NARS Palais Royal Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Palais Royal Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as “sangria.” It’s a dark, berry-red with a satin finish and slight cool undertones. Rimmel #107 is slightly less cool-toned. Chanel L’Impatiente is darker, more berry-hued. Guerlain Orgueil is similar but shimmery. MAC What Joy is a touch darker. Giorgio Armani #408 is a town redder (less berry).
Of all the shades, this was my least favorite. It was the least pigmented, as there was definite translucency to the overall color (it looked like an intense lip stain), but the color settled and migrated into lip lines within two hours of wear. Then, the settling continued to worsen for the next three hours of wear. It lasted with some color for as long as five hours, and then there was residual staining that remained for at least another hour. The settling was really noticeable and looked crumbly between the lines (so if you smiled). The consistency felt like the other pencils–soft, lightly creamy–and it didn’t tug or pull on the lips. It was neither drying nor hydrating while I wore it.
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NARS Majella Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Majella Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as “garnet.” It’s a deeper red with cool, blue undertones and a subtle, natural-looking sheen. Rimmel #111 is more orange-toned. MAC Runaway Red is darker. MAC Eden Rouge is slightly brighter. MAC Russian Red is more matte and a bit darker. NARS Mascate is deeper and darker.
It had great pigmentation that applied with opaque , even color. Majella wore well for a full six hours, and being that it’s a red, it did leave behind a stain that was rather potent for another hour or so. Even after eight hours, my lips still looked redder than normal. It was slightly hydrating though not quite as moisture-packed as NARS described, but it did last for awhile and didn’t dry out lips. I didn’t experience any feathering or bleeding of the color, and I didn’t see the color settle into lip lines over time or as it wore away. It had a lightweight, thin consistency despite the actual feel of the product–it is soft, almost as if it were melting, when it touched my lips.