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NARS Final Cut Satin Lip Pencils

NARS Final Cut Collection
NARS Final Cut Collection

NARS Final Cut Satin Lip Pencils ($25.00 for 0.07 oz. each) includes four limited edition shades that are exclusive to Nordstrom (in the U.S.; Holt Renfrew in Canada, Selfridges in the UK). If you like Satin Lip Pencils, I see no reason why you wouldn’t like the formula of these, with the exception of Stourhead, which will require significant prep work, patience, and reduced expectations. They’re nicely pigmented, fairly comfortable to wear, and have a good wear time. I wish they were as hydrating as they claim, but they’re not drying at least.  I wish that there was a bigger difference between Descanso and Torres del Paine, as they look surprisingly similar for shades included in a single collection.

Descanso is described as a “tea rose.” It’s a light-medium, rosy peach with a satin finish and warm undertones. It looks pinker on the lips than it does when swatched on the skin. The consistency was lightweight, creamy, and easy to apply. It had opaque color coverage, didn’t settle into lip lines, and was even. It lasted four hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Chanel Interlude (P, $34.00) is slightly darker. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $25.00) is darker, more matte. NARS Montego Bay (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Reel Sexy (LE, $16.00) is slightly lighter, pinker. MAC Razzledazzler (LE, $16.00) is a touch warmer. Estee Lauder Naked (LE, $25.00) is more matte, lighter. Burberry Devon Sunset (P, $30.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches.

Stourhead is described as a “pale lavender pink.” It’s a pale, pink-tinted lavender with a satin finish and cool, blue undertones. The consistency wasn’t dry as I feared, and it felt lightweight, creamy, and seemed easy enough to apply, but it was difficult to apply evenly. It also settled into lip lines slightly from the initial application, but after an hour and a half of wear, it really migrated into all of my lip lines and looked a little like dry, cracked lips. It lasted two and a half hours on me. It had semi-opaque color coverage but was not as pigmented as the other three. Chanel Radieuse (217) (LE, $34.00) is warmer, darker. MAC Beauty (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less pink. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Chanel Candeur (P, $34.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Orchid Pink (LE, $23.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Torres del Paine is described as a “peach coral.” It’s a light-medium peachy orange with a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy and applied evenly. The color wore well for four hours and was slightly moisturizing. And no, your eyes aren’t deceiving you, this is strangely similar to Descanso; this shade being slightly warmer with no rosy tone to it. MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is sheerer. MAC Gotta Dash! (P, $16.00) is very similar. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower (P, $32.00) is slightly lighter. Burberry Pink Apricot (301) (P, $30.00) is more muted, matte. NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Villa Lante is described as a “cherry blossom pink.” It’s a cool-toned, medium pink with strong, blue undertones and a satin finish. This shade had mostly opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly for the most part. It lasted for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Goodbye Emmanuelle (LE, $26.00) is brighter, darker. MAC Steady Going (LE, $16.00) is more matte but very close in color. MAC Playtime (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $22.00) is less blue-based. MAC Raspberry Swirl (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Divine Choice (P, $22.00) is very similar. MAC Pink Nouveau (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Naughty Saute (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

NARS Satin Lip Pencil Descanso
Descanso
Descanso
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
NARS Satin Lip Pencil Stourhead
Stourhead
NARS Satin Lip Pencil Torres del Paine
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
NARS Satin Lip Pencil Villa Lante
Villa Lante

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NARS Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “mandarin red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones and a satin finish–just a soft sheen that will gradually turn matte as it wears on. MAC Tart & Trendy (LE, $16.00) is more muted, lighter. Milani Sweet Nectar (P, $5.49) is very similar. Maybelline Electric Orange (P, $7.49) is also very similar–perhaps a tiny bit darker. MAC Fashion Nomad (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Sounds Like Noise (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less red-toned. MAC Neon Orange (LE, $16.00) is darker, more red-toned. See comparison swatches.

The pencil had a soft, creamy consistency when applied to the lips, where it actually felt almost slippery when I was applying it, but the lip color dried down slightly so it didn’t slip or slide on the lips. It was really pigmented and yielded full, opaque color coverage. The color wore well for almost six hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating during that time. I only wish NARS would upgrade their packaging by putting the formula into a twist-up pencil, rather than one you have to sharpen, as sharpening always leads to some waste. You can minimize the waste by putting the pencil into the freezer prior to sharpening, though, but I would appreciate the convenience of a twist-up pencil.

NARS Satin Lip Pencil Timanfaya
Timanfaya

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Maybelline Bare All, Blushing Beige, Nude Lust ColorSensational Lip Color

Maybelline Bare All (910) ColorSensational Lip Color
Maybelline Bare All (910) ColorSensational Lip Color

For spring, Maybelline’s added ten shades of “nude” that range from the very, very palest beige to muted mauves to deep plums. I greatly appreciate that Maybelline considered the spectrum of skin tones when they thought about flesh-colored lipsticks, because what’s “nude” for one skin tone isn’t going to be nude for everyone. I’m working my way through them, and these are the first three I tested (I’ve been testing them in numerical order, just in case you’re waiting for a particular shade to be reviewed). The consistency is creamy, lightly emollient with noticeable slip, and is lightly to moderately hydrating. The wear time depends on the shade (specified below).

Maybelline Bare All (910) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a very light beige with a pink tint and satin finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it had one of the more unforgiving applications of the shades released in this collection. It tended to catch and emphasize any dryness or imperfections on the lips, so it is imperative to exfoliating prior applyling to this. It is also difficult to keep it in place and looking even, as the color tended to bunch up on itself and leave lines. I patted a lot of the color into place with my fingertip, and you can see lines from my fingerprints! This shade wore well for three hours on me. MAC Pret-a-Pretty (LE, $16.00) is pinker. MAC Ruffian Naked (LE, $16.00) is slightly grayer. MAC Myth (P, $16.00) is similar. MAC Innocence Beware (LE, $16.00) is darker, pinker. MAC Fleshpot (P, $16.00) less pink. See comparison swatches.

Blushing Beige (915) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium peach with a smidgen of rosiness to its tone and satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation when applied to the lips, and like Bare All, it wasn’t the most forgiving of textures/finishes. The color wore well for three hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty Blush Nude (P, $49.00) is pinker. MAC Luxe Natural (P, $22.00) is warmer. MAC Innocence Beware (LE, $16.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Crème d’Nude (P, $16.00) is slightly warmer. Buxom Nudist (P, $21.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches.

Nude Lust (920) ColorSensational Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a light-medium peachy beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin finish. It had mostly opaque color with slight translucency. The texture was more forgiving on the lips, but I did have some issues with getting it to stay in place and look even, as the consistency is just thick enough with enough slip that can bunch up. Nude Lust lasted three and a half hours on me. MAC Luxe Natural (P, $22.00) is similar. MAC Crème d’Nude (P, $16.00) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #111 (P, $32.00) is shimmery. Bobbi Brown Uber Beige (P, $24.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Maybelline ColorSensational Lipcolor Bare All (910)
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total
Maybelline ColorSensational Lipcolor Blushing Beige (915)
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total
Maybelline ColorSensational Lipcolor Nude Lust (920)
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) Lovemarc Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) Lovemarc Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) Lovemarc Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Beauty Dizzy Spell (104) Lovemarc Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “warm peach pink.” It’s a warm-toned peach with a faint hint of pink. The subtle pink hue is only noticeable when applied, but it looks more peach-orange in the tube and swatched. MAC Touche (LE, $20.00) is sheerer, rosier. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is similar, slightly pinker. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $16.00) is more matte, lighter. MAC Sweet & Sour (LE, $16.00) is warmer. MAC To the Future (P, $18.00) is more muted, cooler-toned. MAC In a Heartbeat (LE, $16.00) is darker. Burberry Pink Apricot (301) (P, $30.00) is slightly darker, more matte. See comparison swatches.

The Lovemarc Lip Gel formula is supposed to be a “color-saturated, long-wearing, gellified lipstick.” I’ve really enjoyed this formula–one of my new favorites–but I believe this is the first shade that’s fallen short of expectations. I noticed a slight tendency for the formula to bunch up when applied to lips, so it doesn’t look quite even, and the consistency had a little graininess to it. The color coverage was mostly opaque, and the texture of the lipstick was very slick and emollient, so it did feel like it was slipping around when I wore it. This is a more emollient formula in general, but this particular shade seemed extra wet. It wore for three hours on me, and it was hydrating during that time, but it settled into lip lines over those hours.

Marc Jacobs Beauty LoveMarc Lip Gel Dizzy Spell (104)
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
78%
Total

Revlon Adorned, Bejeweled, Embellished Colorburst Lipglosses

Revlon Adorned Colorburst Lipgloss
Revlon Adorned Colorburst Lipgloss

Revlon Adorned Colorburst Lipgloss ($7.49 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, bright fuchsia-red with cool, blue undertones and fuchsia shimmer. It’s incredibly pigmented with rich, full color coverage in a single pass. It lasted for five hours and was moderately hydrating when worn. This is one of the best glosses I’ve ever come across–it is spectacularly pigmented, wears well, and is comfortable to wear to boot. Burberry Pink Sweet Pea (LE, $27.00) is more muted. Estee Lauder Violet Rain (LE, $22.50) is more metlalic. See comparison swatches.

Bejeweled Colorburst Lipgloss ($7.49 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a light, neutral-to-cool milky pink with barely-there micro-shimmer. Unfortunately, the milky consistency settles into lip lines and applies unevenly. It had semi-sheer color coverage. It lasted two and a half hours on me. Maybelline Petal Plush (100) (P, $8.99) is lighter. MAC Picture Pink (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Tom Ford Beauty Sugar Pink (P, $45.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $19.00) is similar. NARS International Velvet (LE, $26.00) is also similar. MAC Fresh Air (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Fashion Scoop (P, $20.00) is sheerer. Chanel Imaginaire (P, $32.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Embellished Colorburst Lipgloss ($7.49 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a deep reddened burgundy with subtle warm undertones and fuchsia shimmer. It was semi-opaque on lips–it added bold, noticeable color, but there was a translucency that enabled the natural lip color to come through. There was some settling into lip lines, but it applied evenly for the most part (no splotches or bunching up). It lasted for four hours on me. Maybelline Caviar Couture (050) (P, $8.99) is more berry-hued. MAC Lust for Life (LE, $15.00) is deeper, more shimmery. Chanel Crushed Cherry (P, $29.50) is redder, brighter. Bobbi Brown Aubergine (P, $24.00) is browner. See comparison swatches.

Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss Adorned
Adorned
Adorned
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total
Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss Bejeweled
Bejeweled
Bejeweled
C-

Permanent

6.5
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
3.5
Application
71%
Total
Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss Embellished
Embellished
Embellished
B

Permanent

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total

Guerlain Star Dust (900) Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Lip Gloss

Guerlain Star Dust (900) Maxi Shine Lip Gloss
Guerlain Star Dust (900) Maxi Shine Lip Gloss

Guerlain Star Dust (900) Maxi Shine Lip Gloss ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as an “iridescent ray of pure light.” It’s a virtually clear gloss with multi-colored, iridescent shimmer that flashes aqua, green, blue, and pink. It’s slightly milky, so it mutes the natural lip color just slightly, and it has a fair amount of shimmer. MAC Oh My Darling (LE, $15.00) is similar when applied but not as iridescent. Giorgio Armani #700 (P, $29.00) is similar but slightly warmer in tone. MAC Impossibly Sweet (LE, $15.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

The shimmer is very, very fine, so I don’t feel the texture of the sparkle when wearing the gloss. Alone, it wears about two and a half hours, which is a little longer than I normally see with a gloss this sheer. It’s non-sticky, lightweight, and comfortable to wear. There’s a fruity, slightly perfume-y, scent but I didn’t notice any taste. When I wore this alone, it sparkles and shimmers, and in my office, I can actually see the bluish-violet sparkles as they catch the light. The effect is still subtle indoors, but outdoors it’s like a sparkle bonanza. I thought it did more when layered over a lip color, as it gave the iridescence a better backdrop. Guerlain described it being used as a “top coat” to “[add] a diamond shine.” (And this gloss formula varies from very sheer to semi-opaque, but given Guerlain’s descriptions, this one is supposed to be sheer.) I tried it over Insolence, and it gave it a glossier, more iridescent finish.

Guerlain Gloss d’Enfer Maxi Shine Star Dust (900)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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