NARS Satin Lip Pencil – Lodhi Review

NARS Satin Lip Pencil – Lodhi Review

I last reviewed the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in shade Cruella.  Today, I bring to you the latest NARS Lip pencil – the Satin range in the shade Lodhi. The whole International blogosphere is abuzz with the swatches of this range – amazing and varied colour selection, from bold reds and fuchsia to more subtle corals and n*des – its difficult to decide which one to pick.


You know how unique (bordering on scandalous) NARS product names can be. The interesting story about the satin lip pencils is that all the colours have been named after parks and gardens around the world. So, what’s the colour I had to pick form this range? Lodhi – named after Lodhi Gardens in Delhi, India. Funny thing is I feel very patriotic and proud when I wear this colour!!


Product Description:

Satin Lip Pencil dresses up lips in statement shades that seduce with rich, color-bright pigments while drenching them in decadent moisture. A modern, long-wearing, vitamin-enriched formula in a jumbo pencil format to provide great wear and intense color with a satin finish. Use for lining, all-over lip color, or pairing with another lip product.

  • High-impact intense color.
  • Convenient, easy and precise application.

François’ Insight – I see the strength of rich, smoldering lips against a fresh face.

A selection of high-impact, fashion-forward shades in a rich, creamy satin finish that stays on all day.



$25 in US / INR 1800 post conversion from Thai Baht.


The packaging is similar to that of Cruella – a chubby fat lip crayon – comes packed in a black cardboard box – as all NARS products do.  The lip pencil’s bottom end bears the colour of the product, making it easy to identify the colour in a jiffy, if you have more than one of these.  The name too is written on the side. The pencil has a black cap to protect the product.  The Satin Lip Pencil has a thin black line going through its coloured marking to help identify NARS Satin Lip Pencil from NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil.


My Experience with NARS Satin Lip Pencil – Lodhi:

Colour: I have to be honest here, I bought this because its named after Lodhi Gardens in Delhi! Not that the colour is not nice, its beautiful and its coral! YAY! Another coral! I am not letting go of my corals still, irrespective of the season!


The shade is described on the website as “coral.” Ya! Very detailed (!!) but nonetheless, very apt! In the tube, the colour photographed a little orangey coral, the colour is a beautiful English pinky coral, however, it’s a touch pastel. This was not my first choice of colours from this range, but I had to get it because of its name.


The problem with colours which go pastel is that one – while they may swatch beautifully on the hand, they don’t look very flattering on skin with yellow undertones; while skin with peaches and cream complexion can look fresh and bright in them. Second issue – the colour can tend to gather in the lip lines or when you purse your lips and can look very unsightly.


This product is exceptional that it does not face either of the two problems.  To me, the colour looked flattering even on my yellow skin, despite being pastel.


The pigmentation is so dense and texture so smooth, that the product does not gather at all! Fantastic!

Texture: As I mentioned, texture is buttery smooth and the pencil just glides on. Its lightweight, creamy and hydrating while worn.You get the lips contours so easily and nicely, without any tug or pull.

Pigmentation:  It is extremely pigmented, about 90% colour deposit in a single swipe.  The colour is opaque in the first swipe itself and hides lip pigmentation fully and effectively.  The reason you don’t see lines forming on your lips is also because the pigmentation is very dense. When pigmentation is low, the lipstick gathers on lips being brought together, one of the most unsightly things ever!


Lasting Power:  The product lasted about 5 hours on me post which faded evenly.  There was no dry patch or clinging feeling.

To sum this up for you:

Pros of NARS Satin Lip Pencil – Lodhi:

  • A beautiful pinky coral colour.
  • Lightweight creamy texture.
  • Has a nice healthy pretty shine – no shimmer.
  • Excellent pigmentation – opaque in a single swipe.
  • Extremely comfortable and hydrating while worn.
  • The lipstick applies smoothly – no tug or pull!
  • Does not settle into the fine lines of the lips.
  • No feathering or bleeding.
  • Convenient packaging, easy to apply and easy to carry, doesn’t take much space in the bag.

Cons of NARS Satin Lip Pencil – Lodhi:

  • Unavailability in India.
  • Needs to be sharpened, product wastage during sharpening.

IMBB Rating:

A definite 5/5 product.

This is an amazing satin formula. Do not compare it to MAC Satin finish, its no where close. MAC Satin finish sucks the moisture out of my lips post an hour of application. However, this is just amazing. Don’t know why it was named after Lodhi Gardens and not the Mughal Gardens or Brindavan Gardens or even Shalimar gardens. I just know I love the colour and its special association with India.  I picked one more colour from this range – any guesses which one?

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NARS Taj Mahal Blush
NARS The Multiple- Orgasm for Cheeks, Lips,Eyes and Body
Nars Portofino The Multiple
Lakme Enrich Satin Lip Color – 142
Streetwear Satin Smooth Lipstick – Mocha Brown
Lakme Enrich Satin Lipstick #128
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27 thoughts on “NARS Satin Lip Pencil – Lodhi Review

  1. Vow KK, These days your lippie collection has become drool worthy…. *drool* *drool* *drool*

    This is a superb shade…. It suits you very well..

  2. Vow KK, These days your lippie collection has become drool worthy…. *drool* *drool* *drool*

    This is a superb shade…. It suits you very well..

  3. you know you are making me crave for nars products so badly. I am so going to splurge if I happen to visit outside the country this year. Loved the color on you. it reminds me of mac see sheer lipstick in a way. I think corals look really pretty on you. must wear more often. :))

    1. OMG! Don’t say things like that to me – I’ll go bonkers buying and hoarding corals next!! rofl rofl rofl Still some more lovely corals to come up!

      My advise on NARS – I found the lip pencils (Velvet Matte and Satin) waaaaaaay better than the lipsticks…but thats just my opinion. Do try the formula. You HAVE TO check the Satin Lip pencil line for the most amazing colours!!

  4. Thanks for this review!!! I really wanted to see what Lodhi looks like on desi skin tones before buying it. I looks lovely on you : ))

    1. I know what you mean Devie! The online swatches on caucasian skin weren’t convincing. Had it not been named Lodhi – don’t know I would have picked it up! Now Glad i did!!

  5. I think you got the RED pencil, i do not remember the name exactly but that is a lovely colour. This one looks amazing on you. I so agree that you should try the coral shade more often.

    1. The Red one was from the Velvelt Matte line – shade name Cruella. This is form their recently launched Satin line. I do love Corals Rashmita – i have too many of them!!! *happy dance* *happy dance* *happy dance* *happy dance*

    1. Ya…it pulled more pink on the lips! The whole line is named after different gardens from across the globe – there is YU, Majella, Luxembourg, etc..

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