NARS Schiap, oh you funny little thing.
How I come to have this lipstick in my posession is quite a funny obsession because I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with it.
I love how vibrant and interesting the color is, yet I don't particularly like (or rather am getting the hang of) wearing pinks. Though the love/hate portion is a little deeper than that but this is the general gist of it.
Though no matter how bright or how pink, the point is that I caved and got it so I shall will myself to love it.
Regardless, I would not short-change Schiap for the fact that it is a beautiful shocking blue-toned pink. I did not notice this till I was speaking with Sophia but Schiap seems to take on a white pigment somewhere in the base of it, making it appear quite stark on certain skintones.
This starkness was what I feared with it initially. While I am not tanned (anymore, heh), I am not extremely fair either and feared a bit of a Nicki Minaj effect with this shade.
Though thankfully once swatached on, it didn't appear too bad.
NARS Schiap, being a Semi-Matte Lipstick, wraps close to the lips and gives a matted coat of color. It does lend a subtle satin sheen too, to prevent this bold pink from appearing too flat and one dimensional.
In the close-up lip swatches below the sheen seems rather evident but that is the work of my flash and a close shot, it hardly appears this glossy from a usual distance.
Those who do battle some flakiness or dry lips may want to moisturize and use a lip scrub before Schiap-ing it.
Pardon the in-your-face-ness of my lips but here's Schiap for you!
And a candid full face shot for a better representation.
This shocking blue-toned pink is widely compared to the newly released NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Yu, because they are both bright pinks with a cool undertone.
Most would argue that the two are close enough that you do not need both and I do agree with that.
Yet, there is the obvious difference in texture with Yu being smoother to apply and Schiap being more lasting on. Texture aside, there is a very partial difference in the two shades — Schiap is a smidget 'whiter' than Yu, and Yu pulls a little purple on me while Schiap remains more of a pink.
The difference is so minor that when worn, no one would be able to tell them apart yet it pleases me enough to have both in the stash.
If you ask me to compare, I love them both but I am inclined towards Schiap though I have to admit that Yu is easier to slick on.
Perhaps it is the 'whiter' and brighter color of Schiap that makes it feel a little more wearable for me, as Yu could pull a little deep and 'dressy'. Though who am I kidding, bright blue-pinks alone are a dressy statement in itself.
With all that said, I am glad to finally own this rather iconic piece of NARS in my stash.
It is thanks to Mag (of makeupstash) that I hopped onboard with this shade, after much deliberation.
The whole aspect of it having a waiting list of 2,000 names and it being a shade that is constantly out of stock just pushed me over the edge when a batch of Schiaps arrived on our shores.
Word is that once out of stock it would take awhile for the restock so if you have been intrigued with this shade for awhile, it's best to pick it up while stocks last!
Schiap (/ NARS Semi-Matte Lipsticks) retails for S$38.
Thanks for reading! What is your favorite bright lip shade?