François Nars, Sheer Genius
The rise of the “unlipstick”—pout perfectors that give you just a wash of your favorite bold lip color—has been well-charted territory since super-bright, opaque mouths went mainstream and a multitude of brands started to release more unexpected, sheer alternatives. But leave it to François Nars to win the game of oneupsmanship. The makeup maestro just debuted his summer collection, which includes Vendanges, the latest addition to his lineup of Sheer Lipstick. Its name, which means “harvest” or “vintage” in French, is a testament to the wine grape hue of the lush, shine-enhancing formula, which at first glance looks like any number of chocolaty berry pigments, all of which typically apply with impressive opacity. But this one is translucent, acting more like a stain that can be worn with a single swipe to add instant vitality to a tired complexion, or built up to a medium finish. You know those days when you catch your reflection in the mirror only to realize that your lips look muted and nearly blend in with the rest of your face? A quick slick of this will immediately remedy that situation. Like we said, game changer.