The NARS Velvet Matte Lip pencil Ultimate Guide : Info & Swatches

I have been thoroughly outspoken on my adoration of the NARS Velvet Matte Lip pencils. They are possibly MY FAVOURITE lip colours in the entire world and on reflection of this I have a pretty hefty colour range in my stash. I have been using them for 10 years + and I use them both on my myself and in my professional kit. I think if you are a regular reader of my blog or follow me anywhere on social you would have seen me mentioning these A LOT.

They are a huge hit with makeup artists and for good reason :  the colour range is SO GOOD with all the nudes, browns, reds, brights and then more recently some slightly more unusual colours such as purple and blue. < I hope they extend this slightly more adventurous colours this year.

Why do I love ’em so? So many reasons:

  1. I like the easy jumbo pencil application – easy and quick.
  2.  They double up as lipliner & lipstick/colour.
  3.  I LOVE the colour range. They do 33 shades : something for everyone of you bad bitches.
  4. They are a reasonable price. I get around 1 years’ use out of a pencil and that’s if I am using it very regularly.
  5. They have a great texture. The original matte lippie formula in my eyes. They are matte in finish there fore they stay on brilliantly.
  6. You can custom blend your own colours by layering them. I often use Damned as a liner and blend it into Dragon girl who a cool, ombre lip.
  7. Francois NARS is a makeup don and I love him.

So that just about sums it up. Now……swatches. Here all on the shades that I own in my current stash. They do 33 shades in total and I have 18. Some of the shades I have ARE limited edition so may not still be available but all the classics are here. Favourites of mine personally include Dragon girl, Cruella, Train Bleu & Damned. Best-selling shades for the brand include Dolce Vita, Cruella & Sex Machine.

Yes. That did take me absolutely ages, and now for some lip swatches. Some of them photograph a little bit different, particularly the reds, so I would always recommend trying to get into a store to have a swatch and try on, plus they obviously do way more shades.

What do you think of the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils? Have you tried any before and what are your favourite swatches?