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Velvet Matte Lip Pencil by NARS

Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

staying power(1019)
pigmentation: sheer
Variation: Bad Girl

Top Reviews



the texture is smooth, non-sticky, and just heavy enough that you know you're wearing it, but you don't feel like you're wearing a ton of it

- Sephora User

if you are new to nars, their lip pencils stay on beautifully-the closest to a full day of any brand i've tried, plus they're lightweight and easy to carry

- Nordstrom User



the texture is comfortable and creamy yet the colour is a lovely natural matte rose tea tone

- Mecca User

love the creamy matte texture of these pencils and am an addict to them

- Mecca User

staying power


anyway, it was the best gift ever bc it looks amazing and stays all day

- Sephora User

i am loving this long-lasting velvet matte lip pencil from nars called cruella

- Sephora User



i love nars and these are perfect from the creamy consistency to the color range

- Sephora User

although the name suggests that the lip pencil is matte, don't expect it to dry your lips out because the soft waxy texture keeps lips feeling softer than any other lip pencil i have ever experienced

- Mecca User



i loved how natural and sheer this lip pencil is

- Sephora User

i'm revamping my lip wardrobe with this, ysl's vernis à lèvres glossy stain, dior addict extreme, and lipstick queen sheers - hello beautiful, comfortable, moisturized lips

- Sephora User
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Sephora userApril 13, 2015

My favourite matte lip product ever

This product is one of THE mattest finishes on a lip product I've ever used. It is not creamy looking at all, it is purely matte. Another plus is that it is not drying at all. It's not moisturizing but definitely does not suck any moisture up. It also doesn't feather and stains your lips so if you eat and it rubs off, the colour stays with you all day. It also applies easily with great pigmentation & pay off. It isn't at all thick and heavy but it applies quite a thin layer without being sheer. I honestly love this lip product and have three of the colours so far and am looking to purchase most of the other ones that I don't have.

- Sephora
hqhair.com userJune 25, 2012

Another Nars Winner

I own this little gem in 10 shades and my most recent purchase (Never Say Never - Summer 2012) has all the hallmarks of the line - smooth silky texture, excellent staying power and really solid pigmentation - and comes in a flattering pink lilac shade.

- hqhair.com
mecca.com.au userJuly 9, 2012

Deep, amazing colour

I have used the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella for a couple of years now, and I consider it an absolute staple in my makeup bag. I am a fan of matte, fulled coloured lips, so this pencil is amazing. The colour is deep and opaque, and stays on for hours - as opposed to sheer or sticky lipstick. The consistancy is great too - it glides over your lips easily and is great for making precise lines because it's a pencil and easy to control. The feeling is definately matte and does dry the lips slightly, but isn't uncomfortable.This red is beatuful by itself, or you can wear it with a red liner underneath to give your lips even more volume and colour. My favourite thing to do though, is to wear brown lip liner undernath, so that the colour becomes even more deep and more brick red.If you don't want full on colour, a handy trick is to smudge the colour with your fingertips so that it becomes more like a stain and isn't so obnoxious. You can also use the colour left on your fingers as a blush.The other great thing is that Nars prices have been reduced. When I bought my first pencil it was about $52, now it's $39 at Mecca - which means that I can now afford to buy more colours!I highly reccomend this product. It's great if your are into full on, loud colour that gives you confidence and makes you feel very old hollywood! Less

- mecca.com.au
Sephora userDecember 9, 2015

This deserves a 6th star

I had my first experience with the Velvet Matte pencils when I received my free birthday gift a few months ago. At first I was weary of trying the red (Cruella) because I didn't think red looked good on me. I finally worked up the courage to try it today to also try to get myself in the mood for the holidays. I am in love. I like the mattes because they don't tend to feather as much as satin shades and for me the color shows up better in matte. This is the first matte that didn't feel like I was wearing anything! Very lightweight and highly pigmented.This IS a pencil you have to sharpen, but a lot of products are and this one is totally worth the extra few seconds every 5-7 days.I also have problems with most mattes drying up my lips and putting on lip balm just ruins the color. As it's so lightweight it won't dry you out.Some people comment that the product doesn't stay on well. I have yet to find a lipstick that will outlast a day of eating and drinking. The difference is that some may transfer but you'll always have the same color, same intensity, all day. One app, no feathering either!I recommend this to ANYBODY!! It's the lowest maintenance product I've tried. Works also as a liner and there's no need for primer. I just recommended this to my best friend who also had the same concerns as I did and she's excited!Definitely try this out, you'll see why I really give this pencil 6 stars.Way to go NARS!!!! Less

- Sephora
Sephora userDecember 24, 2014

Not pigmented enough

I ordered this in Paimpol. After reading a variety of reviews, I chose the Nars lip pencil over several different, more affordable brands, based on the fact that it should be more pigmented. Unfortunately, this was not the case. I was looking for a creamy lip pencil that I could layer under color, gloss, or by itself, and therefore needed it to be truly pigmented. I was also looking for a light, pink-nude color that would cover my natural lip color. While this pencil had a great texture and was very creamy, it was also very sheer and left virtually no color on my lips, only a shimmer. This is the first time I have ever returned an item from Sephora, mostly because it cost took much to just eat the loss. This lip pencil might be better and more pigmented in darker colors, but unfortunately, that wasn't what I was looking for. « less

- Sephora


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