Mar 122012

For Spring 2012, Nars released three new lip products as part of its iconic collection. If you fall in love with one, the Nars online site has free 2-day shipping right now with no minimum and no code needed.

First up is the soft, crowd-pleasing warm nude Nars Bilbao satin lipstick ($24).

Accurately described as a “shimmering topaz” this semi-sheer color gives a has a golden beige wash to lips.

It’s a near-nude that has enough color so that it doesn’t wash you out, it leaves a honey glaze color that can be very flattering especially on warm skin tones. Here is Nars Bilbao on Liz:

Here’s a quick swatch comparison with Nars Bilbao, which was closest to Chanel Rouge Coco Baroque. However, Nars Bilbao applies more softly and sheerly than Baroque. Also here is Chanel Rouge Coco Patchouli and Burberry Nude Rose #25.

This Nars collection is a real collection of widely diverse colors and the lip colors are no exception.


Nars Spring 2012 brings Pure Matte Lipstick in Valparaiso ($25) a deep beautiful cool red berry.

Although not a traditional color, Valparaiso looks right with evening wear and on cool spring days. Here’s a comparison with a few other vampy darks which I had nearby: Nars Nana Lipgloss, Guerlain Vega, Chanel Rouge Coco in Rouge Noir and Burberry Blueberry Lip Mist.

Here’s how Nars Valparaiso looks on lips, in all of its matte velvet glory:

Nars has also released a Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Mexican Rose ($24):

Nars Mexican Rose is an astoundingly beautiful color, particularly on pale lips. It’s a beautiful pink-rose with plenty of color and depth. You can see that it is a beautifully wearable saturated deep rose-pink. Here, it’s compared to the more red Chanel Flamboyante and the more bright pink Chanel Kensington:

Nars Mexican Rose on Liz’s pale pink lips:

Because this pencil has a bit of sheerness, the color is much more muted and deep on my mauve-toned lips. Liz’s lip color is quite light, and so the deep saturated color of Mexican Rose really stands out on her.

All in all, I’d say Nars did an amazing job with three very different lip colors, all suitable for immediate wear. Unfortunately, Liz obtained my Mexican Rose pencil, so I will be buying a replacement for myself. Ah, the joys!

These three lip colors-Mexican Rose, Valparasio and Bilboa–were provided by Nars to Cafe Makeup for consideration for review.

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  8 Responses to “Nars Spring 2012 Lip Products Swatched”

  1. wow i love mexican rose! amazing color

  2. I agree! I’m very tempted by Mexican Rose. Looks like a stunning Spring color!

  3. I love Mexican rose and love how it can look a bit different on everyone. The wear time has just been amazing too! Hmmm I thought I didn’t need Bilboa or Valparaiso but I clearly need to take a closer look…!

  4. I have been tempted by Mexican Rose since I started seeing it appear on blogs over a month ago. I’ve never tried any NARS lip products though so I’ve been hesitant.

  5. You know, the biggest problem with this blog is that Liz’s lips and coloring make everything look beautiful! I haven’t tried these on because I have plenty and they were underwhelming at the counter, but now I think they’re worth a second peek.

  6. I need Mexican Rose!

    Sorry, I have to ask, the Valparasio lipstick, is it Valparasio or Valparaiso? The chilean city is Valparaiso. And the Bilboa, isn’t it Bilbao? Like the city in Spain?

  7. Amy, where is the pic with the swatch comparison to Patchouli and Nude Rose?

    • Hi Carol, I’m currently traveling. I will ensure it is added tomorrow again when I get a moment to troubleshoot it.

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