Nars Belle De Jour Lipstick Review, Photos and Swatches!

Nars Belle De Jour Lipstick

Nars Belle De Jour Lipstick ($24) was one of my older favorites that has been sadly neglected in exchange for new and flashier colors. If you’re a lover of nude lipstick, you may have been acquainted with this shade before, but for those who haven’t, let me introduce you two.

Belle De Jour is a sheer, nude beige with warm undertones. It’s the particular nude that had many running to stores to purchase a tube after Kim Kardashian mentioned it was her favorite nude lipstick in an interview a few years back.

I have many nude lipsticks, but not all of them are flattering on me. I think one of the main keys to wearing nude lipstick (aside from finding the right nude for your skintone) is finding a shade and formula that isn’t going to erase your lips, but slightly lighten them a couple of shades. I know we all love pigment in the makeup world, but when it comes to wearing a lipstick shade that’s lighter than your lips, lots of pigmentation can lead to a very unflattering result. (Hey, Is that milkshake on your lips?)

A Subtle Nude

I love that Belle De Jour isn’t your average chalky nude. It doesn’t make me look ill or washed out. It’s funny how your coloring really plays a factor in the way certain colors appear. Without a tan (NC15-20), this color looks too orange on my lips – pinker nudes work better on my lighter skin. When I’m NC30-40, the pinky beige tones come out more, and I like it so much more.

Here it is applied on my lips. I applied a few coats to show the color better, but normally I’d wear one sheer coat.


Nude Lipstick Swatches
I expected to find a perfect dupe for this lipstick in my collection, but I didn’t find any (that I swatched, at least – there are others I didn’t swatch such as MAC Creme De Nude, Revlon Nude Attitude, NYX Pumpkin Pie, etc.) that matched. It’s almost a cross between MAC Freckletone and Myth. 
It’s not such a unique shade or a real must-have for me, but I love the consistency of Nars Lipsticks and for the Nars fanatics out there, this might be a shade that would interest you.

The Round-up


  • The texture is very creamy and smooth
  • The color is sheer, but buildable
  • The finish is shiny
  • Flattering on tan skin, and those with yellow/golden/olive undertones


  • Might not be flattering on some complexions – specifically those who can’t typically wear warm shades with yellow/orange undertones 
  • The lasting power isn’t the best, and due to it’s creaminess, it’s possible to go through a tube quickly if you re-apply several times a day
  • Accentuates dryness, as most nude colors do
Price: $24, Sephora.

18 thoughts on “Nars Belle De Jour Lipstick Review, Photos and Swatches!

  1. Hi Natalie, Belle de Jour is one of my most used lip colors; I love the sheerness of the color; I think it helps meld with my natural color better!


  2. LOL! I love Nars lipstick but I steer clear from them as much as I can because with daily use, I could literally finish a tube in a month lol and they are just too expensive to keep replacing. I would always test out Belle De Jour at Sephora and was always kind of “Meh” but when I finally did purchase it, I loved it!


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