First of all, I’m really sorry for the delay. I ordered NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil along with Paramaribo Eyeshadow Duo back in the beginning of February, basically as soon as they were available on HQHair. However, after two weeks the parcel still didn’t arrive. I contacted HQHair, and we came to the heartbreaking conclusion that the parcel had been lost on the way. I had to filled in and send back a self declaration form, and after 2 days the replacement made it here! Of course I would have preferred the original package not getting lost, but the lightening fast replacement made it all better!
I fell for Mexican Rose as soon as I started seeing swatches and reviews on American sites in January. I don’t know what got to me, because as you know I’m only taking baby steps to venture out of the “my lips but better” comfort zone. However, there is something about the dewy raspberry pink that kept me going through all the swatch pictures I could lay my hands on. Finally, remembering a friend’s wise words (“just get it and go back to normal already!”) in a similar intense lemming situation, I caved in.
Since I don’t own any NARS lip pencils (or any lip pencils now that we’re at it), I thought I’d hold it in my hand to show you guys what size it is. I love the sleek black packaging, and the stripe of color that is supposed to indicate the color of the pencil itself. Say you have a bunch of them, this stripe might be useful for telling which is which.
As you can see, the color in tube looks innocent enough. Since it’s touted to be “glossy,” you would be misled to think it’s sheer and harmless. Even in my swatch picture, you get the impression that it’s one of those sheer shades that you would see everywhere.
It would be wrong to think that way, very wrong indeed! For once it gets on my lips, it is a daredevil hot pink, so bright that it matches my iPod! The application is smooth and even. What I really like about this pencil is the fact that I can get precise lines to make my lips look sculpted. However, it does take a little longer to apply (compared with a lipstick for example), and since the shade stands out so much I wouldn’t advise you to slather it on when you can’t look at yourself in the mirror. The finish is nice and glossy, but it’s got some amazing lasting power! I wore this color for two days in a row, and it trooped through any food and drinks I decided to consume! It’s only the “glossy” part that wears off, not the color. This means if you put it on in the morning to go to work, the color is likely to see you through the day. You only need to top it up with gloss if you like the glossy effect. For a lip product this long-lasting, it is surprisingly not drying at all. My lips stay soft.
Here is how it looks on my lips. It’s my first lip swatch ever, so bear with me if it’s not perfect!
I know that the main complaint people have about this pencil is that it has to be sharpened, because inevitably you waste some product that way. Also, it is apparently very soft and could break during application/sharpening. I personally haven’t tried to sharpen it yet, but I don’t have the impression that it is too soft (maybe it has something to do with the kind of climate you live in). I think the tip will stay good for multiple applications, and with this kind of staying power it could be weeks before I have to sharpen it.
My main issue with this one, which probably isn’t surprising considering how long-lasting it is, is the fact that it is very tricky to remove it. I held a cotton pad soaked with a bi-phase makeup remover against my lips for a good minute or even longer, but still it took quite some rubbing to get most of it off. I ended up using my facial cleanser and toner on my lips too, and eventually I cleaned it off. The lovely Jessica from Getting Cheeky told me she often exfoliates to be able to truly remove it, but at the moment there seems to be no better solution.
Bottom line: The color is amazing, texture excellent, and staying power stunning. I wish it would be easier to remove, but it seems like nothing is truly perfect! Because of this (and how vibrant the color is), I wouldn’t say this is an everyday color. However, for a dinner date or drinks with your girlfriends, Mexican Rose is the best candidate!
What do you think? Do you like how Mexican Rose looks/sounds? Have you tried any chubby lip pencils? What’s your favorite?