Product: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red
Rating: Walk of Shame Worthy
Shop It: Sephora
Up until last fall I was a red-lip virgin…unless we’re counting my dance recitals when I was five and looked like I was attending a casting call for Toddlers and Tiaras. However last August I was prepping for a friends wedding in Boston with all my friends with a little trip to drybar for blow outs when I decided, “hey, I really haven’t wasted any money today – I need red lipstick NOW.”
Enter!…not this lipstick. I went to MAC, we’ll do that review later. Instead, we’re starting easy with the NARS lip pencil. I won’t lie (not that I don’t love lying): I found this gem through Taylor Swift (although her choice is Dragon Girl).
Now most may think ‘so? Everyone loves Tay Tay’. Not me. Nope. Nuh-uh.
I won’t lie I used to spend car rides BELTING out the words to tracks from Speak Now with my friend (as well as creepily texting ‘I miss your tan skin and sweet smile’ to same friend) but then something weird happened. Taylor went all Professor Slughornesque and started ‘collecting’ celebrities as BFFs and being this aggressive, in your face ‘I’m sooo chill and cool and I don’t need a man and blahblahblah‘.
Bitch, chill. You’re not an underdog. You’re not some one that needs my pity so if I could stop hearing about your ‘heartbreak’ and your ‘struggles’ and how ‘music is art and art should be valued so since I’m super greedy I’m pulling all my music from Spotify even though I make cash money on tour‘.
I can almost hear the select few of you reading this stopping now since every one loves Taylor. Whoops.
But I digress (and could write an entire post on what is wrong with modern pop culture but we’ll get to that later), this lip pencil is zee bee’s knees (that should totally be a rating).
If you’ve never done red lipstick before, I recommend this as your dip into the waters. It’s super easy to apply and doesn’t require liner at least not if you’re going for a basic look.
You should ensure that you buff your lips pre-application and swipe on a primer or apply copious amounts of lip balm to smooth out the skin as red lipstick is like wearing a tight white dress: unforgiving.
Also, complete your entire look before applying. Not sure if that’s universal but it’s always the last thing I do before running out the door because I’m late. Using the pencil carefully color in your lips. Remember your kindergarten days and stay in the lines! On the top lip I like to make an ‘x‘ at the cupid’s bow then carefully fill in. Once completed you’re done!
Now you’ve got a lovely matte finish and can go kill a man in style (literally or figuratively – I don’t know your life).
Not so much this product as red lipstick in general: it is not for the faint of heart. As stated above it can be unforgiving as it draws attention to your skin, can bleed into the little lines around your lips (combat this by dabbing concealer around your lips post-application) and end up on your chin if you try to eat a burger whilst wearing it (not that I’d know that from experience or anything).
The only true con that I found is that it dried my lips out a bit after multiple applications throughout the day/night.
This particular stick is so long lasting that the morning after looks like you woke up and ate some cherry popsicles. I haven’t decided yet if that’s a pro or a con.
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