Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

NARS Mascate Pure Matte Lipstick

NARS Mascate Pure Matte Lipstick

NARS Mascate Pure Matte Lipstick ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bold red,” and it is certainly that: a decadent, deep red that’s neither blue nor orange. It is a cooler-toned red, so the base is subtly blue, but it is the type of red that will work on cooler and warmer skin tones. The finish is nearly matte, with a touch of shine when the light hits the center of the lips.

The Pure Matte formula is designed to be opaque and long-wearing in a base that glides on and wears comfortably–it also contains wild mango butter to moisturize lips. There is enough creaminess to allow the color to apply easily onto lips without dragging or pulling, but not so much that it causes feathering. The color becomes opaque in one stroke, too–very high pigmentation–and between the matte finish and the boldness of the color, it lasts six to eight hours on me. It does stain slightly if worn for more than a couple of hours.

I don’t find that all of the Pure Mattes are created equal, but the darker and bolder shades like Mascate work wonderfully. They’re mostly matte without being drying or uncomfortable to wear and deliver excellent color coverage with little product. It could be a touch more moisturizing over the time it wears, but for a matte, achieving “not drying” status is good.

The Glossover



I like the depth in this red--it gives it the boldness that reds always have, but it's not a bright red, so it pairs well with an assortment of looks and situations.











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NARS Mascate Pure Matte Lipstick

NARS Mascate Pure Matte Lipstick

NARS Mascate Pure Matte Lipstick

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Where can I purchase Mascate? How much is it?

NARS, $25.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

Chanel Byzantin is pinker, so it looks lighter. MAC Russian Red is a bit brighter and looks more orange on me.

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84 thoughts on “NARS Mascate Pure Matte Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. That’s gorgeous!

  2. The arm swatch looks slightly berry toned but the lip swatches are full on perfect red! This really does look like *the* perfect red for me!

  3. I want this. I don’t think I’ve ever been tempted by a NARS lipstick, but this one, love!

  4. Violet


    That is one fiiiine lipstick. I love mattes, reds, and non-drying lipstick is a must. Perfection!

  5. This is a perfect red on you!! I love everything about this lipstick. It has a pretty, flawless finish, and you’re so right about the color balance.

  6. Julia

    Wow. That is GORGEOUS on you Christine!!!

  7. Amelie

    That color looks amazing on you Christine!

  8. Melissa

    That color is a show stopper on you. love it.

  9. This looks absolutely gorgeous on you christine ! LOVE

  10. Kayla

    Oh how I wish I could afford NARS. Something about the brand is so appealing to me, and I am REALLY loving this lip shade. Plus the promises of moisture from a matte finish sound fantastic.

  11. stephanie

    pure matte nothing haha that thing looks really glossy.

  12. nitnot

    Hi Christine, will you be reviewing NYX matte lipsticks? I wish you would, I think they look amazing :)

  13. Luck

    Wow! That color looks amazing on you Christine!

  14. Luck

    Hi Christine – I was wondering if there is a way to tell what I’ve clicked “Loving It” to on your site? That way I can go back to see what I may be interested in purchasing.

  15. Rada

    Wow! You look stunning with this lipstick on!
    I was wondering if there was a MAC dupe for this particular shade (one that would suit warm skintone) – I have B2Ms to use and if I could save money by getting an equivalent, it’ll be awesome! LOL. Otherwise, I’ll have to get this lipstick – such a gorgeous shade! *o*

  16. Rada

    Sorry! I just saw you already answered with Russian Red! I’m so sorry about that! :-(

  17. Anne

    Wow, everything looks great in that picture! What foundation and blush are you wearing, if you don’t mind my asking?

  18. Oh my god, what a stunning red! It sounds amazing, and I love how the “Pure Matte” finish looks – sort of satiny, yeah?


  19. Oh my, that looks incredible on you! How can *everything* look so good on you?!

  20. Hana

    Hi Christine, How does Mascate compare to Vesuvio (also a pure matte l/s)?

  21. Fey

    I’m really like this one as well as Illamasqua’s Sangers.

  22. Steph

    I’m with everyone else who loooves this. I may pick this up for the fall!

  23. Mariella

    It’s a lovely colour but matte lipsticks just aren’t for me.

  24. This red is spectacular!

  25. Babs

    CHRISTINE – When you refer to how long a lipstick lasts (in this case, six to eight hours), is that with not drinking and eating?

    • Unless I mention eating/drinking, it means I did not do either of the two while testing. I always disclose if I do.

      • Babs

        I have a new respect for you Christine. Even for the love of lipstick, I could not refrain from drinking or eating for 8 hours. You rock!

  26. Lynn

    I like red lipstick and I fell in love with this shade immediately. I prefer a matte finish and for you to say it could be a touch more moisturizing over the time it wears is good news. If you had to compare the shade of the NARS Mascate Pure Matte lipstick with any lipstick what would it be? Thanks for the review.

  27. Lisa

    Oh my, this is absolutely lovely. I usually try to avoid picking red lipsticks up because I have no where to wear them but this one is so perfect I’m content to just stare at it!

  28. Stephanie

    Wow. This lipstick makes you look absolutely glamorous, Christine. I wish I could wear reds like this, but it always makes my lips look tiny.

  29. Angie

    Do you like this better than Chanel Dragon Rouge Allure Laque? and do you know how this compares to MUFE rouge artist intense in Moulin Rouge? thanks

  30. This lipstick looks gorgeous on you. Thanks for the photos, swatches & review. :)

  31. Nicole

    Wow, that red is hot! I might have to pick this one up.

  32. Astrid

    Christine- do you apply this with a lip brush or does it work straight from the tube? Thanks!

  33. WOW! This color is gorgeous on you!

  34. Bernice

    You look gorgeous !

  35. Meagan

    NEED THIS! I have been using Carthage all summer and can’t wait to use this all fall!

  36. Carrie


  37. verybecca

    Ok I’m getting this.

  38. Susan

    a MUST have for fall and winter! all year round too in my opinion :)

  39. Gina

    What a stunning red!

  40. LindaB

    Want it, need it. Don’t care how much it costs, lol…

  41. Amanda

    Would you say that this color is cooler than Chili by MAC?

  42. kim

    christine, i think this might be the nicest lipstick i’ve ever seen on you. don’t lose it! beautiful!

  43. Stephanie

    This is beautiful. Such a perfect red!

  44. Bean

    This looks so pretty Do you know if sephora will carry it?

  45. This is such a gorgeous shade!!! Looks lovely on you!! :)

  46. Kathryn

    That color is absolutely stunning on you Christine!

  47. Constanze

    Looks nice :)!

  48. kiran

    Extremely rich color and gorgeous texture…love nars

  49. Sexy Sadie

    wow, this is my kind of red.

  50. Tigress

    This looks like the perfect red lipstick for me, which is really hard to find!

  51. Charlotte

    Love the colour on your lips, it looks so different from in the tube, but matte lips really aren’t my thing.

  52. Mia

    Woah, this colour is all sorts of amazing on you, love it :)

  53. How is this different from MAC russian red?

  54. Kristen

    The pigmentation on this is insane.

  55. cait

    stunning shade – a bit berry toned I would say, but wow <3

  56. Kary

    This took my breath away!

  57. Gorgeous, but way too expensive for me!!

  58. Vannessaa

    This is to die for! I was just going to get a Back up of Mac’s Ruby Woo, which one do you prefer for a kind of Red koolaid stain? Lol sounds weird, but when I wear red lipstick I only wear a bit like a lip stain kinda just to Brighten my lips ๐Ÿ˜‰

  59. ChocolateLipstick

    I just got this today, and I have dark skin; I black if that helps anyone and this looks AMAZING, I couldn’t even wait to wear it, so I put it on 4 hours ago and have yet to reapply it. Ruby Woo who?

  60. Jana

    That is a beauuutiful red. And you look so gorgeous wearing it Christine! I will definitely get this one, looks like a perfect red to me

  61. Manuela

    Itยดs posible is similar to russian red de mac?? thanks.

  62. Lisa

    Your lips are so perfectly shaped. Loving the red!

  63. Judith

    Just scored by getting it for 19$ CAN at Winners ๐Ÿ˜€ love it!! My darkest red to date, even darker than my beloved russian red!!

  64. heather

    this colour makes your eyes look incredible!

  65. Naeha

    Hey I was just wondering if you wore a lipliner with this? If yes which one? Thank! Really really love this colour =)

  66. Gwen

    I find Nars Mascate is a wonderful darker red, a perfect retro red, I will certainly buy it
    but I am also looking for a very bright red (matte) and I find that ruby woo from mac was perfect but on your swatch it seems so darker…
    so what type of red is it ?

    • Ruby Woo is a medium-dark red.

      • Gwen

        thank you. just a last question : could Nars mascate be qualified of a dark red? I want to be sure that if I buy this one and ruby woo they wouldn’t be similar. as far as red lipsticks are concerned, have you tried revlon matte lisptick “really red”?

        • Ruby Woo should appear a bit lighter – and it’s very blue-based, so that alone should make it stand out. I haven’t tried Really Red by Revlon!