Nars Barbarella is a really odd shade for me to pick out off a makeup counter. I think it's fairly obviously I gravitate towards colours like pinks or corals or a mixture of the two. In the tube Barbarella looks like a pretty peachy orange, but on my super pigmented lips it looks a mid tone peach that enhances my natural lip colour. It's one of those lipsticks that is best described as "my lips but better". The formula is very sheer but the formulation of Nars Barbarella is described as Sheer (Nars's Lipstick formulas are Semi Matte, Sheer and Satin). It's slightly glossy and gives a nice soft pop of colour. I was a bit disappointed at first that it didn't come out as the tube looks, but once I applied it properly I was very happy with the way it looked.
Nars Barbarella looks very juicy, subtle and really warms up my face. When worn it feels very smooth and moisturising on the lips which makes a change from my obsession with matte lipsticks which completely dry my lips out. It looks very pretty paired with a gold eye and glowy cheeks, definitely a lipstick to wear this summer! I actually like how it looks when Im pale too, it brightens my face and brings out my eyes! This lipstick is described as long wearing, but I don't think it lives up to those claims, I get around 2-3 hours of wear before the colour has faded. Although it does keep them slightly moisturised once the colour has gone. It's pricey, like all Nars stuff, definitely not a must have but a nice addition to my makeup collection!