Nars Guy Bourdin Holiday Collection Limited Edition Lip Pencil Set

by Molly Gardner

Just so we are all on the same page “Coffret” is a fancy word for the-best-lip-pencil-set-ever.

I walked into the Sephora during their V.I.B sale (20% off the ENTIRE STORE) and I had given myself a pep talk.  I was going to stay focused and get the foundations I wanted (more on those in another post).  Maybe an eyeshadow kit.  Maybe.  I knew what colors I need for the foundations.  I was to get in and get out.

But then I went into the store and it was a different story.  I touched, I swatched, I believed.  At one point I looked down at my arms and had to laugh at myself.  I looked like one of those rainbow striped candy canes that tastes like cherries.

I had been admiring the Guy Bourdin limited edition makeup since I got the first email about it from Nars.  The colors seemed so beautiful and kind of far out, but somehow looked like you could still wear each of them.  I had seen the blushes in real life and I am an adult woman not embarrassed to admit that the purple blush took my breath away.

nars box

I did not realize that Nars had a limited edition Guy Bourdin lip pencil set until I went nuts in Sephora that day.  (Quick link to Sephora here)  Not joking, I did a double take, then swatched all the colors.  I expected them to be too bright for everyday wear, but too my surprise every single color was wearable and stunning.

Nars Lip Kit

The set comes with five pencils:

– 0.06 oz x 2 Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella, Sex Machine,  Never Say Never & Dolce Vita
– 0.08 oz Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover

and a black makeup bag with blue lips on the front.

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Nars pencils are normally .086 oz  and $25 each, so this set is an insane deal at $45 for all five pencils.  Sephora says the set is a $97 value.

I’ve already written about my love for Nars matte lip pencils HERE.  However, it is worth mentioning again that these lip pencils have a way of looking so natural on your lips.  I can’t explain it, it just looks like your lips are supposed to be the shade you are wearing.  The Velvet Gloss texture was also amazing.  The color really lasts and stays on your lips, but is has this gorgeous sheen and dimension.

New Lover looks like your lips, but more defined with a hint of pink.

Perfect Lover

New Lover

Cruella is a gorgeous deep red, very sophisticated.



Never Say Never is a wearable purple-ish pink.  Its so, so beautiful on and unlike any other shade I own.

Never Say Never

Never Say Never

Dolce Vita is one of Nar’s best selling shades.  It is a dark dusty rose.  It’s pretty but I think will look better on me in the summer when I’m not so pale.

Dolce Vita

Dolce Vita

Sex Machine might be my favorite out of the whole set, it’s a stunning light rose shade.  It looks like a matte version of your lips.  It defines your natural lip shape and the natural color visually plumps your lips.

Sex Machine

Sex Machine


I love Nars lip pencils because the color lasts for hours without having to be touched up.  Also, they don’t slip around on your face, so there is not danger of accidentally touching your mouth and ending up with red lipstick above your eyebrow.  Been there, done there, still too soon/painful to talk about.

This set is a MUST HAVE.  The colors are beyond gorgeous, with some really unique shades, and it is an insane deal.  Run, don’t walk to get it before it sells out.  It is limited edition so when it’s gone it’s gone and we’ll all be crying.

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Dorothy November 16, 2013 - 1:24 pm

Thanks for the great information on this set! I’ve been eyeing it for weeks. Do you think these need a gloss, or perfect as is? If a gloss, any suggestions? Thanks! 🙂

Reply November 18, 2013 - 6:08 am

Thank you for reading!! I like these as is, but sometimes if my lips feel dry, I add a dab of Vaseline in the Cocoa Butter scent on the center of my lips and pat it to the corners. But I try not to because I LOVE the way Nars does the matte lip so perfectly.

Kristi November 17, 2013 - 2:31 pm

I just bought this yesterday on your recommendation and LOVE it! I “accidentally” bought two other sets while I was in Sephora… Oops 🙂

Reply November 18, 2013 - 6:09 am

Haha, I’ve been there before! That’s why I had to give myself the “pep talk” before I let myself shop the V.I.B/ sale 🙂 Which other ones did you get?

Kristi November 18, 2013 - 6:35 pm

I also got the Sephora Favorites in the Lip Set Promiscuous and the Superstars. Can’t wait to try everything out. I would have gotten the Guy Bourdain blushes but they were sold out which might have been a good thing… my husband was standing right next to me when the whole time and had his mouth wide open when the total popped up. He knew not to say anything, though 🙂

Molly November 18, 2013 - 6:58 pm

Haha! Well done though. Those lip sets are on point! I wanted the blushes too!!

Dorothy November 18, 2013 - 11:19 pm

Thank you for your help-Never thought about using Vaseline. Thanks again! 🙂

Reply November 19, 2013 - 7:07 am

No problem! 🙂


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