Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

NARS Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($24.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “lilac rose.” It’s a cool-toned rosy pink; it’s not as red as raspberry pink, but it’s not so cool-toned that it leans magenta or purple. NYX Rose is similar but has a very frosted finish, so it appears lighter. Guerlain Bloom of Rose is a warmer pink. Guerlain Belgravia is slightly pinker. Revlon Carnation is a bit frosted. MAC Unlimited is lighter and less cool-toned.

The Velvet Matte Lip Pencil is supposed to be richly pigmented, have a “velvety matte finish,” be long-wearing, and have a non-drying formula. NARS recommends using it as a lip liner, all-over color, or paired with another lip product. The drier, matte texture allows Never Say Never to wear long and hard–a solid five and a half hours–but my lips feel dehydrated after four hours. After six hours of wearing this shade, my lips weren’t cracked or severely chapped, but I did feel the pull for a boost of hydration. ┬áThe texture is soft, creamy enough that it doesn’t pull or tug too much at lips during application, but it is dry enough that it does feel like a matte lipstick.

It comes in a large, jumbo-sized crayon that needs to be sharpened, so you will lose product when this occurs, though it’s not as much as with the Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils, since this formula is drier and harder (not as soft and as pliant as the Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils). Readers have recommended freezing the pencil prior to sharpening it to minimize the waste.

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NARS Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Review, Photos, Swatches

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This shade will flatter the cooler-hued products in the collection, which is primarily the Marie-Galante eyeshadow duo. It doesn't pair as well with the warmer shades, like the Ramatuelle eyeshadow trio!

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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NARS Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
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NARS Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

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NARS Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

NARS, $24.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

NYX Rose is similar but has a very frosted finish, so it appears lighter. Guerlain Bloom of Rose is a warmer pink. Guerlain Belgravia is slightly pinker. Revlon Carnation is a bit frosted. MAC Unlimited is lighter and less cool-toned.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: NARS Marie-Galante Eyeshadow Duo (Blue/Purple), NARS Ramatuelle Eyeshadow Trio (silver), Burberry Trench Eyeshadow (highlighter), Hourglass Film Noir Mascara. On cheeks: Tom Ford Frantic Pink Blush.

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30 thoughts on “NARS Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Devi

    When I was just scrolling down the homepage, I saw the image of the pencil and the grade. And for a moment there, I thought that this was a soft touch shadow pencil, and that it had gotten a good grade. I was about to applaud them.

  2. This looks so pretty, and you look gorgeous in that photo! I love the purple eyeshadow on you.

  3. Dawn

    That is such a pretty colour, and looks perfect on you! It’s a pity NARS is so expensive

  4. Will you do a youtube video about Nars summer collection 2012?

    Thank so much for the blog reviews about the collection!

    x
    G

  5. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Chandra Chandra

    I’m not just saying this, that color looks so pretty on you! It just really flatters you.

  6. I love the formula of the Velvet Matte lip pencils – I’ve worn Cruella (which is darker than this one) lasts for hours on me and I don’t find it drying at all. This one is pretty, but it’s not a color I’d wear often.

  7. Coco

    This color and finish is gorgeous! I really want to get it, but why exactly was it that it got a B and not an A?
    I saw you took points off because of packaging and that’s fine, but formula-wise? I read it wasn’t drying but I guess almost borderline dry? Is that the only negative? Would you recommend this?

    • Yes, the formula is a little dry and a bit drying – I don’t wear these myself, as I prefer a more moisturizing lipstick, except when I have to test them. I believe I said that my lips were dehydrated after four hours – not to the point where they were cracking, but they were in need of moisture.

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

    Ooohhhh, I just might have to look into this one. Very pretty pinky berry shade. and it looks really good on you.

  9. Christine

    I swear by Tarte’s matte lipsurgences when I want matte, but this sure is tempting… :).

  10. Melody

    Very nice! I think the color’s been done but it’s still quite lovely. Looks great with the duo shadow.

  11. Mari

    Hi! I noticed that in your recent videos your skin looks so good! It looks just perfect and luminous. I have to know what foundation you used in this video review and in the video for the MAC tres cheek collection! You look amazing and fabulous!! <3!

  12. This is gorgeous! How does it compare to MAC’s Dish it Up lipstick from the Shop Cook collection?

  13. YellowLantern

    Thank you for getting these reviews up so quickly!

    This collection is something I can thankfully pass on. Most of the colors don’t appeal to me and the ones that do have poor formulas (I’m still lusting over the eyeshadow duo’s colors despite the poor pigmentation) or they come in pencil form (I loathe pencil products for their wastefulness). Yay, money saved. :)

  14. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of caramelcreamcat esther

    LOVE all the NARS reviews you’re doing!! going to europe soon and was just looking out for what NARS products to buy cuz my country doesn’t sell it. thanks christine!

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

    Well, this collection was mostly kind of a let down, but at least the lip products seemed to have done well. I don’t think I have any pinks in this shade, so I’ll have to give it a look. :)

  16. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Maggie Maggie

    Thank you for the review! I love these pencils and am always sure to keep Dolce Vita, Damned and Cruella within reach. I’ll have to see this in person when I get a chance. Thanks for mentioning the tip about freezing before sharpening–I’ll keep that in mind for these pencils to minimize loss.

    I remembered you mentioning before that lipsticks don’t typically bleed or feather on you. I’m the opposite. I think it might be due to a nervous lip-pursing/pressing habit. It’s the one reason why I don’t wear lipstick much–bc I’d be out thinking I’m showing off the most wonderful lip color only to find later that it’s bleeding very noticeably.

    That’s partially why I love these pencils–they don’t budge on me as much as lipsticks and are not as drying on me as lip stains. I can count on these when I don’t want to worry about my appearance. I do wish I can wear lipsticks worry-free more often.

    Thanks again!

  17. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of artemis artemis

    too dry for my liking :/

  18. taj

    how many would think the packaging, though wastes some product during sharpening, actually keeps it more hygienic?

  19. Cathy

    Do you know if this is going to be available in Sephora? It wasn’t on their website and on Nars.com it said it was “exclusive.”

  20. Tatiana Asnaran

    which color were you wearing in the video you posted?

  21. Savs

    Have this one on my wishlist- tried it on in Sephora on a whim and fell in love with the color! I have golden, tan African American skin- what other colors from this line would suit me?