I know I'm a little late in the game here given that Mexican Rose was released early this year. Actually, when NARS released their Velvet Lip Gloss Pencil line last year, I was intrigued. I wanted to try it but my fear of disappointment prevented me from doing so. I mean a lip gloss in pencil form sounded like something that would easily fade and nobody wants that.
NARS had a 1-day sale last month. And if I could save some dough on something that would potentially suck, I wouldn't feel so bad.
I wish I had gotten this sooner!
Calling this a lip gloss is deceiving. It doesn't have that high-gloss finish like real lip gloss does but it does impart a nice subtle shine on the lips. The color starts off sheer and is buildable. I noticed that once this product settles, the color becomes a bit more intense.
About my fear of this easily fading? Rubbish. Pure utter rubbish. The Velvet Lip Gloss Pencil lasts longer than Milani HD Advanced Lip Color. It's safe to say that this lasts the whole day because even if the top layer fades, Mexican Rose is so pigmented that it leaves a bright pink stain on the lips.
This is what Mexican Rose looks like applied light and heavy:
Although its not as moisturizing as NARS' Sheer Lipstick, this won't dry out the lips either. It's still pretty comfortable to wear.
As much as I love lipstick, I don't like how it's applied. Whether its from the tube, or if I use a small lip brush, or use a pencil and fill everything out... it's just too tedious. If you're like me and you want to apply bold color neatly with less time, then this pencil is perfect. That's actually the number one reason I love this product.
Bottom line is I love this and if I fancy another color from this line (I haven't really checked the others out), I'm pretty sure it's going to find a spot in my kit.