These lip pencils have been a cult favourite for years and when I got my hands on them, I completely understand why. NARS is one of my favourite makeup brands because of how much the brand values quality over quantity.
What is it: These two lip pencils are from NARS’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencil line. It’s essentially a matte lipstick in the form of a pencil. I picked up the shade Dragon Girl, which supposedly Taylor Swift swears by, and I was given Cruella, a deluxe sample size. Dragon Girl is a bright poppy red and Cruella is a Scarlett red. These retail for $33 (CDN) and can be picked up at any NARS retailers (mine’s from Sephora).
(Top: Dragon Girl Bottom: Cruella)
The Good: I now know why Taylor Swift swears by Dragon Girl. That red is probably one of the most gorgeous reds I’ve ever used. The staying power of these lip pencils are incredible. Both these shades stayed on my lips until I used makeup remover to remove it and I can’t be any happier! These pencils are SO pigmented. The colour you see is the colour you get. The finish isn’t completely matte but it’s matte with a hint of sheen (if that even makes sense). I love that it’s not the size of a lip liner pencil and is a little bit bigger…making it perfect for applying all over your lips with ease. The formula is incredibly smooth and does not dry out your lips at all. I’ve used these shades alone, I’ve paired them with one another and I’ve paired them with other lip products….and I wasn’t disappointed at all. Cruella and Dragon Girl are so different from one another, so when you pair them together…you are left with a unique red shade and I am all for it! These shades felt so light on my lips, that I forgot I had red lips on (lol).
The Bad: The only downside with this product is the fact that you have to sharpen it. I am hoping at some point NARS comes out with a retractable version of these lip pencils because sharpening them is a little hard (make sure you use a legit jumbo sharpener for makeup products). Other than that, nothing was terrible about this product.
Overall Rating: 9.5/10