NARS Barbarella is the best innocent peachy lipstick ever! I am Asian, NC20, and have a yellow-based complexion. I look much better with peachy pinks, and finding a nice baby nude color is rather difficult. Thanks to the most helpful review, I tried on Barbarella at Sephora and fell in LOVE - she is right, this lipstick gives a very innocent, yet glamorous movie star like pout. Understated, but noticeable and very pretty. It is peachy, so it is recommended for those with yellow undertones :) For some reason when I wear it I look more baby-faced- the power of lipstick!
You can wear this on its own with no other makeup, or wear it with full makeup face,I just love that versatility.
If you want slightly paler peach lipstick (to pair with a dramatic eye) go for Peachstock.
A shade I'd highly recommend for yellowy skinned girls.
Amazing! I love this color. It leaves a very natural shade of peach on my lips. It's expensive but a nice daily color for just a slight tint.
I first saw NARS Barbarella used on the models of the Marc Jacobs 2010 Fall/Winter NYFW shows- apparently he specifically requested this shade. There are videos on this makeup look via the NARS Facebook page if you really want to get look at the colour.
In the tube, I have to be honest, I think it looks a bit bright, a bit cheap and not really very wearable. SpaceNK has particularly bad lighting in my experience! Swatched on the hand I was still a bit concerned that it might be a little too orange for me but actually on the lips I found that it is quiet, pretty and gentle. Sheer lipsticks are hard to review for the benefit of others because such a lot of the final result comes down to your own colouring and how the natural pigment of your lips influences the outcomes- my own lips are quite dark/reddish with perhaps a slightly purplish element.
On me Barbarella is a soft coral with a little baby pink added in. In the bullet no pink is perceptible to my eyes- I think that this effect is born out of how the sheerness of the formula interacts with your own lip colour. It is sheer- possibly as sheer as a higher end product I have ever bought. For reference the Clinique Chubby Sticks (which some people find too sheer) are noticeably more opaque than Barbarella. I suppose you can look at this in one of two ways- a waste of money or a worthwhile investment for an everyday/no mess/versatile/extremely wearable shade. I would fall into the latter category but certainly you could achieve a similar look with a little effort in mixing a cheaper coral lipstick with a bit of balm. MUA make some similar shades for just £1.
Being sheer, lasting power is also slightly sacrificed- but not by much. You can expect 2-3 hours or so out of a single application. Which is fairly standard for me. I have found the formula to be similar to other sheer lipsticks by NARS- they are a little on the waxy side, but comfortable and reasonably conditioning.
All in all I am really happy with this lipstick, it is described on the website as "pretty" and it really is. It is feminine, light, girly without being childish and just a really nice 'go with everything' MLBB coral.
Lovely sheer peach! One of the nicest spring/ summer shades but works all year around. Color is subtle but really brightens up the face. For those that say it makes teeth appear yellow, peach shades in general can be unforgiving if your teeth are the least bit stained from coffee, tea, smoking, etc. Best to avoid peach or nude shades if this is an issue for you.
Gorgeous peachy color, love to use this in the spring and summer months. Reminds me of Brigitte Bardot.
This is my "nude" shade. I know, it's not technically nude, but as someone who wears red lipstick everyday, this is pretty darn close. It's goes on smooth and as a velvety lipstick I do need to reapply frequently.
Great formula, BE WARNED IF YOU HAVE DEEP PIGMENTED LIPS AND ARE FAIR, THIS WILL TURN BRIGHT ORANGE. I found that if I apply two coats of this and apply MAC's Get Rich Quick, it looks pretty decent.
I know this lipstick is supposed to be sheer, but for me it's too sheer. It looks like a pretty light peach in the tube, but it looks nothing like that on my lips. It shows up as a sheer pink, even with 3 layers. This would probably work better on people with less pigmented lips. I like the formula though. It's creamy, has no shimmer and isn't drying. The packaging is great too; simple but sleek. I really wish it were more opaque though...
Love this color, it's my perfect nude lipstick because my lips still retain some color. All other "nude" lipsticks such as Nars Honolulu Honey and Revlon Nearly Nude make me look I mistook my concealer for a lipstick. Staying power is average, nothing impressive. The drawback is that Nars lipsticks are expensive and I go through a tube fairly quickly.
I'm so happy I found this even though it wasn't QUITE what I was looking for. I wanted a cool peach with a hint of strong orange in it. This one is more of a warm pastel peach on my lips. But still, it's one of the best peach/orange lipstick I've found.
I like to apply it matte with just a little bit of lip balm over it. With some gold eyeshadow and eyeliner on my eyes, I look really clean, fresh, and natural - but also elegant. It's also really pretty with my clear Lancome Juicy Tube applied over it, but turns my lips more coral and splashy.
Anyway, it's pretty sheer and subtle, and the warm peach color shows up really well. I'm really pale and orange tones can make my skin look either pasty or dirty for some reason, but Barbarella lights up my skin and makes it look flawless. The only problem I have with Barbarella is that the color fades rather quickly (1-2 hours).