NARS Manic Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set Review & Swatches

Manic

NARS Manic Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set ($45.00 for 0.32 oz.) contains four full-sized Velvet Matte Lip Pencils, in all new shades, giving it a total value of $108, and it is exclusive to Sephora. All four shades were pigmented and wore well for at least four hours; one shade, Vicious, could have had a more flattering finish, but from a normal viewing distance, its flaws weren’t visible.


Vicious

Vicious is a soft, medium pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff was opaque in a single layer that applied evenly without tugging on my lips. It had a lightweight, smooth consistency that glided easily across my lips, but I noticed that the texture seemed a little more powdery than most shades in this formula have been in my experience. There was slight separation along my deeper lip lines as a result. It lasted well for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating over time.

Formula Overview

$27.00/0.08 oz. - $337.50 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” with “rich” and “seamless color.” The texture has a more velvety feel: smooth, thinner but glides on easily, and doesn’t have a lot of wetness/creaminess. The pigmentation varied from shade to shade with most shades having semi-opaque coverage. They were easy to apply along the lips and comfortable to apply, as they did not tug. The formula lasted anywhere from three hours to six hours, and some shades were somewhat drying and others were non-drying.

Browse all of our NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil swatches.

Ingredients

C12-13 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Synthetic Candelilla Wax, Polyethylene, Caprylyl Methicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Silica, Dimethicone, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Lecithin, Flavor (Aroma), Dicalcium Phosphate, Citric Acid, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Anise Alcohol. [+/- (May Contain/Peut Contenir): Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Mica, Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140)].

Bondage

Bondage is a medium, rosy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque pigmentation with a smooth, velvety consistency that glided on easily but didn’t feel wet or cream-like–more waxy but still with excellent coverage and adherence. The lipstick stayed on well for five hours and was mostly non-drying.

Formula Overview

$27.00/0.08 oz. - $337.50 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” with “rich” and “seamless color.” The texture has a more velvety feel: smooth, thinner but glides on easily, and doesn’t have a lot of wetness/creaminess. The pigmentation varied from shade to shade with most shades having semi-opaque coverage. They were easy to apply along the lips and comfortable to apply, as they did not tug. The formula lasted anywhere from three hours to six hours, and some shades were somewhat drying and others were non-drying.

Browse all of our NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil swatches.

Ingredients

C12-13 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Synthetic Candelilla Wax, Polyethylene, Caprylyl Methicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Silica, Dimethicone, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Lecithin, Flavor (Aroma), Dicalcium Phosphate, Citric Acid, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Anise Alcohol. [+/- (May Contain/Peut Contenir): Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Mica, Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140)].

Spike

Spike is a deep, reddened plum with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The pencil had a lightweight, thin consistency that was waxy, which gave it excellent glide across my lips but packed a punch of pigment so I was still able to even, nearly opaque coverage in one layer. This shade wore nicely for five and a half hours and was non-drying.

Formula Overview

$27.00/0.08 oz. - $337.50 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” with “rich” and “seamless color.” The texture has a more velvety feel: smooth, thinner but glides on easily, and doesn’t have a lot of wetness/creaminess. The pigmentation varied from shade to shade with most shades having semi-opaque coverage. They were easy to apply along the lips and comfortable to apply, as they did not tug. The formula lasted anywhere from three hours to six hours, and some shades were somewhat drying and others were non-drying.

Browse all of our NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil swatches.

Ingredients

C12-13 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Synthetic Candelilla Wax, Polyethylene, Caprylyl Methicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Silica, Dimethicone, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Lecithin, Flavor (Aroma), Dicalcium Phosphate, Citric Acid, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Anise Alcohol. [+/- (May Contain/Peut Contenir): Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Mica, Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140)].

Chaos

Chaos is a deep burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was good, though it needed a second layer for truly full color coverage. The pencil had a smooth, velvety consistency that was more wax-like than cream-like, so it had good glide but didn’t feel slippery on. It was very lightweight and comfortable to wear for the first few hours but then it felt a touch drying toward the end. It lasted well for five and a half hours on me.

Formula Overview

$27.00/0.08 oz. - $337.50 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” with “rich” and “seamless color.” The texture has a more velvety feel: smooth, thinner but glides on easily, and doesn’t have a lot of wetness/creaminess. The pigmentation varied from shade to shade with most shades having semi-opaque coverage. They were easy to apply along the lips and comfortable to apply, as they did not tug. The formula lasted anywhere from three hours to six hours, and some shades were somewhat drying and others were non-drying.

Browse all of our NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil swatches.

Ingredients

C12-13 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Synthetic Candelilla Wax, Polyethylene, Caprylyl Methicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Silica, Dimethicone, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Lecithin, Flavor (Aroma), Dicalcium Phosphate, Citric Acid, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Anise Alcohol. [+/- (May Contain/Peut Contenir): Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Mica, Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140)].

NARS Manic Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set

NARS Manic Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set

NARS Manic Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set

NARS Manic Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set

NARS Manic Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set

NARS Manic Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set

NARS Vicious Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Vicious Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Vicious Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Vicious Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Vicious Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Bondage Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Bondage Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Bondage Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Bondage Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Bondage Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Bondage Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Spike Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Spike Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Spike Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Spike Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Spike Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Spike Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Chaos Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Chaos Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Chaos Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Chaos Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Chaos Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Chaos Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

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NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set $45.00/0.32 OZ.
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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
  • Charlotte Tilbury Light/Medium (3) Hollywood Flawless Filter
  • Hourglass Diffused Light Ambient Lighting Powder
  • Hourglass Vol. 4 Ambient Lighting Edit Palette
On eyes:
  • Charlotte Tilbury Stars in Your Eyes Eyeshadow Palette
  • Urban Decay Twice Baked 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I need to keep telling myself the following:

It would be kinda dumb to purchase four lipsticks that I don’t need just because of that very cute zippered case.

(P.S. Vicious, though pretty, is not very vicious-looking at all.)

Maybe it’s Vicious as in Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols? It would be in keeping with the safety pin motif of the case, and the punk photo on the box.

A very unexpected result just happened; that I really love this set! Will I get it, though…? I just don’t know yet. But I’ll be thinking about it, since it’s a really good deal and all wearable shades.

In general, I get along with Nars Velvet Matte Lip pencils pretty well. I have quite a number of them and will likely pick up this set also. I could do without some of the names again but at least it is better than the last one I purchased which was, P****Y Control. I had vowed not to purchase anymore if the name wasn’t something I wanted to say at a makeup counter or when having lunch with a friend and they asked what lipstick I was wearing, LOL. Bondage is the one name I could live without but since it has become so mainstream I guess I need to go with the times. I don’t know about the other names. They seem fine to me but then they could be slang for something sordid, who knows these days.
Anyway, likely to get two of these as my daughter loves those deep vampy shades.

I just ordered this set based on the swatches and reviews. I think it’s a great deal (yay for full-size products), and I’m optimistic that the shades will all work on my NC30/35ish yellow/olive skin. The only one I’m not confident about for me is Vicious. Which, if it doesn’t appeal to me, will probably look very nice on my daughter.

🤔 I can’t help wondering how this set stacks up to Bite Beauty Four Little Bites Amuse Bouche Lipstick Set. Which one would be a better value and color options?

It really comes down to which one you would use more – the colors/finishes/formulas are quite different that I think who might prefer one over the other is extremely subjective.

These are nice fall colors but this particular item sucks the life out of my already chronically dry lips. Still coming to terms with the fact that my lips + a matte product = failure of epic proportions. Ugh, off to cry into my pillow!

I do love the shiny ode to the safety pin (partly as my life seems to be held together by them, certainly lots of my clothes are). The makeup I could take or leave!

I like the colors of this set (minus Vicious), but there’s something about Nars lip pencils that are just a miss for me. Cruella is a magically beautiful red on me but I can count on one hand how many times I’ve worn it in the last five years.

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