NARS Montego Bay Pure Matte Lipstick Is a A Teeth-Whitening Rosy Pink!

NARS Montego Bay FOTD 01

(You have seen this look here)

As part of my trying more NARS lipsticks project, I picked up Montego Bay Pure Matte Lipstick a while ago. When NARS says pure matte, they mean it! Montego Bay definitely has one of the most matte textures I have tried!

NARS Pure Matte Lipstick packaging

NARS Pure Matte Lipsticks come with the same packaging as their concealer sticks. The thin black tube has a slightly rubberized finish.

NARS Montego Bay Pure Matte Lipstick

Montego Bay is a matte rosy pink. The texture is harder because the finish is quite matte. As a result, I wouldn’t say it glides on. At the same time though, it doesn’t really tug. It deposits an extremely thin layer of product that packs a lot of pigment. When I press my lips together, they feel slightly powdery, but it is not uncomfortable to wear. For such a light shade, Montego Bay has amazing staying power. It doesn’t really transfer when I drink, and basically it will only break down if I eat. It leaves a light stain as well. It is not moisturizing, but it is not drying, either. For such a lightweight shade with a rather matte finish, I find this acceptable.

NARS Montego Bay

Left: one pass/ Right: built up

NARS Montego Bay swatch

What I like the most about Montego Bay is the fact that it makes my teeth whiter for some reason. Most of the time, shades that lean warm don’t tend to do this, but Montego Bay does!

Just to prove my point (you have seen this look here):

NARS Montego Bay FOTD 02

Bottom line: For a lipstick with a pretty matte finish, NARS Montego Bay Pure Matte Lipstick manages not to be drying. It is lightweight and packs a lot of pigment. Understandably, it has a harder texture. However, the good lasting power might make up for that!

Have you tried any NARS Pure Matte Lipsticks? What is your favorite matte lipstick formula? I was going to say Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet, but I have only tried two so far, and I have no idea how representative those are!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    Gorgeous!! I’ve never tried these yet-I have a matte velvet lip pencil, but not one of these! The colour is perfect for you Sunny!
    I’m not sure who makes my fave mattes…I’d have to think about that! MAC mattes aren’t that bad actually…

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Tracy! I haven’t tried a matte pencil yet but it’s definitely on my wish list! I might have tried a MAC matte but it really didn’t work for me. Maybe I picked the wrong shade though.

  • VickyM

    We don´t have Nars here but that is a very nice soft pink. I have one Rouge Allure Velvet and like it and plant to buy another one in the near future :) , I like matte shades quite a bit!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Vicky, you might be able to find NARS online! If you like matte shades you should also check out Burberry Lip Velvets. The formula is incredible!

  • Chris El

    I’ve never tried this NARS lipstick, but I’m a fan of Burberry’s matte lipsticks. :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Chris, if I have to compare the two lines I’d say I like the Burberry one more as well!

  • beauties

    My lips are quit red so I’m not sure if this lipstick would show :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Eva, I think it will because it has quite some coverage!

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    That is INSANELY gorgeous on you, Sunny–seriously the rosy pink is SO flattering against your skin tone and the matte finish somehow doesn’t look too heavy or fake like some other mattes can. It looks like your lips are just naturally that gorgeous! Ok you know I don’t really like lipstick unless it’s sheer and balmy but now, you really have me wanting this one!!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks so much, Becca! You should try Montego Bay. It’s a very easy shade to wear, so I don’t think the opacity would bother you as much!

  • Carina

    I LOVE Montego Bay! I was going to get Tonkin, but this one drew me to it like a magnet!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha glad to hear you love it too!

  • Kiss & Make-up

    Sounds a lot like Smashbox’s Longwear Lip Color. This shade looks so lovely on you. I doubt it would look as nice on me. Then again, we have very different skin tones and features :-)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Melissa, I need to check out Smashbox when I’m back in Taipei this year! I think Montego Bay is really easy to wear though. You should check it out when you have the chance :)

  • Catherine

    This is just SO pretty, I love this color! I usually stay far away from anything marketed as “matte” for lips (though I love matte lips, mine are just so dry that it can be a disaster) but I’m glad these aren’t drying, maybe they’d be worth a try for me

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Catherine! If you’re looking for other non-drying matte lipsticks, I’d recommend Burberry Lip Velvet and Givenchy Le Rouge. Le Rouge has much more of a creamy sheen, but it’s a gorgeous formula!

  • Redhotjillypeppers

    Looks great ! I like the matte finish !

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jill, this is definitely one of the most matte lipsticks I own. If you like matte you should look into the line!

  • Marijke

    What a lovely color! Looks great on you!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Marijke!

  • MyLuciteDreams

    This is gorgeous! I’ve tried these before and they sure are matte!! I couldn’t quite get into it, but I love the matte pencils.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Taylor, I need to try one of the matte pencils! I have some shades on my wish list for when the weather gets cooler again.

  • Icaria

    Oh this is so pretty on you! Love the color but I’ll have to compare it to Tolède, it seems similar and I must say after an hour it does become quite matte. I’m going to have look at these since I feel a matte period coming on… :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Helene! I’m guessing matte shades will be back this autumn, so by late summer this will be very appropriate 😉

  • Michelle

    I have indeed tried these and love them too for the same reasons. Love this one on you!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Michelle! Montego Bay is a really easy shade to wear!

  • Krystle Kouture

    This look amazing on you! Glad to hear it wasn’t too drying or hard to wear either

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Krystle! It’s not drying at all, though not many formulas are drying on me so you should always try it for yourself :)

  • Lily

    This is a lovely nude rosy pink on you. I actually really like Revlon’s matte lipsticks, for the affordability and also the texture. Mauve It Over is my favourite matte nude.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Lily, I wish Revlon were more easily available here and we had a bigger shade selection. I’ll check Mauve it Over out when I get the chance tho!

  • TheProcrastinator

    This is insanely beautiful. I have such a weakness for NARS colours!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey girly, do check it out when you have the chance!

  • Makeup Morsels

    I have never seen a warm pink like this make teeth look whiter, most of the time they do the opposite on me! Well I guess I shall have to meander over to my NARS counter and take a look in the name of research…

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey MM, I know this is weird but for some reason it DOES make my teeth look whiter! You should definitely check it out and see it it works the same way on you!

  • wheetnee

    Haha that’s awesome! I love whitening! I never purchased a matte lipstick cause whenever I see it in stores and try it, all the lip lines show :( I have only NARS Roman Holiday- which is a really nice pink! You should check it out!


    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Whitney, I’ve heard great things about Roman Holiday (the name alone is very tempting)! I’ll swatch it when I’m at a NARS counter in Taipei :)

  • Jacqueline Ma

    Beautiful lip colour Sunny. I have way too many lipsticks so I must try not to be tempted by you.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Jacqueline! With your stash you might not need this one!

  • ValleyDoll

    I am not a huge fan of matte lipsticks but I must say, this one sounds appealing !

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Eva, as long as a matte is not hard or drying I’d wear it haha

  • Larie

    I love the pure mattes! I was thinking about picking this one up a while ago, but hadn’t gotten around to it yet. It seems like a great pink.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      I need to check out Mascate! It looks SO good on you

  • Jenni @ lifeandlensofbeauty

    oh i love this rosy pink! not sure if i’ll go ahead as it’s matte…matte lips make my face look FLAT, LOL

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jenni, Montego Bay has one of the most matte finishes I’ve tried, but I don’t think it looks flat. You should check it out to see how it works for you!

  • Kristen / Glambunctious

    The only Pure Matte I’ve tried is Schiap which I LOVED! Blew my mind b/c I am not a bold lipstick girl at heart! I have been so intrigued by Montego Bay b/c it’s one of those colors I naturally lean toward. Love this on you! And if it makes teeth look whiter, that’s a huge bonus! 😀

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Kristen, I’ve heard great things about Schiap and I’d definitely love to swatch it when I have the chance! It’s so weird how this makes teeth look whiter, but it does!

  • Memoiselle

    What a nice title! Teeth whitening 😉 It’s lovely to hear that this is non drying. I’d love to wear matte lipstick that are non drying. It’s a plus point!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Meryl, not many formulas are drying on me though this is probably not the most hydrating matte I’ve tried. You should check out Burberry Lip Velvet and Givenchy Le Rouge, though the Givenchy line has much more of a sheen :)

  • MakeupWithdrawal

    Holy cow, Sunny! I LOVE how this looks on you. I’ve been wanting to pick up a NARS Pure Matte in a lighter shade for a while now but I didn’t even consider this shade! Now I’ll totally have to try this on the next time I’m in store!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks, Mimi! You should take a look at Montego Bay. It’s such an easy shade to wear!

  • Joyce (bronzer bunny)

    this looks awesome on you! I love that sort of pink :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Joyce, do check the color out when you have the chance!