Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

NARS Palais Royal Satin Lip Pencil
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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Palais Royal

B-
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.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

NARS Floralies Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Floralies Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Floralies Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as “light apricot.” It’s a peachy-brown with strong warm, orange undertones and a satin finish. MAC Peachstock is more beige. MAC Sheer Mandarin is more orange and darker. Cle de Peau Just Joey is darker and browner.

The color payoff was amazing! It applied completely opaque, and it took very little product to achieve full color coverage. The consistency is lightly creamy, so the pencil glided over the lips with ease and never tugged or pulled. It was comfortable to wear without clinging, but the texture is still lightweight and thin, so it doesn’t slide around the lips either. Floralies wore just over four hours on me, which is about average and not what I’d describe as a long-wearing formula (which without a specific time, I look for six to eight hours). It was somewhat moisturizing while I wore it, though, and it is one of the more hydrating shades from the formula that I’ve tested.

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Floralies

A
It could be a touch more moisturizing and wear longer, but the color payoff was excellent and overall, it was comfortable to wear.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, March 11th, 2013

NARS Majella Satin Lip Pencil
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.

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Majella

A+
As long as you only need some hydration while it is worn, Majella is well worth a look--rich in color with a lovely feel and consistency, plus it's long-wearing.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, March 10th, 2013

NARS Luxembourg Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Luxembourg Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Luxembourg Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as “vivid watermelon.” It’s a vibrant, pinky-red with a satin finish. There’s quite a bit of pink in it, so while it calls to mind certain famous reds, I don’t think it matches because it has such strong pink coloring. MAC Ronnie Red is redder. NARS Dragon Girl is deeper. NYX Chic Red is darker.

It’s a rather bright, rich color that applied mostly opaque on the lips. I found that this shade stained very quickly and readily, which helped make it wear longer, too–a solid six hours with a residual stain that continued on for another two (of course, tapering down over those hours). Luxembourg didn’t feather or bleed on me, which is always good news with a shade as bright as this! It had a thin texture that felt lightweight on the lips, but it wasn’t hydrating–I would not say it was drying, though. If you like your reds with a lot of pink, you’ll like this shade, because from afar, it looks more pink than it does red, which is what makes it less dupable.

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Luxembourg

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If you like your reds with a lot of pink, you'll like this shade, because from afar, it looks more pink than it does red, which is what makes it less dupable.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, March 10th, 2013

NARS Hyde Park Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Hyde Park Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Hyde Park Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as “cardinal red.” It’s a deeper red with mostly neutral undertones–it looks a bit berry-ish–and a satin finish. MAC Fire Sign is warmer. Guerlain Pour Troubler is cooler-toned, more berry-hued. Shiseido Sweet Pea is warmer. NARS Flamenco is more muted. Dior Technicolor Red is similar but has shimmer.

While many shades in the range are screaming with pigment, this one was actually a bit translucent; there’s a hinto f my lip freckle that still comes through. Hyde Park looked a bit like a lip stain/lipstick hybrid. It lasted four and a half hours well on me, and then a noticeable stain lingered for the next hour or so. The color did settle into lip lines somewhat after four hours of wear. It was neither hydrating nor moisturizing while I wore it.

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Hyde Park

B+
It could be more pigmented (it would not build to totally opaque color) and wear better--the settling in the lip lines wasn't something I expected but occurred the longer I had it on.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, March 10th, 2013

NARS Isola Bella Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Isola Bella Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Isola Bella Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as “peach beige.” It’s a warmed-up, medium peachy-brown with a satin finish. It is reminiscent of NARS Biscayne Park, which is lighter and not as warm-toned. MAC Posh Tone is more beige. MAC Delectable is very similar. Bobbi Brown Soft Coral is darker and warmer.

It has decadent, rich color–full color coverage–and it just takes minimal amount of product. One even layer seems to cover everything, and it ensures that the lip color never looks heavy when worn. The texture feels creamy, almost wet, when you apply it, but it doesn’t have much slip once on. It stays on nicely, and Isola Bella wore five hours when I tested it. It was lightly hydrating over the time I wore it, and it didn’t cling.

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Isola Bella

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Isola Bella is somewhere between peach, beige, and brown, and it really comes together and should flatter warmer complexions quite a bit. Cooler skin tones may find it pulls too orange on them, and may want to look for something with more beige in it.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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