I apply this in a patting motion and I usually put a clear balm underneath or on top. I do not find it changes the color at all. It does change the longevity of the lipstick. The lipstick alone will last for hours, with a balm underneath is lasts a little less, but I rather re-apply than have the look of dry lips.
What I love about this lipstick though is how natural of a nude it is (if applied right), it really is truly beautiful. I love love the color, definitely one of my favorite nudes right now. I like to use mattes because you have a lot of options with mattes. You can make it creamier with a gloss or balm or use it as a matte as is!
Oh yeah, and this lipstick has no stinky NARS smell. Good job NARS! I will be repurchasing this over and over, for sure!
Here is a crappy swatch on my arm and lips. The lighting looks a bit yellow.
Have you tried? Thoughts?