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NARS Rikugien Satin Lip Pencil

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.

NARS Satin Lip Pencil Rikugien
Rikugien

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NARS Yu Satin Lip Pencil

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).

NARS Yu Satin Lip Pencil

A
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Tom Ford Frolic Lip Shine Color

Tom Ford Frolic Lip Shine Color
Tom Ford Frolic Lip Shine Color

Tom Ford Frolic Lip Shine Color ($48.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft coral with a subtle frost finish. Clinique Curviest Caramel is more beige and opaque. Chanel Pimpante is a touch brighter. Cle de Peau Comtesse de Cayla is slightly darker and less warm-toned. MAC Razzledazzler is a touch pinker. Guerlain Jicky is redder.

The formula has a creamy, slightly wet-like consistency (and it feels much like a creamy lip balm). It glides over lips easily–no skipping or tugging–but seems to hang on better than other tinted lip balms I’ve tried. It feels more like a lipstick with extra boost of hydration than a true tinted lip balm. I tested this particular shade over eighteen hours, which involved four re-applications. Though creamy and slick, it is lightweight and has a thinner feel once applied (give it about ten to fifteen minutes). It starts off glossy, but the glossiness disappears after an hour or so. The color remains, and it’s buildable from sheer to semi-opaque color coverage. Like the best kind of sheer, it is an even layer of sheer color that has some translucency, so the natural lip color shines through.

I was impressed by the wear, because a lot of these lipstick/lip balm hybrids have a tendency to slip away within a couple of hours, but it consistently wore for a solid four hours. But over time, these feel more like a sheer lipstick than they do traditional lip balm, so I expect that’s part of it. It was nicely hydrating, and I needed no lip balm to supplement the wear, and after wearing it all day, my lips were in tip-top shape. I think whether these are “worth it” is (which is always true to some degree) going to come down to your personal preference. Personally, I would recommend splashing out for Tom Ford’s Blush over the lipstick, if you were curious to try a single product.

At least the product amount is 0.12 oz., which is the size of most lipsticks, and sometimes with the more balm-like formulas, they give you a bit less. With a product like this, more is infinitely better, because the creamier, slicker, more balm-like consistency means it’s easy to over-apply. The Lip Colour Shines come in brown lacquered, square tubes with gold detailing, and they have a sweet, vanilla scent (not too cloying; very similar to MAC’s).

Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Shine Frolic
Frolic
Frolic
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total

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Clinique Roomiest Rose Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Roomiest Rose Chubby Stick Intense
Clinique Roomiest Rose Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Roomiest Rose Chubby Stick Intense ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “watermelon rose.” It’s a darkened rose red with a muted quality and subtle warm undertones. Chanel Taffeta Rose is pinker. Elizabeth Arden Perfect Tulip is a touch pinker.  I really wasn’t able to think of many similar shades, and both of the ones I did think about were noticeably pinker.

This shade had full color coverage and great color payoff (though Clinique intended only medium coverage).  The pencil felt balanced between creamy and waxy, so it glided on readily but didn’t feel heavy or apply thickly.  The color stayed put on my lips for four and a half hours, and it was lightly hydrating while worn. I think Roomiest Rose is one of the most wearable shades in the Intense range for all skin tones. It’s not too warm- or cool-toned, and it’s not too bright or too muted.  Against fairer skin, it may be a bolder shade, but the general color is still very every day–with oomph.

Clinique Roomiest Rose Chubby Stick Intense

A-
9.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

Estee Lauder Rock Candy Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick

Estee Lauder Rock Candy Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick
Estee Lauder Rock Candy Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick

Estee Lauder Rock Candy Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick ($25.00 for 0.10 oz.) is bold, brightened orange with hints of red in it along with a frosted, matte finish and warm undertones. Hourglass Muse is more coral, redder. MAC Scarlet Ibis is darker, redder. Estee Lauder Wild Fire is redder and luminous. YSL Blood Orange is glossier and sheerer.

This is the final shade I tried out in the formula, and it fell in the middle of the spectrum; not the worst, not the best. I’m still surprised that Estee Lauder didn’t put out a better formula, because the brand has better lipsticks in their house, not to mention the numerous lipstick formulas across other brands under the Estee Lauder umbrella.  Rock Candy has excellent pigmentation–full, opaque color coverage–but the consistency is a bit dry and not creamy enough, so it does tug on the lips when you apply it.  The other issue I had was that it is drying.  It wasn’t the most drying lipstick I’ve tried, but it was more than just a little drying after wearing it for six full hours.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick Rock Candy

Clinique Plushest Punch Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Plushest Punch Chubby Stick Intense
Clinique Plushest Punch Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Plushest Punch Chubby Stick Intense ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “raspberry pink.” It’s a bright, bold raspberry pink with a natural sheen. Tarina Tarantino Fuchsia is darker, redder. MAC Impassioned is brighter. Guerlain Gigi is very comparable.

It has full color coverage, and the pencil has a great consistency–just creamy enough to apply evenly and smoothly but not thick, so it adheres well and doesn’t feather or bleed. I’ve mentioned it before, but it bears repeating: this range is very much an opaque one, though Clinique describes the coverage as “perfectly in between” sheer and opaque. The other issue I’ve had is that these aren’t that moisturizing (some better than others). Plushest Punch was moderately hydrating, and of the ones I’ve tried thus far, it was the most hydrating. It wore long and well, though, topping five hours with a very subtle residual stain that lingered for the next hour.

Clinique Plushest Punch Chubby Stick Intense

A-
9.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

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