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Nars Lip Pencils for Summer 2012: Nars Never Say Never and Buenos Aires

April 19, 2012

NARS has introduced two new lip pencils for Summer 2012. First, let’s look at NARS Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($24), a lavender rose designed to make us all true Beliebers in the power of color.

True to its name, Never Say Never has a matte finish yet seems to leave the lips feeling and looking creamy, without the drying quality that some mattes have. On Liz:

NARS Buenos Aires Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil ($24) has an entirely different texture–although it’s a pencil, there is a high-shine glossy look to this. I’ve been waiting forever for a good glossy nude pencil. This color can really add a touch of nude polish–it’s a quiet color that can be extraordinarily useful.

Unlike Nars Hopi which has a warm, almost golden cast, Buenos Aires is a true nude.

On Liz, you can see that the texture is quite glossy compared to Never Say Never:

Swatches of both Nars Never Say Never and Nars Buenos Aires:

Overall, Buenos Aires is an extremely useful glossy nude. Never Say Never is a strong, on-trend color designed to work perfectly with this year’s pop of color trend. If your look is otherwise neutral, you may need to wake up your lips with a touch of drama.  That pervasive orange that’s seems to be everywhere can pull really warm on some skin tones. The other on-trend shades are within the same family as Never Say Never — a fun hot-pink with a touch of lavender that fits well within the “C’mon, it’s summer, live a little” vibe.

In case you got the craving:

Nars provided Never Say Never and Buenos Aires to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review.

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  • baby in a corner April 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I totally thought of JB when I heard this lipgloss pencil name!

  • Michelle April 19, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    I prefer the Velvet Matte Lip Pencils better than they gloss. Never say never looks a lot like Damned.
    BTW, I loved Karate Kid

  • Esther April 20, 2012 at 12:25 am

    OMG I think I absolutely need the Never Say Never Lip Pencil!

  • bisbee April 20, 2012 at 5:04 am

    I got this and love it – I agree with Liz that it’s not as drying as other mattes.

    Also got the lipstick in Vendanges and the blush. Thought it was funny that I managed to pick 3 items from the collection that don’t go with each other at all! Love the blush – it’s one of those that looks scary in the case, but it’s beautiful with a light hand. I didn’t get the matte lipstick that Liz is wearing with it, so I paired it today with a sheer warm red lipstick – I think it’s Laura Mercier.

    I do like the lipstick – it is easy to wear – but as far as a sheer plum or wine, I think I like the new Armani sheer lipstick better. I’ve got a similar shade in some of the “purple” colors I got (I think I bought 3 of them!), and it’s a bit more moisturizing and shiny. I highly recommend the new Armani sheers!

  • Nina April 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Nars is showing such unusual yet wearable colors – and Liz makes everything look so intriguing! Could you please do a post on Liz’s skincare?

    • Amy April 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      Good idea, Nina–we have a lot in our review queue but should do something in the future! Best, Amy