Friday, April 5th, 2013

NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($25.00 for 0.086 oz.) is described as an “iridescent lilac.” It’s true-to-description: it’s an iridescent lilac with a shimmering frost finish. MAC Bubble Gum has more of an iridescent lilac feel (but it has more of a golden shimmer than true iridescence). If you have an iridescent lilac eyeshadow, you could pat it over your lips and get a similar effect.

It’s really like a layer of¬†iridescent¬†lilac shimmer more than it is a color or a lipstick, because the color is sheer. I could see this type of color being used maybe as a layering product on top of other products, but I just don’t see it working very well that way–it has a very dry consistency that would make it hard to spread out over another color. Other Velvet Matte Lip Pencils have not only been incredibly pigmented, but they are creamier and have a more emollient texture that enables good glide and application. Tender Night was harder to apply for even, all-over color coverage. It felt like an old school frost lipstick but with a thinner consistency. It wore just under three hours on me, and it was drying (and it looked dry).

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Tender Night

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Sometimes I find this formula to be slightly drying, but it is normally very long-wearing and pigmented, so then it's about trade-offs, but this shade is drier overall, harder to apply, and doesn't wear very long.

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

3/5

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NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

NARS, $25.00 (April 15th).

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

MAC Bubble Gum has more of an iridescent lilac feel (but it has more of a golden shimmer than true iridescence).

What makeup are you wearing?

On cheeks: NARS Puerto Vallarta Multiple.

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32 thoughts on “NARS Tender Night Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Awful~ The opal effect is gorgeous..too bad!! :(

  2. elsa

    I think Milani has a lip pencil that it similar but better. And cheaper.

  3. Linda

    And that’s 25 dollars….

  4. Janelle

    it looks so drying! I am going to steer clear of this one!

  5. xamyx

    I actually like this one, but then, I’m a big fan of tinted lipbalm, LOL. As pretty as this is, at $25, I doubt I’ll pick this up any time soon; there are just way to many other products I’d prefer to spend the money on. If this shade ever goes on sale/clearance, or in the little display at Sephora when you wait in line, I’d consider it.

    • blueraccoon

      I love tinted lip balm, but this just looks dry to me and uncomfortable to wear. Total skip for me.

      • I think Amy meant that you could layer this pencil over some lip balm to combat that dry looking finish. I think that could be really super pretty. During the winter, and remember I’m up in the great white north, I frequently lay down a layer of lip balm before even putting on lipstick. Otherwise, my lips end up looking like a train wreck..so dry and even peeling.. ouch! I saw the post above mentioning a similar product by Milani, but I do not have that brand here and from what I’m gathering even you folks have trouble getting consistent supply.. I’d love to grab this one for half off myself :D

  6. Ugh this is just horrible.

  7. SarahKita

    What a shame! It looks nice on you in the photo but I can imagine it after an hour and how awful it’d be over the slightest dry patch.

  8. Yellowlantern

    I can’t even tell if this is supposed to have any color or just be clear with lavender shimmer? I’m not a fan either way.

  9. joyce

    I wonder why they chose to do this in the Velvet Matte formula? It could’ve been really pretty as a gloss pencil instead, that’s too bad.

  10. Anna

    It looks wrong to me somehow. Sort of like you had taken a highlighter eyeshadow and put it on lips. I am happy that I can see reviews on here. I buy all my Nars products online because no counter near by. I wouldn’t be able to use this on lips so if I had gotten it, I would have had to try it as a face highlighter.

  11. Alzn

    This is horrible. It reminds me a lot of the NYX jumbo eye pencil in Oyster, though the eye pencil is more pigmented than this looks.

  12. What a weird product! It looks dry and ouchy on your lips.

  13. Zara

    Too bad it’s not more pigmented, it could have made for such a pretty lip color…

  14. collier

    I LOOOOOVE the look of that! – just a tint with an opalescent blue sheen. If it were a gloss, I’d already be ordering! Don’t have the patience for layering lip products, though, so I’ll skip it.

  15. Veronica

    I really like the look of the product, but the quality isn’t behind the price tag. This is a major pass for me, but a real shame that it is.

  16. Eek. The second I saw a swatch of this I knew it wasn’t going to be great. Too bad though, it looks gorgeous as a pencil haha.

  17. Xina

    In one of your Q & A posts you wrote that you thought Nars was going to gain more popularity amongst consumers, but I’m wondering what your reasoning for saying this is when you have done a few reviews where you have slammed their products. I’m not saying your assessment of their products is wrong because I think you’ve be right about which of their products suck, but how can you say you see them becoming more popular when they’re putting out so many flops? I like some Nars products, here and there, but I feel like many of their products are hit or miss. Especially problematic for me are their eyeshadows, which are only sold in duos. Do they even do limited edition products? I just don’t see Nars as being very innovative. Yes, it’s creative, but I think almost all their promotional materials feature editorial looks as opposed to consumer-friendly looks.

    • Hi Xina,

      Based on experience over the past six years – a lot of people who buy from MAC and get disillusioned seem to migrate to either NARS or Urban Decay, and as MAC loses market share and their customers move to other brands, I’ve continued to see this migration (and of course, that is not to say that people don’t go to other brands as well). Most of MAC’s promotional images are aspirational/editorial/avant garde, but that certainly hasn’t diminished their appeal. NARS certainly has misses, but overall, I think it is a good range.

  18. I actually find this gorgeous being sheer! :D

  19. Kelsey

    it looks like vellum eyeshadow, except in pencil form.

  20. What a bummer! For NARS’ price point, it needs to be flawless!

  21. Nikki

    It almost reminds me of MAC’s Pervette lipstick!

  22. Cate

    It just looks… odd… on. I’m not sure how to describe it, exactly, other than that.

  23. L

    It looks horribly dry and very strange. I wish they would do twistable pencils, then maybe I would purchase some of the pretty colours, but no, instead of using the techinique perfected by every other brand, known as twist up pencils, they decide to spend their time creating this majestic creation. le sigh.

  24. NARSmakeupartist

    NARS matte lip pencils are the most popular of line. This shade looks beautiful under almost everything. From gold digger gloss to manhunt sheer lipstick. This pencil brightens up your look perfectly for spring!

  25. Marissa

    How does this compare to MAC Pervette?

  26. Kathy

    I actually really like this lip color. I am a huge Nars fan. I like mixing colors… tender night on top of any color gives your lips a cool duo chrome effect. I did not find it drying at all.

  27. Jenn

    Has anyone tried this as an eyeshadow? The girls at Nars showed it that way with Iceland on top, and it looked pretty but I didn’t know if anyone tried it.