Mar 202013
 

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Nars Satin Lip Pencils ($25) each are just being released. Our overview of all shades and the formula is here. This is part of a series of posts that looks at all shades on lips. At the close, we’ll do a wrap up post of all shades again for this 13-pencil release. Here, Nars Golshan is a spiced wine color that is a deep browned red.

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This is a dark creamy red should look gorgeous with deep navy, dark greens, and of course blacks.

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 Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Golshan on Liz:

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These are available at Nars online website, Nars boutiques, Nordstrom.comSephora.com, and other Nars retailers.

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Mar 192013
 

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Nars Satin Lip Pencils ($25) each are just being released. Our overview of all shades and the formula is here. This is part of a series of posts that looks at all shades on lips. At the close, we’ll do a wrap up post of all shades again for this 13-pencil release. Here, Nars Rikugien is a cool woody rose tone that has admirable complexity.

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 If you look closely, you’ll see a bit of subtle shimmer on Nars Rikugien:

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 Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien on Liz:

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I can already tell that Rikugien will be one of my favorites. These are available at Nars online website, Nars boutiques, Nordstrom.comSephora.com, and other Nars retailers.

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Mar 192013
 

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Nars Satin Lip Pencils ($25) each are just being released. Our overview of all shades and the formula is here. This is part of a series of posts that looks at all shades on lips. At the close, we’ll do a wrap up post of all shades again for this 13-pencil release. Here, Nars Biscayne Park is a soft deep nude with a touch of pink that should work for both warm and cool tones.

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Nars calls Biscayne Park a “pink guava.” We found that this is a soft sandy beige. It’s a soft office-friendly or woman-next-door shade, certainly something that could go into your bag because it is going to work with a wide variety of makeup looks.

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 Nars Biscayne Park on Liz:

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Did we mention that there are several nudes and neutrals in this new Nars Satin Lip Pencil line? I think you can see that this is the case. It would be a little difficult to imagine that one could not find “your nude” among them.

These are available at Nars online website, Nars boutiques, Nordstrom.comSephora.com, and other Nars retailers.

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Mar 192013
 

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Nars Satin Lip Pencils ($25) each are just being released. Our overview of all shades and the formula is here. This is part of a series of posts that looks at all shades on lips. At the close, we’ll do a wrap up post of all shades again for this 13-pencil release. Here, Nars Lodki is a crowd-pleasing coral that is very easy to wear.

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 Nars calls this a “vibrant coral.” We found that it is a pretty, brightening shade.

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Nars Lodhi on Liz:

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These are available at Nars online website, Nars boutiques, Nordstrom.comSephora.com, and other Nars retailers.

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Mar 192013
 

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Nars Satin Lip Pencils ($25) each are just being released. Our overview of all shades and the formula is here. This is part of a series of posts that looks at all shades on lips. At the close, we’ll do a wrap up post of all shades again for this 13-pencil release. Here, Isola Bella is a peach beige that has enough brown to hold its own on some cooler skin tones. Of course, peach is an easy choice for warm skin tones as well.

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Nars Iso Bella is on the deeper-toned side of the nude scale:

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 Nars Isola Bella on Liz:

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These are available at Nars online website, Nars boutiques, Nordstrom.comSephora.com, and other Nars retailers.

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Nars Floralies Satin Lip Pencil Review

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Mar 192013
 

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 Nars Satin Lip Pencils ($25) each are just being released. Our overview of all shades and the formula is here. This is part of a series of posts that looks at all shades on lips. At the close, we’ll do a wrap up post of all shades again for this 13-pencil release. Here, Floralies is a light apricot, which we found quite warm on our warm-toned skin.

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This is the type of nude that goes well with a smoky eye–it’s not quite the same as a skin-tone color. There’s just enough color separation to keep the tone from looking like concealer on the lips.

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Here is Nars Floralies on Liz:

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These are available at Nars online website, Nars boutiques, Nordstrom.comSephora.com, and other Nars retailers.

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Nars Satin Lip Pencil Het Loo Review

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Mar 192013
 

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Nars Satin Lip Pencils ($25) each are just being released. Our overview of all shades and the formula is here. This is part of a series of posts that looks at all shades on lips. At the close, we’ll do a wrap up post of all shades again for this 13-pencil release. Here, Het Loo is a browned cherry nude, which Nars quite accurately calls “cognac.”

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On Liz:

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These are available at Nars online website, Nars boutiques, Nordstrom.comSephora.com, and other Nars retailers.

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Mar 172013
 

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Nars Satin Lip Pencils ($25) are part of another winning launch. Just released on Nars online and Nars boutiques (New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco). These have also appeared on Nordstrom.com, and will soon be in stores and makeup counters everywhere.

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Like Nars Velvet Matte and Nars Velvet Shine pencils, these are chubby sticks that apply with rich color. Named for beautiful parks from around the world, the thirteen colors are:

Het Loo:  cognac

Floralies: light apricot

Isola Bella: peach beige

Lodhi: vibrant coral

Biscayne Park: pink guava

Rikugien: rose pink

Golshan: spiced wine

Majella:  garnet

Luxembourg: vivid watermelon

Hyde Park: cardinal red

Palais Royal: sangria

Yu:  shocking pink

Jardin des Plantes: fuchsia (this color available at Nars boutiques and Nars online only)

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We found that the line has a nice selection of nudes and neutrals, but enough brights to keep us happy. We’re working our way through the testing, and we’ll have more complete reviews throughout the next few days. These work with the standard Nars sharpener, or any other sharpener that accommodates a larger pencil.

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 Here are some quick swatches in different lighting (click to enlarge):

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Although we’re still playing, so far our “must have” picks are Lodhi, Majella, Luxenbourg, and Yu. These feel moisturizing on first application for the first several minutes. As you can see, these have plenty of rich, beautiful color.

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Compared to other Nars lip pencil releases, the Nars Satin Lip Pencils did not have any scent or taste. One more swatch set:

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We’ll get some lip images up soon, so that you can see the texture as applied. As you might expect from the name, these have a satin texture (rather than glossy or matte, as with the other Nars chubby pencil lines). Click to enlarge:

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These are available online at Nars online and Nars boutiques, Nordstrom.com and other stores.

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Jul 232012
 

Nars has released four (4) new lip product for Fall 2012, all in shades that mesh beautifully with the rest of the collection:

  • More Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil ($24), a honey-brown glossy pencil
  • Autumn Leaves Lipstick ($24): A golden warm sheer lipstick
  • Amsterdam Pure Matte lipstick ($25), a deep brick-red matte pigmented lipstick
  • Rouge Tribal Larger than Life Lipgloss ($26), a deep ruby-jewel, high-shine gloss with sparkles
Here are swathes of all four:
NARS Autumn Leaves lipstick looks red and shimmery in the tube, but applies with a strong golden tone:
Here’s Nars Autumn Leaves on Liz:
More Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil is a soft honey brown:
Close up:
Here is a comparison with Nars Velvet Gloss Pencils in More, Burenos Aires and Hopi:
Here is the deep matte Amsterdam Velvet Lipstick:
Here is a comparison with some other deep reds. First, Nars Amsterdam and Nars 413 Bleecker. Then Chanel Rouge Coco lipsticks in Rivoli and Vendome:
Nars Rouge Tribal Larger than Life Lipgloss is an amazingly dramatic jewel. Not for the color-shy, this color is absolutely gorgeous for a dramatic impression:
Another:
Overall, NARS has some dramatic and unusual shades in its Fall 2012 collection. Overall, each of the colors is dramatic and works with the overall deconstructed theme of the collection.
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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:

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