So, I have been fascinated with makeup and fashion for as long as I can remember. I love how a swipe of lipstick or a hot pair of shoes can instantly boost self-confidence. I blame Cinderella; yes, the fairy tale. It was my first introduction to the power of a makeover and since then, I pretty much lap up any book, television show or movie that features a makeover story. How bad is my obsession? I spent all of last weekend binge watching “Get the Look” a makeover show on NDTV Good Times. It’s a decent show, but makes me cringe when the host (the gorgeous Ambika Anand) and the “experts” get a little too nasty and judgey about the participants’ looks. It seems that the host and these experts equate feeling good with fitting in. I’d love to see a show where people aren’t criticized, but are embraced for their “flaws.” And where makeovers aren’t about creating clones, but about expressing individuality. Finding an expression for my individuality is exactly why I love makeup. I don’t wear it to look “hot” (believe me buying the amount of makeup it’ll take to make me look hot will take you from BI to VIB Rogue at Sephora 😛 ) I wear makeup because it allows me to express different aspects of my personality and experiment with who I could be. Anyway, enough about my love for makeup (as if you don’t get to hear about that around here). Today, I’m sharing my thoughts on NARS’ Baroque velvet gloss pencil. To see how it performs, read on my friends!
According to Sephora’s website, this product is “a glossy lip pencil with a smooth, buttery texture.” The “innovative lip pencil,” they say, “coats lips in stunning, glossy color with moisturizing ingredients vitamin E, hyaluronic spheres, and phytosterol esthers.” The lip pencil is formulated without – Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, GMOs, Triclosan.
The shade Baroque is described as a “raspberry sorbet.”
$25 for .09 oz.
My Experience with NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Baroque:
NARS velvet gloss pencils are pretty popular on IMBB, and Baroque, in my humble opinion, is one of the most gorgeous colors from this line (Mexican Rose takes the top spot though). Baroque is raspberry shade with little specks of silver that gives medium coverage to my lips. For people with lighter lips (mine are pretty pigmented), this will give fuller coverage.
This shade is buildable, so one layer is great for daytime wear and it’s often how I wear it to work. I like to wear two to three layers to create a striking evening look. Even though it does have bits of silver shimmer in it, they don’t look gaudy at all. The gloss isn’t OTT; it definitely gives lips a nice luster, but it’s not a dripping, goopy finish either. I have expressed my dislike for wearing glossy lips in the daytime before, but this pencil gives you a sleek look that looks sophisticated both at night and in the day time. I believe Baroque is a universally flattering shade, I find it very easy to pull off on my NC 40 (tan, warm undertones) skin tone, and it’s sure to flatter both lighter and deeper skinned girls. Because it is pretty pigmented, it will show up on deep-toned lips.
What I absolutely love about this pencil is how moisturizing it is. My lips are pretty dry and I literally get chapstick withdrawals if I don’t apply it like 10 times a day. However, this does a great job of keeping my dry lips moisturized when I have it on. I can put it on without using any chapstick as primer and it provides continuous moisture and hydration to the lips. Another thing I absolutely love is how easily this glides on the lips. The pencil is soft, goes on smoothly and delivers color evenly. It’s super easy to apply and you can pretty much put this on with your eyes closed, no kidding. Which brings me to my next point: ease of use. This pencil is super easy to use; I just start by lining my lips with it and then applying it all over my lips. There’s no twisting, no mess – it’s foolproof! It’s also a great one-step product – a lipstick, a gloss and a liner all in one.
The color doesn’t feather or accentuate any lines on the lips. Once I have applied, it stays put on my lips and doesn’t bleed outside the lip line either. I love this because bleeding is an issue I have faced with a lot of glosses, so I especially appreciate glossy lips that don’t make me look like the joker after 2-3 hours of wear. This lasts for about 3 hours on my lips and leaves a raspberry-pink stain behind. Frankly, because of the rich color, I expected it to last longer, but 3 hours isn’t bad for a glossy finish. This gloss does transfer a little on to food and drink, but it’s not the worst I have ever seen.
Another drawback is one that we always experience with lip pencils – loss of product. You can’t sharpen this without losing product. It’s an extremely soft pencil that couldn’t be packaged any other way, I get that. But I absolutely dread sharpening it. It seems like I run through this way faster than any other lipstick or gloss.
Overall, this is a great lip color for those who want a classy but fun lip color without much fuss. This shade will look really pretty on desi skin tones and I can’t wait to rock it with Indian-wear. Because the color is buildable, you can layer it to play up lips or apply a light wash with a dramatic eye look. I really still don’t get why it’s called a “gloss pencil” and “glossy pencil” would be a more apt name for it (gloss pencil is more attention grabbing, I guess). I will definitely buy both this product and this particular shade again.
Pros of NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Baroque:
- Gorgeous raspberry shade.
- Nice, sophisticated shimmer.
- Very moisturizing on lips.
- Color is pigmented and shows up on my deep lips.
- Color is buildable.
- Doesn’t feather or bleed.
- Formulated with parabens.
Cons of NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Baroque:
- Product loss while sharpening.
- Transfers a little when drinking or eating.
NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil – Happy Days
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – Never Say Never
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – Bahama
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – Cruella
NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Powder Blush – Torrid
NARS Lip Liner Pencil – Jungle Red
NARS Satin Lip Pencil – Lodhi
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – Cruella
NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil – Aigle Noir
Nars Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Cyprus Eyeshadow
Chanel Dragon Le Vernis Review, NOTD
MAC Girl About Town Lipstick Review, Swatch, FOTD
10 College Girl Must Haves
Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara
Revlon High Intensity Eyeshadow Palette: Romantic Girl
Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipstick – Secretly Pink
Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipstick in Temptation
Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipstick: Shy Cherry
Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipstick Pretty Please
Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipstick – Obsessed Orange
Colorbar Lip Pencil – Nude Pink
MAC Lip Pencil Cherry
NYX Lip Pencil in Ever
Kryolan Lip Pencil
Colorbar Lip Pencil
Deborah Extra Lip Pencil #02