NARS Man Ray for NARS Holiday Collection: The Kiss Has It in the Bag

nars man ray the kissMMWAH!

So, I know it’s like totes cliché to be a makeup lover obsessed with lip prints, but I am. It is what it is. And the bag in the new NARS The Kiss Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set ($49) has the cutest lip print.

It’s from the new NARS Man Ray Holiday collection (available now), which has lips all over the place! — on the packaging, the pans, and even gracing this shiny gold makeup bag.

And these lips here are speaking to my soul. I love that they’re a little uneven and fussy looking, like they’re p*ssed about someone parking in their designated spot, haha!

(OK…leave it to the accessories hoarder to go off on the bag five minutes!)

To their credit, the NARS LE holiday bags are some of the best holiday bags around. I have a black one with blue lips on it from a few years back, and it’s still going strong.

nars man ray the kiss topBig kiss!

Inside the bag are four full-size NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils, two of which, the darkest shades, Toundra and Endangered Red, are VERY pigmented re-promotes from the permanent line. The two lighter shades, Wild Ways and Spell Bound, are new, limited addition and, FYI, super sheer, which could be a deal-breaker for some peeps.

Just going by the numbers, though, this is a good deal. On its own, a stick of Endangered Red is $27, but you get four NARS Lip Pencils for $49 with this set.

nars man ray the kissFrom the top: Spell Bound, Wild Ways, Toundra, Endangered Red

I don’t know if you’re familiar with the Velvet Mattes, but I call them “anti-cat butt lipsticks,” because you know how some matte lipsticks dry your lips so much that they end up looking like a cat butt? (OMG, it’s true and you know it!) Anyway, these don’t. The formula also feels and looks lightweight.

nars man ray the kissClockwise from the upper left: Spell Bound, Wild Ways, Toundra, Endangered Red

They aren’t as long wearing as some mattes, and I do have to reapply mine after a meal or a coffee. Also, sometimes when my lips are extra dry, I won’t touch ’em at all, because they do catch on any flakes. But when my lips are in good shape and I’m in the mood, they’re fun.

Basically, I think these are lovely. Sure, Wild Ways and Spell Bound are a little sheer… I would’ve liked them to have a bit more pigment, but they’re still flattering in a delicate way.

The Kiss Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set is $49, and you can find it now at Sephora and online.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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