Thursday, July 26th, 2012

NARS More Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
NARS More Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

Would You Say Auburn is Universally Flattering?

NARS More Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil ($24.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as “auburn.” It’s a medium orange-brown with a glossy sheen. It’s like a lighter terracotta. NARS Hopi is less brown, sheerer, and shimmery. MAC Hot Spell is less orange and has shimmer. MAC Tea Ceremony is lighter. NARS Casablanca is more orange, less brown. Cle de Peau Just Joey is lighter.

Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils are supposed to be lightweight, have great shine, feel hydrating, and be easy to apply. More is a new shade for fall, but it is being added to the permanent collection. When I wore it last week, it lasted for four and a half hours, which is good; above average.  It yields opaque color coverage, and the color applies evenly.  This shade felt less shiny compared to other pencils I’ve tried in the range, though it’s definitely a stronger sheen than the Velvet Matte range!   I found it neither moisturizing nor drying, just kind of there (better that than drying).  It does have a creamy, lightweight texture that seems thin but applies easily.

I’m not a fan of this type of packaging, especially because the pencil is on the softer, creamier side, so it can easily get stuck inside a pencil sharpener.  Readers have advised freezing the pencil prior to sharpening to help minimize waste, which definitely helps but hasn’t fully eliminated the problem (there’s still some waste).

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It's an interesting shade of orange-brown, because it doesn't read very warm-toned, despite that brown and orange tend to be warmer hues. There's warmth there, but it's subtle.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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NARS More Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
NARS More Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS More Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
NARS More Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS More Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
NARS More Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS More Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
NARS More Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS More Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
NARS More Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

NARS More Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil
NARS More Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

NARS, $24.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

NARS Hopi is less brown, sheerer, and shimmery. MAC Hot Spell is less orange and has shimmer. MAC Tea Ceremony is lighter. NARS Casablanca is more orange, less brown. Cle de Peau Just Joey is lighter.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: NARS Vent Glance Eyeshadow Duo, Burberry Trench Eyeshadow, Tarina Tarantino Ammunition Eyeliner. On cheeks: Chanel Rose Initiale.

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41 thoughts on “NARS More Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Lovely on you, Christine, but this still looks too orangey to me and I do not think this type of colour is universally flattering at all despite what so many makeup artists say.  This type of colour looks completely drab and washes me out horribly.  Same goes for NARS blush Orgasm another supposed universal colour.  I’d rather go without makeup than wear these shades.. seriously!

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Soleil soleil

    How would you compare this with Clinique Chubby Stick?

  3. I don’t think this shade is universally flattering. Imo you need the right skin tone to make it work, and you need to think carefully about your whole look because you can’t match this with just anything. It also tends to make your teeth look yellow (not saying you have yellow teeth by the way :-)), so you’ll need sparkly whites to pull this off. But! That’s just my opinion, and who am I? :-)

  4. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Laurence Laurence.

    Oh no ! I bought it yesterday but in the other swatches online it doesn’t look as brown/orange..I’m not sure it will suit me now :(

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Laurence Laurence.

      Ouf ! Just got it in the mail and the color is lovely on me !! It’s not as orange or brown because my lips are quite pigmented. I’m also very fair and yellow toned and the color compliments my complexion really well :)

  5. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of JoAnn JoAnnU1978

    I love this. Perfect for fall!

  6. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amy xamyx

    While I feel it *is* universally flattering (for the most part), I think alot of women will pass on shades of this ilk due to it not being part of their personal style or aesthetic. I think this shade would work well for me, but I’d never wear it due to the fact I prefer pinky nudes or deep, vampy shades.

  7. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Kafka Kafka

    No, I would *not* say that auburn is universally flattering!  That colour on me would be ghastly.  GHASTLY! It would make my skin look muddy, flat, tired and dirty. I have to be careful with shades of brown, but orange and I definitely do NOT get along. Combining the two just makes things worse.  And, to be honest, while you can pull of pretty much anything, I’ve seen much, much prettier shades of lipstick on you, too.  But perhaps that is my hatred of orange influencing me. 

    •  @Kafka I can wear some oranges pretty well (NARS Casablanca, Shiseido Day Lily, Chantecaille Canna), but I agree that this shade has too much brown to be easily wearable for a majority of women.

  8. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Gina Gina

    I might give this a shot! I’ve never worn a color like this before, so I might pick it up along with Autumn Leaves. Though I have to say, I think “Autumn Leaves” would have been a much more appropriate name for this piece of the collection! That warm, orangey brown totally screams “October foliage” to me. That might be why I’m so drawn to it.

  9. yellowlantern

    I don’t think orangy brown is universally flattering. I think maybe people with medium deep to deep skin tones could wear this as a nice nude color. I can picture this color doing nicely on those skin tones. 
     
    On the rest of the skin color spectrum brown lips look very 90s to me. I’ve been watching some older TV shows and kind of grimacing at all the brown lips I see (season 1 of sex and the city and the x files). The packaging alone would have been enough to keep me away. I seriously cannot stand the idea of wasting expensive product just to sharpen the pencil and make it usable again, but this color is definite pass for me. 

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Kafka Kafka

       @yellowlantern  Hahahahaha, X-Files.  I’ve been watching it from scratch all summer on Netflix Streaming and I can’t stop staring at Jillian Anderson’s makeup, thinking “Wow, so, so much brown!”  Even on her gorgeous skin and colouring, it’s not the ideal, optimal colour.  Ditto to the rest of your comment, too.  

      • yellowlantern

         @Kafka I know! I keep looking at her thinking she could totally rock plum, berry and of course neutral pinks and look so great, maybe even beige would look better on her, but she mostly wears brown and it does not do her pretty complexion any favors. 

  10. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Mariella Mariella

    No “Love it/Leave it” for this one?  The colour is not a good one for me but most importantly, like you, I don’t like this sort of packaging at all (I don’t even like it with lipliners/eyeliners).  Too much waste, too much care needed in sharpening.

  11. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Barbara mglawica

    It may be more universally flattering for those with medium to dark skintones, but for me it’s out of the question. On me it would be a look straight from the ’90s in a bad way. Plus, like for most of you, it’s a lip pencil which is not my ideal form of packaging.

  12. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of simone Simone

    for me- it is pretty much the perfect nude- i love it and am so glad it is gonna be permanent as i was planning on buying a back up. i dont know what i am mac wise, but i wear nars tahoe and malaga – for reference

  13. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Quinctia Quinctia

    I’d definitely say that pulls very warm.  I don’t think I’d ever wear that shade, personally, and I don’t have anything against browns–if you’re not sporting “the Rachel,” dressed in flannel, etc, one brown lip isn’t going to make you look stuck in a time warp.  Just like a couple of bright colors don’t look automatically like the 80s until you’ve got gigantic hair and stonewashed jeans added to the mix, haha.

  14. Jacy Humphries

    I really, really like this color, and can’t wait to get my hands on it. I disagree with a lot of the commenters who think brown lipstick is nineties. If anything, I’d call this shade an updated version of nineties brown, and I think it looks AMAZING on Christine. I would agree with @Quinctia and say brown lipstick doesn’t immediately have to launch you back to 1995. For example, today I’m wearing Mac Half n’ Half, which is decidedly brown. But, I don’t think it pulls nineties AT ALL, because I’ve paired it with a peach blush and MAC Motif and Sable eyeshadows. I think the thing that makes brown lips nineties is the starkness. It was usually really really dark, and it was usually paired with burgundies and brownish blushes. I think More is a color that could definitely look killer on everyone, even blondes (hint, hint, @annedreshfield, I think this would look amazing on you), but it’s all in what else you choose to wear that keeps it from looking old fashioned.

  15. Jacy Humphries

    I really, really like this color, and can’t wait to get my hands on it. I disagree with a lot of the commenters who think brown lipstick is nineties. If anything, I’d call this shade an updated version of nineties brown, and I think it looks AMAZING on Christine. I would agree with Quinctia and say brown lipstick doesn’t immediately have to launch you back to 1995. For example, today I’m wearing Mac Half n’ Half, which is decidedly brown. But, I don’t think it pulls nineties AT ALL, because I’ve paired it with a peach blush and MAC Motif and Sable eyeshadows. I think the thing that makes brown lips nineties is the starkness. It was usually really really dark, and it was usually paired with burgundies and brownish blushes. I think More is a color that could definitely look killer on everyone, even blondes (hint, hint, @annedreshfield , I think this would look amazing on you), but it’s all in what else you choose to wear that keeps it from looking old fashioned.

  16. Jacy Humphries

    I really, really like this color, and can’t wait to get my hands on it. I disagree with a lot of the commenters who think brown lipstick is nineties. If anything, I’d call this shade an updated version of nineties brown, and I think it looks AMAZING on Christine. I would agree with @Quinctia and say brown lipstick doesn’t immediately have to launch you back to 1995. For example, today I’m wearing Mac Half n’ Half, which is decidedly brown. But, I don’t think it pulls nineties AT ALL, because I’ve paired it with a peach blush and MAC Motif and Sable eyeshadows. I think the thing that makes brown lips nineties is the starkness. It was usually really really dark, and it was usually paired with burgundies and brownish blushes. I think More is a color that could definitely look killer on everyone, even blondes (hint, hint, @annedreshfield, I think this would look amazing on you), but it’s all in what else you choose to wear that keeps it from looking old fashioned.

    •  @Jacy Humphries  @Quinctia Got the hint. ;) Now I just need to FIND the darn thing! 

      • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amy xamyx

        @annedreshfield @Jacy Humphries @Quinctia I’m amazed at how many are commenting that this seems 90s. When I see these tawny shades, I’m reminded of 70s (which isn’t a bad thing), but that could be due to my age.

  17. This is a beautiful color. I know it’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but I LOVE it and I love how it looks on you!

  18. I’m fair, and I’ve basically been taught to avoid orange makeup my entire life, but I’m SO drawn to this color. I think it looks gorgeous on you, Christine. Am I convinced that it’ll look good on me? Not yet, but I can’t wait to go to the store and test it to find out.

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amy xamyx

      @annedreshfield I think this would look stunning on fair skin.

      •  @xamyx  @annedreshfield I can’t wait to find out. My lips are quite pink all on their own, so I’m interested to see what this will look like! 

        • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amy xamyx

          @annedreshfield The beautiful thing about NARS cosmetics is that they’re specifically designed to allow the skin to “show” through, although they’re (for the most part) highly pigmented. Every product will look different on every individual, although the “basic” color will be the same. In my opinion, this color was made for fair blondes & redheads, although others can wear it, too. I would also check out Autumn Leaves. If I were into more “conservative” shades, I would totally be all over both.

        •  @xamyx  @annedreshfield Very true. I’ve been scouring the ‘net for pictures of fair blondes wearing it. :)

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Veronica Veronica

       @annedreshfield I don’t know if it helps, but the owner of Cafe Makeup looks to have similar coloring as you, and she has an picture of her wearing it:  http://cafemakeup.com/tag/nars-more-velvet-gloss-lip-pencil/
       
      :)

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Veronica Veronica

      Whoops!  Scratch that.  I just realized I had the order of the captions flipped around and she’s wearing “Autumn Leaves.”  My bad.  :P

  19. blueraccoon

    I’m not liking the color at all. It’s kind of, well, muddy to me. Way too orange and brown – I’m not against brown lipstick necessarily, but this just doesn’t appeal to me at all.

  20. tess

    I like it. It’s sort of a cognac color, which is one color that I know looks good on me. I also like that it’s cool and has a touch of coral happening. I so can’t wait for fall that I’ve actually gone ahead and gotten out some of my tawny/cognac colors to have handy. However, I’m off traditional lipsticks and thick glosses, so I’ll probably be picking this one up. It’s right up my alley.

  21. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Cat Cat G

    I don’t think it’s universal and I’m not sure if I like the shade but I sort of do… It confuses me. Definitely not a color I think most people could buy being certain it would look good on them without having first tried it on.

  22. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Veronica Veronica

    Hnn, you know, I was going to say I thought it was more flattering for medium skin tones, but then I googled for other swatches of it, and it looks surprisingly flattering up and down the spectrum.  It’s not a color I would personally reach for, but it’s closer to being universally flattering than I expected.  It wears very beautifully, that’s for certain!  I’m defintiely going to have to check these pencils out the next time I hit the NARS counter.

  23. Oh I wish this formula agreed with me!  I love browns like this on my lips, but I have New Lover (GORGEOUS!) and it makes my lips itch and sting!  I’ve never had an allergic reaction to a lip product other than these and it makes me so sad!

  24. hheartme

    “it’s definitely a stronger sheen than the Velvet Matte range” lmao no kidding! it’s a gloss stick!