Yu! You know I’ve got nothing but mad love for Yu. I’m so happy to see Yu again! 🙂
Yaaaas, queen, Yu is one of my favorite NARS Satin Lip Pencils of all freakin’ time, and it just so happens to be one of the three full-size pencils in the new $49 NARS True NARS summer gift set.
This year there are three limited edition NARS summer gift sets — two lip sets and one blush palette — and True NARS is the boldest of the two summer lip sets.
Do you feel like the world is a kinder, gentler place when you’re wearing bronzer? Or is the pursuit of toasty, tanned skin one of your ongoing life goals? If you answered yes to either of those questions, then True NARS is the lip set for you, because its vivid pink Satin Lip Pencil in Yu, vivid watermelon Satin Lip Pencil in Luxembourg and matte berry red Velvet Matte Li pencil in Provocative Red were picked and put together for the way they pop when worn with bronzed skin. Wear any of them separately like I’m doing in the swatches here, or combine them to create your own custom splash of spectacular sorry-not-sorry color.
I’m familiar with Yu and Luxembourg because both are re-promotes from the permanent line, and the ones here are just as slick and saturated as ever.
With its smooth formula, Provocative Red, the brand new shade, feels just as bangin’ as the set’s other two pencils, but visually, at least compared to the other two colors, it’s more of a lower-case ka-pow!
I definitely still like it — especially for mixing with the other two shades to deepen them.
And did I mention that the pencils are full size? Yup, so you get three full-size pencils for $49, which would cost $78 if they were purchased separately, plus the limited edition carrying case (which comes with a mirror) and a pencil sharpener.
One thing, though, about the case? — the friggin’ thing is hard to open! I feel like a gorilla trying to open a dainty jewelry box, LOL! There’s something off about the latch, and I chipped my nails (twice) prying it open.
My Essie mani was not happy about that…
If you’d like to meet Yu (and I hope you do!) and her two cohorts in the new True NARS set, head on over to Nordstrom or nordstrom.com, where they’re available right now (and also at NARS boutiques starting August 1).
AVAILABILITY: Limited edition, and available now at Nordstrom stores and nordstrom.com; also coming to NARS boutiques starting August 1
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A- (beautiful colors and a great value, but dang if that case isn’t a bear to open!)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,