NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Cythère for Spring 2013

Newly released from NARS for Spring 2013 is the Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Cythère. Already a fan of the Nars lip pencils I was excited to swatch this shade from the new collection. There is something about the jumbo-sized crayon packaging that greatly appeals to me. Perhaps it is due to my brief stint as a ‘expert colorer’ during my childhood.


Cythère is a soft metallic rose with multi-colored shimmer. The formula glides on lips beautifully, leaving opaque color. It is not especially glossy but provides the lips with lots of shine and hours of wear. The formula remains firm inside the pencil packaging and does not become messy upon use or after sharpening. Nars Lip Pencils will fit in any standard jumbo-sized makeup pencil sharpener.


Cythère is gorgeous glimmering-nude when worn on its own. I can see paring it with a pop of color on the eyes along with a tan and some rose-gold jewels. Layering it on top of a lip color will add a lovely metallic finish and provide some depth, as shown in the last photo.


(wearing NARS Cythère alone)



(NARS Cythère applied to the middle of lips on top of MAC Redd Lip Pencil)

 Are you a fan of the NARS Lip Pencils? What are your thoughts on Cythère?

19 thoughts on “NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Cythère for Spring 2013

  1. I just redeemed 100 points at Sephora for one of these today! The colour is “New Lover,” can’t wait to try and share my experience 😉
    It looks great on you and I’m glad the product works well! 😀

  2. I thought this lip pencil would look a bit dark on the lips but I think I’m wrong. It looks gorgeous when used alone or paired with a daring color. I don’t own any lipstick from this range and thanks for introducing this range to me 🙂

  3. Hahaha oh I know exactly what you mean about the appeal of these products, any crayon or marker shaped makeup just feels irresistibly fun, the way Crayolas were for me as a kid. When I initially saw the lip color, I couldn’t really picture who it’d be flattering on. Now I know! 😉

  4. Amazing! This is such a pretty shade for you Taylor! I wasn’t too sure about it seeing the swatch because it looks so frosty but you wear it perfectly! The idea of layering this is also genius!

  5. I was just about to say, “I wonder how this would look layered over red,” but you beat me to it haha. It’s a gorgeous, gorgeous color on you. Love that it’s more complex than your average nude, and of course I can’t resist crayon packaging like this!

  6. This is normally a color I’d run away from, but it looks great on you, and I love how you layered it! Your “expert colorer” comment made me laugh. I think I might have ruined a corner of the wall or two at some point too LOL

  7. Oh wow, if I wouldn’t knew what it is, I would totally think of an eyeshadow shade first 😀 I am surprised how good it looks on your skintone! I also like the idea of layering it. I only like the velvet pencils, the gloss ones are to sparkly for my liking.

  8. I thought this would be such a tough shade to wear for most people when I first saw it, but you make it look SO good, Taylor! I think you’re in the small percentage of those who can totally rock it!

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