Monday, 3 June 2013

Review: NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Luxembourg

NARS have followed up their Velvet Matte and Velvet Gloss lip pencils with another texture: satin.  The Satin Lip Pencils share the chunky pencil format of their sister products, along with the sleek black and representative shade colour scheme.  

I have a love-hate relationship with this kind of pencil lip product.  Like the Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Colours, they deliver precise applications and are very easy to control.  And like the Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Colours, they require a "special" large pencil sharpener to keep them usable, and I often find that said pencil sharpener is specific to the brand.  Bah.

Anyway, format aside, the NARS Satin Lip Pencil I bought myself for my birthday is this lovely pink-red colour - Luxembourg.  It's described as vivid watermelon, which I think is accurate - it's essentially an intense red-pink.  The pink doesn't really show up very well on camera, apart from around the edges of my lips, which is annoying, so just pretend the photo above shows a slightly more fuschia toned red.  Thanks.

The texture is very smooth and silky, applying easily to the lips straight out of the pencil and being soft enough to line and shade the lip quickly.  The colour does set but still transfers a little on contact with glasses, people's faces, etc - which is surprising given that this stuff sticks to the lip incredibly well.  I recently wore it to a family dinner which included three courses and a lot of wine over four hours - a number of people commented on how well my lipstick had lasted throughout the meal.  When it does fade, it does so evenly, leaving a soft stain rather than the red ring of death we all hate so much.

At £17.50, this lipstick is a bit of a treat, and is slightly more expensive than Urban Decay's Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Colours, which are comparable albeit more glossy in the finish.  That said, the superior wear makes it totally worth the cash - even if you will probably have to pick up a specially-sized sharpener at the same time.  Find it now at NARS counters or online at the NARS website.

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  1. That shade is pretty! I have it in the shade called Hyde Park and it's just as beautiful. These new NARS pencils are simply brilliant!

    1. Oooh, Hyde Park looks lovely! I love a good red!


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