NARS Pure Sheer Lip Treatment Paloma – Review

I’ve had the NARS Pure Sheer Lip Treatment since August, after I received it in my Look Incredible Subscription. From a lip balm point of view I’ve been in a pretty exclusive relationship with the NUXE Reve de Miel lip balm, but after 2 years of that gorgeous pot of nourishing joy it finally ran out and I turned to other things in my collection to fill the void, and this came out first.

The Pure Sheer Lip Treatments from NARS are available in Paloma – this orange toned bullet, and Bianca a frosty white pearl. I think at one point there may have been more, but it seems as if the line has been consolidated to just these two as they’re the only ones on the NARS website. Priced at £19 for just 1.7g of product (to put that into perspective a Carmex Chap Stick is 4.25g and a Fresh Lip Treatment is £20 for 4.3g) – makes this one pricey lip balm.


The lip treatment is formulated with Vitamin E, Polar Berries and Mango Butter, and is described as lightly tinted for a nautral colour. The Balm also contains SPF 15 which makes a nice finishing touch. The colour in this is absolutely pointless, on my hand it’s barely visible, and over the natural pigment of my lips it’s non existant.


The main problem I have with this lip treatment is that it just doesn’t last – initially it feels like a very comfortable and light balm, but after ten minutes it’s just gone, and don’t even think about eating or drinking as it will disappear instantly. I can cope with a lip balm that I have to reapply frequently if it’s cheap enough to warrant it (although every ten minutes is frustrating), but after just a week in my handbag I’m a third of the way (maybe even slightly more) through the super small product. To add insult to injury, the constant reapplication hasn’t seen any improvement for my dry lips – and at the end of the week they’re feeling more sore than they were at the start.

Looking up reviews of this it seems like there seems to have been more of a problem with Paloma with an average of a 1 star review on their website, where as Bianca is much higher. I definitely don’t like this product enough to take a gamble on Bianca being any better for such a small sized product, and I’m not sure the frosty white lip trend followed me into the 2000’s let alone in 2017.

Have you tried these? What are your favourite lip balms


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20 thoughts on “NARS Pure Sheer Lip Treatment Paloma – Review

  1. Hmm, this is a complete pass for me based on your review. I hate lip balms that don’t last at least an hour.
    My go to lipbalm (untinted) is from Dr Hauschka (lip care stick). I also really like good old Lip Smackers (especially the Dr. Pepper one – it provides a nice cherry tint).

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