Thursday, January 12th, 2012

NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS Spring 2012: Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil ($24.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “hot pink.” It’s new and permanent, just in time for spring. It’s a glossy raspberry pink with a touch of sheerness but is still very pigmented for a gloss and, overall, nearly opaque. There’s a shiny finish that makes the lips look almost wet. MAC Scandelicious is brighter, pinker. MAC Radiant Jewels is similar but less opaque and even. NARS Hot Wired is redder and has a shimmery iridescence. Lancome Electric Pink is a bit lighter and has shimmer.

I reviewed the formula in-depth here. I wore Mexican Rose to test out the wear, though, and it wore for three and a half hours. It’s comfortable to wear, because it has the texture of lip balm–thin, lightweight–but the high-gloss shine of your favorite lipgloss. You won’t get quite the lush lip look without some of the cushion-like texture of a true gloss, but you do get a good amount of added luminosity and fullness from the shine. I also really loved how evenly this applied.

The major downside is that these are not twist-up pencils, so they require sharpening. With the softness of the pencil (which actually broke on me while I was applying it for swatching), you’ll waste a lot if you don’t freeze them (many readers have said they had good luck freezing pencils like this!).

The Glossover

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product

Mexican Rose

A-
The packaging can be frustrating, but if you're OK with dealing with it, then it's more like an A- product. It feels comfortable on the lips, applies evenly, and yields true color.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

Results
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Dupes
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NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

NARS on January 13th, $24.00.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

MAC Scandelicious is brighter, pinker. MAC Radiant Jewels is similar but less opaque and even. NARS Hot Wired is redder and has a shimmery iridescence. Lancome Electric Pink is a bit lighter and has shimmer.

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24 thoughts on “NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Vuthear Vuthear

    This looks lovely on you Christine!

  2. I love the color and the finish! Too bad it’s something that has to be sharpened though.

  3. If only it was a twist-up *sigh*.

  4. Patty

    HAHAHA I love the name!! Very pretty on you, by the way!

  5. That looks great, and I love the finish of this one!

  6. Ashley

    Freezing them…what a good idea! Never would’ve thought of that.

  7. Mango the mango

    *gasp* I’ve never thought to freeze overly creamy pencils before sharpening! I must try that next time.

  8. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Esther Esther

    I’m not a huge fan of the glossy look, but I might have to buy this just because I love the name so much :P

  9. Really like the full luscious appearance its giving to the lips!

  10. This is SUCH a beautiful color. I was definitely going to buy this but not after I read that it has to be sharpened !! I find that so frustrating

  11. Cynthia

    I’m so tempted to get it because of the name lol! it looks sooo springy.

  12. Naie

    Oh man, that is such a pretty color. I’m not too happy about the price and the fact that it requires sharpening, though. If anything requires more work on my part than opening the lid and applying with a brush, I run away screaming.

  13. Lenita

    I don’t understand what’s so frustrating about sharpening stuff. It’s easy peasy; I even sometimes use a knife to avoid wasted shavings. They’re also less waste in the environment. Just stick’em in the fridge for a bit.

    • The fact that you can’t just sharpen and be done with it – taking extra steps, such as the foresight to put your products in the refrigerator, remember to come back, and then sharpen, is an annoyance. Personally, I don’t use knives that way, since I have carpal tunnel, my hands and wrists shake too much for it, so I couldn’t speak on that. Why not create packaging that works better instead?

  14. farhana

    Hi,

    I cant seem to find this color on the NARS website. help!

  15. Mary

    I love the Nars velvet gloss pencils and this one is no exception, but I hate that they have to be sharpened so I stay away from these. If they were twist up pencils, I’d certainly buy several shades. Thanks for the review though, the color is beautiful on you!

  16. I love it and want one! It is the only thing I want in the collection and you can wear these under lipsticks for a deeper, longer last colour as well as a lovely stain that stays all day…at least it does on me!

  17. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Laura Laura

    I think I would try to depot it and just use a brush or a finger to apply it because the whole freezing before sharpening thing isn’t very practical. Especially not if you’re on the go.

  18. This is super pretty. I love glossy, translucent candy pinks like this.

  19. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Brenda brenda

    such a great colour on you!!

  20. Zozolina

    This colour looks so flattering on you. I dont like the pencils that need sharpening, though. Have you tried Clinique chubby stick?