This is one of those, "Now, why did I buy this again?" things. I like the NARS lip pencils. This one is smooth and piles on saturated color quickly. But, oh man, it is bright. This is entirely my fault, of course. I know that I don't look good in bright pinks, but it was so pretty I bought it anyway. On the whole, I would recommend it to someone with the right coloring for it because everything else about it is pretty great.
I love the color, the finish, the texture and the staying power of this lippy but I HATE the pencil packaging! I think you get A LOT less product for your money, and that's before you take into account the waste from sharpening it. Although I prefer the color of Yu to Carthage, I will not be buying it again because Carthage fills my need for a bright pink lippy in a much better package.
I wasn't planning to buy this but I fell in love with the color! I'm a bit scared of bright lipsticks but when I tried it on I fell in love, it looks amazing with a clean face and just that touch of color, and it's very long lasting. After a while the glossy finish goes and the stain remains but looks super natural. It's expensive but I would totally would buy this again because besides the color the formula is very comfortable on my super dry lips, the only downside is the packaging. I read many reviews that you have to buy the NARS one but looking through my stuff I found that the Benefit one fits perfectly because it has 3 sizes and the bigger one can fit this pencil. Overall HG product!
My HG. I only recently started wearing lip color in the past year and have tried all sorts of lip stains, lipsticks, and my personal fave, jumbo lip pencils. Revlon Just Bitten was my favorite, until I met Yu (I couldn't help myself). These pencils from NARS are just amazing. They are long-lasting, amazingly pigmented (as are all of their products), and not drying at all. I have super dry lips and need to reapply lip balm constantly, also my job consists of talking all day, so when I say this pencil is HG, I mean it. I apply this in the morning and once it sets, it doesn't really go anywhere. It does tend to rub off after a few hours, but reapplying doesn't cause it to get cakey at all. This color is just gorgeous. It's a bright, pigmented, warm magenta. It's definitely a satin finish, not matte at all. It feels like nothing on my lips; I forget I have it on! Everytime I do check to see if I need a touch up, I'm always pleasantly surprised by how much the product has stayed on my lips. Worth the price! I'm definitely picking up more colors the next time I'm at Sephora.
The best summer colorrrr! Especially mixed with Schiap! Best combination everrrr.
I love this color! I popped my lipstick cherry with this. If it seems like I went from not swimming at all (no lipstick, anytime, ever) to jumping in the ocean (can't miss it, can't ignore it pink) - yes, that is exactly what it felt like, even to me.
I felt terribly self-conscious the first time I dared to wear it, but throughout the night grew more comfortable with it. The big pluses were:
- The jumbo crayon packaging, which made it really easy to control how much color you want on your lip. I didn't find it drying at all (surprisingly, because it was a pencil) but because it was a pencil, it also wasn't too oily/slippery.
- The color! I thought it would come on as bright fuschia, but it wasn't too bright at all for night look. It's a very vampy, sophisticated pink at night.
- I'm pretty fair but this goes with my colouring - it didn't drain out my face.
- Stayed on while I ate and drank, though faded slightly after dinner. I did a quick touch up and all fine. Very long lasting - it was actually difficult to get off even at the end of the night. And doesn't smudge your teeth,
Cons were the packaging (the pencil cover fell off in my purse and the pencil stained the inside of my purse - thankfully, there wasn't a lot of product to smudge off by then) and the size of the pencil (I had to search high and low for a sharpener that would fit the pencil. You'll need the NARS sharpener, or the Shu Uemura sharpener).
I am in love with this stick and the color! I like to call it an 'electric pink.' At first I was worried it would be too much because I have such pale skin but it looks amazing. This applies very easily and has a beautiful sheen. I've seen it wear off a bit onto glasses/food which I see with any lipstick but once the sheen is gone it looks like a nice stain. Honestly, if possible I would fill a warehouse with this color because I am so in love with it.
I was at sephora trying to pick up mufe intense in 36, but they were all out curse them. I figured it wouldn't hurt to find a dupe as there are plenty of fuschia shades out there this summer.
The assistant first pointed me to a buxom lipstick that was very similar but absolutely too shiny for the already bright color. Um, no.
Then she said, you know two of our girls are wearing this NARS shade you should try. She took me over to the counter to this shade, Yu. Basically, it's the same shade except in pencil form and more expensive. But, I love nars lip products and decided to take the plunge anyway since the color was absolutely beautiful.
I love it! The packaging means I can line my lips and fill in with another color, or just color in my lips with this brilliant shade if I wanted to. I see this one running out very quickly this summer. Which may be a bad thing, since it doesn't look like much product for the 25 dollar price tag.
Amazing product. Yu is a bright pink. I use this first as a lip liner, then as a stain underneath my lipsticks. This is highly pigmented, the shade is gorgeous and the staying power is wonderful. Even if my lipstick wears off I still have color on my lips. I will definitely buy another color and I would repurchase this color when I run out.