For Christmas last year, my husband gave me the NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret (another post, another day), a collection of NARS matte and satin lip pencils. It was my first time trying any of the NARS lip pencils. At the time I was lip pencil crazy and needed to try all of them, so it was a good starter set. While the mattes in that collection were very drying on me, I fell in love with the satin pencils. On our trip to Vegas in February I had to hit up a real live Sephora store (my town only has the dinky JCPenney version) and the NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Hyde Park ended up being one of the treasures I brought home with me.
The NARS Satin Lip Pencil shades are all named after parks and gardens around the world. Hyde Park is available for $26 and unlike the majority of the lip pencils I own, it requires sharpening. This is kind of a pain, especially since I don’t really like to carry a sharpener around with me because they can make such a mess inside my makeup bag. The good news is that this formula is extra long-lasting, so I don’t have to apply it constantly throughout the day. One sharpening before I head out the door is sufficient. This particular shade is described as a “cardinal red”. I feel this color is pretty neutral for a red as it doesn’t really read warm or cool on my skin tone, which would probably make it wearable for most complexions. This shade is not as opaque as the other satins I’ve tried, but I am totally okay with that. I can build it to make it less sheer. The formula is hydrating on the lips, so I don’t really feel a need to apply a balm first. Once it begins to fade, it does leave a stain.
Here’s how it looks:
I don’t really have strong feelings about this pencil. I like it, but I don’t love it. Once again, that dim Sephora lighting had me fooled, so I was expecting it to be more of a dark, rosy pink. I’m impressed with how long it stays on my lips without having to be retouched, but staining is usually a deal breaker for me unless it’s a color I really love. Overall, it’s a decent product, but I probably won’t be very jazzed about the color until fall arrives. A different shade that doesn’t stain will likely be more up my alley, so I’ll keep hunting.