NARS Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil Review, Photos, Swatches

NARS Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “mandarin red.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones and a satin finish–just a soft sheen that will gradually turn matte as it wears on. MAC Tart & Trendy (LE, $16.00) is more muted, lighter. Milani Sweet Nectar (P, $5.49) is very similar. Maybelline Electric Orange (P, $7.49) is also very similar–perhaps a tiny bit darker. MAC Fashion Nomad (LE, $16.00) is darker. MAC Sounds Like Noise (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less red-toned. MAC Neon Orange (LE, $16.00) is darker, more red-toned. See comparison swatches.

The pencil had a soft, creamy consistency when applied to the lips, where it actually felt almost slippery when I was applying it, but the lip color dried down slightly so it didn’t slip or slide on the lips. It was really pigmented and yielded full, opaque color coverage. The color wore well for almost six hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating during that time. I only wish NARS would upgrade their packaging by putting the formula into a twist-up pencil, rather than one you have to sharpen, as sharpening always leads to some waste. You can minimize the waste by putting the pencil into the freezer prior to sharpening, though, but I would appreciate the convenience of a twist-up pencil.

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NARS Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil
NARS Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I feel like the nature of the packaging is set by the nature of the lipstick. Isn’t this formula of lipstick poured into it’s pencil formed? If it was a twist up it’d have to be pre-formed and then incased in the pencil packaging. It’s packaging let’s it be so emollient and soft. Does that make sense or am I crazy?

I don’t know enough about manufacturing to know whether it’s true or not, or whether you couldn’t have both in different packaging. They could give you more (with the expectation of waste), ’cause 0.07 oz. is 2/3 or 1/2 the size of a regular lipstick (which are formed in molds and I know those are as soft or softer than these!).

I’ve had just as many “pencils” harden as “twist-ups”, across several brands, with different finishes, so I don’t think it makes a difference either way. That said, the texture/application of this particular shadenlooks amazing, but the color is a no-go for me… I did get another geography lesson, though, LOL!

You are rocking this color!! It’s so beautiful on you! I don’t know if I’ll be able to pull it off though so I’ll just live through you lol

Great color and it sounds like the formula is wonderful. I like how you can get a crisp edge with a sharpener, which isn’t always possible with twist ups, but you can still use a brush for more precise application and I do prefer that over wasting product in the sharpener, even if it does take an extra step

Nars eyeliners are twist up so I always assumed that these pencils were too! I’m not a fan of lip products that need to be sharpened so this is a pass for me!

I think the lip pencils (though not these particular ones) came out prior than the Larger Than Life Eyeliners, so maybe it’s a consistency thing (to match the Velvet Mattes), but yeah, twist-ups seem to be the future for a lot of brands.

Wow! Looks great on you, Christine! 😀

I wish I could find an orange that looked right on me…I love it as a colour, and my wardrobe has a lot of blue in it – orange lipstick seems like a must-have! But I’m so pale and cool toned they just end up looking a bit sick on me, usually 🙁

Anyone have any recommendations?!

What about an orange that leans rather red? More like a red with REALLY strong orange tones? Have you tried one like that?

It seems to be pretty similar to how UD Super Saturated Lip Color in Punch Drunk looks on me, maybe a little lighter. I own and really never wear that one so I’ll definitely pass!

Thanks for the comparisons Christine. I love orange lipsticks and have several in this shade including Maybelline’s Orange Edge and Mac’s Tart and Trendy, so I’ll pass. This shade of orange is so dupable, I’ll save my $25 for something more unique.

Wowwwe again I don’t have any dupes n thank u sooooo much for
A

I wantttttt
how gorgeous an orange colour can look …. Seriously impressive on u dear
DDG
alwayssss drop dead gorgeous

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