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How I Lost My NARS New Lover Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

February 10, 2011



NARS has just released six beautiful shades of Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils ($24 each), including one in New Lover. This shade is a deep rose with a touch of coral and gold shimmer, and it is absolutely beautiful when applied.  When this arrived, I was intrigued to find that this beautiful deep color was highly wearable, unique and flattering.  I did not suspect that I would own it for so short a time…

These chubby pencils come with a glossy center product that seems to take on a life of its own when applied to the lips. We don’t use a pencil, direct is best.

Nars New Lover and Boy 3

Most stores that carry NARS will sell this dual sharpener ($6), shown here closed (left) and open (on the right).   Sephora’s version ($3) works too:

When Liz and I started playing with New Lover, we both fell in love with it.  It gives very flattering color to the lips, in a word it looks expensive.  Gorgeous.  Of course, Liz persuaded me that New Lover really needed to go back to college with her when she leaves again.  And that is how I lost my NARS New Lover pencil.

Below, Liz is wearing New Lover with no lipliner, base or topcoat.  All you see on the lips is the New Lover pencil.

NARS New Lover alone

I found that New Lover is very soft and glossy for a pencil.  It doesn’t have the creaminess of a lipstick, and so those with liplines or roughness may wish to exfoliate before application.  The texture of the product seems to cling a little closer to the skin than a typical gloss or lipstick, so every imperfection can show.  Close up of NARS New Lover (again, no lipliner, base or gloss).  It’s remarkably glossy, and you can see the gold shimmer throughout:

We decided to see how NARS New Lover would look topped with Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine in Boy, just to play at little bit.  Liz dabbed some on, without bothering to use a mirror.

As I said in my earlier review, Boy is a very easy-t0-use lipstick.

Here is the final effect, with NARS New Lover topped with Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy.  The rest of Liz’s makeup breakdown is here.  Adding the Rouge Coco Shine seemed to smooth out the appearance, and make any small liplines melt a bit and pulled the color pink.

By the way, Liz’s tshirt is Alexander Wang and the necklace is from J. Crew.

I think I need to order a few more of the NARS pencils– maybe in duplicate.

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  • Martha February 10, 2011 at 8:51 am

    The color is lovely! You and TheBeautyLookBook really having me wanting these.

  • Gisele February 10, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Ah, daughters! Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose when it comes to the coveted makeup item.

    I purchased “New Lover” for my dear daughter, and it arrived the other day. She tried it, and handed it to me. Her lips have an orange undertone which did not bring out the best in this beautiful mix of shades. She also said that her lips are normally too dry to make this product work. An overall bust for her.

    Well, “New Lover” looks very nice on my lips, and I arrive at a deeper more intense version of what “Boy” looks like on Liz, just without the elegant finish. It’s a winner for me. The berry pigment in my lips mutes the gold shimmer which looks very obvious on the lips of my daughter.

    I know that you are still without your “New Lover.” Yes, we all need one! “Baroque” is on its way to me. This product has a very “girlish/womanly” appeal so it works for both the young and the less young.

  • katie February 10, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Amy, would you mind giving a breakdown on how you applied the Chanel Perlees to Liz’s eyes? i think the palette is beautiful but, not being very adept with eye shadows, i never quite know what to do with it! thank you so much! i love when you show make-up “looks”; very inspiring!!

    • Amy February 10, 2011 at 10:21 am

      Hi Katie–Liz does her makeup herself–I’ll have her reply when she’s back at her computer later this evening so check back for her breakdown.

    • Liz February 10, 2011 at 3:40 pm

      Hi Katie,

      Thank you! Here is the breakdown (maybe I will put a pic later on how I do it because I’ve gotten multiple q’s about this) ..

      In this look I used the pearly peach as a base on my whole eyelid. Then i put the tiniest bit of green on the outer 3/4 of my eyelid and blended that with the darkest pearly black on my crease (like a smokey eye). Finally, I put the pearly white on the inner corners of my eyes (including the inner corner of my bottom eye-lid ON TOP of my eyeliner) to make my eyes pop. I learned that trick when I got my makeup done at chanel and they used a fluid iridescent ombre d’eau instead. I have also used Shiseido’s hydro powder eye shadow in “Whitelights” and get a similar effect. Hope this helps! -Liz

      • katie February 10, 2011 at 8:16 pm

        Thanks so much Liz! I would love to see photos but this info is wonderful! I appreciate the help 🙂

      • katie February 10, 2011 at 8:25 pm

        Thanks so much Liz! I would love to see photo sometimes but this info is wonderful. I really appreciate it!

  • Larie February 10, 2011 at 9:56 am

    That looks so lovely! And the story is hilarious…reminds me of all the times I persuaded my mother to give up some of her earrings 🙂

  • Mar February 10, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Could you explain how you apply bronzer, please?

    • Liz February 10, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      Hi Mar,

      I typically start putting on bronzer on my forehead and move downward. I start with two points on my forehead (in the middle of my brown bone and scalp) where I want the light to hit. then i apply it downward on my temple and through my cheekbones like its a blush. This is where I apply bronzer most heavily but i always apply it all over. I use Chanel’s #6 powder brush ($52). Hope this helps! -liz

      • Mar February 11, 2011 at 2:04 am

        It helps, thank you. I am very pale and I like your look. You posts always help, thank you for your time.

  • Modesty Brown February 10, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    That looks lovely. No wonder Liz was keen to give it a new home! I’m not sure how these would work on my lips. They’re generally in good condition but I have been struggling with colouring bleeding in to lines, especially glosses. I wonder if these might go the same way. I need to make a NARS counter visit soon to look at the Spring collection. I’m make to swatch some of these whilst I’m there.
    Jane x

  • gabrielle February 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    could i request a whsts in Lizs makeup bag???? that would be LOVE!

    • Amy February 10, 2011 at 9:27 pm

      Sounds like a good idea, Gabrielle! We’ll work on it! In the meantime, here’s a post by Liz about some of the makeup things that she likes. Enjoy! 🙂

      • gabrielle February 10, 2011 at 9:33 pm

        thank you <3

  • Lucy February 10, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I would like to know how Liz did her eyeshadow as well, step by step.

    • Lucy February 10, 2011 at 6:17 pm

      Oh thank you Liz!

  • Nicolle February 10, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    I’m trying to be good this year and not buy as many lip glosses & lipstick but it’s not really working well w/Boy coming out and this new item. It’s looks so glossy and pretty! I’ll have to check these out!

    I have the opposite problem w/my mother – when she visits me, I’ll later notice that one make-up item is missing. When I go back home to see my parents, I’ll find it on her vanity! 🙂

  • Jenny April 14, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Hi! I have a question about Liz’s necklace. Is it the Martha necklace from J Crew? It’s beautiful! Love the lip color as well!

    • Amy April 14, 2011 at 8:52 am

      It’s called The Crystal Colletto and yes it’s from J Crew–hope this helps!