NARS Pure Matte Lipstick Montego Bay Review, Swatches, Photos

As far as I’m concerned matte lipstick is the devil’s work! That shiz is all kinds of hard for me to pull off! But I was every so tempted by NARS Pure Matte Lipstick shade in Montego Bay for Fall 2011.

I picked it up during a recent Sephora haul and I sure am glad I did.

Check it!

NARS Pure Matte Lipstick is a surprisingly easy to wear matte lippie as the formula is quite hydrating and has a smooth glide and wear without fading, drying out, or looking less than fresh on lips. The lipstick has a very good color payoff with full color coverage and a very easy application as some mattes tend to apply a bit patchy but this has a nice, even glide. It’s not everyday you come across a matte lipstick with such a great formula.

What attracted me to the lipstick would be the new color, Montego Bay, which released with the NARS Fall 2011 Collection. The color is a rosy pink shade that I found had a certain warmth to it that made it easy to wear. It comes across as a dusky pink rose on my lips without looking overly bright. If you can’t normally wear pinks well you’ll find Montego Bay easier on the wear due to the warmth of the color.

Overall, this one was a hit for me. It looks natural and pretty and wears comfortably for a matte but I admit I prefer a little gloss on top.

Did you pick it up yet?

It’s available now at Sephora,, or at your local NARS counter.


This product was purchased by the Muse for review purposes.
Read my full disclosure statement here.

  • 8/25/11 18:48 shirley:

    it’s such a pretty color on you! <3.


    • 8/26/11 9:54 the Muse:

      <3 thanks shirley :)


  • 8/25/11 20:14 SusanT:

    Muse, OMG, is that a gorgeous color or what? It looks very pretty on you. This is a definite must for me; I’m fair like you and think it would look great on me, too.


    • 8/26/11 9:53 the Muse:

      aw thanks susan you flatter me! It really is an amazing shade ;-D I think you’ll love!


  • 8/25/11 20:19 Kiara:

    Sorry Muse but that makes no sense! Lol a gloss over a matte lipstick I love matte lip colors and I cant see it because of you and your gloss fetish Lol >.>


    • 8/25/11 20:43 the Muse:

      aw sorry kiara…it’s clear gloss so the color shows up basically as what you see hope that helps a little :)


      • 8/26/11 8:24 jen:

        I put Nars Piree lipgloss over the montego bay and it is GORGEOUS! Personally I don’t feel like there are any rules in makeup, but I am bias bc I don’t prefer a dry matte lip. This color is phenomenal and actually pigmented (unlike most of their sheer lipsticks) that matte and shiny lip lovers alike should enjoy it. :0) tgif


        • 8/26/11 9:51 the Muse:

          amen jen ;-D do what makes you feel best ;-D I have piree I’m going to try that combo!!!!!!!!!! 😀 TGIF! hope you’re not anywhere near this bad weather!


          • 8/26/11 12:01 jen:

            this is my favorite lippie combo of all time. luckily / unluckily i’m in oho! boo but ya no bad weather. have a great weekend :)

          • 8/26/11 12:39 the Muse:

            I wish I was at the moment lol! This is crazy…hurricanes, earthquakes…is this seriously the east coast?! *looks around* ;-D Have a fab weekend!

  • 8/25/11 21:00 Tiffany:

    you look gorgeous in this ! im hooked on this product ! might have to get a back up !


    • 8/26/11 9:53 the Muse:

      aw thanks tiffany! same here…def a shade for a backup!


  • 8/25/11 21:07 Melissa:

    I love matte lippies from time to time but they are usually to dry for me. Thanks for spending my money with this yummy review. Its still too hot to order from Sephora but the next time I’m near a store with Nars at least one will be mine. I hope all the colors have an equally good formula. It seems other reviews are mixed. :o)


    • 8/26/11 14:03 the Muse:

      ha my pleasure melissa ;-D! I haven’t tried any other shades tbh…it was the shade not the formula that caught my eye here ;D!


  • 8/25/11 21:37 Sarah S.:

    This color is so pretty on your skintone


    • 8/26/11 9:32 the Muse:

      aw thanks sarah! did u see stila holiday this morning!?


      • 8/26/11 9:38 Sarah S.:

        muahaha, I ordered the palettes yesterday using rewards bucks ^.^ They seem like a steal with the blushes and smudgestick included. Kind of prettier than last year’s color wheel, IMHO!


        • 8/26/11 9:44 the Muse:

          VERY much so compared to last year but I think back and remember that I loved last year’s too LOL ;-D I got the two wheels, was tempted by the glazes but def don’t need more!


  • 8/25/11 22:48 deb:

    I just bought this a few days ago, my first matte lipstick! You’re right, it is very wearable – I won’t even need a gloos, lol!


    • 8/26/11 9:49 the Muse:

      yay deb!


  • 8/26/11 2:44 Tala:

    Me likey on you, Muse! Very flattering. :)

    And I do the matte lip + clear gloss as well! Helps hide the fact that my lips are getting dried out by the matte formula. XD


    • 8/26/11 9:47 the Muse:

      thanks tala ;-D yea…I simply don’t like matte on its own 😉


  • 8/27/11 0:53 Mags:

    Thanks for reviewing this. Definitely thinking about it–but will have to try it for myself first to see how it actually looks matte. I actually prefer matte over gloss–I’m a huge fan of their velvet matte lip pencils.


  • 8/27/11 12:56 Phyrra:

    It looks really lovely on you :) I recently purchased my first NARS lip product, Train Bleu.


    • 8/29/11 9:25 the Muse:

      aw thanks dd! will have to check out train bleu when you review ;D


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