Oh, I do love a Nars product. As do many of my readers I suspect, as my review posts for these products always seem to be well-read. This may be, however, because these products are high end and the commitment to buying one takes a bit more consideration and, dare I say it, research, than your average under-a-fiver beauty buy. I know that when I hear about a new high-end product I want to try, I get on Google’s image search and look at every picture of every person alive who’s ever worn it before me like some kind of creepy makeup stalker… However, you definitely end up more confused than when you started and my caveat for all of these reviews is you’re never going to know what it looks like on you until you try, but at least I can tell you if the texture’s rubbish 😉
So, another day, another red lipstick review. I hope I’m not boring my regular readers to tears with what must be the 50th one of these, but I just can’t convince myself I have enough red lipsticks in my life yet (surely nearly 20 isn’t enough?). You’d be forgiven for thinking I just really enjoy taking pictures of my face… But actually, taking photos for these posts is one of my least favourite things, but what’s the use in a make-up review if you can’t see what the person’s talking about? So I’m afraid we’re all stuck with my face until I think of a better way to demonstrate this…
The colour above is fairly accurate, but I’d say it looks a touch darker in real life. It’s more on the deep crimson side than the bright red. It also definitely has a cooler tone to it than a lot of my reds.
I really love these Nars pencils and I do recommend anyone who can try them to give one a go, even if not this particular colour, and here’s some of the reasons why…
- The most beautiful matte texture that is nowhere near as drying as the likes of Mac – these pencils probably have my favourite matte finish out of every lip product that I own
- Easy to apply precisely as it’s a pencil – I can’t overstate this; I hate faffing with lip brushes!
- I can get away without needing lip liner because of the two above points; this hugely pleases me
- Stunning colour I haven’t found reproduced in other products (yet!) – all of the pencils I have fit this description, in fact
- Fairly long staying power (but will need touch up after meals)
- Expensive! This is the biggest downside by a long way
- As with any pencil, there’s product waste when you sharpen, particularly if you don’t use Nars’ official sharpener (ain’t nobody got money for that)
- This particular shade is limited edition (although still on sale everywhere from what I can see), so there’s a risk in getting too attached to it (but then, isn’t there with any cosmetic product? The shampoo I’ve been using daily since I was 18 has just been discontinued! I’m not over it.)
- There’s no real way to wear it ‘toned down’ it’s full, bright, high impact colour or nothing… I mean, that’s what I bought it for, but don’t buy it if you want to use it as a stain too
Next in this series is probably going to be Besame’s Red Hot Red lipstick… I’m nowhere near done with these reviews! As amazing as this will probably sound, while I have several reds I really love (at least three of them are Nars in fact), none of them are my holy grail classic red yet. They lean too orange, blue, dark, light… Maybe such a thing doesn’t exist? Has anyone else found THE red for them?