Saturday, April 23, 2011

Nars Summer 2011 Lips: Bolero, Carthage, Mayflower & Wonder

Here is a look at the four lip products introduced in the Nars summer collection:
  • Bolero Velvet Matte Lip Pencil: very pale, bright cantaloupe-pink
  • Carthage Matte Lipstick: extremely vibrant (verging on neon) fuchsia
  • Wonder Lip Gloss: sheer, orange-red with very subtle, gold micro-shimmer
  • Mayflower Lipstick ($24): semi-sheer, semi-glossy, medium warm rosey pink with very subtle, silver micro-shimmer 
Surprisingly, my initial favorite is the Wonder gloss. It looks scary-bright in the tube but goes on sheerly. Mayflower lipstick is nice and could be considered the safe, conservative choice. I like it but don't think it works well with my coloring. I've seen a photo of Anne Hathaway wearing it along with the Bolero pencil in a look created by makeup artist Molly Stern and it looks spectacular with her peaches-and-cream complexion (see photo at Product-Girl). Here are a couple of tiny shots of this combo on NC15/Bobbi Brown Sand skin:


The beautiful fuchsia, Carthage, looks gorgeous in the tube but could be difficult for the average person to pull off due to the extreme brightness factor. It is without a doubt a statement lipstick. I think I will be wearing it blotted down and overlaid with a champagne shimmer. Bolero creates a decent, albeit very matte, pinky-nude lip when worn sheerly and blotted a bit with fingertips, otherwise it is too bright on me. I plan to experiment with layering glosses over this one.

I didn't post lip-swatch photos except for small ones of Mayflower but if you haven't already, you can see all of these colors applied on the lovely Karen of Makeup & Beauty Blog.

Do you have any favorites or plan to get any of the lip products from this collection? I'd love to hear your thoughts on how you would wear some of these brighter shades!  



In flash lighting, left to right:  Wonder, Mayflower, New Order (featured previously), Bolero, Carthage

In sunlight, left to right: Bolero, Carthage, Mayflower, Wonder 

Have a great weekend!  


  1. I love your makeup and flower combination posts! So pretty! I think my favorite lippie would be the bolero, but I'm not sure I could buy a product in pencil form! I think I'd get nervous about losing product when sharpening =P

  2. Lovely shades! Bolero and Carthage look gorgeous. Thank you for the pretty swatches x

  3. Hi Dovey, Thanks! I love to photograph flowers, birds & nature :) I know what you mean about the pencil -- they do seem to get used up quickly!

    Hi Nat, Thanks for commenting! They are definitely stand-out shades! :)

  4. Great post! I may have to check out Mayflower now. :)

  5. Thanks Liz! :) It's a nice, wearable shade :)

  6. This is such a helpful post. I still really like the look of Mayflower, just a case of deciding if its a nice shade to have or a must have I think, we will see ;) x

  7. Lovely pictures! I like the look of Mayflower very much. Safe but very wearable and very me! The fuschia looks stunning though I suspect it's that me to neon for me to wear confidently.
    Thank you for such a helpful post,
    Jane x

  8. Hi Replica, Thanks! I'm glad it was helpful - I tried to get the swatches as accurate as possible. I know it's sometimes hard to really decide until you can see it in person! xx :)

    Hi Jane, Thanks! Look forward to reading about what you think of Mayflower if you get it. I agree the fuschia is a difficult shade! :) xx

  9. Such beautiful shades. I especially love Mayflower and Bolero. WOW! :-)


  10. Loving Wonder gloss - I can't wait to play with it in person. I will be attanding a NARS Master Class this weekend - I can't wait to try everything out.

    Great picks and photos!

  11. Hi Miss A! Thanks for commenting! It is a very fun and vibrant collection :)

    Hi Lexi - Thanks! The master class sounds like a lot of fun and should be interesting too - have a great time :O)

  12. Great post! The Mayflower/Bolero combo is so beautiful. I like it even better on you than Anne -- very natural. I can't wait to check this out in person. ALSO, cool news -- Francois himself is coming to Nordstrom in Chicago to promote his book. Already reserved my spot in line!

  13. Laurie, Aww, thanks ! :) How cool that you will get to meet Francois! I'm really looking forward to reading his new book.

  14. Bolero is simply gorgeous! :) xxx

  15. Hi Rachel! It's a pretty color--I was surprised at how bright it is for such a pale shade! :) xx

  16. i just purchased Nars Carthage! omg. it's super pretty on light complexion ^^

  17. Hi Shirley, Glad it turned out well for you - it is a lovely color! :)


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