Hey ladies! Today I’m going to be reviewing my first ever NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (£18) link. These pencils have so much hype online and they’re a cult product, plus its NARS so you can be sure I had high expectations! As usual I love the packaging, simple, functional and so very Narsissist with the colour at the end making it easy to distinguish from the rest (...that’ll be in my collection come May mwahahaa). Its a chubby pencil, comfortable to hold and not retractable - still need to buy their pencil sharpener, ehh.
Formula: What makes these so special is that although they’re pencils, they’re as creamy as you can get in this form. This pencil doesn’t dry out my lips and it doesn’t ‘set’ on the lips like a hard mask either. It’s the most comfortable, long wearing matte formula that I own so I totally understand why it gets so much hype. The only thing you have to remember though is to exfoliate and balm the lips well before. The word Velvet is right! Whilst it doesn’t DRY the lips out, it does highlight the dry bits and no-one really likes that look, so do the prep and it’ll be well worth it.
Colour: This shade is very similar to that dark mauvey Kylie Jenner look everyone was obsessed with. Its a pink and brown mixed together, with a dash of mauve. On my lips the brown comes through more than the pink and its a shade that somehow manages to pull my whole face together without any effort. I like wearing this alone, however sometimes I want to make it a little lighter and mixing it with Rimmel’s lip liner in spice reviewed here is probably my favourite way to wear it.
Price: The only thing that makes me sad about this pencil is the price. Don’t get me wrong, its the best lip pencil I’ve ever tried and so worth a high price tag but not too friendly for a student budget! I still prefer to hold out and wait for the ASOS sales when I can pick it up for 20% off!
It’s easy to reapply, doesn’t fade patchy and the colour is super versatile ^_^
Final Verdict:Rating: 9
Pros: The colour looks sophisticated, the packaging is great, it’s as creamy and non-drying as a lip pencil can get. It’s long lasting, it doesn’t fade or flake and it has wonderful pigmentation. Reapplication is seamless.
Cons: None of my jumbo sharpeners seem to fit so it looks like I’ll have to purchase the official one. Also if you haven’t prepped the lips beforehand, dryness will stand out.
Repurchase? Yes, I love the colour and everything else about it. Just have to wait till a nice 20% off sale of course!
Thank-you for reading ♥