NYC Pencil and Pout Lipgloss Makes Matching Fun

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MBB guest post!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.

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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.

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Swatches: gloss on right

The gloss

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.

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The liner

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!

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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?!

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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.

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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.


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  1. Megan **** says:

    🙂 This is such a good review. I like how you added a rebuttal about how it isn’t as high quality as more expensive brands, but still good for it’s price. You’re absolutely right! For $5, it’s a steal 🙂

  2. Maggie says:

    Loving your guest posts, Rae!
    $5 is a steal. I’m not much of a lip liner person (unfortunately), but the gloss looks fab! 😀
    .-= Maggie’s last blog post… Earthy Autumn Neutral EOTD with the UD Show Pony Palette! =-.

  3. Rebecca says:

    Oooh, such a pretty color! I especially love the two together.
    .-= Rebecca’s last blog post… Korres Face Primer Review =-.

  4. Dao says:

    Once upon a time, I got this for a buck and gave it away. The color is too bright for me but I hope the one who received it would enjoy it. I don’t see this NYC product anymore, I wonder if it was phased out.
    .-= Dao’s last blog post… Sunday Read List; GILTY Pleasres Weekly Blog Tour Vol. 3 =-.

  5. Rae says:

    Hi Megan,

    Thanks! I find it really hard to tell how good an item REALLY is when it’s not compared to anything — for me, a high-end gloss has to be better than a low-end one to warrant the same kind of raves. (For instance if it was the same gloss, the $5 version might get an A-, whereas the $30 one would bet a B. Different standards, y’know?)
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… GLITTER! =-.

  6. Rae says:

    Maggie: Thanks girl =) The gloss is great, enough so that even if you never wear the gloss, this is still worth it!
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… GLITTER! =-.

  7. Rae says:

    *whoops! That should have said “never wear the liner,” rather than “never wear the gloss” 😛
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… GLITTER! =-.

  8. Rae says:

    Rebecca: I know! It’s like stunning + stunning = superstunning 😛
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… GLITTER! =-.

  9. Rae says:

    Hi Dao,

    Aww man 🙁 I hadn’t even noticed that. I really hope NYC hasn’t phased these out, because I think they’re wonderful… here’s to hoping!
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… Wedding bells ring =-.

  10. Tavia says:

    The color is not among my favorites, but looks better with the liner on and with those white sparkling teeth 🙂
    .-= Tavia’s last blog post… NEW: Lancome O My Rose Collection – Spring 2010 =-.

  11. Christy says:

    Oooh, time to go to Zeller’s 🙂 I’ve never tried NYC because they never have testers available. But now I see that they’re worth a shot.
    .-= Christy’s last blog post… MAC Holiday Mischief Makers Soft Shenanigans & Frsiky Business Review & Swatches =-.

  12. sarahPUFFY says:

    Ha, I used to have this same product, but in a different shade. Your review is spot on!
    .-= sarahPUFFY’s last blog post… Review: Cover FX’s Conceal FX Camofauge Concealer =-.

  13. Rae says:

    Hi Tavia,

    Aww, thanks! It makes my teeth look a little whiter than they actually are, thanks to the blue undertones 🙂
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… GOSH sale =-.

  14. Rae says:

    Hi Christy,

    Lol!! I’ve tried a couple of their items, and they’re pretty hit/miss. When you find a “hit,” though, they’re amazing!! (Especially for the price.)
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… GOSH sale =-.

  15. Rae says:

    Hi sarahPUFFY,

    Thanks! It’s a great product 🙂
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… GOSH sale =-.

  16. amy says:

    That is a lovely shade of red. I always see NYC at London Drugs but never paid much attention. I will sneak a peek at their kiosk the next time head down that way.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… EOTD Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Pencil Super Stash Product Pictures, Review, Swatches on Eyes Part 3: Ransom, Rockstar and Stash =-.

  17. i like the color! I do think the dual function is great. cause I’m too lazy to reach for my lip liner…
    .-= Blovet Beauty’s last blog post… Honey Love + Pink Nouveau + Jap. Mag. =-.

  18. Rae says:

    Hi Amy,

    Thanks! You should definitely check out the stand next time — some of it’s utter crap, but there are quite a few gems in there!
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… GOSH sale =-.

  19. Rae says:

    Hi Blovet Beauty,

    I know, me too! Though I love my liners, it’s usually gloss-only for me in the morning… picking one out requires too much effort 😛
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… GOSH sale =-.

  20. Shiny says:

    Ahhh guest writer… I was looking at those lips thinking, that’s not Karen?!
    This does look to be a good deal, will look for it… thanks!

  21. Shannon says:

    Hi! That looks fab! Thanks for the review, you are right in that some of it is awful but for $5 or less their stuff is worth a try!

    I recently tried their eyeliner pencils and for a girl who hates eyeliner pencils (even some of the $$$$ ones) they are Amazing for $2!!

    In Florida they have NYC at EVERY CVS and Walgreens and Walmart. The stuff is literally everywhere.
    .-= Shannon’s last blog post… How Much Fabric? Card GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!! =-.

  22. Rae says:

    Hi Shiny,

    LOL! Yah, I’m not Karen… I only wish!
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… The one in which the intro gets WAY TOO LONG. =-.

  23. Rae says:

    Hi Shannon,

    The liner pencils sound great! I have way too many liners already, but at $2 perhaps I can justify checking them out 😛 I’m jealous, it’s so hard to find brands like NYC up here!
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… The one in which the intro gets WAY TOO LONG. =-.

  24. Melinda says:

    I actually got the kit that has three different ones in it the only reason i found your website was because i was looking for a review on them i got mine at my local Factory 2 U for $2.99 it comes in the shades Mauvette duet, Lilac duet [ which is actually a pink] & Ruby duet i saw these & thought hey why not they look really cute im happy i got them & for $2.99 for three its a steal!

  25. chris says:

    I’ve been trying to find any info on these for AGES!!! I remember them from years ago, actually I swear it was from before 09 when I first saw them. I used to LOVE these, the glosses were nice & pigmented & the matching liner was convenient. I couldn’t for the life of me remember what they were called-I was thinking along the lines of ‘line & shine’, but that wasn’t right. Now I know it’s pencil & pout. I also had for whatever reason thought they were Wet n Wild, but it was NYC-I sometimes mix those two brands up. But this is the only photo or any mention of them I’ve found so far, so I’m thinking finding any on Amazon may not happen.

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