We’ve been put on notice today — theNotice, that is. The charming Rae of theNotice blog shares one of her all-time drugstore makeup faves, NYC’s Pencil and Pout.
Posing for the camera
So you know those mornings when you just don’t want to get out of bed? Yah, those ones — the ones where you sit in front of the mirror after taking caffeine into your bloodstream and realize that you’re too tired to tell your mascara from your brow gel, much less match your lipliner to your gloss?
Well, if you can track it down (can be hard to find online), NYC may have a solution. It’s their cute little Pencil and Pout lipgloss in Parfait Duet (about $5), with its hidden liner in the stem of the applicator.
Swatches: gloss on right
I think it’s pretty great. Medium wear for a drugstore gloss –- nothing totally amazing -– but the shade’s like strawberry pie, and nothing reminiscent of strawberry pie could possibly be bad, because, well, it’s strawberry pie.
A cool red with raspberry undertones, creamy but not to the point that it mars a sharp lipline. I love that it’s an automatic lip pencil and doesn’t need a sharpener to make precise lines on the go!
I quite like the shade and checked for dupes in my stash. Guess what? It’s actually pretty unique. I mean, I’m sure you could find something similar if you really tried, but HEY — it’s insanely well priced, even mail ordered from eBay, so why the heck would you?!
From left to right: NYC Pencil and Pout in Parfait Duet, Cargo Berry, Victoria’s Secret Sizzle, Aura Science Sugar Plum (disc.), MAC Quartz and MAC Cranberry
The two together
Pure creamy goodness! It’s a great neutral-cool red with raspberryish undertones, and I just can’t get enough.
The verdict? I don’t know about the other shades, but Parfait Duet gets a huge thumbs up from me. I love the texture and finish of both the liner and the gloss. Sure, they’re not “high-end calibre” and won’t wear for six hours without feathering like Chanel Rouge Allure Laque, but man! For $5 a pop, this duo’s a steal.
This post was written by Rae, the beautiful brains behind theNotice. Beauty blogger (with a wicked penchant for lip looks), student and makeup enthusiast, Rae can’t remember a time when she didn’t love makeup.