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.
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
Although some of these seemed right for Spring and Summer, we found some were lovely for year-round wear.
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.
Descanso on Liz:
Torres del Paine is slightly brighter and with a flush of red throughout the subdued color.
Torres del Paine on Liz:
Villa Lante won our hearts as a beautiful medium pink:
Villa Lante on Liz:
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.
Stourhead–as a pastel color– tended to be a little difficult because of its light tone.
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.
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