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!

Paper swatches with 2 strokes


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.


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!