Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Nars Belle De Jour Lipstick Review, Photos and Swatches!

Nars Belle De Jour Lipstick

Nars Belle De Jour Lipstick ($24) was one of my older favorites that has been sadly neglected in exchange for new and flashier colors. If you're a lover of nude lipstick, you may have been acquainted with this shade before, but for those who haven't, let me introduce you two.

Belle De Jour is a sheer, nude beige with warm undertones. It's the particular nude that had many running to stores to purchase a tube after Kim Kardashian mentioned it was her favorite nude lipstick in an interview a few years back.

I have many nude lipsticks, but not all of them are flattering on me. I think one of the main keys to wearing nude lipstick (aside from finding the right nude for your skintone) is finding a shade and formula that isn't going to erase your lips, but slightly lighten them a couple of shades. I know we all love pigment in the makeup world, but when it comes to wearing a lipstick shade that's lighter than your lips, lots of pigmentation can lead to a very unflattering result. (Hey, Is that milkshake on your lips?)

A Subtle Nude

I love that Belle De Jour isn't your average chalky nude. It doesn't make me look ill or washed out. It's funny how your coloring really plays a factor in the way certain colors appear. Without a tan (NC15-20), this color looks too orange on my lips - pinker nudes work better on my lighter skin. When I'm NC30-40, the pinky beige tones come out more, and I like it so much more.

Here it is applied on my lips. I applied a few coats to show the color better, but normally I'd wear one sheer coat.

Nude Lipstick Swatches
I expected to find a perfect dupe for this lipstick in my collection, but I didn't find any (that I swatched, at least - there are others I didn't swatch such as MAC Creme De Nude, Revlon Nude Attitude, NYX Pumpkin Pie, etc.) that matched. It's almost a cross between MAC Freckletone and Myth. 

It's not such a unique shade or a real must-have for me, but I love the consistency of Nars Lipsticks and for the Nars fanatics out there, this might be a shade that would interest you.

The Round-up

  • The texture is very creamy and smooth
  • The color is sheer, but buildable
  • The finish is shiny
  • Flattering on tan skin, and those with yellow/golden/olive undertones
  • Might not be flattering on some complexions - specifically those who can't typically wear warm shades with yellow/orange undertones 
  • The lasting power isn't the best, and due to it's creaminess, it's possible to go through a tube quickly if you re-apply several times a day
  • Accentuates dryness, as most nude colors do
Price: $24, Sephora.


  1. This is my favorite nude lipstick. It's a bit expensive but there is a good dupe- NYX Pumpkin Pie. It's not and identical dupe but it's pretty close.

    1. Awesome! I love NYX Pumpkin Pie, I definitely agree that they are pretty similar. Belle De Jour is just more beige.

  2. Hi Natalie, Belle de Jour is one of my most used lip colors; I love the sheerness of the color; I think it helps meld with my natural color better!

    1. Hi Dovey!

      Wonderful! I agree - I think it's the sheerness and finish of the lipstick that makes it work so well!

  3. I love nudes but they dont like my skin color they wash me out even more than I already am. I love this color so much thought :(

  4. I'm still looking for my perfect nude. Most make me look too washed out :/

  5. I think you may have pushed me over the edge! I typically steer clear of nude tones, but I've wanted to try this for ages.

    ♥ Jessica

    1. LOL! I love Nars lipstick but I steer clear from them as much as I can because with daily use, I could literally finish a tube in a month lol and they are just too expensive to keep replacing. I would always test out Belle De Jour at Sephora and was always kind of "Meh" but when I finally did purchase it, I loved it!

  6. Lovely colour doll. Not sure this nude would work for me as I havent found any so far that do:(
    Sara xx

  7. It does look like my go to lip color:) I will so have to look into it now

  8. This is one of my favorite nudes :)


    Omg! I love the nudy, earthly color! I think I want all of it, I can't pick! --TO THINK I just bought 2 new lipstick, my bf is going to kick my ass!~

  10. It looks great on you! Like it!

  11. great review! this lipstick is on my wishlist. think I'll get it now!

  12. Hi! Do you happen to remember what lip liner you were wearing with the belle de jour lipstick? Thanks! :)