Saturday, July 6th, 2013

NARS Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.086 oz.) is described as a “crimson red.” It’s a subtly warm-toned, medium-dark red with a matte finish. It’s bold, bright, and very opaque. The consistency is just waxy enough that it glides across the lips without tugging or pulling while still delivering full color in a single stroke.  It wore for six hours and was slightly drying overall. Maybelline Infra-red is glossier. NARS Majella is browner, darker. Hourglass Raven is brighter, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Paimpol Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.086 oz.) is described as a “pink chiffon.” It’s a slightly cool-toned, light pink with an iridescent shimmer, so it looks frosted on the lips. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but between the light color and frosted (but matte) finish, it wasn’t very flattering or forgiving on the lips. It seemed to apply easily enough and did so evenly, despite it not being opaque.  It wore for two hours and was slightly drying after wearing twice in a row! MAC Beauty is lighter, more opaque. MAC Fun Finds is warmer. MAC Mlle is more opaque. Guerlain Rose Innocent is glossier. See comparison swatches.

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Mysterious Red

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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7/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

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NARS Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Paimpol Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Paimpol Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Paimpol Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Paimpol Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Paimpol Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Paimpol Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Paimpol Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Paimpol Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Paimpol Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Paimpol Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Paimpol Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Paimpol Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

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32 thoughts on “NARS Mysterious Red & Paimpol Velvet Matte Lip Pencils Reviews, Photos, Swatches

  1. Avatar of Alicia Alicia

    I will most likely be picking up the red one. I love lip pencils.

  2. Kate

    Mysterious Red is GORGEOUS. My only hesitation with these pencil lipsticks comes down to sharpening them. I expect that it’s easy to waste a lot of product during the sharpening process, so I haven’t bought any. What has been your experience with sharpening these, Christine?

    • You will definitely have waste, though not as much as the Gloss Pencils, because these are harder – many readers have suggested to freeze them for a bit, then sharpen, to minimize.

  3. Lauren

    To be honest, I’m a little confused by Piampol having a B- rating. t looks like the rating should be much lower, given how sheer it is and how obviously dry it is.

    • It’s actually not dry in consistency, as it has a waxiness to it that lets it glide on fairly easily, but it’s somewhat sheer and the frostiness makes it appear dry. I’m wearing it today for a full wear test, but generally, these pencils aren’t super drying on me, but it can depend on the shade.

    • I agree! A B- seems to be a little forgiving, but it could look a lot better in person, I suppose.

  4. Avatar of Rachael Rachael

    Ooooh. I need Mysterious Red.

  5. x

    How does Majella compare to Mysterious Red? Which one is closer to MAC Russian Red do you know? Thanks!

    • Hi X,

      I mentioned Majella in the review: Maybelline Infra-red is glossier. NARS Majella is browner, darker. Hourglass Raven is brighter, warmer. See comparison swatches.

      This is a slightly warm red, so it’s not comparable to Russian Red, which is a blue-based red!

  6. How does Mysterious Red compare to Dragon Girl?

  7. Wow, Mysterious Red is lovely! Is it comparable to Dragon Girl?

  8. Gemma W

    I love Nars Velvet Lip pencils…
    And Mysterious Red is so bright on your swatches!!!
    Definitely a must-buy for me….!!!
    paimpol is not as opaque as i thought it will be….may not buy it!
    thanks Cristine for the review :D

  9. Emma

    Christine — how does Mysterious Red Velvet compare to MAC’s Ruby Woo, in terms of color.

  10. Mysterious Red is gorgeous! I will most likely be picking this up!

  11. Avatar of Rad Rad

    Weird that Paimpol looks quite similar to the summer 2013 lip pencil – I’m pretty sure that colour didn’t do well. It was nice but I don’t think I could get away with this against my skintone. The red on the other hand is divine!

  12. I like both shades, especially the pink one, I’d wear it to death ^^

  13. I love how saturated the red is.

  14. Avatar of Sarah Sarah

    Hey Christine! Besides the difference between matte and glossy, how does Mysterious Red compare to Urban Decay’s F-Bomb pencil both in color and sharpening problems?

  15. Avatar of Abigail abigailod

    So gorgeous on you, Christine! And that red… so arrestingly stunning! Are you just using a regular sharpener on these, or you have a preferred brand from experience?

  16. Avatar of Jenny Jenny

    How does NARS Mysterious Red compare to Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Rosey Nude 10?

  17. Avatar of artemis artemis

    I don’t like these fully applied. The second one is horrible

  18. Laina

    How does Mysterious Red compare to NARS’ Velvet Matte Pencil Cruella?

  19. Avatar of Jessica Jessica

    I was really hoping the red to be a deeper red that it’s showing :(