My heart may periodically stray at the beckoning of new lip products but I always come back to NARS. Hello old friend, how I’ve missed you. With unrivalled pigmentation and longevity, the NARS Velvet Matte lip pencils have been staples in my collection for years. Cruella, Damned and Dragon Girl have been whittled down to stumps from all the love I give them. The only problem was that I had to make sure that my lips were exfoliated and moisturized or the long wearing and staining formula would settle in to cracks and lines and refuse to budge. This problem is eradicated with the new Satin Lip Pencil formula.
A perfect marriage between the colour density of the Velvet Matte and the moisturizing luminosity of the Velvet Gloss, the Satin Lip Pencil offers high impact colour for the modern and fashion savvy woman.
The pencil packaging is one of my favourites because it facilitates ease and precision of application but that is difficult with this product. The texture of this formula is extremely emollient and, consequently, requires some care when applying. I find the best method is to apply colour to just the contre of the mouth and then blend out with a lip brush for a full finish, or with your finger for sheerer day wear. But this one hiccup with not deter me from using these regularly.
(Rikugien, Hyde Park, Majella, Luxembourg, Palais Royal)
My lens (time for an upgrade!) is not picking up the colour variation between Hyde Park and Majella. Hyde Park is a berry hued red whereas Majella is much more of a true classic red. Some of the colours are very comparable to the Dior Addict Extreme lipsticks but I still prefer this formula because of the opacity and permanence. Pictured below is me wearing Luxembourg 8 hours after the initial application without a single touch-up and post-coffee/lunch. That’s pretty major in my book. I did find that lighter shades like Rikugien has a shorter staying power of 3-4 hours.