NARS Satin Lip Pencils Review & Swatches

Sometimes I wonder if I will ever grow tired of lip pencils. Probably not. I have more than I will ever need and even though I tried to talk myself out of it, I found myself picking away the colors from the new NARS Satin Lip Pencils. Pretty typical of me! :)

NARS Satin Lip Pencils
NARS Satin Lip Pencils

NARS Satin Lip Pencils come packaged in a typical NARS pencil: lightweight matte black with an indicative color on the end of the pencil. They need a separate sharpener that will fit their jumbo size (NARS' own sharpener fits both regular and jumbo sizes). A perfect combination of their famous Velvet Matte and Velvet Gloss – these pencils glide on effortlessly while providing the richest, boldest statement colors to the lips.

I purchased 3 colors that I think will use the most:

  •     Biscayne Park – pink guava
  •     Lodhi – vibrant coral
  •     Yu – shocking pink

I believe these are named after recreation parks/gardens around the world. Nothing sexually named in this line. Surprise surprise? :D

NARS Satin Lip Pencils; L-R: Biscayne Park, Lodhi, and Yu
NARS Satin Lip Pencils; L-R: Biscayne Park, Lodhi, and Yu
NARS Satin Lip Pencils; L-R: Biscayne Park, Lodhi, and Yu
NARS Satin Lip Pencils; L-R: Biscayne Park, Lodhi, and Yu
NARS Satin Lip Pencils; L-R: Biscayne Park, Lodhi, and Yu
NARS Satin Lip Pencils; L-R: Biscayne Park, Lodhi, and Yu

The first thing I noticed about these pencils was how smoothly they glide on the lips! They are so silky and such a pleasure to apply. The second thing was the crazy pigmentation! They are opaque and you wouldn't need more than a swipe or two to get maximum color intensity. The finish they leave on the lips is beautiful – non-sticky, slightly glossy and a bit satiny looking that I think is gorgeous enough that you probably don't need to top with a lip gloss. You can of course blot slightly to get a more matte finish if you prefer. They look pretty both ways.

The consistency is ultra creamy. So creamy that I sometimes feel like they are “melting” on my lips during application. And as a result, you have to be a little careful during application otherwise it can slide off the lip line (happened to me before when I wasn't being watchful!). And because of how ridiculously creamy the formula is, it is wise to pop them in the freezer for a good 15-20 minutes before sharpening to minimize the loss of the product. NARS also put some really good stuff in these pencils: Hyaluronic acid, Viatmin E, and collagen prepeptides, to keep lips moisturized and give them a fuller appearance.

Another thing that I really like about these pencils is they do leave a soft stain once the color fades. But unfortunately when that happens, the “moisturizing” feeling is also gone leaving the lips feeling a tad bit dry. The staying power isn't quite impressive either. The color usually fades on me around lunch time. My fix is to apply this over a lip primer and I can extend the wear time to late afternoon.

NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Biscayne Park
NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Biscayne Park
NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Lodhi
NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Lodhi
NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Yu
NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Yu
NARS Satin Lip Pencils; L-R: Biscayne Park, Lodhi, and Yu
NARS Satin Lip Pencils; L-R: Biscayne Park, Lodhi, and Yu
NARS Satin Lip Pencils; L-R: Biscayne Park, Lodhi, and Yu (fresh swatches)
NARS Satin Lip Pencils; L-R: Biscayne Park, Lodhi, and Yu (fresh swatches)
NARS Satin Lip Pencils; L-R: Biscayne Park, Lodhi, and Yu (blotted to show the staining effect)
NARS Satin Lip Pencils; L-R: Biscayne Park, Lodhi, and Yu (blotted to show the staining effect)

Overall, I am really impressed with NARS Satin Lip Pencils. With such a unique texture, they can be used as a lip liner, lipstick, or lip stain – talk about a multitasker! If you are hesitating to try, don't be! At least go have a swatch, I'm pretty sure you'll end up liking them, too. :)

Purchase

US$25 at SephoraNordstrom

At NARS counters

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