Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Great Reds: NARS Rouge Basque


I am continuing my series of posts about red lip colors with another of my favorite NARS red lipsticks, this time in Rouge Basque.  Unfortunately, I believe this was a limited edition shade, but I am including it anyway in case any of you stumble upon it, have the opportunity to trade for it, or it is ever re-released. Like other NARS lipsticks, Rouge Basque has a vaguely herbal scent, but it's very subtle. It feels very light and natural on the lips, and is very pigmented. The formula just hugs the lips, in a way that is hard to describe; once it's on I don't feel it, it doesn't seem to smudge off every chance it gets, and it applies beautifully. Because of the texture, I don't have to worry about it getting patchy or creasing, and it is easy to keep it in the lip lines even when applying straight from the tube. I find NARS lipsticks stay on for about 4-5 hours on me if I don't eat or drink, and wear off pretty evenly, leaving a bit of a stain on lips. I also find this formula very easy to apply precisely, and it doesn't tend to smudge out of the lip line like some other formulas can.

Rouge Basque is a brick-orange red, maybe a neighbor to Viridiana! If you love the color and want something similar, Bite's Apricot (a color I will be reviewing shortly!) is a brighter, oranger close cousin to Rouge Basque. 

NARS lipstick!

Rouge Basque

Swatch of Rouge Basque

NARS Rouge Basque, no flash

Close-up of NARS Rouge Basque, no flash

NARS' Rouge Basque, with flash

Close-up of Rouge Basque, flash
Rating: 9 out of 10

Same old song and dance, I love NARS lipsticks; great formula, great shades, I think they're divine! They're also extremely consistent across the line, at least from the shades I've tried. I love orange reds for the summer, and Rouge Basque has certainly made it into the rotation! 


  1. Looking at all the NARS lippies you've been reviewing, you seriously make me wanna order some online! Gorgeous colors.

  2. I'm not a reds girl myself, though this looks lovely on you!

  3. Your collection of NARS stuff is impressive!


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