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on 9/24/2014 11:39:00 PM
More reviews by hebrides
Age: 56 & Over
Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool
Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium
I love this shade so much that I used up my Sephora gift card to get it. There was no way I could stand to pay $34 plus tax for a pencil, but I had to have it. To me it looks like an antique light red with undertones of blue roses. I am in love with it, but on me it is not going on at all creamy and rich looking and glowing, as all the pictures on a web search show it. I was afraid of this when I saw it only came in matte, but there's nothing else like it. After trying it on my hand I went to three stores, and I walked around every display of every single brand from high to low end, trying shades on my hand to find a dupe that was not matte because I have never done well with matte pencils. I did get three other more glossy lipsticks in the blue red range, but they are not the same. So, I found I can put Lancome juicy tubes clear lip gloss on top to add some glow and dimension. It works equally well to put this on top of a similar shade in a creamy formula. It doesn't seem to work just by itself. It is too dry and almost minimizes my lips. The colour is thrilling yet the matte formula is annoying and not pigmented enough. Anyway, highest marks for colour, but I have to lower the rating because I will have to sharpen it and waste some, plus the matte finish is the only way we can get this colour and that is so unfair. I don't foresee buying it again, as this surely will last a long time. I will have fun experimenting with different ways to apply it to maximize its beauty.Update June 19, 2015: I forgot about this pencil for several months. Then I saw a picture of myself wearing it and realized how unique and stunning it is, and remembered how I loved it. Why I got into other colours, I don't know. They all have their place, but really, this is the best. I cannot find a lipstick exactly like it to put under it without changing the shade. Every red I tried, even the blue toned ones, look too orange with it. I don't know what shades I paired it with when I took those photos (and I wish I had bothered to write it down) so I have been trying them one by one and so far I cannot duplicate the look. I am about to buy Ruby Woo which is a similar shade. I will go with the Dragon Girl swatched on my hand and try everything MAC has. The only point is to get a richer version of Dragon Girl, which by itself is too faded. That's all! I don't want to alter the unearthly, perfect, delicate shade. I have paired it with Kate Moss Kiss of Life 111 which is a similar shade and also matte but it makes it too orange. Even Maybelline's Are You Red-dy which is totally blue toned in the swatch makes it too orange. This is a mystery and I will solve it. I am pretty sure that the pictures of Dragon Girl on the web included a lip balm and another lipstick. No one admits it in their pics, but I will continue to pair it with various likely products until I find the right one.I am raising my rating to HG status and I will definitely keep buying it as long as they make it. I am now a big fan of the matte lip and so I will not be putting a shiny lipstick or a gloss on top.
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
on 9/7/2014 10:29:00 PM
More reviews by kinamorata
Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm
Hair: Black, Straight, Medium
I've been trying to get out of my comfort zone of pinky nude shades (faves include: Revlon balm stain in honey, Illamasqua's Climax and Guerlain's Gemma.) After a disappointing experience with MAC's Russian Red, I steered clear of reds. Until I saw Dragon Girl. I was torn between this or Cruella. Not gonna lie, bought it partly because it reminds me of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo lol. It's described as a "siren red." With my NC30 skin and black hair, it adds instant glam to my face without much effort. I was complimented by several people when I wore this today and it prompted me to write this review! I have dry lips with Blistex lip medex being my saving grace. First I apply one layer of Dragon Girl on my lips (it's seriously pigmented!), then use a lip brush to apply a bit of Blistex to the center of my lips and finally use a bit of Nars radiant creamy concealer with a brush to clean up the edges. I don't use a lip liner, the matte formulation allows the colour to stay put. I had this on for almost 12 hours today and had two meals, drank plenty of water and did no touch-ups and the colour only faded a bit on the center of my bottom lip. I was pleasantly surprised by how non-drying it is, despite the matte formula. This is quickly becoming my HG red. My only gripe about this product is the price, it's currently $31 CAD for 0.086 oz and yes, product does get wasted because it requires sharpening. But I suppose it's better to pay for a product that gets lots of love than to have it abandoned in a makeup drawer...
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
on 7/3/2014 5:04:00 PM
More reviews by Femmeboi
Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Other, Other
I decided to splurge on this Nars Lip Pencil, after my close friend raved about it and I tried it in Sephora. Not gonna lie, I was also pretty enthralled by the fact that this is Taylor Swift's signature red lip. SO GLAD I WENT FOR IT. This is absolutely gorgeous. It goes on so smooth, the color is buildable, it has beautiful cool undertones that compliment my fair skin, and it doesn't dry out my lips. Also, this is the first lip product I've tried that doesn't leave little marks all over your cups when you're trying to drink!!! Especially if you blot once with a tissue!!!! It's definitely expensive, but it's a luxury product that gives you bang for your buck and everyone should have a stunning red lip in their arsenal.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 7/1/2014 2:58:00 PM
More reviews by cuyracho
Skin: Combination, Tan, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
this is my perfect red!
on 4/4/2014 9:31:00 AM
More reviews by evitara22
Skin: Dry, Olive, Not Sure
This colour is a-ma-zing! I also think this 'pencil-idea' is very clever, because now you're able to work very precise. Still, I do think it is a bit drying, but that is sincerely the only minus point. For reference, I am a NC 25, darkbrown hair and green eyes!
on 3/20/2014 8:22:00 AM
More reviews by Shasha07
Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine
Everytime I wear this I get several compliments with everyone always asking me what I've got on my lips! Extremely long wearing, it's rarely leaves a print on my wine glass, where my other friends are constantly topping their lipstick I never have to when I'm wearing this. Really recommend using Chapstick 15mins before applying dragon girl and using a lipliner for the precise application (I use MAC cherry). Hate thing I don't like is the pencil formula, however this will not stop me buying in the future
5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
on 2/18/2014 11:09:00 PM
More reviews by rachael122
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Coarse
I was always afraid of red lipstick because I'm pretty pale, but this color is gorgeous! I've had a few other NARS lip pencils before and I love the texture and ease of application. This shade in particular is a bright, beautiful red that's fun but not too intimidating. It's super pigmented and lasts a long time without feathering. I don't find that this lip pencil clings to dry skin, either, which is definitely a plus. I like the fact that it's a pencil because it's easy to travel with and easier to apply precisely, but it is annoying that you have to sharpen it. It's a little expensive, but totally worth it in my opinion.
on 1/23/2014 3:52:00 AM
More reviews by Mayl1ng
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine
I really like this product, it's a lip pencil that I can rely on when applying in the morning to still have on during lunch.Pretty much the only thing I don't like about this product is the fact that it's in a pencil form and needs sharpening.The product is highly opaque and is very matte without being drying, though I would recommend that people with usually dry lips moisturise before application.Though it's a great product, there are others that have a similar - if not the same - shade and texture in friendlier forms such as a lipstick tube. Therefore I will likely not be repurchasing this product.
on 1/13/2014 2:05:00 PM
More reviews by prettygirlmo
Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral
I love to wear red lipstick, Dragon Girl is a bright blue based matte red, with a pink undertone. It's a creamy matte pencil (which are my least favorite kind of lipstick because when you sharpen them you lose some product). It applies really easy, it's almost fully opaque, and it lasts a long time on the lips. It looks so pretty on, it kind of reminds me of Ruby Woo from MAC, but this isn't as red. I'm not a fan of the pencil, but the color is so beautiful I'm willing to over look it.
on 1/12/2014 4:17:00 AM
More reviews by RedLipsBlackHair
Skin: Normal, Tan, Warm
Hair: Black, Wavy, Other
Oh LAWD is this gorgeous. It is such a gorgeous bright blue-red. The formula is amaaazing. Such a comfortable smooth matte that fades evenly. Just glides like a dream when you apply it. This needs to be in my collection always. One of the best reds out there. I adore the name, too.
2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
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