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M.I.S.S. Beauty: NARS Summer Line

Summer is right around the corner, and to get us beauty addicts in the mood NARS is here to bring on the sizzle!

Summer 2012 features orchid, apricot, regal blue, strawberry red, seashell pink…colors I usually associate with Spring but it’s the pairing of these shades that makes them fun, edgy and just right. Also, I’m a little shocked that the popular shade for the season, orange, isn’t featured.

I was pleasantly surprised when I received the Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (from the good PR folks at NARS). The shade looks like it would be a vibrant bright, cool-toned pink.

But on the skin it’s something else:

It’s a tame lilac rose. It’s lovely and delicate while complimenting tanned skin and shimmery lids.

I love that it’s subtle and that I can wear it comfortably at the office. With a darker gloss layered on top – it becomes a dark mauve rose. It surprisingly compliments the great apricot blush and peach, silver, apricot eye shadow trio.

As you know, the Velvet Matte Lip Pencils are staples in my makeup bag. It’s a great layering base or as a solo look – it settles nicely and does not settle in the lines of my lips. I do get about three hours wear time, maybe a little longer depending on how much water and coffee is needed on a given work day! This is the fourth Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in my current collection and I’m always excited when a new color is introduced.

Here it is featured as my lip look of the day – as a matter of fact, I have been putting this pencil to work. I have worn this on its own with just a touch of lip balm on top for subtly glossed lips, and I have worn it with a lip gloss on top. I think I wore this at least four days in a row just to put it to the test. It may look muted on my dark skin but it never looks dull. It’s a shade that I wouldn’t normally reach for, but I am pleasantly surprised that I can pull this off.

Velvet Matte Lip Pencil retails for $24/USD and can be found at any department store or Sephora that carries the NARS collection. To learn more about the latest Summer 2012 collection, please click here.

This pencil was sent to me for consideration from the good folks at NARS.

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