NARS: Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Belle De Jour Review & Swatches

The Belle De Jour pencil is described as “perfect sheer beige.”

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I was hoping that this would be the perfect nude lip pencil, but unfortunately I just couldn’t get over the consistency. The best way I can describe it is grainy. It did not feel smooth at all, and I think it just made my lips look they were dry and chapped.  The  color settled into every line, so I exfoliated my lips and tried again with the same results. This is the only color of Velvet Matte pencils I have had this issue with, and some of the others are among my favorite products.

With nothing on
With Belle De Jour only

In the photo below, I added a coat of NARS Turkish Delight gloss. While I think it was wearable this way, there are definitely better options out there.

With Belle De Jour and Turkish Delight

This might work alright as a nude pencil underneath lipstick, but for that I would prefer the Smashbox The Nude Lip Pencil. If you are looking for a nude color to wear alone or under gloss, I would recommend the Buxom Lip Stick in Sydney. It is much creamier and feels great on.

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