Lip Pencils and Chubby Sticks seem to be the most up and coming thing in the beauty blogging world with Cosmetic companies such as Revlon, Clinique and Bourjois already producing great quality matte and lacquer pencil's with a shade for everyone. That's why when I heard the hype surrounding the Nars edition of these, the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (£17.50), I knew one had to be mine.
I chose mine in the colour Damned, a Rich Magenta shade that's gorgeous and sophisticated but still a far cry from Goth, perfect for vamping up an evening look or going bold during the daytime. When it comes to lip products with a mattifying effect I tend to go for the deeper colours as I feel the velvet quality only enhances the colour making it appear more sultry. The pigmentation, like most Nars products, is incredible giving your lips a bold coat with a velvety, matte finish.
The great thing about these product is they mimic the application and finish of a lipstick yet appear more convenient being a jumpo-type pencil with a pointed crayon-like peak that's perfect for precision and quality. The formula is fairly long-lasting, a trait that is enhanced by a combination of silicones that promise perfect, bold coloration. The product is slightly drying but feels satin smooth when applied. It doesn't particularly cling to the dry parts of your lips as much as some high street pencils but doesn't completely eliminate them either, a small price to pay when comparing to the positives of this product. The product isn't moisturising but still has a creamy texture which ensures a seamless application, a must for me when it comes to lip products.
Another great thing about these style of products is that they prove to be incredibly versatile with qualities that enable it to be used as a liner, lipstick or enhanced with a fellow lip product. There's nothing better when you're paying for high end item then when it can perform in a variety of different ways. One of my favourite (if yet shallow) things about this product is the simplistic packaging, a trait that many will come to know with Nars. I love the slight matte, black effect that mimics the finish of the product inside and coloured base that gives the impression of the shade, a touch that I found to appear pleasing.
|Swatches of the product and how it appears smudged|
All in all, a great product that has definitely got me wanting more from the collection and with a vast selection of colours to choose ranging from Pinks and Nudes to deep dark Red's, I'm sure it won't be long until there's more in my Cosmetics stash.
Let me know what you think in the comments.
What's your favourite Lip Pencil?