The NARS lip pencils have always intrigued me, and Krysty’s review of the Satin Lip Pencil in Sex Machine convinced me to finally go ahead and check them out. I was originally set on getting that, but I went with my gut instinct that told me I wouldn’t like a cool blue pink on myself, so I looked for a different color.
The first one I got was a warm, deep brown with red undertones called Bahama. Here it is in action.
I rather like it, though it’s a bit too dark a brown than I prefer. I do love wearing it, though with fresh, clean eyes and strong brows, like in this look.
The Velvet Matte Lip Pencils glide on with an effortless smoothness, carefully coating each inch of lip with a beautiful opaque shade. I loved this so much, I decided to get myself another matte shade, this time in Dolce Vita, which is a deep pinky red.
Dolce Vita is really, really pretty, though. It’s a great shade to “practice wearing red” with, as it’s not too bright or intense. It’s sort of a transition shade if you’re more used to wearing browns or muted shades.
At first glance, Bahama and Dolce Vita may not seem all that different from each other, but you can see from the lip swatches above and the hand swatches below that the difference is quite significant, as is the resulting effect.
One of the only downsides to this is that you have to sharpen them, whereas it’s more efficient to have it in a retractable pencil type, like the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains.
Still, though, that’s not a lot to mope about. I just don’t sharpen them to a point. I dropped Bahama and broke of the tip. I sharpened it just until a bit of product peeked through. Still works, still capable of coloring within the lines.
I just used a NYX sharpener, if you were wondering. I know people say you should buy the sharpener of the same brand, but frankly, I can’t justify that purchase when this one works just as well.
This is a really good product if you’re looking for a matte lip, but don’t want to deal with the tugging issues of some matte lipsticks. The finish is very matte, but the application process is a breeze!
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