Thursday, January 12th, 2012

NARS Bilbao Lipstick
NARS Bilbao Lipstick

NARS Spring 2012: Bilbao Lipstick

NARS Bilbao Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “shimmering topaz.” It’s a soft, shimmery dusty beige. Though it seems like there’s some sheerness when swatched, it’s rather opaque on lips. On my lips, it takes on more of a peachy-nude appearance with yellowy-gold shimmer. NARS Pago Pago seems a bit more orange. MAC Lush Amber is more orange. Clarins Rosewood is darker and has more rosiness in it. MAC Martha is darker. MAC Viva Glam V seems quite similar but has less of a golden sheen. Chanel Stunning is not quite as pink.

Bilbao wore for three and half hours well and lingered to four before needing a reapplication. It was comfortable to wear, without being drying (though not particularly hydrating), and felt lightweight. The consistency is creamy, so it glides across the lips easily without tugging or dragging. NARS’ lipsticks are scent- and taste-free.

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NARS Spring 2012: Bilbao Lipstick

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If you tend to find nude lipsticks to be too light, pale, or "corpse"-like, then you may find Bilbao worth checking out. It's a darker nude, but it's not brown, so it's wearable but never looks dated. Though don't be afraid of brown lipstick :)

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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NARS Bilbao Lipstick
NARS Bilbao Lipstick

NARS Bilbao Lipstick
NARS Bilbao Lipstick

NARS Bilbao Lipstick
NARS Bilbao Lipstick

NARS Bilbao Lipstick
NARS Bilbao Lipstick

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

NARS on January 13th, $24.00.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

NARS Pago Pago seems a bit more orange. MAC Lush Amber is more orange. Clarins Rosewood is darker and has more rosiness in it. MAC Martha is darker. MAC Viva Glam V seems quite similar but has less of a golden sheen. Chanel Stunning is not quite as pink.

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39 thoughts on “NARS Spring 2012: Bilbao Lipstick

  1. The coverage is soo good, I loved the shade a lot!

  2. Avatar of Laia Laia

    I love Viva Glam V, so maybe I could check this one, too! :)

  3. Such a beautiful color. Christine, I blame you for my lipstick obsession. You take such good pictures and showcase such lovely products I always end up buying them! Having said that, I haven’t come to regret one single purchase I made after looking at your site ;)

  4. I dint expect to love this colour, it looks like such a dull colour at first sight, but its actually really pretty on you, very natural, but gorgeous too!

  5. Lucia

    I love it !!

  6. nitnot

    Are you kidding me? I *love* brown lipsticks (or brown-ish). I don’t know why but it suits me well, especially during the day, it looks very natural. I’m so not the pink lipstick girl. I go gaga over neutral and red lips!

    • I think so many avoid because of the way they looked in the 90s – but they can be so lovely! I would say they can be a little tricky, much like nudes in general, to find the right shade of brown that brightens the face rather than muddies it!

      • nitnot

        I think nothing too dark, to avoid it being 90ish. I pair brownish lipsticks with some peachy blush to keep it looking young. I’ve paired it with a brown-brickish eyes and looked very polished if I may say so myself. Keep the eyes and lips sheer and light and you’ll have a look that’s very natural and very easy to achieve!

        I’m very warm toned (NC 30-35ish) and peachy browns are amaaaaayzing.

  7. Avatar of Ana Ana G.

    Such a lovely nude!

  8. It is an adorably nudey pink on you! Now I have to check it out because most “nude lipsticks” wash me out SO bad!

  9. helen

    Nude lip perfection! Gorgeous on you, Christine (but what DOESN’T look good on you…:)

  10. Shana

    Very pretty! Do u have the new spring nars blush on too?

  11. I don’t know why, but Nars’ nudes always appeal to me. This one looks very pretty and wearable…

  12. I like this. It’s mellow without being boring.

  13. Andrea

    gorgeous! what’s on the rest of your face in this shot?

  14. Cassie

    this shade looks a bit like MAC Viva Glam V Lipstick :) best lippie color ever!

  15. Avatar of Agata Agata

    It looks pretty on you. Are you going to review the new Dior in the garden eye shadow palettes for spring anytime soon?

  16. Marta

    As always great swatch, I’m a sucker for peachy nudes and this one is almost as lovely as the city of the same name. So cool. Yay Bilbao!

  17. AmyD

    oooh, i’ll have to test this – i love pago pago, but i have to pair it with a stronger-colored lip gloss, otherwise it looks a little too pale along with my darker skin. i looove nars lipsticks, though!

  18. I love how happy you look in the pic. I like this lipstick, but it may fall flat on my skin tone.

  19. This looks like such a flattering, easy to wear shade! I can’t wait to see it in person.

  20. This is pretty, but I don’t know if the yellow gold shimmer would work with me. Anything orange-ish looks bad with my skintone. I’m sure this has been asked in other threads, but what eyeliner are you wearing? I like! :)

  21. Mara

    Christine, this lippie looks awfully similar to the Guerlain Rouge Automatique in Voilette de Madame. How do they compare in color, finish and texture?

  22. jen

    how does this compare to guerlain rouge automatique 101? they look very similar

  23. Pretty color, but easily dupeable.

  24. Caroline F,.

    another dupe: Lancome Natural Beauty color design lipstick

  25. Alexandra Aimee

    I hate to say it, and I can tell I’m in the clear minority, but something about this nude irks me… It gives me a tinge of the ick factor I get when I see 90′s copper/brown lipsticks!! It’s of course not that, but it’s still a little too reminiscent of it for my comfort….

  26. nmnikki

    looks like mac viva glam v, very pretty!

  27. shannon

    Hey there!
    I love your eye makeup in this photo.
    Can you please reply with colors?

    thanks!

  28. LeizelRafanan

    Am I seeing a slight grey undertone? This reminds me of Brave by MAC – is it similar?

  29. shane

    OMG! This color is amazing. Do you think this will suit a warm skin tone NC20?