Lip pencils are all the craze now and I would happily say that I love this craze. The idea of taking a lip product and modelling it into a fat crayon is somehow incredibly adorable to me (yet I do not own the pioneer Chubby Sticks, odd?).
While the lazy me would prefer if all lip pencils came in a twist-up form so we would not have to fuss with sharpening, I am so impressed and in love with the NARS ones that, NARS, I shall forgive you this time.
Ha, well who am I to forgive NARS but truthfully the sharpening factor did hinder me a little from splurging on more of these lovely pencils. Out of the 12 shades, I managed to be good and only walked away with 2.
While several other shades are haunting me right now (Luxembourg, Isola Bella and Golshan, I am looking at you), I do believe I can go without them.
The two shades that I got, Majella and Yu, are a little more unique to my stash and are two rather strong / bold colors. As I am back to donning contacts for work days, I have no qualms with giving bold lips some love.
Majella — Garnet red
Yu — Shocking Pink
Yu is a shade that I would typically steer clear of due to my 'fear' with wearing pinks, especially bright blue-toned ones. Though now, with a new (hair) do, I am determined to try and conquer that spectrum.
After all, I had eased my way into red lips and grown rather comfortable with it now so why not stark, bright pinks. Yes?
Here's a hand swatch of the pencils!
The formula of these Satin Lip Pencils are a dream.
The minute I swatched them on the back of my hand, I knew it was going to be quite a struggle to just settle for 2.
The Satin Lip Pencils swatch with intense pigmentation coupled with an incredible glide on the lips. They leave, as the name goes, a satin-like finish and a soft stain for the deeper / brighter shades.
It appears rather glossy in the close-up due to the camera flash but while a slight sheen is evident, I would not classify them as glossy.
— Majella —
Majella was love at first swatch.
While an intense red, it isn't too bright and has an interesting depth to the shade. It is incredibly pigmented and dressy when worn in full pigmentation but I like it best worn as a stain.
In fact, I wore it as a stain (while it slowly faded out on its own) in the hair makeover entry!
I have since worn this shade endlessly to work and tote it around in my makeup pouch for touch ups (as these do not entirely survive a meal).
— Yu —
Yu requires a little more effort to wear just because I am getting used to seeing myself in this tone of pink, or rather in pink in general!
Though Yu is a beautiful purple-pink. striking enough yet not as stark as I had imagined it to be, which is a yay to me if you were wondering.
On me, while the theoretically correct term is blue-toned, it tends to lean a little purple and give off a slight plum edge amidst the bright pink.
I have also picked up NARS's Schiap Lipstick, a shade that many have compared Yu to. Though that little comparison would be up in Schiap's post to come!
These pencils are retailing at S$37 each and definitely worth every bit of it given the intensity and amount of product. I doubt I would ever finish a whole lip pencil but we'll see!
If brights aren't your thing, the neutrals are worth a look too! The formula on those are just as lovely.
Thanks for reading!