NARS Torres del Paine Satin Lip Pencil (LE), Final Cut Collection

NARS Torres del Paine opener


Of the four Satin Lip Pencils released with the limited edition NARS Final Cut Collection (see my review on the New Attitude blush here), the one that came home with me was Torres del Paine, a fresh apricot shade that felt spot-on perfect to usher in Spring (which can’t get here soon enough, if you ask me). Something that I’ve come to really appreciate with this brand is not only the eclectic diversity of colour found within each collection (as well as the top-tier quality), but the unique geographical locations associated with each release – all stemming from the many exotic locales that M. François Nars has travelled to and in turn become the inspiration behind may of his collections.

Torres del Paine, is a vast national park in the Southern Patagonia region of Chile that includes mountains, glaciers, rivers and lakes, with the Cordillera del Paine mountain range the centerpiece of the park. When the sun hits this range at certain times of the day, the array of colours seen are absolutely breathtaking – and now I understand the connection to the name of this shade.


Torres del Paine, Chile (source)

NARS Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine Satin Lip Pencil (CAN $30.00) – a peach/coral lip hue with some cherry pink undertones in the base, in a jumbo pencil format (non-retractible), in a well-pigmented formula that falls short of being glossy, but holds a shiny finish just the same. The application couldn’t be easier, as this pencil seems to glide easily across the lips depositing an even layer of colour, while the tip makes defining the contours simple & effortless. You can wear this shade alone for a fresh and vibrant look, mixed with another one of the pencils (or your favourite lipstick) for a unique colour, or even with gloss layered on top. Lasting power was about 4.5 hours when worn alone, less with gloss on top, leaving my lips feeling smooth & hydrated long after it had worn off. The only downside is the fact that it needs to be sharpened, resulting in product waste; I’ve gotten around that issue by keeping the shaved bit of colour (in the sharpener) and then using a lip brush to apply it. Not my preferred scenario, but a lot better than throwing it away – especially since this shade is just so pretty, not to mention pricey.

Highly complimentary to most skin tones, although it does lean more warm than cool.

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NARS – Torres del Paine Satin Lip Pencil

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NARS – Torres del Paine Satin Lip Pencil

NARS Torres del Paine ingredients

NARS – Torres del Paine Satin Lip Pencil, ingredients list

NARS Torres del Paine swatch

NARS – Torres del Paine Satin Lip Pencil (in direct sunlight)

NARS Torres del Paine swatch 2

NARS – Torres del Paine Satin Lip Pencil (natural light)

NARS Torres del Paine swatch 3

NARS – Torres del Paine Satin Lip Pencil


The initial orange tint threw me off, as well as how close it appears to ‘Descanso‘, another similarly toned pencil in this collection (which I did not pick up), but what sold me after trying it out, WAS that vibrancy – something I’m trying to embrace more (colour, that is) and incorporate in my makeup looks. Since orange/coral/peach/apricot hues are not going away anytime soon and if what was seen on several of the runways is any indicator, a softer version such as Torres del Paine is a great way to add colour to your makeup wardrobe. And if it were a twist-up, then that would be absolute perfection …

Available now exclusively through Holt Renfrew (Canada), this is a limited edition shade – and totally backup worthy.

NARS Torres del Paine closer

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