Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Satin Pigmentation is a Walk in the Park with NARS New Satin Lip Pencil in Luxembourg

NARS Lip Pencils are incredible. I have a Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in the shade Bolero that I absolutely adore beneath gloss during the summer months, and a Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Mexican Rose that is simply perfection. The recent release of new Satin Lip Pencils from the brand was met with much excitement, and for good reason. The range of incredibly pigmented shades is not only intended to be hydrating but also long lasting, a combination I previously would have called an oxymoron that seems to be cropping up throughout the beauty world this season.

NARS explains that their latest Lip Pencil release: "dresses up lips in statement shades that seduce with rich, color-bright pigments, while drenching them in decadent moisture. This modern, long-wearing, vitamin-enriched formula for lips looks sumptuously saturated and dramatically defined." Named after parks and gardens around the globe, the shades range from a whisper of apricot or guava to deep plum and raspberry hues. 

Apparently an old dog can be taught new tricks, because this former "never bright" (Arrested Development reference, anyone?) has been gravitating to bright lipstick shades this season. If you've been reading Getting Cheeky for some time you'll be aware of the fact that I'm a sucker for product names that resonate with me. The shade Luxembourg immediately captured my attention. To begin with, the incredibly vivid neon watermelon is a beautiful shade, but the Lip Pencil's namesake—le Jardin de Luxembourg in Paris—is one of my favorite places on earth. 

Immediately upon application I was reminded of Tarte's Glamazon Pure Performance 12 Hour Lipstick, an excellent sign as Tarte's formula is incredible and my holy grail lipstick formula (review here). NARS Satin Lip Pencils are incredibly pigmented. When I apply the pencil directly to my lips I find the formula so pigmented and so emollient that it's somewhat difficult to apply the shade neatly. To combat this averse affect of otherwise excellent attributes, I draw Luxembourg toward the center of my upper and lower lip and use a lip brush to spread the product carefully around the outer line of my pout. When Luxembourg is on, it stays on for hours (five without eating or drinking in my experience). And the best part? As the shade fades and wears away it leaves behind an incredibly beautiful, vivid pink stain. 

I have many photographs of le Jardin de Luxembourg as I spend as much time there as I possibly can while in Paris, but I wanted to select one that displays the beautiful pink flowers that often festoon the central area of the park near la Fontaine M├ędicis (lower left corner of the photograph). These blooms seem to be the inspiration for the neon pink shade of the NARS lip product I've come to adore, and I cannot help but think of le Jardin's blooms on a hot summer day each time I apply the Satin Lip pencil. I would have selected a photo featuring more of the flower and less of the sky, but unfortunately on the particular day that I chose to photograph them an angry man on his cell phone seems omnipresent near the flowers.

NARS Luxembourg Satin Lip Pencil is a fast favorite that I will return to time and time again as the weather heats up. I love the pigmentation and texture of the product, the way it lasts and most importantly how smooth it feels on my lips. Tarte's Glamazon Pure Performance 12 Hour Lipstick has a serious competitor for my affections! 

Have you tried the new NARS Satin Lip Pencil range? Which shade is your favorite? I'm already considering a few more!