Saturday, March 9th, 2013

NARS Golshan Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Golshan Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Golshan Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “spiced wine.” It’s a subtly warm-toned, brown-ish red with a creamy, satiny finish. OCC Starling is warmer, browner. MAC Camden Chic is darker, browner. Make Up For Ever #44 is a touch less warm-toned.

The one characteristic that is most consistent among the new Lip Pencils is the color payoff! Golshan is no exception as it delivers full, rich pigmentation and covers my lip freckle entirely (not even a shadow of it comes through). I love the lightweight, thin consistency once it is applied to lips, because it doesn’t look heavy, despite the creamy, opaque color. It doesn’t cling or settle into lip lines, but it doesn’t slide around, either. When I touched the pencil tip to my lips, it felt soft, melted almost, but it was quite clearly not, and on, the glossiness fades in seconds to a satin finish–as promised. I wish these were as full of hydration as they’re made out to be (sorry, but my lips did not feel “[drenched] in decadent moisture”), but after the six hours it lasted for, my lips were no worse for the wear–at best, lightly hydrating but not a formula I’d say is moisturizing overall.

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Golshan

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Rich color and subtle warm undertones (and not too brown) were two aspects to Golshan that made it a more unique color from what I'm familiar with. It's a great warmer take on red that doesn't read too orange.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, March 9th, 2013

NARS Het Loo Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Het Loo Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Het Loo Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “cognac.” It’s a muted, orange-toned, medium brown with a soft, satin sheen. MAC Tea Ceremony is lighter and more orange. MAC Mocha is redder. MAC Spiced Tea is shimmery and sheerer.

The color payoff was rich and intense; I had no trouble achieving full color coverage with a few strokes–it was really pigmented. Het Loo had glided on well, due to the creamier consistency. Despite the creaminess, it didn’t have too much slip, so it did not slide around on the lips. Once it’s on, it sets a bit, which results in that natural sheen that keeps it from being totally matte but not enough to make it glossy. When I tested this shade, it wore for five and a half hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating.

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Het Loo

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Het Loo is a warmer, lighter brown with excellent color payoff, a good consistency, and it wears well.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, March 9th, 2013

NARS Lodhi Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Lodhi Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Lodhi Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “vibrant coral.” It’s a brightened, orange-coral with warm undertones and a creamy, satiny finish. MAC Style Surge is very similar, but it is more pink-tinted. MAC Vegas Volt is darker and has some pink/red tinge. OCC Electric Grandma is more orange and shimmery.

It had rich, opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly, smoothly, and easily onto the lips. Lodhi had a creamy, lightweight texture that glided across lips with ease–no tugging or pulling–and felt comfortable to wear during the five and a half hours this wore for. So far, this is the most hydrating shade I’ve tried from NARS’ new range. I’d actually describe it as hydrating, rather than just slightly!  It’s packaged in pencil form, and it does require sharpening. It is not nearly as soft as the Velvet Glosses but a touch softer than the Velvet Mattes.

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Lodhi

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Lodhi was hydrating, wore well, and had excellent color payoff--it really hit on all the characteristics NARS called out for the new formula. If only it was twist-up!

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, March 8th, 2013

NARS Rikugien Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Rikugien Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Rikugien Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “rose pink.” It’s a softened, muted rose with a hint of red and a frosted finish. It has warmer undertones, and when applied, looks less pink on. Revlon Pink Truffle is creamier, darker, less warm-toned. MAC Shanghai Spice is lighter. MAC Gem of Roses is slightly more plum. Guerlain Cherry Blossom is pinker. Rimmel Latino is cooler-toned.

It had mostly opaque color coverage, but compared to other shades in the range, it’s slightly less pigmented–it’s more of a buildable color. The texture is creamy to the touch–when you apply it, it melts against the warmth of your lips, and it delivers a thin, even layer of color that doesn’t feel heavy. It definitely feels creamier than it looks. Rikugien was neither drying nor hydrating, and it lasted for four and a half hours (which I’d say is short of long-wearing, as the average lipstick lasts four hours on me).  I’m not overly surprised, as frostier shades tend to be less hydrating compared to their creamier counterparts.

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Rikugien

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Rikugien is one of the easier shades to wear in the new line-up, as it isn't too pale or too bold. If you love corals but have been wanting to try something new, this rosy pink might work for you.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, March 8th, 2013

NARS Yu Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Yu Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Yu Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “shocking pink.” It’s a bright, bold shade of blue-based, medium pink with cool undertones and a soft, natural sheen. MAC Pink Pigeon is less pink, more magenta. MAC Lickable is slightly redder. NARS 413 BLKR is redder, darker, and matte. MAC Gulabi is very similar. MAC Catharina has a glossier sheen. NARS Schiap is more magenta.

The new formula is based on NARS’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencils, but the finish is satin, so it has more of a sheen, but it is still supposed to deliver “high-impact color” with a “long-wearing, vitamin-enriched formula” and “decadent moisture.” Yu is fully opaque, and it takes very little product yield full color coverage. It wore for a lengthy six and a half hours, and it did stain.  The texture is interesting; it feels creamier and softer than it actually appears on lips. Initially, I thought that was a result of all my hot lighting equipment, but all of the shades made me do a double-take in regards to the texture. Press it to your lips, and it feels almost like it’s melting against them, but look in the mirror, and it’s a lightweight, thin layer of opaque color with a very subtle sheen (no glossiness in sight). This formula felt just slightly hydrating, and it was more comfortable to wear overall compared to the Velvet Matte Lip Pencils.

The biggest downside is that it is packaged in a pencil you haven to sharpen (like NARS’ other Lip Pencils), which means product will get wasted. The waste is on par with the Velvet Mattes (the Velvet Glosses are a lot more), and it’s just a problem inherent in pencil packaging. It’s clear, though, that the industry is able to use twist-up packaging (Clinique and CoverGirl, for example).

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NARS Yu Satin Lip Pencil Review, Photos, Swatches

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This formula felt just slightly hydrating, and it was more comfortable to wear overall compared to the Velvet Matte Lip Pencils. For me, it's not quite as hydrating as "[drenched] in decadent moisture." It is, however, incredibly pigmented, and the texture is just soft and creamy enough.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, March 8th, 2013

NARS Satin Lip Pencils
NARS Satin Lip Pencils

NARS Satin Lip Pencils ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) include thirteen new and permanent shades of NARS’ Lip Pencil with a new finish–Satin. Twelve shades are available at both NARS and Nordstrom, while one shade is exclusive to NARS (Jardin de Plantes). I’m working on getting the rest of the photos ready and testing the remaining shades (I tested three yesterday), so I’ll have reviews up shortly! For now, take a peek at swatches :)

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