Friday, September 27, 2013

"Fall"ing for Nars Lip Pencils

Nars Dragon Girl and Palais Royal
Left: Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl  |  Right: Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Palais Royal
For me, fall beauty means dark, moody lips. And red. Lots of red lips. Sure, I might dabble in the occasional darkish eye look with a minimalistic lip, but for the most part, I'm all for doing up the lips. When the weather gets colder, I don't want to get out out of bed, let alone spend a lot of time doing my makeup. This is where bold lips and I really get along. When wearing a bold lip, it is typically expected that you keep the rest of the look simple, resulting in extra snooze time.

For some time, I have been oogling the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils. It was just a matter of which color to get my creepy, little hands on. Then, as it got closer to fall, I decided it was time for a new red lipstick. And when it comes to red lipsticks, they have to be matte for me. I'm just not a fan of a shiny, red lip. So, after swatching Nars Dragon Girl,  I decided it was the one. The formula of this is just lovely. It glides on really smooth and the pencil shape eliminates the need for a lip liner. This sits nicely on the lips, not highlighting dry areas, which is a big plus for me. There's few things I hate more than having my lipstick settle into my dry, cracked lip patches. Well... ok, serial killers, maybe. And rude drivers. Well, you get the idea. Anyway, this also has some awesome lasting power. I have issues with my lipstick lasting longer than 30 minutes, but this lasts hours without budging. I have a feeling this might even replace my Mac reds :)
Nars Dragon Girl on Lips
Nars Dragon Girl on the Lips
Next up, the other Nars lip Pencil I purchased (and also the darkest lip color I own), Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Palais Royal. I think this actually might look a tad darker in person, but not too much. This would be described as a dark berry, plummy red (sangria). I can't say I like this as much as Dragon Girl, just because I really prefer a matte lip. This glides on really smoothly and feels light and dewy. It actually looks/feels a bit glossy when first applied, but after about 20 minutes, that initial glossiness wears off and you're left with more of a satin finish. This wears off nicely, as it leaves a bit of a stain behind, so it doesn't look uneven. It seems to highlight my dry patches more than Dragon Girl, but not too badly.

Nars Palais Royal on Lips
Nars Palais Royal on the Lips
Overall, I am extremely pleased with the Nars Lip Pencils. I think given the quality, they are a pretty decent value at $25. I like that they eliminate the need for a lip liner, and they are super easy to apply. My other red lipsticks need an accompanying liner to look their best. I also love the sleek packaging of these. They're skinny and they save much needed space in my bag. The only thing that I don't enjoy about these is that you have to sharpen them. No, they do not come with a sharpener. You either have to buy the one from Nars, or just hope that the one you have at home is the right size. I wish they would have just made these with the twisty end. I'm not a fan of sharpening things, hence, why I always used mechanical pencils in school. Regardless of the packaging, I am loving these two products for fall. I can't wait to try a few more of their beautiful colors!

My lips are ready for fall. Are yours? What are your favorite fall beauty looks?


  1. These sound like a dream. I love Nars products and have not tried their lipsticks yet. Thanks for sharing this post and you have a lovely blog!

    New follower here and looking forward to more. Have a great weekend!

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  2. They are really lovely huh? I've been meaning to buy a couple of these.. they seem like an easy alternative to some lippie :)

  3. Thanks, doll! You should definitely check these out! They have a few more colors I'm dying to try :) heading over to your blog now!

  4. I really want to try the wine colored one! It looked great on you

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  5. This is beautiful, you're so right about red for autumn. I love a good berry lip tho. Dragon Girl looks absolutely fab on you x

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  6. Thanks! You should give it a try! I think it's a great choice for fall :)

  7. ooh, i love both of them on you, although i think i also like 'dragon girl' just a tiny bit better :)


  8. Cute blog, I just found it via the collective blog hop! You have a great style, I love the plaid shirt for fall, very cute.

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