NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss Gives a Giant Dose of Shine!

“Lip Gloss is an easy way to look great. Right away it looks very sexy with a reflecting effect.”
– François Nars, Founder & Creative Director of NARS Cosmetics
I’ve always been tall. By the time I was in 8th grade I was 5′ 6″ and as I entered high school I was 5′ 8″.  My 5 yr. old niece used to tell her kindergarden friends her Aunt was a giant. Mind you, her mother was 5′ and her father 5′ 6″ so that coupled with my weighing in at a gaulky 112 lbs with long monkey arms and legs probably did make me look rather large.  There you have it, I was predestined to love NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss ($26).  And my buddy Laurie from Product Girl  suggested them to me. I can always rely on Laurie for excellent makeup recommendations–we often like the same products, which goes to prove she has excellent taste 🙂

Bigger is always better, right beauties? NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss promises luminous voluminous lips. NARS has some of the most beautiful and unique shades of lip gloss on the market but they’ve never really been on the top of my list until now! This new formula has high shine, long wear, a hydrating formula and a distinctive applicator. The 9 colors range from nudes, to pinks with a bright red throw in for good measure. They also run the gamut from sheer to bright.

They are:

  • Norma — bright cherry red
  • Place Vendôme — bold strawberry pink
  • Coeur Sucré — bright cool pink with shimmer
  • Como — demure shimmering berry
  • Pirée — creamy rose pink
  • Odalisque — creamy warm cantaloupe
  • Gold Digger — champagne shimmer
  • Tiber — creamy cool beige
  • Spring Break— pale pinky-beige with golden shimmer

Once again I was cautious (what’s up with that?) and chose only one, Como, a shimmering berry with silver micro glitter that I absolutely love! NARS describes it as a demure shimmering berry and I say that description is spot on. It’s subtle but delivers a hellva lot of shine. The texture is smooth and slightly tacky which is why this gloss is longer lasting than most. The feel is comfortable and hydrating. I want to emphasize that Larger Than Life lip gloss is only slightly tacky–not nearly as much as MAC Lipglass and not an issue for me at all.

The lighter shades would work better over lipsticks or on more pigmented lips. As for my corpse lips, all the deeper colors; Norma, Place Vendôme and Pirée are now on my wish list. NARS had a brilliant idea with this new brush–it has a thinner, tapered, shorter bristled brush to allow for a more precise application.  I really love the defined look a lip brush gives, but I can’t be bothered to carry a separate lip brush to reapply–with the Larger Than Life Lip Gloss I get a smooth, moisturizing, long lasting gloss with a convenient lip brush built right in! This is especially important for us over 40 beauties as a precise application keeps the gloss from bleeding into those pesky lip lines!


  • High shine
  • Versatile shade range
  • Built in lip brush
  • Good wear time


  • $2 increase over the regular lip gloss
  • less product–0.19 oz vs. 0.28 oz. for a regular gloss

Despite the increased price, this Giant finds these glosses irresistible and kudos to NARS for making a useful applicator!  The glosses are exclusive to Sephora and   Beauty Junkies Unite has swatches of all the colors as well as lip swatches.

Prime Beauty Grade: A-    (- for the $2 price difference)