I hope all my sparklers are doing well and enjoying the return of my regularly scheduled blogging again! Today, I wanted to review something I have been totally obsessed with lately: NARS's Velvet Matte Lip Pencils*. They are totally a splurge product but it really delivers.
The NARS website claims that: The application of a lipstick combined with the convenience of a pencil in a jumbo crayon design. Lips are instantly saturated with rich pigments and a velvety matte finish. The long lasting, non-drying formula is enriched with emollients for a creamy texture, while a combination of unique silicones ensures long-lasting, seamless color for hours. Use for lining, all-over lip color, or pairing with another lip product.
- Rich, vivid shades
- Enriched with Vitamin E
- Convenient, easy application
Retail Price: $26 USD
Ms. Sparkles think that these are sent from heaven. I have the shade and "Cruella" (a sultry red) in the Matte format. I have included a swatch of "Rikugien" (a brownish nude) which is a NARS Satin Lip Pencil. The satin formula of Rikugien is more sheer in color and does not have the same staying power as the matte so I think the bold colors of the NARS velvet matte lip pencils shine and sparkle the most! I did want to throw in a quick comparison for the curious Sparkler since I have both formulas.
Overall, I love the pencil format because it is great for precise application of bright colors. These are such a great and hassle free way of wearing bright and bold lip colors. Much easier than a regular bold color lipstick, however, if you want to know how to keep a bold regular lipstick looking fab, check on my Make-Up 101 post on How To Wear a Dark Lipstick.
These pencils glide on ridiculously smooth. They also dry completely matte and feel like you are wearing nothing on your lips--even though they are bright with whatever color you choose! Did I also mention the staying power? I wear my bright red one through eating and drinking and only need minimal touch ups. If you are no eating and drinking, expect your lips to stay looking perfect!
I hope you enjoyed this product review. Let me know if there is a product you are curious about me reviewing. I would be more than happy to!
Shine & Sparkle!
*I am not paid or contacted by any of the companies mentioned in this post. These are my honest feelings and opinions.