NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret Review & Swatches

With so many new makeup releases for the holiday season, it is hard to decide what to purchase and what not. This year I’ve been doing pretty good at buying just the things I really want. You know, the kind that you love at first sight/swipe/swatch and when you come home you still think about it for the next 3 days. That is how I know I really want it and have to have it! And one of such said thing I’ve come across this year is the new NARS lip pencil set called Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret!

NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret
NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret

NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret is a limited edition lip pencil set released exclusively for the NARS Laced with Edge Holiday 2014 Collection. The set contains 5 lip pencils in 2 different textures — 3 satins and 2 velvet mattes. The pencils are not twist-up style and will require sharpening (sharpener not included). The disadvantage of this is that you will lose a little bit of product each time you sharpen them but on the bright side, you can sharpen them to a very pointed tip. To prevent the tip from becoming dull too easily, try to use the tip only to line and then flip to the flat side to fill in your lips.

The pencils are housed in a long, rectangular transparent acrylic box with the “Laced with Edge” pattern in white printed throughout. It is a thick and sturdy box that once you remove the pencils (and insert), you can reuse it for storage of your makeup or tools. I use mine to store some of my eye brushes. :)

NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret
NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret

The mini-sized pencils may seem convenient to take with you on the go but before tossing them in your makeup bag, make sure that the cap is securely close all the way. I’ve been in the situation where the cap popped right off because there was too much air trapped inside. So, be careful!

NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret; top - bottom: Descanso, Torres Del Paine, Yu, Iberico, and Cruella
NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret; top – bottom: Descanso, Torres Del Paine, Yu, Iberico, and Cruella

I think NARS did great with the shade selection in this set. The colors are well thought out and include a shade for every occasion. There are some basic pale nude and peachy nude as well as some bolder colors such as pink, coral, and red. You can also mix and match them to create even more colors, too. Those with a black ring on the colored end of the pencil have a satin texture whereas those without have a velvet matte texture.

Shade breakdown

The colors included in this set are Descanso, Torres Del Paine, Yu, Iberico, and Cruella.

  • Descanso – a tea rose; satin texture
    This is basically a pale peachy pink nude on me and I really like paring it with a dark smokey eye! :) The formula goes on smoothly and provides a semi-opaque finish in one pass. It leaves my lips slightly shiny with a light hydrating feel for a couple of hours but after that it fades into just a pale nude color and with a slight drying feel. It is a beautiful color but I wish the wear time was a bit better.
  • Torres Del Paine – a peach coral; satin texture
    This is a tricky color to wear for me. On unprimed lips, the super pale peachy nude pigments tend to apply unevenly due to the transclucency and creaminess of the formula. To get a good color payoff, I have to apply in multiple layers which sometimes leads to a thick and cakey feel. It doesn’t seem to want to adhere to my lips at all unless I apply it over a smoothing lip primer. When worn over a primer, the formula feels less dry and is less likely to settle into lip lines and emphasize imperfections. The wear time is quite short as the color tends to fade quickly after just a couple of hours.
  • Yu – a shocking pink; satin texture
    Yu is a bright (and frightening) hot pink and the most fun color in the set! The color payoff is incredibly rich and intense and even on my pigmented lips, one pass is more than enough to get an opaque finish. The formula feels super smooth and leaves some serious shine. It has the same satin texture as Descanso and Torres Del Paine but it lasts much, much longer. Yu wears comfortably well for 4-5 hours on me before fading into a non-drying pink stain that is quite difficult to remove! :D
  • Iberico – an intense coral; velvet matte texture
    This one is a gorgeous orange coral that will light up your face the moment you put it on! It’s such a bold and “modern” color that I think I’ll get a lot of use out of. The velvety and richly-pigmented texture applies smoothly and evenly, coating my lips with an opaque finish in one stroke. Even though it leaves a matte appearance, I don’t find it to be overly drying at all. The color stays put for 4-5 hours on me and from there fades slightly into a dark coral stain.
  • Cruella – a scarlet red; velvet matte texture
    Such a beautiful vampy red! It tends to wash out the “yellow” tone of my skin a bit, though. Similar to Iberico, Cruella is incredibly pigmented and provides full coverage in one pass. The velvety matte finish does feel drying just slightly towards the end but it does not seem to highlight any lip imperfections during wear. The color wears well for 4-5 hours before fading into a red stain.
NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret; L-R: Descanso, Torres Del Paine, Yu, Iberico, and Cruella
NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret; L-R: Descanso, Torres Del Paine, Yu, Iberico, and Cruella
NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret; L-R: Descanso, Torres Del Paine, Yu, Iberico, and Cruella
NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret; L-R: Descanso, Torres Del Paine, Yu, Iberico, and Cruella

The edgy look!

For this photo shoot I thought I’d do something different with the lighting to reflect my mood. The weather where I live has been pretty depressing for the past few weeks. There hasn’t been any sunshine for 15 days now (yes, I count) and I am going bananas!

So I present you; the edgy and desaturated version of me:

Wearing NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret; top: Cruella; middle: Descanso and Torres Del Paine; bottom: Yu and Iberico
Wearing NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret;
top: Cruella
middle: Descanso and Torres Del Paine
bottom: Yu and Iberico

I am so not made for this kind of weather. Really, I’m not. It’s hard for me to be happy and productive when it’s always cold and dark outside. :(

Anyways… moving on…

Yes, I do recommend the Nars Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret! Especially for those who like to occasionally wear bold lips but do not want to invest in a full-sized version (which would probably take a long time to finish). Considering that a regular NARS lip pencil will set you back $25 each, this is absolutely a great deal because you get to try different colors and formulas for the price of less than 2 full-sized ones. I am pretty happy with all 5 colors, even the nudes, which surprisingly do not seem to wash out my complexion at all. This is definitely one of the best holiday gift sets I have purchased thus far! :)

Do you tend to wear bolder makeup in winter? How do you cope with the cold and gloomy weather? Do you prefer seasonal weather variations or warm weather all year round?


US$49 at SephoraAmazon

฿1,050 at Sephora Thailand

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  1. says: Sunny

    Hey Jaa, I’m glad you got this set! I’ve been loving mine, although like you, I definitely love the brighter/darker three more than the palest two! Descanso pairs well with heavier eyes, but Torres del Paine is a little… peachy in the 60’s way. Still, no regrets here!

    Sorry to hear you haven’t been feeling well. The weather is still quite mild here and we get some sunlight, but the fact that it gets dark before 5 gets to me sometimes. I say get a kitty because they’re great cold weather companions :)

    1. says: Jaa

      Can’t wait to read your review, Sunny! When applied over a good lip liner (or thick lip balm), Torres Del Paine performs so much better! My bf and I are thinking about having a pet but it will probably be a squirrel before a cat, haha. We are CRAZY about squirrels! He’s sitting right behind me right now cracking mixed nuts to feed our friends on Thanksgiving day. Haha. We are thanking them for being so cute and making us smile and laugh every day! :D

        1. says: Jaa

          My brother has a squirrel pet!! He’s ADORABLE! Wild and running all over the place but still adorable! LOL. I want to have one but I might have to wear a thick jumpsuit all the time for fear of scratches. Hehe

  2. says: Jasmine

    Cruella and Yu look spectacular and nice weartime!! 15 days is a long time, luckily you don’t live in Iceland, apparently they have like no sun for the half of the year.

  3. says: Monique

    Is it bad that I want this just to then quickly empty the contents and use the box for something lol

    All beautiful colors in this set.

    Yikes 15 days……….., although the shoot reflecting such mood you look great in, I hope you get some sunshine soon.
    Thanks for sharing this with us :-)

  4. says: Laarni

    I love everything on you and I am interested to see if I can rock that Yu and Iberico!!! I love the look, Jaa! Your hair is long now and it’s pretty! Anddddd, i love the smudgy smoked eyes! AND YES red lips! Well, Manila weather is always fine unless there is a super typhoon coming. We have sun everyday but it’s a little bit chilly now, which I love because it does not melt my makeup. Heehee. TC!

    1. says: Jaa

      Oh you would totally rock those shades, Laarni! We have similar skin tones so I bet they would look smashing on you! ;D

      Thanks so much for the compliment! I think I’ll keep my hair long for a while! Short hair is nice but long hair is easier to control for me (I can do quick pony tails and stuff). I’m jealous! I love getting up to a bright sunny day everyday! :)

  5. says: Liz

    You look like a sexy vampire. :D

    I admire the colours in this range but the fact that you have to sharpen something so pricey… ugh, I can’t. I’d rather throw my money at their Audacious lipsticks.

  6. says: Xuvious

    The pale shades look great on you! So glad you reviewed this, I wanted to see your photos. :)
    I need this set in my life but I think the pale ones will wash me out.

    1. says: Jaa

      They are definitely tricky to wear but with a proper base/liner, you can tweak the color just a bit so they won’t wash you out! :) You can also do gradient lips which I’ve been doing for the past few days! I love gradient lips! :)

  7. says: Lily

    Very nice! I would’ve gotten this set but I realised after started doing 30 days of lipstick that I cannot buy more lipsticks!! LOL :-)

  8. says: Fiona

    Sucha beautiful shade choices! All the colours seems totally wearable and suits you so well. Cruella nd Yu being my ultimate favourite.

  9. says: Grace

    Hellooooo beautiful girl!!! Long time no see. I hope you are well. I Bought this set too. Love love it. I usually don’t wear red as its too high maintenance for me but the cruella in this set is so easy to wear. I only bought two Christmas collection this year. This set and the hourglass blush palette, both I am so happy with x

  10. says: Natasja

    Oh my god. Can you get any more beautiful? I know it’s supposed to be about the lip pencils.. but damn, you are so stunning with Cruella on!

  11. says: Sylirael

    I can still remember walking to school in the pitch black, over a frozen lake, when I was in northern Germany (Baltic coast). The first breath of icy air outside made my nose bleed! >_< It had a certain excitement to it, but only because I knew I didn't have to do it all Winter, LOL! Hope the sun breaks through soon!

    This is such a nice set :-) I'm surprised how similar the two nudes look in the lip swatch, compared to the arm one! It doesn't matter though, because they all look great on you (damn you!). Yu is a real pop of colour! <3

    1. says: Jaa

      Ouch! Nose bleed is bad. I’m glad I’ve never gotten it that bad. How long were you in Germany for? Is that where you picked up German language?

      Thanks so much as always, Syl! :D

      1. says: Sylirael

        I was only in Germany for two months that time, over Christmas 2003-2004. I won a language scholarship – I learned German at high school mostly!

          1. says: Sylirael

            Hm, let’s see:


            :-D (I hope you’re a Monty Python fan, otherwise I’m going to sound like a raving lunatic)…

  12. says: Shari

    I want this even if I have Cruella already. And by golly, Cruella looks amazing on you!!! :*
    Thanks for the thorough review Jaa! I’m tempted to get it asap :)

      1. says: Zeebi Kabeer

        I got the Cruella today! I’m excited to try it on. When I swatches it in the store, it was so creamy soft. Although I didn’t see Iberico :(

        If the Cruella wears well on me, I’m definitely going back for more colors!

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