Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

NARS Mayflower Lipstick
NARS Mayflower Lipstick

NARS Mayflower Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “sheer raspberry [that] delivers subtle color with a shimmery finish.” It looks more like a sheer, dark rose with hints of red than it does so much raspberry when swatched, but when I applied it, it read more raspberry–the pinkness seemed to come out when layered over my natural lip color. It’s semi-sheer, so while it doesn’t deliver opaque color (nor is it supposed to), it does still add color to the lip, giving lips a subtle, rosy raspberry color with a lightly shimmered, glossy finish.

my thoughts on the formula: NARS Lipsticks typically wear four to six hours, with a shade like this lasting just under four. It has a creamier texture that’s moisturizing. I didn’t notice any waxy scent, as NARS lipsticks are typically unscented but the scent of the waxy base sometimes come through, but it really seems like lately, NARS has done something to mask the natural scent of the lipstick base.

The Glossover



This a great neutral shade to have in the makeup bag to grab to pair with dramatic or neutral makeup. It's not too cool or warm, so it should work well with a variety of skin tones.











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NARS Mayflower Lipstick
NARS Mayflower Lipstick

NARS Mayflower Lipstick
NARS Mayflower Lipstick

NARS Mayflower Lipstick
NARS Mayflower Lipstick

NARS Mayflower Lipstick
NARS Mayflower Lipstick

NARS Mayflower Lipstick
NARS Mayflower Lipstick

NARS Mayflower Lipstick
NARS Mayflower Lipstick

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NARS, $24.

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37 thoughts on “NARS Mayflower Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Amanda Dubs

    It really looks like Mac’s supreme sheen Ultra Darling to me

  2. JC

    i really want this! along w/ niagara, christina, flair, and dolce vita… haha.

  3. This looks sheer, but lovely!

  4. Marie

    It looks very nice as an everyday lipstick. Thanks for the review. :)

  5. Well, I have this lipstick and I love the colour. The only problem to me is it leaves way too many little particles of glitter, which irritates my lips!
    Any advice?

  6. Musebeliever

    That’s really pretty ! I know what I’m going to buy with my -20% Sephora coupon ! 😉
    Thanks for this review

  7. The color looks really nice on you:)

  8. Mel

    Oh man. This is gorgeous. :) i love lipsticks like this!

  9. Heidi S.

    Very pretty! I’m glad that it’s not LE!

  10. Neha

    Wow! Its such a pretty color. Do you have any MAC dupe in mind for this?

  11. I am on the hunt for a new neutral. I think this one looks promising!

  12. I really like it! This could be a great my-lips-but-better shade. Any dupes by any chance?

  13. Laura V

    This looks a lot like NARS Dolce Vita lipstick.

  14. Linda

    Looks good on you. I’m an nw20 and it turned orangy pink on me.

  15. This is so pretty and polished!

  16. Rebecca

    How does this compare to Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey?

  17. Thu

    Do you know of any dupes?

  18. baby in a corner

    This is so pretty on you but was way more coral on me! BTW I know you are super busy but if possible could you do more reviews of the rouge g automatiques? Thanks!

  19. Josie

    Very nice! Any possible MAC or ds dupes?

  20. shontay07108

    I love this lipstick. My lips are pretty pigmented, but this gives me color and it’s perfect for Summer. It has this teal iridescence to it that really shows and I appreciated that it isn’t scented. It’s awesome with Mac’s Flurry of Fun lipglass for those who own it.

  21. Carrie Ann

    What a lovely shade. It looks like a dark red in the tube, yet it’s actually very wearable. NARS has been coming out with some great lipstick shades lately.

  22. I absolutely love this color! Are there any good more affordable dupes for it? I don’t have $24 to spend on a lipstick, unfortunately.

  23. Valerie Brower

    Do u kno how this would compare to NARS Manhunt? Seems like it could b similar and Manhunt is one of my favs next to Dolce Vita.

  24. Carie

    I really like this! My lips are quite pigmented so it’d probably be a bit darker on me, but it looks like it would be a nice, easy everyday shade. I’ll have to pick it up on my next trip to Sephora.

  25. BabsBrooklyn

    I agree with Amanda that on Christine, this looks lie Ultra Darling. But in person, Mayflower looks nothing like Ultra Darling.

    I tried Mayflower on at my local Sephora. In person, it is not as raspberry toned as in the promotional photographs. It applies on my lips and NC 25 skin as a raspberry/coral with a tinge of brown in it.

    Very pretty, but nothing standout.

  26. Pawsha

    I seriously just want everything…………ah!

  27. KSlone

    Holy moly! What a great shade! I love how beautifully sheer with a decent pigment punch it has!

    Clearly I’m having a Yoda phonics moment…:p

  28. Lisa

    How did you get it to look so *RED* in the pictures?

    I own this lipstick (wearing it today, actually) and it looks absolutely nothing like that in person. Its actually more like a pinkish/brownish nude color.

  29. Jessica

    It’s a nice shade..a little bit neutral w/ a hint of the color of raspberry pink. Still thinking what lipstick to buy. I want the rosy pink shade but not too opaque, is there anything u would recommend christine? thank’s!

  30. cheska

    Good dupe for my P&J N lipstick no. 14. They’re kinda similar. Nice shade.