I actually expected much better reviews for this. I honestly don't wear this often because it is the brightest pink lip color I own, but it is so beautiful. I don't have any problems with migration or uneven fading as others have described. However, I apply only a small amount and work it into my lips for a shiny stain. It's true, this is hard to remove, but this is basically faded by the next day.
I was thrilled with the color and application of this initially. It was a beautiful, bold pinkish-red on me. Easy to apply, did not feeling overly drying (not at all moisturizing either though). It was a little brighter than I am used to, but I liked it.
About an hour later I looked in the mirror, and much to my horror, there was a bright pink line AROUND my lips and just a trace of color on them. Essentially it looked like I had applied lip liner and forgotten to put on lipstick. A very strange and unfortunate look. I tried once again with this overpriced pencil and got the same result. I expected more.
I love NARS, but not this velvet lip gloss. As the day wore on, it got brighter and brighter on me, and then I could not get it off. It stained my pillowcase! I used every makeup remover known to man, and it would not come off! I want to love it, I do, but I can't. I had to return it. The SA told me she had heard similar stories about this product from others.
About me: NW13 (neutral-cool toned, very fair), blue eyes, Color season is True Summer, Baumann Skin Type is OSPW.
These Velvet Lip Gloss pencils are the brightest, most opaque, long wearing lip products I've ever found. Mexican Rose is no exception.
It goes on as a soft pink shiny gloss, then 5 minutes later it brightens and deepens into a dramatic bright hot red with the tinyest bit of pink. I loved it... until I looked in the mirror 5 hours later.
Was the color faded? no. Was it all over my face in a "Is this where the Joker auditions are being held" kind of way? yes.
I've never had a lip product MIGRATE all over my mouth the way this did. It stains like a dream. Too bad it's just as happy to stain your skin as it is your lips.
I LOVE this pencil! When I first apply, it looks like a sheer bright pink with a glossy sheen. After a couple minutes, I swear the color deepens to an outstanding bright fuschia. it stays moist for several hours, but the best part is, it fades evenly & leaves a great bright yet deep pink stain (& boy, do I love a lip stain.) I always get compliments on this when I wear it, for as bright as it is it's surprisingly everday wearable. The only thing I don't like is that I have to sharpen it, however, I've had this since it came out, I wear it all the time, & I've only had to sharpen it twice so far. A little goes a long way, it never bleeds, smears or gets sticky. HIGHLY recommend! continued >>
Wow, I cannot believe MUA didn't have a review for this! It's like a wonder product, seriously, if it looks like your thing and you are considering buying Mexican Rose, DO! It came out in the NARS Spring 2012 ( almost positive ) color story. NARS describes it as Hot pink but on my pale lips it leans red too. It's like a super bright pink red berry and guess what!?! THIS IS A LIP STAIN TOO. And a good one! All you need is one nice coat, blot, touch up and that's all you need all day, it's like whoa. Hahahaha. I was expecting something sheer without any staying power and I was so wrong. It's translucent color without being sheer, if that makes sense. Formula feels wonderful, not sticky, not drying, just right. Then my lips like absorbed the color after like 20 mins and at the end of the night it took m/u remover to take it off. Mexican Rose is my new obsession and I cannot wait to devour more of these Velvet Gloss pencils, they are delightful. New Lover is the only other that I've so far tried and the formula feels the same, though it doesn't seem to last as well.
Anyway holy hotdog I'm so excited to find my go-to one-step pretty bright berry mouth product.