Apr 192012

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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  6 Responses to “Nars Lip Pencils for Summer 2012: Nars Never Say Never and Buenos Aires”

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

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

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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?

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