Jan 202014

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NARS has introduced an extensive collection for Spring 2014. Part of this is the Final Cut collection, which includes four satin lip pencils–Stourhead, Villa Lante, Descanso, and Torres del Paine ($25 each). The satin formula leaves a glowy finish, with more shine than a matte but not as much as a gloss. These are all nicely pigmented, and applied evenly and smoothy. These are available February 1, 2014 at Nordstrom and beginning March 1, 2014 at NARS boutiques, and on narscosmetics.com.

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As with all NARS satin pencils, these are encased in black wood and come with tenacious little black caps.

Stourhead is a light cool pink, called a “pale lavender pink”

Villa Lante is a medium bright fresh pink, called a “cherry blossom pink”

Torres des Plaine is a bright peach coral

Descanso is “tea rose,” in my view a grayed-down soft peachy terracotta


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Another set:

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Although some of these seemed right for Spring and Summer, we found some were lovely for year-round wear.

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Surprisingly, Descanto was a favorite for Liz and I. We loved its sophisticated tone that made it appropriate for our coloring for almost every occasion.

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Descanso on Liz:

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Torres del Paine is slightly brighter and with a flush of red throughout the subdued color.

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Torres del Paine on Liz:

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Villa Lante won our hearts as a beautiful medium pink:

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Villa Lante on Liz:

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Stourhead is perhaps the most unusual of the set.  The light lavendar is fresh and fun, but won’t be for everyone or every occassion.

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Stourhead–as a pastel color– tended to be a little difficult because of its light tone.

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Overall, we were really pleased with this fresh set of pencils. Our favorites were Descanso and Villa Lante.  These pencils–Stourhead, Villa Lante, Descanso, and Torres del Paine are available February 1, 2014 at Nordstrom and beginning March 1, 2014 at NARS boutiques, and on narscosmetics.com.

Nars Cosmetics sent these pencils to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review. This post contains affiliate links (for more information, see About Cafe Makeup)


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  8 Responses to “Nars Final Cut Lip Pencils Review and Swatches: Stourhead, Villa Lante, Descanso, Torres del Paine”

  1. I’m sayin’ I’ll get along really well with Descanso and Torres del Paine! Both of them look like something I’d really, really enjoy 😉

  2. Will you be reviewing the Final Cut blushes? I hope so as I really need to see them “on cheek” to make my decision. Btw, I love your blog!

  3. Oh gosh they are all so pretty! I think I may have to pick up one or two

  4. Do these dry out your lips? I love all the shades except stourhead…they are so lovely!!

    • Not mine, but I find that this factor is very much climate and person-dependent. I only really have a problem with some mattes in various lines. The Nars satin formula has never been a problem for me.

  5. Hi Amy, thanks so much for your review! I ended up buying Descanso after reading your review & reviews from other blogs. I was wondering, do the Satin Lip Pencils tend to settle in your lip lines? Unfortunately on me, the first time, I applied it over a bare lip, and it really emphasized and settled in my lip lines. Later today, I applied lip balm first, and that seemed to help things, but it’s still settling in my lip lines a bit. I’ve only had this happen with Burberry Lip Covers, but do not have this issue with other lip products. Would love any tips or advice you might have on how to avoid this issue!


    • Carolyn, I don’t have this issue with these pencils. I haven’t used a primer with these, but you might try one (Bite, MAC, etc. make nice primers).

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