My lipstick logic for the moment is something like this: oh, a new line of lipsticks! Let me check it out by picking up… you guessed it, the coral! NARS has several lines of well-loved lip pencils, and Satin Lip Pencil is the new kid on the block. Without too much hesitation, I picked up Lodhi.
All NARS lip pencils come in the same packaging, but the colored ends are slightly different (the Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils for example, only has one thin band of color). It is simple yet pretty sophisticated. I like how it doesn’t feel too plasticky, as that reminds me more of children’s crayons.
Lodhi is a soft orange coral with a creamy satin finish. The texture of this pencil is amazingly soft, and it glides onto the lips as if it were lighter than air. I don’t have any problems about it smushing on my lips, though when I swatched it (and wrote Lodhi on a piece of paper for one of the pictures above), I have accidentally applied a little too much pressure.
The great thing about Lodhi is the fact that it is very creamy, but it doesn’t move around. The creamy texture hides the lines on my lips well, but at the same time even when I eat, I don’t end up with lipstick outside of my natural lip line or on my teeth. I normally prefer lipsticks over lip pencils, but I really enjoy how precise you can be with a NARS lip pencil. I usually start out by defining the contour before filling my lips up, and it works well that way!
Here is how Lodhi swatches:
The only coral in my stash that is somehow similar is Chanel Enjouée Rouge Allure. However, as you can see, Enjouée has much more pink in it.
Left: Lodhi, Right: Enjouée
For such a creamy color, Lodhi wears surprisingly well. I can get 5 hours or more with some drinks and light snacking, but it will be gone with a full meal. It does leave a soft stain behind that you can build on, so every time you reapply the color seems more vibrant! It is also fairly hydrating, which is always a plus.
A couple more pictures with me sporting Lodhi:
Lodhi has definitely stolen my heart, but like most things in life it is not perfect. Besides the fact that it needs to be sharpened and some product will be wasted in the process (I definitely suggest freezing it for several minutes before sharpening because it is so creamy and soft), I have reservations about carrying it around and using it in summer (or in a warmer climate). I am simply too afraid it will melt! Until I get to read about people’s experience with this line in hotter climates, I will more than likely refrain myself from purchasing another spring/summer shade (even though the bright pink Yu is also calling my name rather loudly). Come autumn/winter however, I am sure I will look into the several reds on offer!
Bottom line: NARS Lodhi Satin Lip Pencil is a gorgeous coral with an excellent formula. Especially if you are looking for something that will smooth over your lip lines, I would highly recommend it. It is incredibly creamy without the embarrassing migrating, and it wears well. If you don’t mind the sharpening or potential risk of having it become melty when it gets warmer, it is another lipstick that makes coral lovers rejoice!
Have you seen NARS Satin Lip Pencils? Is any of them calling your name? Do you own any of their other pencils? I have come to the realization that I have definitely under-explored NARS lip products in general, so a little haul is being planned.
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx