03.17.2015
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Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
$25
Expert Rating
Community Rating (2)
Expert Reviews
Last Updated:03.17.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No

Velvet Matte Lip Pencil has a beautifully smooth texture that goes on silky and feels light, and has enough creaminess to look soft and still wear comfortably. It isn’t a true matte, but velvet matte is a fairly accurate description of this pencil’s finish as the finish isn't drying and stays movable on lips. The shade selection is nicely varied (nearly 20 shades), with something for everyone in its mix of light neutrals, pinks, reds and deep wine tones. This pencil’s creaminess is enough to pose a slight problem for those prone to lipstick bleeding into lines around the mouth.

NOTE: We normally downgrade any lip pencil that needs routine sharpening, as Velvety Matte Lip Pencil does. However, we made an exception because this lip color's attributes are otherwise excellent.

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Ingredients

C12-13 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Synthetic Candelilla Wax, Polyethylene, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylyl Methicone, Silica, Dimethicone, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Lecithin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Aroma (Flavor), Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Citric Acid; May Contain: Mica, Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 15985 (Yellow 6 Lake), Ci 47005 (Yellow 10 Lake), Ci 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), Ci 77742 (Manganese Violet), Ci 15850 (Red 6), Ci 15850 (Red 7 Lake), Ci 45380 (Red 22 Lake), Ci 45410 (Red 28 Lake), Ci 73360 (Red 30), Ci 75470 (Carmine), Ci 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride).

NOTE: Ingredients may vary by shade from the above listing.

Brand Overview

NARS At-A-Glance

Frenchman Francois Nars has been painting the faces of New York's top models since arriving in the United States in 1984. Their images and his handiwork have been seen on the covers of countless fashion magazines, most notably Vogue and Elle. As the story often goes for the talented makeup artists who have become celebrities in their own right, Nars became frustrated with the state of available makeup and, surprise, another cosmetic line was born.

Beginning (as Bobbi Brown did) by launching a small collection of lipsticks in 1994, the clamor for the colors was incredible, and demand for more NARS products from the artist grew. Shortly thereafter an entire product line followed, gaining attention with vibrant, deeply pigmented colors, sleek, tactile-enhanced packaging and risqué shade names.

As an overview, NARS makeup has many strengths—it reaches its zenith with blushes, tinted moisturizer, foundations, brushes, and lipsticks. If you’re a fan of bold colors, you’ll find them here, and the brand offers consistently impressive foundations and concealers. NARS consistently impresses when it comes to offering a wide range of shades to suit nearly any skin tone.

Where NARS often falls short is in the amount of fragrance added to many of their skincare formulas. In some cases, the amount and specific fragrance ingredients chosen outweigh the potential benefits, so be sure to double check their review before buying. Overall, NARS offers a lot to love, and if you don’t mind splurging a bit (as their prices can be on the spendy side) there are quite a few makeup picks that come with our highest recommendations.

Strengths: Superior foundations and foundation shade options; excellent blushes; splurge-worthy lipsticks; beautiful bronzers and consistently impressive color products.

Weaknesses: Can be expensive; a few skincare formulas contain high amounts of fragrance.

For more information about NARS, owned by Shiseido, call (888) 788-6277 or visit www.narscosmetics.com.

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NARS At-A-Glance

Frenchman Francois Nars has been painting the faces of New York's top models since arriving in the United States in 1984. Their images and his handiwork have been seen on the covers of countless fashion magazines, most notably Vogue and Elle. As the story often goes for the talented makeup artists who have become celebrities in their own right, Nars became frustrated with the state of available makeup and, surprise, another cosmetic line was born.

Beginning (as Bobbi Brown did) by launching a small collection of lipsticks in 1994, the clamor for the colors was incredible, and demand for more NARS products from the artist grew. Shortly thereafter an entire product line followed, gaining attention with vibrant, deeply pigmented colors, sleek, tactile-enhanced packaging and risqué shade names.

As an overview, NARS makeup has many strengths—it reaches its zenith with blushes, tinted moisturizer, foundations, brushes, and lipsticks. If you’re a fan of bold colors, you’ll find them here, and the brand offers consistently impressive foundations and concealers. NARS consistently impresses when it comes to offering a wide range of shades to suit nearly any skin tone.

Where NARS often falls short is in the amount of fragrance added to many of their skincare formulas. In some cases, the amount and specific fragrance ingredients chosen outweigh the potential benefits, so be sure to double check their review before buying. Overall, NARS offers a lot to love, and if you don’t mind splurging a bit (as their prices can be on the spendy side) there are quite a few makeup picks that come with our highest recommendations.

Strengths: Superior foundations and foundation shade options; excellent blushes; splurge-worthy lipsticks; beautiful bronzers and consistently impressive color products.

Weaknesses: Can be expensive; a few skincare formulas contain high amounts of fragrance.

For more information about NARS, owned by Shiseido, call (888) 788-6277 or visit www.narscosmetics.com.