Monday, July 25th, 2011

NARS Pago Pago Lipstick

NARS Fall 2011: Pago Pago Lipstick

NARS Pago Pago Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “shimmering pink,” and it is part of the Sheer Lipstick line. Sheer Lipsticks are supposed to have “sheer, long-lasting color pigments” and include a blend of ingredients to “hydrate, nourish, and protect lips.”

Swatched, Pago Pago is a subtle pink-beige with white shimmer suspended in a very creamy base. MAC Lush Amber looks similar on but they are very different when swatched, as does MAC Martha though it is less peach.MAC Bare Again has more coverage and a touch darker. Chanel Peregrina is a touch pinker but similar.

When I wore it, there was less noticeable pink and more beige that came out. It looked more like a healthy nude lip–warm, subtle, natural–nothing that washes one out, feels or looks chalky, or otherwise might lean towards corpse-like lips. The natural translucence in the formula will make this a wearable shade on most skin tones, because the natural pigmentation of the lips will play with the color. If you have naturally redder lips, I would expect this to look pinker.

When I was test-driving Pago Pago, it wore well for about two and half to three hours, but by three and half, it needed a reapplication. It’s a little moisturizing, because there are no drying effects after wearing it for two to three hours. It feels a bit balm-like initially, but the shine wears off at two hours and you’re left with residual color and shimmer.

The Glossover


Pago Pago

Aside from the short wear time, this lipstick is nice--the creaminess of the formula helps it glide onto the lips, and there is enough color to be visible but enough translucency to keep it sheer.











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NARS Pago Pago Lipstick

NARS Pago Pago Lipstick

NARS Pago Pago Lipstick

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Any dupes?

MAC Lush Amber looks similar on but they are very different when swatched, as does MAC Martha though it is less peach. MAC Bare Again has more coverage and a touch darker. Chanel Peregrina is a touch pinker but similar.

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26 thoughts on “NARS Pago Pago Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. demosthenesval7

    i was totally going to pass on this lipstick but it looks so good on you that i def. need it!!

  2. Such a lovely nude color :)

  3. Too sheer for me. Pass. xP

  4. Élise

    So subtle and natural! Lately nudes seem to be too brown, too pale, or too coral for me, but this is a gorgeous natural shade, something we need more of.

  5. Crystal C.

    this is out of context, but i need to say it: I envy your lashes! :)

  6. Dana

    love it! this will be my go to shade..buying it today 😀

  7. emily

    So pretty! I love NARS’ sheer lipstick line. All-time fav is Barbarella and am always looking for a cheaper dupe!

  8. Christine

    As usual, this looks AMAZING on you! You are so lucky to look so good in so many different colors.

  9. Kellie

    This is one of my favorite nudes on you.

  10. Angelcat47

    Not only is the lipstick beautiful…Christine,you look even more gorgeous than usual in this makeup palette.I’m so jealous!!

  11. it looks a lot like Chanel rouge coco shine #48 Evasion … its very pretty but i find i have to keep reapplying these sheer lipsticks and sometimes I just dont have the time to keep doing that!
    much love

  12. Caroline F.

    This looks absolutely & wonderfully natural & beautiful on you!

  13. Lilwen

    In italian the name means I pay, I pay lol, however such a nice wearable color!!!

  14. Pass. This could look really ‘ashy’ on me.

  15. it’s like ‘my lips but better’. very nice!

  16. Becca

    this colour is so gorgeous!!!!!!

  17. Boone

    I really like this color… maybe even enough to break my vow to never buy NARS! Do you know if it will be available at Sephora, or just via NARS’ own website?

  18. Heidi

    wow this color is beautiful! would definitely be a must purchase for me if it weren’t for the shimmer. i hate that leftover glitter residue when the lipstick wears off!

  19. Saffy

    I usually do smokey eyes everyday, and this colour looks like it would be gorgeous with darker eye make-up. I’ll have to check it out at Sephora! Great swatches, Christine, it looks beautiful on you.

  20. Isn’t this shade gorgeous!

  21. Melissa

    One word…Wow! I love Pago Pago! What a gorgeous colour! I adore it! I have a dark mocha complexion, but I think this shade would be very light and natural-looking on me. I will definitely pick it up when it becomes available. Thanks for the swatches, Christine.

  22. Jackie

    Does it look like Rouge’d Armani 102?I like this colour anyway.

  23. erika

    What foundation and blush are you wearing???

  24. Lady

    this may be a little out of topic, but “pago pago” in my mother language means “lollipop” :)