I think I bought this lipstick sometime ago because one of the other bloggers recommended it as the best nude lipstick she’s ever tried. I realized then that nude lipsticks are kind of like foundations– choose the wrong shade and you are just going to look like you don’t have a clue in how to use makeup. I have a medium skin tone with warm undertones and “Belle de Jour” completely washes me out.
I would describe the color as tan beige with warm orange undertones. It is sheer with satin finish and does not have a very good color pay-off. That being said, you would need two or three layers in order to actually see the color on your lips. The formula is very slippery meaning that it is quite hard to achieve an even color. It settles in the lip lines and if you happen to have any dry patches, the lipstick will settle on those too, emphasizing them.
The pros are that it doesn’t stain the lips and smells nice. The scent is very subtle and kind of rosy. However, you will only be able to feel it if you smell the lipstick itself directly. Once it is on the lips, you won’t be able to tell the scent. The color lasts for about three hours and it does transfer, so if you’re planning to eat or drink, keep in mind that you will have no lipstick left on your lips after you’re done with those activities.
Packaging is very nice– matte black with four white letters on the top part reading: “NARS”. It is easy to open and easy to close and no, you don’t have to worry about it will accidentally opening in your purse and rolling around in there.
Overall, this is not my favorite formula, which is unusual, because normally I enjoy all Nars lipsticks.
Who can pull it off: fair and light skin tones with cool undertone
Closest dupe: 80% match–MAC Myth
Best matching lipliner: Chanel “Beige” (36)