Thursday, August 11th, 2011

NARS Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Fall 2011: Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($24.00 for 0.08 oz.) is described as a “deep aubergine.” Velvet Matte Lip Pencils deliver rich pigment with a “velvet matte finish.” It’s supposed to be creamy and long-wearing without being drying. This shade is new and now part of NARS’ permanent range.

If this looks familiar to you that means 1) you’re a regular Temptalia reader and 2) you have an excellent eye. It looks nearly identical to MAC Smoked Purple. Train Bleu is a vampy purpled-burgundy with a near-matte finish. It has a subtle hint of sheen when you look at it close-up, but it is fairly matte when viewed at a normal distance.

Train Bleu wears a solid six hours on me, but my lips start to feel the need for added moisture by the fourth hour. The pencil formula makes it easier to apply, because you can easily edge around the lips, but you will lose product when you go to sharpen it. The color coverage is opaque and lush–much better than Smoked Purple–and the texture is creamier and has a lot less tug and drag in comparison. Of course, the price is nearly double.

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Train Bleu

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It's not the easiest matte formula to work with, but it is one of the easier ones. The color is really rich and dark--very fall--and will be gorgeous on lighter complexions for a dramatic look.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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NARS Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase Train Bleu? How much is it?

NARS, $24

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

MAC Smoked Purple.

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22 thoughts on “NARS Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Noir

    *Gasp! I have to have!

  2. I would actually really like that shade as an eyeliner!

  3. Verna

    It’s perfect, really!! So fall and vampy!

  4. I may not love the shade, but the payoff is fabulous! it also looks very even and matte as it’s supposed to be! lovely!

  5. Steph

    This looks exactly how Night Violet looks on me. Love it.

  6. mb

    It does look like smoked purple…quick quest…do you think this color and smoked purple are similar in color to MAC Cyber lipstick?

  7. The shade is a bit too dark for my taste..would love wearing this as eye liner though!

  8. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    I guess because it’s a matte sort of finish, it looks dry and seems to emphasize those natural lines in the lips. Not for me – just a bit harsh looking because of the finish.

  9. Marieke

    I can’t decided whether to love it or leave it. I really like it, just not on me, I guess…

  10. Naz

    Looks fantastic on you. Love it. I’m afraid my darker olive complexion may not pull this off :-\

  11. I could see this VMP working really well under Nana Lipgloss!

  12. It’s between this and MAC’s Smoked Purple for me. xP

  13. OMGAH, I LOVE this color! So perfect for fall.

  14. Mia

    You look so good in like bright colors and dark colors like these.So jealous.I’m so pale,red lipstick should look good but it doesn’t. :( You look great in these colors.Jealousy…

  15. Jill

    I don’t like this color for lips, but I agree that the payoff looks terrific. I would definitely try this out in another shade!

  16. Vale

    Wonderful, wonderful colour! I just wish it had a satin finish!

  17. Teresa

    How do you sharpen these Nars Lip Pencils? I have one in Sex Machine and I can’t sharpen it. It seems to crack and break ad splinter. So frustrating.

  18. Dormouse

    I love this color, but I feel I’m a bit old for dark, matte lipcolors. Though I wore them, say, 15 years ago and got compliments on them all the time.

  19. I just bought this and I love it! I like wearing it sheer to just stain my lips with a gloss on top, since I’m so pale and this makes it more wearable. So pretty!