I figured it's time we have a look at the more conventional colors of NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner pencils (I already reviewed the newest shade, the gorgeous mint green Barrow Street that came out as part of NARS Summer 2013 collection). These are hard working pencils, wonderfully soft and equally long-lasting (you need a heavy duty makeup remover to take them off). The Larger Than Life pencils survive allergies and rainy days, are pliable enough to be used all over the lid as a base for powder eye shadows and are all around awesome.
Madison Avenue is a dark matte gray, Rue Saint-Honoré is a shimmer royal blue, and Via Veneto is one of the blackest blacks and gives an excellent competition to long time favorites such as Lancome black kohl pencil. Since I have no issue with oily lids, using a primer cements the pigment to my skin and prevents unwanted smudging and migrating. The liners are reliable and make excellent travel companions, as long as you don't leave them anywhere hot enough for the product to melt and break-- they really are that soft. The pencils don't need sharpening- you twist the end to expose more product. If you do break the tip and it becomes too blunt, just reshape with your fingers and let them cool and set.
NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner: Madison Avenue, Rue Saint-Honoré, Via Veneto ($24 each) are available at the counters, Sephora and from narscosmetics.com. The products in this review were sent to me free of charge by the company.