I didn’t realize that these lipsticks are so similar in the shade and finish until I swatched them next to one another.
Comparing these two products is a little tricky for me as I have special feelings about both of these lipsticks. I got Anastasia Beverly Hills lipstick during the Black Friday last year and scrolled through ALL swatches on Pinterest trying to pick the right color for myself. I think I was looking for this exact shade for quite some time and I felt extremely lucky when I got this gorgeous feminine shade (Kathryn) on a deal. On the other hand, Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment in shade American Woman brought good news to me: I told my husband that I’ll receive my delayed green card the same day as I buy this lipstick and it happened exactly in the same order: my Sephora package was followed with an envelope from USCIS, the same day.
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In general, there are a lot of similarities between these two products, but there is also a difference that I’d like to talk about in this post. Let’s start with the packaging.
Packaging & Applicator
Both of these liquid lipsticks come in a liquid lipstick tube with an applicator attached to the cap. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick has a more classic rounded design for the lipstick tube, while Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment has an edgier more rectangular one.
In Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment you get slightly more product compared to ABH Liquid Lipstick – 0.18 oz vs 0.11 oz respectfully.
ABH Liquid lipstick has a regular rounded applicator, while the one from NARS features a custom doe-foot applicator which is extremely easy to use for the precise application.
I loved NARS’ applicator so much that I also purchased this lipstick in vivid orange-red Light My Fire shade.
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This is what I call a classic pairing: red lipstick with black eyeliner💕 Another amazing lipstick from @narsissist ❤️ I love their Powermatte Lip Pigments so much! They are easy to apply even without a lip pencil!! In this picture I’m wearing this lipstick in Light My Fire shade🔥I literally want to get all the shades that they have 🙈😌 Black liner is from @katvondbeauty the one that I shared in my stories with you last week. Tattoo liner has a comfortable tip that is very helpful in getting a straight line especially for those who are not a pro with the liners 😌and touch ups are really easy- a q-tip with some micellar water will help you start again where you need to if you need to 😏👌✨ Photo: @farahgasimzade #beautybloger #beautyaddict #redlipstick #selfportrait #discoverunder5k #makeupaddict #makeupjunkie #eyeliner #narsissist #narslipstick #katvondbeauty #sunkissedblush
Texture, Coverage & Formula
Both lipsticks have a similar texture and finish – both are highly pigmented matte liquid lipsticks. Both formulas dry pretty fast to weightless full-coverage powder without drying your lips. In addition to this, both lipsticks feature smudge proof and long-wear formula.
Nevertheless, I find the formula of Anastasia Beverly Hills lipstick a little thicker in texture. On my lips, it dries a little faster and stays much longer: when I was washing off the swatches, ABH stained more and it was far more stubborn to wash off my hands even with the waterproof makeup removers. Compared to the creamier texture of ABH Liquid Lipsticks, Powermatte Lip Pigment has a thinner texture and it dries a bit longer. Even after you give it a little time to dry, you can still stain a tissue with this lipstick.
Moreover, if you compare both of the lipsticks side-by-side on my lips, you’ll notice that ABH Liquid Lipstick has a more opaque, fully-matte look while NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment has more of a satin finish.
A fragrance is another important aspect of any makeup formula, especially for lipsticks. Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment has a subtle vanilla fragrance, while ABH doesn’t really have any pronounced flavor.
Anastasia Beverly Hills has probably the widest selection of liquid lipstick shades: 45 different shades! NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment, in turn, is available only in 28 shades, which is also a lot.
It is interesting to note, that Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid lipsticks are formulated in a way you can mix several shades together to create a custom lip shade. On the other hand, Powermate lipsticks were designed by Nars with your complexion in mind. Depending on the preferred shade and your skin tone, Nars has a few recommendations for you (skin tone/shade name):
Light skintones: Get It On shade
Medium skintones: American Woman shade
Deeper skintones: Slow Ride shade
Light skintones: Walk This Way shade
Medium skintones: Get Up Stand Up shade
Deeper skintones: Give It Up shade
Light skintones: Light My Fire shade
Medium skintones: Don’t Stop shade
Deeper skintones: Starwoman shade
Light skintones: Save The Queen shade
Medium skintones: Warm Leatherette shade
Deeper skintones: Under My Thumb shade
I picked ABH liquid lipstick in Kathryn shade which is described as a brown berry. For me, it is a few tones darker and has a slightly warmer undertone compared to the chestnut rose shade of American Woman.
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This is how @narsissist define American Woman 👄 testing Powermatte Lip Pigment in shade #americanwoman 🇺🇸 the formula is super-lightweight, pigmented and very creamy! Dries quite fast but doesn’t get too dry💄 my first impression? love it! ❤️ #sunkissedblush_approved #mattelipstick #nars #lipstick #lipstickaddict #beautyblog #blogger #influenster #memebox
When swatched on my lips, I find Kathryn to work better with my skin tone even though the difference may be barely seen on pictures.
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Groomed Eyebrows are everything! So happy to find a perfect Arch Expert at @ultabeauty at the #browbar! I swear, she is the second Anastasia! After growing out my brows for more than a month now I can enjoy the perfect shape✨ #ultabeauty ……………………………………………. Lips: @anastasiabeverlyhills liquid lipstick in Kathryn Eyes: @benefitcosmetics They are Real eyeliner in black @guerlain Maxilash Volumizing and Curling Mascara
As you may already know, ingredients differ from one shade to another even if you are comparing two shade of the same product. Therefore, below, you can find ingredients for Kathryn and American Woman respectfully.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Kathryn
Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethicone, Kaolin, Polyisobutene, Synthetic Beeswax/Cera Alba/Cire D’abeille, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Silica Silylate, Octyldodecanol, Alaria Esculenta Exctract, C-18-36 Acid Triglyceride, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Carbonate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tribehenin. May Contain: (+/-) Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 27(Ci 45410), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).
ABH Liquid Lipstick is cruelty-free and it is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates and has a shelf-life of only 6 months.
Nevertheless, it contains few ingredients like Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone and Tocopheryl Acetate. According to the EWG database, all these ingredients are ranked as ingredients of the moderate hazard (ranked as 3-4).
NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in American Woman
Isododecane, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hydrogenated Polycyclopentadiene, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tripeptide-1, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Propylene Carbonate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Aluminum Hydroxide, Isohexadecane, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Ethyl Vanillin, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 7 (CI 15850), Titanium Dioxide ( CI 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985).
Similar to ABH, Powermatte has a few ingredients on the lists of a moderate hazard. Other than that, Nars has a slightly better list of ingredients with an extended shelf life of 24 months.
For the flawless look with any matte lipstick, you need to make sure that your lips are smooth and even in texture. Otherwise, even the most perfect formula will look bad on dry unprepared lips. In addition to this, each brand has their own tips for application. Therefore, please consider these recommendations for application of each liquid lipstick from the manufacturer.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick:
- Begin by outlining the Cupid’s bow with the precise applicator.
- Fill in the remainder of the top lip.
- Outline the bottom lip and fill.
- Highlight the perimeter of the lips using Pro Pencil and blend into the skin using Brush 20 or Brush 3 to create clean edges.
NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment
-For the most intense color, apply to clean bare lips.
-For more definition use the custom doe-foot applicator to line lips, then fill in with remaining color.
Pair with Precision Liner:
-Using lip liner before Powermatte: Use a complementary shade for a line that helps guide the application of Powermatte and provides the most natural definition.
-Using lip liner after Powermatte: Create more shape and structure for the lip color. Use a deeper or contrasting shade to change the effect of the Powermatte shade.
-Shake well before use and open upright to avoid product spillage.
-Product may stain.
-Please make sure the cap is securely closed when the product is not in use.
As I said before, it’s much easier for me to work with Powermatte because of its applicator. For ABH liquid lipstick, I always need to use a lip brush for a more precise application.
Pricing and Where to Buy
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By the way, Nordstrom is having a sales event right now and both of these products are 15% off!
As I said in the beginning, it’s very hard to pick a winner between these two products.
If you check the ratings online, Powermatte Lip Pigment has a better rate compared to Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick. Moreover, NARS Powerpmatte LipPigment is an Allure Best of Beauty award winner.
Personally, I find Kathryn shade extremely beautiful and feminine. Its berry undertone works perfectly with my skin tone, yields true full coverage, and it stays much longer on my lips compared to Powermatte. For Invisalign patients, fast drying lipstick is a dream and a must.
On the other hand, Powermatte’s applicator and its lightweight formula make it easier to apply the product without a lip brush. This, in turn, makes me reach for these ( American Woman and Light My Fire) lipsticks even more often.
If you love mixing shades and creating new looks with your makeup, you probably might want to check Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick due to their versatile formula. If you prefer something less sophisticated and easier to use, I’d recommend going for Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment.
Have you tried any of these lipsticks? Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments down below!