Review: NARS Satin Lip Pencil & Maybelline Color Whisper

Recently there has been two very popular lipstick trends, the NARS Satin Lip Pencils ($30 Cdn) and the Maybelline Color Whispers (max $10). Let me give you a quick run down of each and then I will show you swatches of the colours I chose, so you can go out and buy your own!

DSC_0252 (All products) NARS Satin Lip Pencils

Fade Proof: 10/10
Stay Time: 16 hours
Colour Pigmentation: 10/10
Usability: 9/10
Range of Colours: 12 @Sephora
Where to buy: Sephora, The Bay, NARS website
Price: $30 CDN or $25 USD

These satin lip pencils are a new spin-off from the original NARS Velvet Mate Lip Pencils. They have a few different shades of colour and both provides a lasting finish that can keep up with your long days.

I absolutely love these pencils, if they did not cost so much I would definitely buy more colours. I love these because they provide lasting colour through any meal, coffee or the few wipes throughout the day. The colour gives a tad of gloss, but enough so that it still looks like your natural colour.

The pencil is a bit chubby and so it’s not the perfect lip liner, but you can just use a lip liner brush to get the same effect. Another disadvantage is the fact that it is a pencil which needs to be sharpened, so you will need to invest in a lip pencil sharpener if you do not already have one.

Since, these pencils are very pigmented, for intensely bright colours – such as Luxemborg – I like to use my middle or ring finger to dab on the colour. You can also press your lips on a tissue after you apply the bright colour to give a lip stained look.

For me, this is a definite buy! However, not everyone’s wallet may be able to take this purchase, so I would hope that a dear friend/family would gift one to me on a special occasion. For a more affordable option, there is the Maybelline Color Whispers.

Time for some swatches!
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Paper swatches with 2 strokes

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LEFT: Lodhi; RIGHT: Luxemborg

Maybelline Color Whisper

Fade Proof: 7/10
Stay Time: 4 hours
Colour Pigmentation: 5/10
Usability: 10/10
Range of Colours: 20
Where to buy: Walmart, Target, Shoppers Drug Mart (Canada only)
Price: $8.99 – $10.99 (dependent on store)

This is significantly cheaper than the NARS lip pencils, but it is also not as pigmented and long lasting. Most colours fade after a wipe or two and especially after meals. A few of the bright colours, such as “Who wore it red-er” and “Mad for Magenta” are a bit longer lasting, but the gloss will definitly fade. The first application is super glossy and semi-pigmented. It is more of a lip colour than a lipstick, but it also provides enough moisture as a lip balm would.

Last year, Revlon and L’Oreal both launched their renditions of a lip colour with the Lip Butter and Colour Riche Balm. The Color Whisper is not much different except it provides more gloss than a Lip Butter and less gloss than a Colour Riche Balm, more pigmentation than a Colour Riche Balm and the same as a Lip Butter and lastly has better colour choices than both lines in my opinion. Overall, the Color Whisper moisturizes more than both the Lip Butter and the Colour Riche Balm and could be a compatible alternative to lip balms. It’s perfect for those who want a lip balm, but also want some colour, then you can save on the cost of lip balms with this product.

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ABOVE: Paper swatches with 7 strokes
BELOW: Lipcolour examples with top lip bare and bottom lip using respective colour above.Maybelline-swatches 

With the Maybelline Color Whispers, you can use any bold colour and still look subtle. If you had the budget for both, I would suggest jumping on this bandwagon now before its too late. I know some of the Sephoras, Targets and Walmarts I visited are running out of certain colours.

Hope you love these lip products as much as I did!

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Gradient Lip Tutorial

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Air kisses! Today we will learn how to do the gradient lip without using a lip stain.

Gradient lips are always an easy and in beauty technique that can be done by any with only a few products. The traditional gradient lip uses a lip stain, such as Benefit’s Benetint, however, these stains made the center of my lips dry and chapped. After staring at my lipstick collection for a good half an hour, I discovered a way to use lipsticks faster and not put them to waste. Check below for how I do my gradient lip, it’s probably done before, but I just found this utterly fascinating.

Step 1: Moisturize!

Before adding anything to your lips, remember to use a lip balm first to ensure you lips are feeling healthy and moisturized. Any lip balm works, I like using ones that moisturize but aren’t too sticky, such as my Lip Pure lip balm ($5) or NIVEA Soothing Care Stick SPF 20. I love any lip products with SFP because they don’t feel sticky but gives you that needed protection from harmful UV rays. Also, any lip balms with vitamin E, such as the Nivea one, can help protect from and possibly repair damage.

Here’s me before this lip treatment! (I know, scary purple contacts :S)

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The lip balm I used, Lip Pure lip balm. It smells like orange flavoured candy!DSC_0325 - Lip balm product step 1A close-up with lip balm on. Yeah, I know not much difference, that’s the point.DSC_0305 - Step 1 - Lipbalm close up

Step 2: Use a nude lipstick.

Apply a nude lipstick to the outer area of your lips. If you identically added nude lipstick to your whole lip, that’s fine too, just add more of the darker colour in the next step.

DSC_0330 - nude lipstick product step 2Close-up with my nude lipstick (MAC’s Viva Glam Lady Gaga) around the edges.DSC_0308 - Step 2 - Nude lip close up

A tip when doing a nude lip, blend the edges of your lip colour in to your skin, so that there is no definite line around your lips. Then people will think your lips are “au naturel”.

Step 3:

This is the last step! Just add a darker colour to give your lips some contrast. I would highly suggest a sheer berry colour (NARS Afghan Red $30 or CLINIQUE Black Honey $19) or a cherry red colour (NARS Luxemborg $30 or MAYBELLINE whisper in Who Wore It Red-ER $9). This way, it will go along with the “au naturel” theme and give you a “I just had a popsicle” look.

DSC_0328 - reds products step 3A close-up of the final look, pretty subtle eh?DSC_0311 - Step 3 - with fake tint close up

Tada! We are done! Wasn’t that fast?DSC_0321 - FinalThanks for following to the end! Hope you have a glorious day!

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