It's not often you come across a product that makes all that stuff you love to death seem like hit-n-quit shit. But at this point, if I had to throw all my other glossy lipsticks overboard and could only cling to three, these Nars Satin pencils might just be it. They'd have to fight my Bite pencils in the rigging with cutlasses, but that's Darwinian selection for you. Their incredible texture knocks me the fuck out of my boots.
Yes, I know they're expensive and need sharpening and that is tremendously annoying. But they were on special dammit. And who has anything like Golshan in their stash? I sure as hell didn't. Golshan and Luxembourg are exceptional A+in-every-respect must-haves, with Palais Royal scoring a very respectable A- that is only really diminished in comparison.
Let's look at them in that order.
Golshan is often described as red and it does read a little red in the swatches, but it really, really isn't; look at the tube shots and then pull it back toward caramel with the power of your mind. The first three-shade swatch is very true. It is a concentrated, boiled-down terracotta ochre with a very minor suggestion of vintage rose in its background.
I don't know how all that is possible, and I don't care. Below, L2R: Palais Royal, Luxembourg, Golshan.
Palais Royal reminded me of Guerlain Rouge G Gigolo as soon as I slapped it on, but you can see from the swatches that the latter is quite a bit warmer and PR is actually more akin to something like Nars Terre de Feu or MAC Diva in its coolish berry leanings.
It is sedate, adult and very slightly smoky, mooching toward grapey purple, especially on my dark mouth. At around 80 % opacity, it does suffer from minor creasing and very slight migration, but doesn't bleed and any shortcomings are just nitpicking (especially relatively speaking) for something both dark and glossy. In fact, only that infamous OG Gigolo surpasses it for smoothness and lip-comfort in my experience, and so it bloody should for twice the price. Palais Royal smudges out to a really beautiful wine stain with a bit of finger work.
Sorry about the messy swatches. I got overexcited.
Above L2R: Luxembourg, Golshan, Palais Royal.