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Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil and Velvet Lip Glide- review, swatches and comparison!

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 close up

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

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!

The Nars Boutique in Covent Garden in central London

The Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ad all over the window display of the Nars Boutique in Covent Garden in central London

Ok, now let’s go inside, shall we? *opens door*

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil new shades as displayed in the Nars Boutique in London

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – new shades!

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:

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil swatches of the new shades close up on hand

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (new shades)

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:

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Do Me Baby close up on lips

Me wearing Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Do me Baby

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Pussy Control close up on lips

And that’s Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Pussy Control

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!

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Do me Baby close up on woman's face

Wearing Do me Baby for a walk in town

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 Matte Lip Pencil in Pussy Control close up on face

Pussy Control – Not sure I’d wear it again in Starbucks but nice shade!

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.

Nars Velvet Lip Glide close up

Nars Velvet Lip Glide

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:

Nars Velvet Lip Glide in Bound and Le Palace open packaging close up

Nars Velvet Lip Glide in Bound (mauve) and Le Palace (royal red)

Nars Velvet Lip Glide in Playpen close up

Nars Velvet Lip Glide in Playpen (a vibrant beige neutral)

Nars Velvet Lip Glide in Bound, Le Palace, Playpen swatches on hand close up

Swatches of the Nars Velvet Lip Glide, from left to right:
Bound, Le Palace, Playpen

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:

Nars Velvet Lip Glide in Bound on lips

Me wearing the Nars Velvet Lip Glide in 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!


Eleni x



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  1. Yiota March 20, 2017

    Please do a lipstick makeup collection, I love to see what have you been collecting through out the years!! I don’t own any Nars lipstick but I would love to try Do me Baby, it is such a lovely shade for every day and perfect for spring, I love these shades at the moment! x


  2. Kay March 20, 2017

    Wow hun this post is incredibly helpful, thank you so much for sharing! Really appreciate all the swatches that you have included, as well 🙂 I actually don’t own a single Nars lipstick, yet! It’s a brand that I have always been interested in, however, and this post helps so much! Thank you for sharing, lovely. 🙂 xoxo


    • rougenapples March 20, 2017 — Post Author

      Thanks for popping by lovely and I’m so glad you found this post helpful! Nars lipsticks are really nice, can highly recommend them! There’s so much option for lipsticks in the market, it’s so easy to skip some brands anyway! xx

  3. LindaLibraLoca March 20, 2017

    Pussy Control looks like it is a color that is difficult to wear. I would like to see it with a different look, but so far, it is not my favorite.
    LindaLibraLoca recently posted…New in for Spring – Fashion and beauty haul

    • rougenapples March 20, 2017 — Post Author

      Oh, God, yes – I completely agree. I thought it was fun to try on but I definitely can’t pull it off. You need to be either kind of a rock girl or think about another way to wear it. Not my kind of shade, but thought I’d give it a go for fun!

  4. Lisa Autumn March 20, 2017

    Nars is such a lovely makeup brand!

    xx Lisa

  5. Shireen L. Platt March 20, 2017

    I have both and I actually prefer Nars Velvet Lip Pencil which I don’t find very drying. I have the shade Bound and shockingly I find my lips feels dry after an hour or two wearing it. No idea why though and I keep having to reapply it too. 🙁

    • rougenapples March 20, 2017 — Post Author

      Oh, that’s so interesting! I’m completely the opposite actually, isn’t it amazing how individual we all are. Saying that, my lips are exceptionally dry and Bound works just fine for about 3 hours or more but I can still wear the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. I just have to moisturise beforehand. x

  6. Face to Curls March 21, 2017

    I don’t own many Nars lipsticks but I do want to build my collection a bit. I’ve heard some great things about the Nars Velvet Lip Glide so I want to give those a try first.

    Ann-Marie |
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  7. Nati March 21, 2017

    You look gorgeous! I do not own any NARS lipstick, I have coveted them for very long, but before they weren’t available in Switzerland. now they are, but they are more expensive than anywhere else! (my budget got very tight in past few years). Somehow I’m (not so) secretly expecting I’ll get PR samples from NARS Switzerland… sometime.

    • rougenapples March 21, 2017 — Post Author

      Then I already look forward to your thoughts as and when you try their lipsticks. They aren’t the cheapest of brands which is why I’m very careful when I visit their counter. If I wasn’t I’d buy everything! xx

  8. Deepti March 21, 2017

    Oh my god, these new shades are brilliant!! These are amazing and look great on you.

    I write Mademoiselle Meets Maquillage and Macaroons and I would love for you to give it a read, maybe we can follow each other’s blogs and social media?

    Deepti xx

  9. rougenapples March 21, 2017 — Post Author

    Hi Deepti, thanks for popping by and introducing me to your blog. Who can resist makeup and macaroons? Would love to. And I’m glad you like the new Nars shades, I love them too! xx

  10. Megan Davis July 27, 2017

    I will be ordering the very first day. Nars is now my favorite brand! Thanks for this review.

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