It’s lipstick week for me this week! I’m determined to organise my lipsticks in terms of colour and formulation (matte, satin, nourishing etc). This is quite a task as I have accumulated a rather large collection through the years, although some of my older lipsticks I mostly collect, rather than wear. Was having a look at my Nars lipsticks yesterday and posted an Instagram photo which lots of you liked. So, I thought I’d give you my thoughts on a couple of more recent launches by the brand: first, the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil and second, a personal favourite, the Nars Velvet Lip Glide.
Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – review and swatches of the new shades
There were already 21 Velvet Matte Lip Pencils to chose from in the permanent line and Nars now added another ten, high-impact shades to tempt us even more! Here are the claims (in italics), taken from the official Nars website and my thoughts next to them:
“The application of a lipstick combined with the convenience of a pencil in a jumbo crayon design”: Absolutely. The Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil can be used as a lipstick or lip liner. It’s a multi-functional, easy to use product. Nars might say that it’s a jumbo crayon, but to me it feels lightweight and so easy to carry around! I have definitely seen chunkier products by other brands that are possibly less elegant to hold than this. For example the Art Sticks by Bobbi Brown are definitely more jumbo.
“Lips are instantly saturated with rich pigments and a velvety matte finish”: Pigmentation, as always with Nars, is exceptional. It can be built up too, for more impact. To add to that, the finish is indeed velvet matte, but not as velvet as you can get with the Velvet Lip Glide (comparison to follow).
“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”: The formulation is indeed long lasting, so thumbs up for that. However, the rest depends on your own lips. The longer you wear a matte lipstick (and that, I find, goes for all matte lipsticks), the drier your lips will eventually feel. The Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil is enriched with Vitamin E and is more creamy than other recently released matte formulations. It is still somewhat drying though and I always use a lip balm underneath. In any case, it feels super lightweight on my lips and does last for a long time.
As mentioned earlier, the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil now comes in 31 whooping shades! The new colours are all over the Nars Boutique in Covent Garden!
Ok, now let’s go inside, shall we? *opens door*
There we are! These are all yummy shades, but with a bit more emphasis on reds and berries, I’d say. Oh, there is also a random dark blue for the very daring ones of you (far right in the picture, called Unspoken). However, you can find even more shades in the line; these are just the ones released a couple of weeks ago. I’ve swatched seven out of 10 shades for you:
Please, look from top to bottom and you’ll find: Dirty Mind, Endangered Red, Pussy Control (as a tribute to Prince’s song), Let’s go Crazy, Intriguing, Do me Baby and Famous Red. My favourites? Intriguing and Do me Baby which looks better on me than I thought they would. Here’s how it looks on my lips:
I wore Do me Baby yesterday and, guys, I love that shade. Beautiful on my complexion as it is right now, think I’ll enjoy it when I get my tan back too!
Let’s not talk about my hair! London turned autumnal again, so what can one do. Please, note my furry scarf… sigh! Anyway, at least Do me Baby looks nice, doesn’t it? I also wore Pussy Control, but have mixed feelings about that. I need to do more of a trendy look overall to pull it off better. Here’s the photo, but really not sure I can pull that off.
Nars velvet lip glide – review, comparison to the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil and swatches of my picks
The Nars Velvet Lip Glide comes in 17 shades and it’s housed in a tube, similar to a lip gloss. There is a sponge applicator which makes application super easy and precise.
Let’s have a look at the claims now, shall we? Same as before, the claims are italicised and my comments are next to them:
“Covetable comfort meets confident color in a high-pigment formula that glides like a gloss, cloaks like a lipstick—and feels like nothing else”: In my humble view, this description is spot on. This formula is dreamy. Pigment is amazing, it glides onto lips beautifully, doesn’t stick on any dryness and does stick on as a lipstick. It’s very long-wearing too.
“Semi-matte color glides on and stays supple without drying or feeling sticky. Developed with Oil Infusion Complex, an innovative concentration of precious oils, fused to create a smooth-glide effect”: The Nars Velvet Lip Glide doesn’t exactly feel nourishing but it’s definitely not drying. My already dry lips love wearing it as it’s feels soft and creamy, even after application.
“Fully coats lips on contact with smooth, saturated, semi-matte style”: As far as I’m concerned, that’s totally true. The finish is semi-matte and quite luminous. This is real velvet finish and the shades stay true to colour from the moment you apply it till three hours later.
It’s possible that you can already tell from my description that I like the Nars Velvet Lip Glide! Quite a lot even! It’s a marvellous formulation and both the application and wear experience are just high quality. So, well done Nars!
If you compare the Nars Velvet Lip Glide to the Velvet Lip Pencil, you’ll see that the former is way more Velvet, more comfortable to wear, more luminous and, for me, more velvet. The Velvet Lip Pencil tries to be velvet but ends up matte. Pigmentation is similar, although I’d say that the Velvet Lip Glide provides more colour with one sweep. At this stage, let’s have a look at my picks:
I just love Bound. It’s a mauvy neutral shade that I absolutely love. All in all, as a drier lip girl, I prefer the Nars Velvet Lip Glide to the Velvet Lip Pencil, but it all depends on what suits you. Here’s me wearing Bound:
The Nars Velvet Lip Glide retails at £22 whilst the Nars Velvet Lip Pencil costs £20. They can both be purchased at most department stores in the UK, Space NK as well as online at the official Nars website, here and here respectively. Check out Karen’s post here for more swatches of the Velvet Lip Pencil too.
I hope you enjoyed this post and that you find it helpful! Let me know in the comments which Nars lipsticks you love and if you’ve tried any of the two Velvet formulations.
Have a beautiful start to your week and speak to you again soon!