Review: NARS Matte Velvet Lip Pencil Dolce Vita

NARS Matte Velvet Lip Pencils have been around for ages, and I bought this when I was in Bangkok about 2 years ago. Took me a while to blog about it right? It seems to be a trend with me >_< I suppose I don’t see the hurry in talking about permanent items, and there are so many other new shiny things to talk about 😛 Anyway, since NARS is now available in my country, albeit having just that one store in the whole friggin’ country, I thought I’d just talk about it.


NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil


This lip pencil needs to be sharpened. Why do I bring this up as the first point? Well, because I prefer those that twist up and do not require sharpening. Also, if it requires sharpening, a sharpener should be included, like the Bobbi Brown lip and eye pencils. I think it’s a very thoughtful idea, so those of us who might not have a sharpener won’t have to go get a separate one. I don’t recall getting a sharpener with this lip pencil, but thankfully, it fits in my existing Bobbi Brown sharpener. As with most lipsticks in pencil form, this is easy to apply, with precision, even. That’s why I like lipsticks like this. You can draw your cupid’s bow perfectly before shading your lips. You don’t have to worry too much if the shade is too bold or dark either, because these lip pencils give you full control.


NARS Dolce Vita Dolce Vita Lip Pencil


Erm, yeah, unsharpened pencil above, but you get the idea. The shade I bought was Dolce Vita. I saw some swatches on others, and it is like a brownish red, but on me, it just looks like the natural colour of my lips, but a little darker. You can see how it looks on me when I paired it with smokey eyes in my recent stash shopping post here. Since it’s matte, it looks very natural on. I expected it to be a little drying, but as matte colours go, this one actually goes on and stays relatively comfortably. It doesn’t dry out my lips, nor do my lips get flaky after wearing this. In general, I like it! I get about 3 to 4 hours of wear easily, and while it lasts through drinks, I have to reapply after a meal. Actually, I’m curious… why do we need it to last any longer? Don’t you wipe your mouth after you eat? Do you go for 8 hours without eating? OK so maybe I’m a pig, and I’m boring because I don’t go clubbing all night, but just putting it out there. It’ll be ridiculous if the lipstick is gone after half an hour, like a gloss or something, but if it lasts about 3 hours, I’m happy.


lip swatch


Have you tried any NARS Matte Velvet Lip Pencils before? What’s your favourite shade? I still haven’t tried their Satin Lip Pencils, and I’ve read a lot of raves about them. Ah well, can’t chase a choo choo train that doesn’t stop… gets overwhelming, especially when now, everyone’s talking about their latest Audacious lipsticks! Let’s show our neglected lipsticks some love. Take them out, put them on again and see how you feel. This one doesn’t make me go WOW, but it’s definitely reliable when I want some colour on my lips without being overpowering 🙂


xoxo Lily