brown undertones.
|The white paper swatch|
Don't be fooled by the following picture, where the color seems flattering on my lips in isolation. When I see my whole face wearing Dolce Vita, I looked washed out because the color is too warm and muted. "Dusty" should have been my biggest sign, and as pretty as DV is in the tube and on other people, I should just stick with what I know works for me, clear, slightly-brighter lipsticks, and give up on looking for the MLLB shade.
|Dolce Vita worn on medium-pigmented, mauvish lips|
Bottom line: Excellent go-with-everything rosy pink lipstick.
What do you think? Is Dolce Vita your perfect natural/nude lipstick or do you prefer a bit more oomph?
All photos mine.