Swatch & Review: As NARS Would Have it, My Love Is a Mexican Rose (Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil)

Hey everybody!

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?

Sunny xx

  • Joyce

    I got it yesterday!! Lol. When I tried it on I just left it on until exfoliating the next day lol it actually looked really pretty, as if i actually had berry stained lips!

    I have had a few other nars lip pencils over the years and I prefer the nars sharpener with them – my other one I felt like ate up the pencil. But it’s been ages since I’ve sharpened one and you’ll make if through a number of uses before the time comes. Maybe our experience sharpening will be pain free! :)

    Ps I saw online today in multiple places that bergsdorf goodman ships internationally… Maybe you can get some brands you don’t have over there like le métier? :)

    • Sunny

      Wheee great! I want to see how it looks on you too, because it looks so different on everybody!

      Ah no, I have to violently clean it off before I can go to sleep. I’m weird like that :p I have an Urban Decay Gridnhouse, and from what I heard it should work pretty well, so we’ll see. I’ve used it a couple of times now but the tip is still very good, so I don’t think I’ll have to sharpen it soon!

      Thanks for the heads-up about Bergsdorf Goodman! I know some big stores ship internationally, but so far I haven’t really looked into them because I have a suspicion that shipping is going to cost quite a bit (that and Xiao from Messy Wands promised to hook me up with Le Metier de Beaute lol)!

  • princesagr

    It seems amazingly beautiful on your lips!

    • Sunny

      Thanks hon! If it were easier to remove I’d use it all the time, but since it isn’t it’ll be more like a special occasion lipstick for me :)

      • princesagr

        On a kiss-kiss date then ^^ heheheh…

  • Lily

    Sexy! Should feature the whole FOTD while you’re at it. LOL!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Lily! I will for sure do an FOTD featuring this one. I’m just kind of wondering if I should wait till I get my NAKED2 Palette (long story. I received it but there are a bunch of scratches on the case. I’m e-mailing HQHair for a replacement), because my instinct is to do a cooler-toned eye look to go with it. Keep your eyes peeled!

  • Bellachique

    Sounds like a great product! I really love how it looks on your lips :). You were quite lucky that they replaced the lost parcel that fast, some webshops take aaaages!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Teri! It is a great product! Since it’s not limited edition as far as I know, you should be able to get it anytime you want! I’m sure it’ll look great on you too!

      I was happy about the speedy replacement, but at the moment I have another little problem with HQHair. The NAKED2 I received has a bunch of scratches on the case, so I might have to ship it back to get a replacement. Let’s see how long that takes…

      • Bellachique

        Aaaw, thats really very unlucky! I hope they get it fixed soon!

  • Emi at Project Swatch

    It’s so pretty! I love the idea of something that would stay on that well – no need to reapply :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks Emi! It is a very pretty shade, and it is convenient how well it lasts! I just need to find a more effective makeup remover so that I don’t have to struggle with removing it at the end of the day.

  • l e n a

    the color looks stunning on you!
    i think it is abtly named. mexican rose it is. :)

    i’ve only used two different chubby lip pencil kinds.
    one is nyx jumbo lip pencil and this one needs to be sharpened. it is quite heart-braking to see the shaved off product. i can only imagine it would be more so if it is a nars pencil!
    on the other hand, tarte lipsurgence doesn’t need to be sharpened. it is a twist-up pencil, which is better. :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks Lena! The sharpening aspect doesn’t thrill me either, but luckily it’s not too soft, so I’m sure the tip will stay good for several applications. I’ve heard so much about Tarte Lipsurgence. I’ll have to lay my hands on some!

  • Jackie

    Sunny, I so enjoy your reviews. Your writing style & great detail keeps it informative & interesting. So thanks!

    I think NARS Mexican Rose is a great color & looks stunning on your awesome lips! This is a color I would actually wear day or night..but then I don’t mind vibrant colors…not too crazy mind u…but this would work for me.

    As for similar products, I have a Tarte Lipsurgence & adore it. Not having to sharpen it is a real plus & there r 3 textures – tint, matte tint & luster. I have a luster called Sweet (not in their reg collection got it in a kit). I know NARS also has a matte velvet – Tarte is the same price as Nars though NARS seems to have a lrgr color selection in total. Based on ur description they sound very similar all the way around. The only thing Tarte may have over NARS is a few more healthy ingredients in their formula though I know NARS’ lip pencil does contain vit E.

    Anyhoo…great color & review! Thanks again…♥…Jackie

    • Sunny

      Hey Jackie, thanks sooo much for dropping by and leaving such an encouraging comment! I’m more than honored!

      Mexican Rose is bright, but I don’t think it’s quite in the “dark and vampy” realm so it will actually work for daytime!

      I should try to get some Tarte Lipsurgence. I like how they don’t need to be sharpened, and the different finishes sound interesting! I enjoy the majority of Tarte products I’ve tried, so I might just love Lipsurgence as well!

      Thanks again for the uplifting comment, Jackie! I hope to see you around more often xx

  • Naomi Hing

    I had issues with the staining too! i want to wear this more often but every time I think about how stressful it is to remove i put it back. but i love everything else about it!

    • Sunny

      I know what you mean, Naomi! I’m wondering if it requires a more specific type of remover. I prefer having to reapply once every day and being able to remove it twice as fast!

  • Michelle at LipstickRules

    I need this colour in my life. Looks gorgeous on you!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Michelle! I like how it adds some color to a drab winter day, but I’m sure it’ll be so much fun to flaunt it around town when there’s more sunshine!

  • Jessica

    Finally home and back at my computer (able to comment again)! If you were going to embrace a first bright shade, this is definitely the one to embrace. Your lips look luscious and ready for spring!

    ♥ Jessica

    • Sunny

      Merci Jessica! It looks like you had a great time in Tampa! Your pictures remind me of all the sun I’ll possibly get this summer :)

      I am SOOO ready for spring! This is definitely a shade I’ll wear to different occasions this season! Thanks so much for nudging me onto the right track xx

  • lippylash

    I love this color!! You have gorgeous lips.. I follow you on Bloglovin 😉

    • Sunny

      Thanks Natasha! I like my lips, but my Cupid’s bow isn’t very defined, so I prefer lip products with more precise tips to give it some definition!