This year's free birthday gift for Sephora Beauty Insiders & VIB's is two deluxe sized lip pencils from Nars. The set consists of a Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien a Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella. Rikugien is a sheer natural lip color with a bit of shimmer, and Cruella is a medium-dark matte red.
Rikugien has a balmy formula, but is slighty uncomfortable on the lips due to the shimmer. I thought I would like the color of Rikugien, but it's so close to my natural lip color that all it does is add a balmy finish and a bit of glitter, which I'm not a huge fan of. However, I do quite like Cruella. Despite its matte finish, it has a thin and lightly moisturizing formula. Cruella is very intensely pigmented and I love the color, although I probably will not wear it until the fall and winter months. Overall, I think its a cute little set and it is free, so how can I complain?