NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella | Review + Swatch

March 19, 2017

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella

"Lips are instantly saturated with rich pigments and a velvety matte finish. The long-lasting, non-drying formula is enriched with emollients for a creamy texture, while a combination of unique silicones ensures long-lasting, seamless color for hours. Use for lining, all-over lip color, or pairing with another lip product."

-Snippet from NARS product description

"What it does: The Velvet Matte Lip Pencil provides seamless color that lasts for hours in a convenient applicator. It’s formulated with unique silicones to ensure long-lasting color while emollients and vitamin E leave a creamy feel that will not dry out your lips. Its smooth, comfortable texture keeps the matte finish looking fresh all day."

-Snippet Sephora's product description

"Virtually every color can work on everyone. Paired with a soft eye, even the darkest or brightest shade of lip color can create a striking makeup look on its own. With lips more than any other features, I follow a no rules approach."
-François Nars, Founder and Creative Director of NARS Cosmetics via Sephora Product description

On the NARS site, they promise "Convenient, easy application." This is credited to "the convenience of a pencil in a jumbo crayon design." Se[hora says that"its jumbo size provides the application of a lipstick with the convenience of a pencil." 

NARS says that this pencil is enriched with Vitamin E. That could give it a more lipstick feel.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil is available for $27 at Sephora, Ulta, and and for £20 at Selfridges.

Here is my experience with NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. 

I got this pencil from Sephora as a free b-day gift last year. I finally started using it. I love the color but so many new lipsticks find their way into my bag that I've just never got around to using this one.

Now that I have I really love it! It is smooth and creamy. It's well pigmented and applies evenly. 


I always do a tissue blot after applying lipstick so I never got a transfer or smudging from this product. 

I haven't worn it for a very long time so I'm not sure on the wear time limits. Mine help up for the 3-4 hours I had it on.

The color wore evenly and didn't bleed or spot.

As I said I wore it for about 3-4 hours and it wasn't drying and it didn't crease or flake. 

I love the pencil design. It really does allow for easier application.

I also really love the long color piece at the end. It would be easy to tell which one you are grabbing if you had a lot of them in your drawer. 

I am a sucker for classic reds. I have so many in my collection but  I can't stop buying them! This one is a beautiful classic cool toned red just like the one Cruella wears in the 101 Dalmatians. The name is perfect!


The pencil really is true to color as you can see in the swatches above.

I really love this pencil. It's smooth, pigmented, truly matte and has beautiful color.

Was it worth the hype? I didn't hear much about this pencil before I got it but now I'll be hyping it up to my sister for sure.

Was it worth the price? I have the mini which is about half the size of the full and it will probably last me forever! I really love this lip pencil and I think the full size worth the $27. I will probably buy more shades.
As I said I really love this pencil. It's smooth, pigmented, truly matte and has beautiful color.

That's it for this review. Thanks so much for giving it a read! I hope you enjoyed! Have you tried the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil? What did you think? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! 

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to message me.

Photo Credit: All photos taken by me with a Canon T5 with an 18-55mm lens and edited by me in Photoshop. (My pencil is a deluxe sample so it is smaller than the normal size.)

**This post is not sponsored. However, I received this product as a free gift from Sephora for being in their rewards program.**

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