Thursday, December 8th, 2011

NARS Flamenco Lipstick
NARS Flamenco Lipstick

NARS Flamenco Lipstick

NARS Flamenco Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “sheer candy apple red.” It’s a faded watermelon red. Milani Bing Cherry is a bit more vibrant and redder but similar. It is very close to Guerlain Grenade with less of a creamy finish.

It’s not really sheer–you can see my lip freckle peeking through, but it’s still hidden a fair amount. This lipstick’s color coverage is closer to semi-opaque, so it’s not the sheer it’s described as. It’s part of the Sheer Lipstick formula, which is designed to be sheer and long-wearing with a healthy shine in the finish. This is my only issue with the product; it’s great in every other way, and ultimately, whether it’s not sheer enough or just pigmented enough for you, is just part of your rationalization process.

For me, however, I have to look at what the product is supposed to do, because personally, I love more opaque lipstick, but this just shouldn’t be, since it should be sheer as described. While we often have pigmented products that are sheer, this is a sheer product that’s too pigmented! It’s not totally opaque, and there is some translucency to the finish, but if you’re wondering why the pigmentation score is low, now you’ll understand. Thankfully, the extended wear of this shade helps this shade bounce back.

The formula is lightweight, comfortable to wear, and surprisingly long-wearing for as sheer as some of the shades can be. The wear with Flamenco was six hours, which is great wear, though not entirely unexpected with the redness of the shade. While it’s not very moisturizing (and it does claim to be), it’s also not drying, and you can always tell just how bad a lipstick is if you only wear that for six hours! It stains ever-so-slightly after wearing for more than a couple of hours. I did not notice any scent or taste, which is such an improvement from NARS’ lipsticks a couple of years ago that had a very waxy scent. Flamenco should be flattering across skin tones; the pinkness will make it workable on cooler complexions while the red will be workable on warmer complexions.

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Flamenco

A-
The formula is lightweight, comfortable to wear, and surprisingly long-wearing for as sheer as some of the shades can be. The wear with Flamenco was six hours, which is great wear, though not entirely unexpected with the redness of the shade. While it's not very moisturizing (and it does claim to be), it's also not drying, and you can always tell just how bad a lipstick is if you only wear that for six hours!

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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NARS Flamenco Lipstick
NARS Flamenco Lipstick

NARS Flamenco Lipstick
NARS Flamenco Lipstick

NARS Flamenco Lipstick
NARS Flamenco Lipstick

NARS Flamenco Lipstick
NARS Flamenco Lipstick

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

NARS, $24.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

It's a faded watermelon red. Milani Bing Cherry is a bit more vibrant and redder but similar. It is very close to Guerlain Grenade with less of a creamy finish.

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55 thoughts on “NARS Flamenco Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Christina Christina

    Nars lipsticks have my favorite formulas in general. Great color.

    Christine – I’m into your happy and soft pink blush! Can you tell readers what blush you are wearing in this pic?

  2. Yuri

    Honestly you’re so efficent and brutally honest if you have to be. You may get paid but you deserve all your readers due to your reliability. When a new product comes out, I always wait for your reviews before I go for them. Do keep it all up, Christine. Love you!

  3. Debra

    Oooh! Pretty.

    I prefer semi-opaque lipstick on my pigmented lips (sheer ones don’t do much). I’ll have to check out Flamenco.

  4. I like pigmented lipsticks, so I wouldn’t be bothered if this is not sheer enough on me. :)

  5. I love this shade on you. Would it suit NC40 (MAC) skin tone?

  6. Mango the mango

    I’m slooowly easing into more colorful lipsticks, so I’m glad for a sheer-ish red formula to check out. I bought NARS Damage the other day because of your review! I’d have never thought purpley shades would work for me, but then I saw it on you and had to have it! It turned out so flattering (I have almost the same skintone as you, slightly lighter and less warm). So, thanks! :D

  7. Christine, is it by any chance close to Viva Glam Cyndi?
    I have been wanting a dupe for it since forever.

  8. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Carolina Lilastar

    Such a pretty color on you Christine :)

  9. I like it, looks good on you! What really makes me smile, though, is how you are able to describe opacity based on how it does or doesn’t cover your lip freckle. It’s totally cute AND useful, lol

  10. Z

    What foundation are you wearing in this photo? It looks great.

  11. lameka

    I’ve been eyeing this color since last year..i love it!Thanx christine you work so hard how. you manage to do anything else is a miracle!

  12. Gorgeous color and you look stunning as always! 6 hours is great wear and I prefer pigmented formulas anytime so I will def be checking it out!

  13. This actually looks quite wearable.

  14. J

    hey Christine, loving this colour on you! one question, is it similar to mac’s viva glam cindy? because i didn’t get to get a back up (it’s my daily red :P) this looks a bit similar on my laptop screen!

  15. This color is absolutely gorgeous, and it looks lovely on you! I love that this is a cherry red that doesn’t lean hot pink or fuchsia. No, another NARS red, this was my answer to the recent “Kryptonite” post… I am powerless!

  16. Melissa

    Wow, Flamenco looks so different on you than it does on me! It’s most definitely a sheer “candy apple” red on me. It’s way more pink on you. Looks lovely :)

  17. Jenn

    Hi Christine, would you say this is similar to Mac’s Viva Glam Cyndi lipstick? I’m always looking for something to replace that when I use mine up.

  18. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Mairyn Mairyn

    Your teeth look so white here! (they always do)
    I tried to find it in the FAQs but I couldn’t see it anywhere, so what teeth whitening products do you use?

  19. Natasha

    How does it compare to Viva Glam Cyndi? (:

  20. Lucy

    I think I’m gonna buy this like tomorrow. It’ll be my 2nd Nars lipstick. Joyous Red was my first, which I love. A decision that was also influenced by you. Thanks, Christine! Your reviews rule!

  21. Sue

    I LOVE your entire look! What other make-up are you wearing in this post Christine? I’m seriously gawking at how pretty and simple your make-up looks :)

  22. Debbie

    This is the only red I found that I can wear. I think because of the semi-sheerness of it.

  23. Avia

    What a pretty color! It kind of reminds me of Viva Glam Cyndi– how do the two compare?

  24. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of artemis artemis

    looks so pretty! that;s the kind of red i like..semi opaque

  25. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Christina Christina

    the color look AMAZING on you

  26. Hmmm… I have Grenade and love it, so I don’t know if I need this one, but it is really lovely!

  27. Simone G

    I love this on you, Christine!

  28. mumtaza

    This post read like a NARS TRAVELOOOGUE IN BRAZIL OR SOMEWHERE.