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NARS Roman Holiday, Never Say Never, Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencils

01/06

NARS Roman Holiday Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Roman Holiday Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Roman Holiday Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Roman Holiday Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Roman Holiday Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Roman Holiday Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Roman Holiday

NARS Roman Holiday Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($27.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light-medium pin kwith subtle, cool undertones and a soft, pearl sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage. The color could have applied a bit more evenly, both in terms of overall texture as well as actual coverage. The texture felt smooth and velvety going on, so it was not uncomfortable to apply, but it felt thin and clingy while worn. It stayed on for three and a half hours and was somewhat drying.

The formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” with “rich” and “seamless color.” The texture has a more velvety feel: smooth, thinner but glides on easily, and doesn’t have a lot of wetness/creaminess. The pigmentation varied from shade to shade with most shades having semi-opaque coverage. They were easy to apply along the lips and comfortable to apply, as they did not tug. The formula lasted anywhere from three hours to six hours, and some shades were somewhat drying and others were non-drying.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Roman Holiday

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Chanel Energie & Vibration Rouge Allure Glosses

01/06

Chanel Energie Rouge Allure Gloss

Chanel Energie Rouge Allure Gloss

Chanel Energie Rouge Allure Gloss

Chanel Energie Rouge Allure Gloss

Chanel Energie Rouge Allure Gloss

Chanel Energie Rouge Allure Gloss

Energie

Chanel Energie Rouge Allure Gloss ($37.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a bright pop of orange-red with warm undertones and faint gold pearl.

The formula is supposed to have the “colour intensity of a lipstick” with the “lacquered shine of a lipgloss” that is “long-wearing.” It had semi-opaque pigmentation and felt primarily like a lipgloss. There was a touch of color that pulled into my deeper lip lines, but the color applied evenly and did not appear streaky. The texture was moderately tacky, spread decently (but this particular shade seemed tackier to me than I remember the formula being), and comfortable to wear, as it was hydrating over time. It wore well for five and a half hours on me.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss Energie
Energie
Energie
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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NARS Famous Red, Dragon Girl, Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencils

01/06

NARS Famous Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Famous Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Famous Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Famous Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Famous Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Famous Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Famous Red

NARS Famous Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($27.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright medium-dark coral-red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation–might be one of the more pigmented shades in the entire line–with a slightly thicker, creamier texture. It had more substance to it than a lot of the range, which felt thinner in comparison. The color wore well for over six hours and was non-drying on me.

The formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” with “rich” and “seamless color.” The texture has a more velvety feel: smooth, thinner but glides on easily, and doesn’t have a lot of wetness/creaminess. The pigmentation varied from shade to shade with most shades having semi-opaque coverage. They were easy to apply along the lips and comfortable to apply, as they did not tug. The formula lasted anywhere from three hours to six hours, and some shades were somewhat drying and others were non-drying.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Famous Red
Famous Red

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Bite Beauty #038, 040, 042, 044 Lip Pencils

01/06

Bite Beauty #038 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #038 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #038 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #038 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #038 The Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty #038 The Lip Pencil

#038

Bite Beauty #038 The Lip Pencil ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a dark plum with subtle, warmer undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, though not quite opaque, that applied with minimal tugging as the consistency was soft but not really emollient or slippery. The lip pencil was comfortable to use along the edges of the lips and took a bit more work to fill in for all-over coverage. This shade stayed on well for six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Bite Beauty recommends wearing this particular shade with Pepper, Rhubarb, or Sake; I think it would work well with Rhubarb (warmer) or Sake (lighter, cooler) — see comparison swatches.

The Lip Pencil formula is supposed to have “perfect, allover, opaque lip coverage” with a lightweight feel. I think the formula worked exceptionally well for lining the edges of the lips and keeping color on longer and more within the lines (e.g. a lipstick feathers on its own wouldn’t feather when layered over one of the lip pencils). Some shades worked well for filling in the lips for all over color, but some applied more unevenly or were less comfortable to fill in with. The consistency was soft, just barely creamy–almost more velvety than creamy–and oddly spreadable, as I found the best way to “even” out the coverage was to press my lips together, and while there was a touch of tackiness, the color almost always appeared more even after that than if I kept trying to maneuver and push the color around with the pencil itself. They do feel lightweight, and they lasted anywhere from five to six hours on their own. They weren’t spectacularly long-wearing as a standalone lip product, but they extended the wear of lipsticks by two to four hours.

Bite Beauty The Lip Pencil #038
#038
#038
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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Bite Beauty Gold, Champagne Pearl, Pink Pearl, Rose Pearl Crème Lip Glosses

01/09

Bite Beauty Gold Crème Lip Gloss

Bite Beauty Gold Crème Lip Gloss

Bite Beauty Gold Crème Lip Gloss

Bite Beauty Gold Crème Lip Gloss

Bite Beauty Gold Crème Lip Gloss

Bite Beauty Gold Crème Lip Gloss

Bite Beauty Gold Crème Lip Gloss

Bite Beauty Gold Crème Lip Gloss

Bite Beauty Gold Crème Lip Gloss

Gold

Bite Beauty Gold Creme Lip Gloss ($22.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is a bright, true gold with warm, yellow undertones and flecks of gold shimmer and sparkle. This was actually one of the less pigmented shades in the range, and this was also the exact same in texture and color as the holiday release (the box was even gold-hued like the holiday edition). It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but the gloss didn’t apply evenly so there were some areas that had less visible shimmer. This particular shade also seemed to be chocked full of shimmer/sparkle rather than a more pigmented base (the others seemed to actually tint/provide coverage beyond the shimmer). It wore well for five hours on me and was hydrating.

The Creme Lip Gloss is supposed to give a “modern, foiled lip look” with “pearlized color pay off” while softening the lips. The formula had a light-medium weight to it, which I think helped ensure that the shimmer didn’t feel gritty on the lips. It had a little tackiness after an hour of wear, but it was never a really sticky or goopy gloss on. The wear was anywhere from four to five hours, and the formula felt hydrating to me. They had a really strong, mirror-like finish that made them more wearable on their own, as it was hard to notice any imperfections in the coverage. They also worked well layered over various lipsticks (both Bite’s lipsticks as well as other brands’ formulas) for adding shine and sparkle. The gloss had a sweet, fruity scent–the same one found in other Bite lip products.

Bite Beauty Crème Lip Gloss Gold
Gold
Gold
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

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NARS Belle de Jour, Bolero, Get Off Velvet Matte Lip Pencils

01/06

NARS Belle de Jour Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Belle de Jour Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Belle de Jour Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Belle de Jour Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Belle de Jour Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Belle de Jour Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Belle de Jour

NARS Belle de Jour Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($27.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light-medium, yellowed peach with warm undertones and a matte finish. It looked a lot chalkier applied to my lips than it did on my arm (which isn’t uncommon with this type of color, in my experience). Though the actual texture did not feel dry and did not tug on my lips, it looked painfully dry–the color “split” at my lip lines and emphasized the natural texture of my lips. It had semi-sheer, somewhat buildable coverage that lasted for four hours. It was moderately drying on me.

The formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” with “rich” and “seamless color.” The texture has a more velvety feel: smooth, thinner but glides on easily, and doesn’t have a lot of wetness/creaminess. The pigmentation varied from shade to shade with most shades having semi-opaque coverage. They were easy to apply along the lips and comfortable to apply, as they did not tug. The formula lasted anywhere from three hours to six hours, and some shades were somewhat drying and others were non-drying.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Belle de Jour

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