Review: NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Baroque

By Voxy  

Sticking with the crayon theme, here is a lovely item from NARS’ Spring 2011 collection. And ha! NARS, at least, was smart enough to know that people are going to call them crayons — the title of their webpage for the product is “Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil Crayons.” Take note, other crayon-deniers.

I’m simultaneously intrigued and a little dubious about this product coming in crayon pencil form. Unlike the UD 24/7 shadow pencils, in which the delicious filling inside the Oreo cookie product inside the channel of the pencil was hard, the NARS pencil is much softer. Which is good for lips, really, but which (as Chaos pointed out to me when we were shopping) might make sharpening it difficult, tedious, and frustrating. Post-sharpening, I don’t want the bathroom to look like Igor conducted one of his experiments in there and didn’t quite collect all of the results.

So far, though, the texture has been fine and not milk chocolate melting in your hands messy. The extremely soft and melty texture of the pencil in-store was probably due to it sitting under the lights in Sephora for hours at a time. This is something you should be aware of if you shop there, by the way — results in-store, when creamy products have been basking in the glow of the display unit lights for a long time, can be different from results at home. Case in point: MUFE Aqua Creams. Even though I hated the first two I got, I picked up another one in a different color because I tried it in-store and it went on creamy and smooth as frosting. At home? Not so much. I suppose I could always get one of the cats to lie on the container and warm it up for me. Since they apparently think any new thing in the environment must be slept on, I could at least get some benefit from that. I also may have to update this post when July rolls around and everything melts in my purse.

These are products you will definitely want to swatch in-store before buying. The colors all look like they’re the same intensity in the tube (can I use that term to describe a crayon pencil?) but they vary a lot in color and sheerness when you actually use them. This was not the shade I had anticipated picking up when I walked into the store, but it turns out that the shade I wanted looked terrible on my pink-toned skin. Most of you will probably have better results.

In terms of wearlength, they’re pretty standard: a few hours, max. I bet that I actually apply less of this product than I do of a gloss in a tube with a doe-foot applicator, though, because it’s hard to tell exactly how much you’ve got on. It doesn’t build up into a thick sticky layer of product, which will definitely appeal to those of you who hate your hair flying around and getting stuck in your lip gloss. (You know who you are.) The crayons have no taste, but they do have a bit of a waxy smell. You only really notice this if you stick the thing up your nose, which according to four-year-olds seems to be the proper thing to do with crayons. (I do not advocate this. Please do not sue me.)


Naked lip:

Lip with NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Baroque:

Five other colors are available; see website for details. I seem to be hungry, as evidenced by the number of food metaphors I had to strike out of this post, so I’m going to go get lunch.


NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Baroque: $24

Provenance: Purchased.

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Poor to fair. I had to really think about it a lot before buying.

Purchase again? Maybe. I like its convenience — easy to sweep on in seconds without a mirror for a nice raspberry lip. The jury is still out on how the formula will hold out over time, especially as the seasons change.

(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)

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  1. avatar chaosbydesign
    Posted April 5, 2011 at 11:40 am | Permalink | Reply

    I bought a couple of these (New Lover and Club Mix) at the weekend and I *love* them. New Lover is the most wearable of the two shades I have, and I find it lasts quite well on me. I’m still not convinced that they will sharpen well, though. I have a couple of the NARS lipstick pencils (which I also love) and you have to be careful when sharpening those not to squash the product into the sharpener.


  2. avatar AmmieM
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 10:34 am | Permalink | Reply

    I haven’t used this particular color, but I have used and liked Dolce Vita.


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