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Monday
Jun032013

Lipstick Week: NARS Satin Lip Pencils

I've been in love with lipsticks since my first swipe at five years old. I love how they can brighten up my face in a matter of seconds, and how there's a shade for whatever look and mood I have for the day. Lipsticks are never boring. There are always new colors and formulas rolling out from the labs, and believe me, they are getting better and better each year!

So, I've been saving up my lipstick reviews since last month, when I decided to do a Lipstick Week. I thought to start with an amazing lip product called the NARS Satin Lip Pencil (P1,550). If you could look past the price tag (and the fact that they don't twist up), these are total must-haves!

 

I love them because they're pigmented - opaque in one layer - and feels very thin on the lips. When they dry up (in two hours) they don't feel like a waxy, crackly layer. Instead they feel more like a light, flexible blanket of the color! Not many lipsticks that I've tried have that dry-down texture. 

They're not drying but they're not particularly moisturizing either, so you have to let a lip balm sink onto your puckers first before you apply these. Take care to blot off most of the balm before coloring in; these NARS pencils are sooo buttery that without a dry base they would slide off before they set properly. 

Lodhi is described as a vivid coral. It's an interesting shade, because it looks different on everyone! If you're dark (NC40 up), I noticed that this leans towards orange. If you're lighter, it looks more pink. On me it's a pinky-coral - perfect! I feel this suits most skintones as it adjusts due to the bluish base (undetectable but it shows at closeups).

 

Het Loo is a cognac. Dark, rich, and not a very common color to wear in Asia. We love the pinks, corals, plums, red here, but not so much deep browns. It's a seasonal color, but if you're very dark then this would be a nice nude lip.

Hyde Park is described as a cardinal red. To me it looks like a deep berry red. I didn't like it all that much at first, but the color grew on me! It's chic and I think, not all that trendy which Lodhi is. Trendy lip colors are nice to have, don't get me wrong, but you also want classic colors that would still be relevant decades from now - that would be Hyde Park.

It's worth mentioning too that this product has absolutely no smell and no taste! The lasting power is ace. The color is solid for about 4 hours if you just drink minimally and don't eat, and they leave a nice matte stain afterwards. In fact you might want to blot off the top satiny layer immediately upon application to get a matte finish! If that's what you're feeling for the day.

I wish that the pencils twist up instead of being literal pencils. I feel like I'm wasting precious (expensive!) product whenever I sharpen them. But oh well. Let's just wish that NARS would consider repackaging their lip pencils in the future. I do like that I get a more precise application due to the shape of the tip. For pigmented lipsticks like this, it's better to have all the control you can get short of using a brush.

You can buy a sharpener from NARS but I think it's quite expensive for, well, a sharpener. I found one from Too Cool For School for like P50. :P

Box

Overall, while the NARS Satin Lip Pencil is quite expensive and not very economical to use, I love the colors, texture, and lasting power. Lodhi is my favorite (a personal purchase) so I would recommend that to pretty much anyone. :P If you're into hot pinks, Yu is perfect!  

Get it, "yu" is perfect? Whatever haha. What do you think, is this worth the splurge?

You can purchase NARS at Rustan's Beauty Source

Reader Comments (24)

3 things:
1. It's finally lipstick week!!! Please extend it to lipstick month? Pretty please?
2. Lodhi looks asdfghjkl on you!! It screams "summer" without being overly bright, on the other hand, Het loo looks very sophisticated and grown up!!
3. I'm in love with Hyde Park. I've been looking for a shade like that since forever; it's something that Anne Hathaway would wear with a bare face, clean brows and eyes, and blush, exactly how you wore it. I love it!!

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaulina

This lipstick week is so timely! I am considering buying a lipstick or a pigmented lipstick/balm hybrid soon instead of my usual tinted lip balms. I think of it as leveling up. Hehe. Looking forward to future posts! Btw Ms. Liz what eyeshadows did you use sa photo with Het Loo?

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAubrey

Wow I love love love Lodhi and Hyde Park! Both colors, IMHO, are great for everyday and fit any occasion!

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKris

Oh my the Lodhi shade is divine!!! Coral is my go-to color and this got me excited to try it. Looks good on you too! :)

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbby S.

Yay for lipstick week! I love Nars period. I think its a brand that is pretty on point with its products. I love Lodhi and Hyde Park on you. If I am to splurge, Id probably get their velvet matte lip pencils ( Red Square, Dragon Girl or Never Say Never).

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterManilaJen

I soooooooooo love Lodhi . Its a really must haves:)

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersammy

I love lipstick week! lodhi suits you really well. Fresh na fresh! But for me I like Het loo the most! But ahh I wanna have them all. Here's how I put it : pa-sweet, pa-normal, and pa-fierce!

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterranne

YAAAAAY! Lipstick Week on Project Vanity! I love Het Loo on you. I don't have any NARS SLP but I've seen quite a few raves about it. I only have Velvet Matte Lip Pencils but their formula is equally praise-worthy. I'm assuming the Velvet Gloss ones are also worth a try.

BTW, where did you get that container in the banner? Seems like a great dumping place for my lipsticks that broke off the base.

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeauty by Tellie

Among the three, Lodhi looks best on you! ;)

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDane

YAY LIPSTICK WEEK! :) Also, fricken awesome product to start with. I've been eyeing these since the first PR releases went around. LOL I have to wait until December to get them, though. ;_; I'm so in love with Lodhi!

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarina

I love Lodhi! It looks great on you! I only have one NARS product which is the velvet matte lip pencil in Dolce Vita. I love how it feels buttery when applied on the lips. The staying power is not that great but I don't mind retouching every two hours. If this product feels quite the same, I might venture a visit to Rustan's soon. :)

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShev

Lodhi looks sooooo nice on you!! Pang-donya! Haha I didn't realized the huge markup NARS has in the country though! :o

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRomila Marie

It's lipstick week! YAAAAAY! <3 Among the three, I like Lodhi the most! It's just AWESOME. OMG I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!! I need to have that on my makeup kit!!

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanelle

Hooray for lipstick week! I love Lodhi's color! It looks perfect for you! I wish I could splurge on this one. Maybe someday! Still, I love my current lipstick. I bought Revlon's Pink in the Afternoon based on your recommendation!

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNina

Lodhi and Hyde Park are just ❤! :)

June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenine

Ugh, darn you NARS, why do you have to be so tempting!

They have lovely, lovely lip pencils, and the only reason I don't bite is because you need to sharpen them (I shudder thinking of how much the shavings cost).

The other product lines are also wonderful, like their matte lipsticks (try Vesuvius, it's absolutely divine).

June 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commentershasta

I've been in love with lipsticks too since I was a child. :) I like Lodhi! It looks good. :)

June 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRizza

wow it looks good on you, perfect yun Het Loo and Lodgi.:)

June 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterohms

i love lipsticks too! hurrah for lipstick week! Nars, oh Nars...i've been wanting to buy them, and im in love with their matte lipsticks! But these lip pencils are great too. i love the lohdi shade, it looks subtle yet very appealing. it looks good on you Ms.Liz. I hope you could also do a feature on Revlon lipsticks, specially the Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipsticks. Its a great variant they have. More power! xoxo <3

June 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterconconichi

Lodhi looks so beautiful on you!

June 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShari M.

Lodhi looks so pretty! This should have been my summer lip color! It's such a pretty pink-coral! I can imagine wearing just that (maybe with my waterline lined with a champagne liner to make my eyes look brighter) with a plain white shirt,denim shorts and coral ballet flats with my hair tied back. It looks so fresh and young!

June 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPau G

I like Het Loo :) I only have one NARS lip pencil and its the Velvet Matte kind. I love that one and it seems like the Satin ones are winners too! I'm only assuming the Velvet Gloss ones are equally great!

June 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeauty by Tellie

I adore lodhi! I also have luxembourg, those new pencils are amazing! hyde park looks like a colour I would like as well, great choices! :)

June 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterClaire

Even on close up your lips looks beautiful with lipstick on., no cracks and signs of dryness. I feel like in a dreamy mood when I feel beautiful and had a beautiful lipstick on my lips.

December 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMariannafernandez

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