Bought this after reading the MUA reviews. I have dark blonde hair and olive skin and this nude works really well for me - doesn't make me look washed out at all.Also nice with NARS Orgasm gloss on the top for evening.
My search for my perfect holy grail status nude is finally done!!! If you're a woman of color ...this is the nude for you!!!! Please step away from the Creme d'Nude, Fresh Brew, Viva Glam Gaga 2 or any other Tyrone Bigumms 'ashy lip' inducing lipsticks that everyone thinks looks good on them (but it really doesn't). I absolutely love EVERYTHING about this lipstick. I has just the right amount of brown, peach and pink. I line my lips with either Cork lip pencil from MAC or NYX's lip pencil in Nude Truffle, and it's perfect. No extreme amounts of blending necessary. If I want to top it off with some gloss, I prefer Love Nectar from MAC or Orgasm from NARS. It also pairs beautifully with a dark and seductive black smokey eye, navy or a gilded golden shadow. Warm or cool toned, it works! I purchased this lipstick at a NARS boutique in NYC, and it is also available online...not sure of its availability at Sephora. In summary, this lipstick is AMAZING!!! You need it in your life!!!
Also, if this helps I wear the following foundation & powder shades...NARS Macao, NARS Pressed Powder in Mountain and Heat, Chanel Perfection Lumiere Ambré 94, MAC NC45/NC50, MAC Studio Fix Powder C8, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Dark, and Estée Lauder Double Wear Rich Ginger/Rich Caramel. Even if you're lighter or darker than these shades, you should still give this lipstick a shot!
I finally found my favorite nude this is it blonde venus on my nc45 skin is just very natural looking a little caramel nude with just a hint of peach and to be a little hint of red its beautiful I love this lipstick I espcailly love it on days when I don't want to look so made up. It's a keeper please nars never stop making blonde venus.
One more rave for Blonde Venus. Perfect neutral, peachy nude color. Exquisite texture, creamy, fairly long-lasting. Smooth application which leads to gorgeous lips w/o screaming: "Look at my lipstick!" For a very pale, cool skinned blonde (though by no means a "Venus"), this is a terrific everyday lipstick.
It fascinates me to see this described as a "nude" or a "peachy" color -- because on me it's apricot! In other words, a golden orange, not a pink/peach one.
I bought this to wear under the Velvet Gloss lip pencil in Hopi, to give Hopi something to stick to, and BV is the closest match among Nars lipsticks. I'm not crazy about BV without gloss over it -- the Satin formula is still more matte than I like -- but the color alone is flattering on my lightly pigmented, warm-toned lips.
For reference, I'm about NC10-15, Becca Sand, Px Ecru. In Nars foundations, I'd mix Siberia and Gobi to get the right pale, warm color.
I am inlove!!! This is the perfect nude for my skin complexion.. I love that it has a peachy beige color and it does not wash me off and does not look like a cheap nude like some MAC lipsticks do... Packaging is okay, not too fancy but still the color is amazing!!!
This l/s arrived today from my Sephora order. I got Honolulu Honey as well. I think this and Honolulu Honey are very very similar. BV is probably a shade darker, a bit warmer than HH. I still consider this a nude lip color (reminds me of the lip colors Angelina Jolie would wear). Great paired with smokey or neutral brown eyes and pink cheeks. I'm glad this worked out for me considering that I've never tried it in-store. Definitely a great color I will always have. =) (For reference, NC40-42 , Asian skintone)
I agree with juicy69. I'm an NC45 and I love Blonde Venus. I too found Honolulu Honey a bit light for me. I prefer Blonde Venus even to my MAC Ravishing lipstick although they're both about in the same color family of Corals. Blonde Venus is like a lovely, easy summery color when you want to put a lipstick on that's effortless and also seems to go along with all the sunshine outside, if it gets sunny where ever you are! LOL
I must also add the last time I bought a Nars lipstick it was Manhattan, which was beautiful and neutral but it had the most horrible metallic plastic-y taste, so I'm glad to see that Nars finally did something to rectify that bitter, disgusting situation. Because I bought the Blonde Venus fairly recently and wouldn't you know it? I could actually live with it, and even eat with it without wanting to wash it off!
I saw many tutorials on YouTube for WOC for Nars Honolulu Honey and wanted to buy that but it was just too pale for me. I tried Blonde Venus and feel in love. Mind you that I must wear gloss, clear or tinted, because the lipstick alone needs a little shine to make it wearable for me. On me the color is peachy nude and is a perfect match. I can wear a lip liner or not. Now the price was a bit steep but I do love the look on me. I can't beleive there aren't more reviews from WOC for this lip color.I am MAC NW45/50.
Update: Just found another beautiful HG lip combo for Blonde Venus. I applied Revlon Life's a Peach over it. It gives a pinky peachy iridescent look. Very Pretty!
This is so fabulous :) Probably my favorite lipstick ever because it's natural enough for a simple daytime look but also looks great paired with smoky eyes for nighttime. It's basically a very neutral pale peachy brown that goes on so as to add just the slightest amount of color. It also moisturizes very well and adds a slight shine. I'd say it looks even better with a pale brown lip liner, but I'm a lip liner fanatic so I'd say that about anything :) Definitely a must-have.