I was so excited to see that this year’s Sephora Beauty Insider birthday gift featured NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils as I’ve been wanting to try them but never really got around to it. The gift includes two mini pencils, Rikugien and Cruella. I haven’t tried Rikugien yet but let’s talk about the gorgeousness that is Cruella. Every girl needs at least one red lipstick in her collection. Red lips are bold yet classy. Sexy yet sophisticated. NARS Cruella is all of that and more.
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils are lipsticks in jumbo crayon form. The pencils are extremely pigmented and as the name suggests, have a velvet matte finish. Enriched with Vitamin E and silicones, the creamy texture glides on smooth leaving long lasting color that doesn’t dry out the lips.
Cruella is described as a Passionate Scarlet Red and that’s exactly what it is, a scarlet red with cool undertones. Here it is compared to a few of my favorite red lipsticks…
Ruby Woo and Cruella can pass for dupes. Matte Confident is very close, just a smidgeon darker and more cool toned.
(Peep my new haircut… more on that later.)
Cruella has great pigmentation and wears well for at least five hours. You will need to touch it up after having a drink or eating anything greasy. It feels extremely comfortable on the lips and doesn’t leave a stain when removed. I’m impressed and think that I need to try a few more of the NARS Matte Velvet Pencils… particularly Dragon Girl and Train Bleu.
Have you tried the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils? Which is your favorite?