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NARS Sheer Lipstick, Barbarella

A wide range of captivating shades designed to provide the look and style the color dictates. NARS lipstick is available in three formulas.

Key features

  • Peach
  • Sheer
  • Nourishing and Non-drying, with Vitamin E
  • Exceedingly longwearing
  • Fashionable colors available in three textures

Honest reviews



I’ve been looking for a neutral lipstick for years until I tried this product which was recommended by Allure’s magazine for "What’s IN right now!" I am highly satisfied that I don’t have to keep searching for the right shade anymore. This is simply amazing!

Maryann Bathgate, ND

Beautiful color (Dolce Vita) on fair skin…not as much staying power as expected

Beautiful color (Dolce Vita) on fair skin…healthy, silky feeling lipstick, but needs many re-applications. The only reason not 5-star is because it did not last as long as it should given the price ($24).

Lily Richford, VT

Beautiful color from NARS

I have fair skin (with a cool undertone) and red hair, and it has always been difficult for me to find a good nude lipcolor. Although the lipstick looks really dark in the packaging, it is actually a shade darker than a true nude- but can be layered to go darker and darker. You could in fact make it as dark as the color it appears to be if you wanted. It’s a very versatile shade, and, I think, would look good on just about anyone. Also, NARS makes some of the best lipsticks around. Nourishing and lasts longer than average.

Tracey Stockholm, WI

Great color, smooth feel

I absolutely love NARS lipstick. It just has a great feel on your lips. The color Roman Holiday is spectacular. I am not too crazy about the price and there are good alternatives. In particular, you might try L’Oreal Infallible LeRouge “Beyond Blushing”(very similar to NARS Roman Holiday) or “Perennial Pink” which is a little lighter shade of pink. I like NARS slightly more, but I really wonder if it’s worth the extra $15.00 when the L’Oreal is so extremely similar.

Freda Toluca Lake, CA

Beautiful color!

I use a lot of make up brands! NARS always delivers. This is an excellent color. A very nice peachy pink that looks good with light or darker skin!

Arlene Scottsburg, VA

The perfect lipstick

This color is perfect for me, and the quality of the lipstick is top notch. I will use this forever.

Zelma Wallsburg, UT

Five Stars

Nars is really a great brand. I buy all the neutral colors

Joanne Hillsdale, WI

Moisturizing, doesn’t last very long

silky moisturizing lipstick that comes in many colors. The sheer needs frequent application, so that I go without lipstick all day since I don’t have time to reapply.

Morgan Glen Easton, WV

Beautiful color

I was a bit hesitant to buy this lipstick…due to my skin tone…but it works! It is a shade of red with a bit of coral in it..not a blue-red but a yellow-red. It is bright! I usually apply once and the color lasts a long time. This is not a ‘looks like I don’t have lipstick on’ shade. Gorgeous!

Kristin Southold, NY

Chic Color & Coverage

I’ve recently tried Nars sheer lipsticks and adore them. The sheer coverage it pretty — they provide enough color pigment to make a difference but not too much so they are more versatile and can be used almost as a lipgloss. This color is gorgeous — a deep berry color but sheer enough that you don’t feel like you’re wearing much at all.

Trudy Chatsworth, IA

Color Different Than Pictured & Initially Dry But Very Good

The color of Belle de Jour is closer to a matte, light coffee than to the tangerine in the picture. I uploaded my own photo but you can do a Google search and see others.At first the lipstick was somewhat dry and difficult to apply and it didn’t last long. Over time it softened and now goes on more easily and lasts longer.Because it’s the most golden of my lipsticks, I tend to use it twice a week and shine it up a bit with Nars Orgasm gloss.

Summer Woodlawn, TN

I love Cruising

I purchased the Nars Sheer Lipstick in Cruising. It is a beautiful nudey pink color, very similar to MAC’s Viva Glam V. It is very sheer, but it imparts just a lovely hint of color to the lips. I’m not sure why it’s listed here as a semi-matte. I wouldn’t categorize it that way. Overall, it’s a lovely shade and I will definitely repurchase.

Yvonne Petersburg, IN

good lipstick

It is a good product. Like the product. Goes on smoothly. Kind of sheer peach in color. It looks great with my fair skin. Wish it had better lasting power. I am happy with my purchase.

Nina Arlington, AL

Best lipsticks. Period.

I own a few of NARS’ lipsticks: Barbarella, Heat Wave, Funny Face, Roman Holiday… Heat Wave and Funny Face are wonderful for a bold lip, Barbarella and Roman Holiday are perfect for an everyday face. Barbarella is very shear and I feel that the swatch is very dark and off putting on the browser, in real life it’s a very soft peachy color. Roman Holiday is my go it, it gives a beautiful shear finish that give my already pink lips a little lift.

Dina Sedona, AZ

Beautiful color!

This is a beautiful color! It wears smoothly and I love how it looks, especially with a little bit of Turkish Delight lipgloss on top of it. 🙂 A beautiful pink color for any color of skin.

Teresa Maurepas, LA

Nars has the best reds

It’s impossible to decide so I basically have them all. I had to get a lipstick organizer. I like the sheer ones they’re easier to control for a daytime look. This tanganyka seems to work well with any winter outfit

Lynnette Marshes Siding, KY

Casual and formal

I love this lipstick for it’s capability to suit for multiple occasions. I can wear it when I’m just out with some friends during the day, at work, or at night. It really adds a slight red-orange lightness to your lips, and it stays moist! (my lips tend to get dry after wearing lipstick for a few hours) It’s really a great color – I recommend this to anyone looking for something casual yet classy.

Kendra Yaphank, NY

its ok

was hoping for a little more color, wanted an opaque pink, its a frosty pink instead, oh well, its still very pretty, def wont go to waste.

Guadalupe Fayette, IA

Well, it’s Nars… it says it all.

Love the quality, as usual. They never fail you. I wish, though, there would be color sample outside on the tube so I don’t have to open it every time to see what’s inside (I have plenty and they’re all unmarked. There is a name – in words – on each tube, but it would be so convenient to just have a color sticker). Other than that, perfect!

Monika Hazelton, ID