Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

NARS Tzigane Lipstick
NARS Tzigane Lipstick

NARS Spring 2011: Tzigane

NARS Tzigane Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “sheer, pink brandy” that gives “a whisper of subtle color to the lips.” The name was inspired by Maurice Ravel, a French composer, and it translates to “gypsy.” I can get down with the “pink brandy” descriptor, actually. I would describe it as a lightened, rosy brown with a subtle peachiness. It has a subtle shine but nothing glossy or over-the-top. While described as sheer, I found it surprisingly pigmented–I would say semi-opaque rather than semi-sheer.

my thoughts on the formula: NARS Lipstick typically wears four to six hours, with a shade like this lasting just under four. It has a creamier texture that’s moisturizing, and this particular shade is more opaque (some shades can be quite sheer). I didn’t notice any waxy scent, as NARS lipsticks are typically unscented but the scent of the waxy base sometimes come through.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

final thoughts: I recommend this for both cool and warm undretones; I think it works well with both. Despite being described as sheer, I found it rather opaque, so while the color is more muted, it may be too dark for a really bold or dramatic eye. It should work nicely everyday to semi-dramatic looks, and it will pair best with neutrals, bronzes, and berries.

where to buy: NARS

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NARS Tzigane Lipstick
NARS Tzigane Lipstick

NARS Tzigane Lipstick
NARS Tzigane Lipstick

NARS Tzigane Lipstick
NARS Tzigane Lipstick

NARS Tzigane Lipstick
NARS Tzigane Lipstick

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase Tzigane? How much is it?

NARS, $24.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

It's rosier than Korres #34 Nude Guava; lighter and a tinge rosier than MAC Touch.

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48 thoughts on “NARS Tzigane Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Jesi

    This color is just gorgeous on you…

  2. aida

    I have it and love it but it is not for dramatic eyes. It is a nice everyday colour

  3. Femme_Fatale

    I’m not normally a Nars fan, but I like this! Do you think this would work for NW 15/20 (leaning more neutral)?

  4. Jae

    love the color on you! i’ll have to try it since my lips are pretty pigmented.

  5. Dini

    This color is amazing. Even the watch made me swoon. Love at first sight. I’ll need to pick this up.

  6. This looks so beautiful on you, but then again everything seems to!

  7. Marie

    I didn’t think much of it when I saw the color in the tube, but it’s very pretty on the lips!

  8. Niceasdoxie

    This Tsigane came from Russian language, and the colour is really handsome :) i would buy it, but never saw NARS in St.Petersburg, Russia. Greetings from here, Christine, you help us to stay busy to empty our wallets on a payday! :)))

  9. Thai

    i feel like i need to get this! the color is just to die for!

  10. Gina

    What a lovely shade!

  11. Goodness that is pretty!

  12. ak

    Tzigane is the prettiest nude, or neutral lip I’ve ever seen on yo Christine, and it looks moist and real, not dead.

  13. I never comment but I had to stop and say that this looks phenomenal on you! Really! Stunnah.

  14. Brenda

    This color is a winner for you!

  15. Bernice

    OMG so gorgeous!

  16. Isabelle

    OMG that looks like such a gorgeous color!
    Do you have any dupes in mind for it?
    I want every colour that looks like this one 😛

  17. Heather

    Oh, I want it!

  18. Wow! That’s an incredibly flattering color. It makes you look very young for some reason, too.

  19. Myr

    I don’t think the color is appropriate for the composition. It’s just not the visual I get when listening to Tzigane, which is my favorite of Ravel’s work.

    Still it is a very pretty and wearable shade nonethelss.

  20. Jocelyn

    Really pretty! And love your grey shirt haha

  21. ak

    Christine is Tzigane anything like Blonde Venus lipstick on you or in general?

  22. Camille

    my lips but better much!?!

  23. emily

    This looks similar to mark’s lipclick in bare hug. Possible dupe?

  24. emily

    Scratch my first assessment- it looks like mark’s discontinued dew drenched lipstick in skinny dip.

  25. Shasa

    Would you recommend this lipstick for dark skintones? I am just in love with the color.

  26. Emily

    Anyone know any drugstore/cheaper dupes? Thanks.

  27. Morena123

    Hey christine why dont you do your version of teh Nars Front Row or the Fashion Forward looks? I am interested in buying those… I know that Sephora’s youtuube page has it but i would like to see oer people’s versions of teh look as well. As close as you can get it to the box’s interpretation of the look thankis

  28. Josiane

    perfect for you!

  29. This is a lovely colour, I will be checking it out.

  30. What a beautiful neutral colour!

  31. Shayna Marie

    Love this color on you! For some reason mine looks a bit more brown on me…maybe it’s because i’m so pale?

  32. Angelcat47

    I think this is so pretty…will make a nice change from my usual nude for Spring.

    Christine,why does EVERYthing look so damn good on you?I hate you,lol!!

  33. Marge

    Christine, would this look good on someone who with darker skin tone?

  34. v beautiful color…!!

  35. That is really nice one…!!

  36. JenT

    I’m so bummed! I tried this color on and it did absolutely nothing for me. Boo.

  37. Aisha

    How can you compare it to NARS Niagara?

  38. Jocelyn

    Looks a lot like a lipstick version of NARS Giza lip gloss! I’m very curious to try it out. :)

  39. Sophie

    wow! this is maybe my favourite NARS lipstick! it’s gorgeous, do you know a MAC dupe?

  40. Mairy

    Will this work with Taj Mahal blush? I have medium skin with yellow undertone and I’d like to pair a NARS lips (not sheer ones) with my Taj Mahal blush. Please give me some suggestions!:)