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.
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.
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.