Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS Spring 2013: Cythere

NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil ($24.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “soft metallic rose.” It’s a beige-brown with a rainbow shimmer. I’m not sure where NARS is seeing rose, as it yields a very metallic champagne/beige/brown kind of color both swatched and applied. The shimmer reminded me a lot of the kind found in Illamasqua Opulent, but the color of Opulent isn’t like Cythere. MAC Straight to the Head has a lot more glitter. Lancome Amande is browner.

The Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil is supposed to provide hydration, shine, and feel comfortable to wear. Cythere has mostly opaque color coverage along with a high-shine finish; not super glossy but very metallic and reflective. The texture is lightly tacky, creamy, and on the thicker side. This shade lasted four hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating while I wore it.  The color applied evenly and smoothly, but sharpening this formula can be a bit of a pain, as it is a very soft, creamy consistency that can get stuck and smeared all over your sharpener.  It’s better to put the pencil in the freezer for a bit, then sharpen, to minimize mess and waste.

The Glossover

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product

Cythere

A-
A nice variation on the idea of nude by darkening and adding some brown, plus beautiful rainbow shimmer, that won't wash a lot of complexions out.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

NARS, $24.00.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

The shimmer reminded me a lot of the kind found in Illamasqua Opulent, but the color of Opulent isn't like Cythere. MAC Straight to the Head has a lot more glitter. Lancome Amande is browner.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara. On lips: NARS Cythere Velvet Lip Gloss Pencil.

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43 thoughts on “NARS Cythere Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Avatar of rebecca blueraccoon

    I’m really loving this. I have no idea why, as it’s not my usual type of shade, but something about this one makes me say “this must be mine!”

  2. Elle

    This looks like it would be stunning on the eyes!

  3. Avatar of Ellen Ellen

    I’m not sure this would be flattering on my NC15 skin, but maybe over another color?

  4. This kinda looks like the burberry lip gloss that was released in the fall (I can’t remember the name)

  5. The shade reminds me of a lighter, less warm version of Mac’s “Heroine” (the version that was released with Wonder Woman, not the purple one). I think it just looks like it has a similar metallic quality to it.

  6. furandlace

    Hmmm, that’s a colour and finish that I’d want on my eyes not on my lips!

  7. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    Okay, this is officially added to my list. I actually thought I would get through the Spring collections without buying anything, then NARS comes along… Seriously, NARS is my “kryptonite”.

  8. Avatar of Etaoin baby in a corner

    This is pretty!

  9. This is so eye-catching. I can’t wait to try it out.

  10. Avatar of Emily 18thCenturyFox

    This is the kind of color that looks fabulous on some women and The Pits on me. Back in the day I tried to make MAC’s Plastique work and oh just… No. Rose gold is not the color for me, no metallic works for me really. I need a matte or satin. Plus personal style really figures in hugely- if I was more 70′s or 80′s I could completely play it off. I am way more 40′s/50′s and this fit like Mike Tyson’s face tattoo on me. And no I am not saying this color is dated, more like * I* am.

    • Katie

      Me too! I love 40′s & 50′s makeup

    • Avatar of Terri Terri

      For what it’s worth, I don’t think knowing what looks good on you and having your own sense of style is dating yourself. To me, what looks dated is when women of a certain age (I am 46) try to go back down that road they have been before, makeup wise and it seldom works. Following trends simply because that is what is happening now makes little sense to me if the colors involved aren’t flattering to oneself. I am still learning but I have a fairly good idea of what I can’t wear anymore and for the most part I stick to it. So bravo to you for sticking to your guns. I bet you look fabulous!

  11. Avatar of Ellen Elleq

    Love the color on the swatches,on your lips the second photo appears much whiter than the first. I’m a sucker for all browns, but a white finish will wash me out. Which pic do you think is more accurate? I may have to see for myself!

  12. Avatar of Rosie Andrea

    I need this.

  13. foxylady

    How does this compare to mac oh baby lip glass?

  14. Avatar of lulu lulu

    hey christine :) wud you say this colour is rose goldy?thanks  :)

  15. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    The concept of packaging this in a pencil that needs sharpening seems beyond stupid. What a hassle to inflict on women! Whether you chill this or not before sharpening, I’m thinking there would be a lot of mess and, worse, a lot of waste. Why not package it in a tube? Or in a pot?

    • Danielle

      I personally own a number of the velvet gloss pencils by Nars (I have a love affair with Mexican Rose) and the sharpening is a pretty clean process if you use their sharpener. I haven’t had any problems at all and like that it is in a pencil form so that you can apply it with ease as opposed to a tube of lipstick which I always use a lip brush with.

  16. Precioso para pieles morena, y bonito brillo.

  17. I’m surprised to be liking this so much! Really nice, interesting product.

  18. Avatar of Gabriella Gabriella

    This is the one thing from the nars spring collection I feel like I really NEED. As much as you can NEED yet another lipstick, anyway….lol. so so pretty, I love the metallic sparkle

  19. Jules

    Looks so pretty. But would probably just be a frosty mess on me. I’m also anti-any product I have to sharpen. :(

  20. Liz

    I got an Estee Lauder gift with purchase that included a very similar color. I can’t think of the name right now.

  21. Katie

    I think I’m too pale for that with my NW25 skin! It’s absolutely beautiful though.

  22. Oh that’s very interesting–I thought it would be a very thin, balmy wash of color but in those swatches, you can really see the creaminess/thickness of the product. I imagine though that when applying straight to your lips, you go through a lot of product since it IS so thick? Did you apply with a brush, Christine??

    • I applied this from the pencil directly – I don’t think you’ll go through this REALLY quickly, because it’s quite pigmented, so you don’t need too much on the lips, even though it has a thicker consistency.

  23. Lorraine ER

    This shade and others close to it are quite flattering on your skintone, but I don’t think they would be as such on many others, including mine.

  24. Such a beautiful color in general. As a lip color, I’m not too into it, reminds me a lot of the 90s.

  25. your smileeeeee is killer C :D :D loveddddd the color on lips and the overall look :D :D

  26. Avatar of Denise Denise

    Oh my gosh – this looks amazing on you!

  27. Love this color, but cannot pull it off!

  28. lovesunshine

    Hi Christine!
    What are you wearing on your cheeks and brows? I really like it! It looks polished.

  29. Avatar of Hillary Hilly

    Looks like MAC’s Oh Baby

  30. Avatar of raloves ra

    This looks very nice with your skin tone Christine. But I wonder if this is something you would use in your daily life.

  31. Avatar of Kathryn kEG

    I think this would look great in the summer!