Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

NARS Bougainville Lip Gloss
NARS Bougainville Lip Gloss

NARS Holiday 2010:  Bougainville

NARS Bougainville Lip Gloss ($24.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “sensual pomegranate … with dramatic, diva-esque color.” The description also goes on to say “deep in pigment yet sheer on the lips,” which is an interesting statement. NARS’ Lip Gloss is non-sticky and scent- and taste-free, though they have been known to smell a bit like plastic or wax. I did not notice any scent whatsoever with my Bougainville, though.

It is similar to fall’s Strawberry Fields in the way it is pigmented, creamy, lacks shimmer, and is non-sticky. The colors, however, are noticeably different. While Strawberry Fields is a bright raspberry pink-red, Bougainville is a rich berry. It has the same color-rich look with a glossy shine but no shimmer, though. This is Strawberry Fields’ older, more sophisticated best friend.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Because of the richness in color, it would look lovely on cooler, paler complexions for a strong contrast, but it would also flatter deeper skin tones. I think this is more wearable than Strawberry Fields, because it’s dark without being ultra vampy.


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NARS Bougainville Lip Gloss
NARS Bougainville Lip Gloss

NARS Bougainville Lip Gloss
NARS Strawberry Fields / Bougainville Lip Gloss

NARS Bougainville Lip Gloss
NARS Bougainville Lip Gloss (right)

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase Bougainville? How much is it?

NARS, $24.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

Korres' Liquid Lipsticks have a similar feel and look, though they have shimmer and none of the shades match to Bougainville--but I thought it worth mentioning if you like the way Bougainville looks but would like it in another color. I'm not able to think of a decent dupe at this time.

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42 thoughts on “NARS Bougainville Lip Gloss Review, Photos, Swatches (Holiday 2010)

  1. Thank you so much for the comparison – berry shades are my favourite and I love NARS glosses! Have been wanting both – but might go for Bougainville over Strawberry Fields… x

  2. Marian

    That’s pretty! I love NARS glosses. They’re thick without being sticky.

  3. Svetlana

    me likes it, but 25 euros ( $34 ) in Europe ;-(

    • Marie

      Same as you. It enormously annoys me that companies raise their prices by up to 40% for the european market.

    • Kathrina

      Being from Germany I had the same problem but then I found a good online-shop. You might want to check out , that’s where I get my NARS stuff from. The NARS glosses are 17 GBP (about 20 €) there. Of course, there are always the shipping costs so it might be a good idea to order together with a few other people and share the shipping costs with them. Hope this will help you :) .

  4. babyinacorner

    i’ve put my name down for this but nars in ireland saying they are having distribution problems so i mightn’t get it! boo! on me this is more purpley and i love it!

  5. Very, very pretty. Love the colour and love the way you wear it too.

  6. xiao

    Will you be reviewing downtown? 😀

  7. quite love it! I want strawberry fields though

  8. Annette

    I love it! I swatched this at Sephora a few days ago, but I did not buy it because on my hand it looked so dark and too purple. However, it is such a pretty color on the lips. I may have to buy it afterall.

  9. Maryelle

    Thanks for posting the comparison! I was wondering if I needed bougainville because I already have strawberry fields but Bougainville looks too pretty to ignore!!

  10. Tiffany S.

    Love it! I want it!

  11. Nichole

    Got this gloss (and my backup) in the mail last night from the Sephora VIB sale. I’m wearing it now and IT IS FABULOUS! I’ve stayed away from NARS glosses because they are typically shear. The pigmentation in Bougainville is great against my naturally dark lips.

  12. Luna

    Such a gorgeous color! It looks great on you. :)

  13. Vanessa

    I really really like this, this might be my first try at NARS lipgloss.

  14. Shontay07108

    This one seems pretty, but strawberry fields is the hands down winner in my book.

  15. Lucie

    I just ordered NARS Petit Monstre lipstick and Downtown lipgloss from the holiday collection…might pick up Bougainville and the purple/silver eye duo at a later date but this is all I can afford for now!

  16. stephanie

    I have Strawberry fields and adore it. Bourganville gets more love from me though, its toned down a bit making it more wearable for more daily use. Its gorgeous!

  17. Shayna Marie

    what bronze eyeliner are you wearing in this picture? I love the color!

  18. Amanda

    I was hoping it would be more purple! still looking for a nice pigmented purple gloss. I already have Strawberry Fields which is close enough for me :)

  19. Steffi

    This looks so pretty on you!!! I love the colour <3

  20. Bernice

    You look great in it!

  21. Sarah A.

    I just bought this last week and I am loving it! It’s super flattering and pretty :) Only complaint is that it tends to bleed just a little, I’m going to have to start wearing a clear lipliner with it, something I’ve never had to do with a gloss! Oh well, it’s worth it for such a gorgeous color… Love it because it’s dramatic without being over the top! Can’t wait for your review on Downtown, I bought that one, too, and I think it’s a super unique color. Looking forward to seeing what you think of it!

  22. Leenie

    I love both of them can’t decided which one to pick up first

  23. Callen

    Yay! I’ve been waiting for this review since you were wearing it in the Sex Appeal pics!

    This is my first lip gloss from NARS and I love it! I was scared of how purple it looked in the tube but it’s such a gorgeous berry colour on the lips.

    For the money I wish the wear time was longer. I won’t be investing in another NARS lipgloss unless they really impress me with another unique colour.

    Thanks Christine! :)

  24. Kelly

    I love the Bougainville! Maybe I’ll have to pick one up now that Strawberry Fields is discontinued.

    PS: What eye shadow & liner are you wearing in the picture?

  25. Eileen

    Absolutely gorgeous colour … well named!

  26. Keen Janine

    I think I may go get a back up of this. I got it during Sephora’s F&F sale and fell in love. It’s such a beautiful color. I didn’t get to get Strawberry Fields getting this color helped soften that hurt a little bit. It looks so good on my deep skintone. I will go back to get Strawberry Fields though. It would be good for a night out. Great review Christine.

  27. Ashley D.

    The perfect lip colour.

  28. Sara

    Yeh, for a gloss that does not have glitter in it! MAC is torturing me with their glosses…enough is enough! I’m not 12. I am so sick of those. It’s overdone. I like creamy or opaque glosses with color. This Nars one look gorgeous and definitely a keeper. Thanks for the great review. Btw, the color looks lovely on you!!

  29. This is sooooooo gorgeous.

  30. Kathrina

    Aw, how pretty! I do have Strawberry Fields (love that one) but I might get this one as well.

  31. Dia

    This is gorgeous, but that slight purple tint just isn’t going to work with my teeth. Thanks for the swatch pic of them next to each other- very handy! :)

  32. Wow, I’m in love with this gloss! I’m a bit sad to see that it’s NARS though. As much as I’ve tried, I just can’t get over the smell of their glosses.

  33. Jehnay

    Wow, I would never think to look at those glosses just by looking at the tube. I’m more of a neutral kinda gal. This color is fabulous though :)

  34. Mulki

    Ahhh! This is too cute!