NARS Bougainville Lip Gloss Review, Photos, Swatches (Holiday 2010)

NARS Bougainville Lip Gloss
NARS Bougainville Lip Gloss

NARS Holiday 2010:  Bougainville

NARS Bougainville Lip Gloss ($24.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “sensual pomegranate … with dramatic, diva-esque color.” The description also goes on to say “deep in pigment yet sheer on the lips,” which is an interesting statement. NARS’ Lip Gloss is non-sticky and scent- and taste-free, though they have been known to smell a bit like plastic or wax. I did not notice any scent whatsoever with my Bougainville, though.

It is similar to fall’s Strawberry Fields in the way it is pigmented, creamy, lacks shimmer, and is non-sticky. The colors, however, are noticeably different. While Strawberry Fields is a bright raspberry pink-red, Bougainville is a rich berry. It has the same color-rich look with a glossy shine but no shimmer, though. This is Strawberry Fields’ older, more sophisticated best friend.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Because of the richness in color, it would look lovely on cooler, paler complexions for a strong contrast, but it would also flatter deeper skin tones. I think this is more wearable than Strawberry Fields, because it’s dark without being ultra vampy.

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NARS Bougainville Lip Gloss
NARS Bougainville Lip Gloss

NARS Bougainville Lip Gloss
NARS Strawberry Fields / Bougainville Lip Gloss

NARS Bougainville Lip Gloss
NARS Bougainville Lip Gloss (right)

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Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Being from Germany I had the same problem but then I found a good online-shop. You might want to check out hqhair.com , that’s where I get my NARS stuff from. The NARS glosses are 17 GBP (about 20 €) there. Of course, there are always the shipping costs so it might be a good idea to order together with a few other people and share the shipping costs with them. Hope this will help you 🙂 .

i’ve put my name down for this but nars in ireland saying they are having distribution problems so i mightn’t get it! boo! on me this is more purpley and i love it!

I love it! I swatched this at Sephora a few days ago, but I did not buy it because on my hand it looked so dark and too purple. However, it is such a pretty color on the lips. I may have to buy it afterall.

Thanks for posting the comparison! I was wondering if I needed bougainville because I already have strawberry fields but Bougainville looks too pretty to ignore!!

Got this gloss (and my backup) in the mail last night from the Sephora VIB sale. I’m wearing it now and IT IS FABULOUS! I’ve stayed away from NARS glosses because they are typically shear. The pigmentation in Bougainville is great against my naturally dark lips.

I just ordered NARS Petit Monstre lipstick and Downtown lipgloss from the holiday collection…might pick up Bougainville and the purple/silver eye duo at a later date but this is all I can afford for now!

I have Strawberry fields and adore it. Bourganville gets more love from me though, its toned down a bit making it more wearable for more daily use. Its gorgeous!

I was hoping it would be more purple! still looking for a nice pigmented purple gloss. I already have Strawberry Fields which is close enough for me 🙂

I just bought this last week and I am loving it! It’s super flattering and pretty 🙂 Only complaint is that it tends to bleed just a little, I’m going to have to start wearing a clear lipliner with it, something I’ve never had to do with a gloss! Oh well, it’s worth it for such a gorgeous color… Love it because it’s dramatic without being over the top! Can’t wait for your review on Downtown, I bought that one, too, and I think it’s a super unique color. Looking forward to seeing what you think of it!

Yay! I’ve been waiting for this review since you were wearing it in the Sex Appeal pics!

This is my first lip gloss from NARS and I love it! I was scared of how purple it looked in the tube but it’s such a gorgeous berry colour on the lips.

For the money I wish the wear time was longer. I won’t be investing in another NARS lipgloss unless they really impress me with another unique colour.

Thanks Christine! 🙂

I love the Bougainville! Maybe I’ll have to pick one up now that Strawberry Fields is discontinued.

PS: What eye shadow & liner are you wearing in the picture?

I think I may go get a back up of this. I got it during Sephora’s F&F sale and fell in love. It’s such a beautiful color. I didn’t get to get Strawberry Fields getting this color helped soften that hurt a little bit. It looks so good on my deep skintone. I will go back to get Strawberry Fields though. It would be good for a night out. Great review Christine.

Yeh, for a gloss that does not have glitter in it! MAC is torturing me with their glosses…enough is enough! I’m not 12. I am so sick of those. It’s overdone. I like creamy or opaque glosses with color. This Nars one look gorgeous and definitely a keeper. Thanks for the great review. Btw, the color looks lovely on you!!

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