NARS: Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Roman Holiday Review & Swatches

The Roman Holiday Velvet Matte lip pencil is described as “delicate pastel pink.” It is a beautiful semi-sheer cotton candy pink. Like the other Velvet Matte pencils, this is enriched with vitamin E and won’t dry out your lips.

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I found myself having to apply more layers of this than some of the other Velvet Matte pencils to get the color to show up on me. I don’t necessarily think this is less pigmented than the others – I just think it was too light for me. This would look beautiful on my fair-skinned friends with a light wash of pink blush, and  pale blue &/or silver on the eyes .

Bare Lips
Wearing Roman Holiday

I do like wearing this alone or with NARS Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight on top for a soft look.

NARS: Velvet Matte Lip Pecil in Never Say Never Review & Swatches

The Never Say Never pencil is described as “Pink Lilac” on the NARS website. It is a beautiful purple-pink, magenta lip pencil. Like the other Velvet Matte pencils, this leaves a beautiful finish on the lips that has a vintage, stained look. To my boyfriend’s dismay, this pencil is not kiss proof (it will rub off) like stains, but because it is enriched with Vitamin E, it also will not leave your lips dry.

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This color plays beautifully with blues, purples, and silvers. I love that it can be lightly applied for a beautiful wash of color or applied more strongly for a bolder look.

Bare Lips
Wearing Never Say Never

One of my favorite combinations is layering this pencil with the NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Place Vendôme, like I did here. The combination makes a strong, bright pink statement lip that lasts the majority of the day.

NARS: Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl Reviews & Swatches

The Dragon Girl Velvet Matte lip pencil by NARS is described as “vivid siren red.” This is one of my absolute favorite things at the moment. It is a beautiful, bright, pinkish-red. Wearing it alone, it almost looks like a stain on the lips, but is not at all drying. It is enriched with Vitamin E and just glides on and stays on.

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This pencil wears alone on me for about 4 hours without touch up. I topped it with the NARS Norma Lip Gloss here and it stayed through a whole work day with just a little bit of feathering around the edges. I can see this shade of red being flattering on several skin tones, and can be worn alone or under another lip product to change the look.

With Nothing On
Wearing NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Pencil

If you are even considering picking this up, I would say go for it!  Keep in mind though, this color is not for the faint of heart… you will definitely get noticed! I normally don’t really wear a bright red lip, but I am LOVING this. 😀

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.

Sale Alert! : Urban Decay

Hello beauties! I wanted to let any fellow Urban Decay fans out there know that urbandecay.com started a sale at midnight last night, including several vintage eyeshadow colors for only $9.00. There are a few palettes on sale also, including the Black Palette and the Vegan Palette. Only a few items were sold out when I checked a couple of minutes ago, so now would be a great time to pick up some new eyeshadow (or lipstick, or concealer, etc.)!