NARS Ransom Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set Review & Swatches

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NARS Ransom Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Ransom Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Ransom Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Ransom Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Ransom Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Ransom Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Ransom Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Ransom Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Ransom Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Ransom Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Ransom Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Ransom Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Ransom Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Ransom Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Ransom Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Ransom Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Ransom Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Ransom Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set

Ransom

NARS Ransom Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set ($45.00 for 0.32 oz.) is a new, limited set of four jumbo-sized lip pencils in shades of soft brown, coral, and plum. The set contains four full-sized Velvet Matte Lip Pencils, in all new shades, giving it a total value of $108. This set is exclusive to Nordstrom. The quality of two shades was consistent with what I’d expect from the formula and are worth considering, but the other two were more disappointing, so the set was a wash.

Ransom

LELimited Edition. $45.00.
B
B
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
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NARS Rowdy Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rowdy Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rowdy Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rowdy Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rowdy Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rowdy Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rowdy Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rowdy Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rowdy Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rowdy Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rowdy Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rowdy Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rowdy Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rowdy Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rowdy Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rowdy Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rowdy Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rowdy Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Rowdy

Rowdy is a soft, rosy brown with warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation with a soft, velvety texture that glided across my lips without tugging. The texture was thin, but it looked drier and somewhat powdery on my lips after I had applied it, and this resulted in some of my lip texture getting emphasized. It lasted for three and a half hours and was somewhat drying over time.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

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)].

Rowdy

LELimited Edition. $27.00.
C+
C+
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
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NARS Skin Tight Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Skin Tight Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Skin Tight Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Skin Tight Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Skin Tight Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Skin Tight Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Skin Tight Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Skin Tight Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Skin Tight Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Skin Tight Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Skin Tight Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Skin Tight Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Skin Tight Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Skin Tight Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Skin Tight Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Skin Tight Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Skin Tight Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Skin Tight Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Skin Tight

Skin Tight is a light, pink-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. The lighter shades in this formula tend to look powdery and gravitate toward my lip lines, and this shade was no exception. It had good pigmentation, though it wasn’t buildable, and the consistency had the glide and velvety feel of the formula as I’d expect, but the end result on my lips was disappointing. The lip color pulled into my lip lines, emphasized my lip texture, and wore away unevenly. It stayed on well for three hours on me with a slightly drying formula.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

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)].

Skin Tight

LELimited Edition. $27.00.
C
C
6.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
74%
Total
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NARS Mayhem Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Mayhem Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Mayhem Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Mayhem Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Mayhem Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Mayhem Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Mayhem Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Mayhem Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Mayhem Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Mayhem Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Mayhem Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Mayhem Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Mayhem Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Mayhem Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Mayhem Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Mayhem Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Mayhem Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Mayhem Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Mayhem

Mayhem is a soft, medium plum with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had rich color coverage that applied evenly and easily over my lips in a single layer. The pencil was smooth, velvety, and thin with good adherence and no slip (but never tugged during application). It wore well for four and a half hours and felt neither drying nor hydrating over time.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

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)].

Mayhem

LELimited Edition. $27.00.
A-
A-
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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NARS Trashed Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Trashed Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Trashed Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Trashed Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Trashed Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Trashed Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Trashed Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Trashed Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Trashed Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Trashed Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Trashed Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Trashed Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Trashed Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Trashed Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Trashed Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Trashed Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Trashed Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Trashed Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Trashed

Trashed is a deep, reddened plum with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The lip pencil delivered rich, opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which went on evenly and sat well on my lips. It had a lightweight, velvety consistency that glided across my lips without tugging and was comfortable to wear. This shade lasted for five and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

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)].

Trashed

LELimited Edition. $27.00.
A
A
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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The bad thing is that two of these pencils rated so poorly. The good thing is that I will save $45 by not buying this set. (But that case is so adorable!)

Trashed and Mayhem are simply gorgeous! Too bad this is not a duo set of just those 2 shades, because the other 2 look as dry as Phoenix in June!

Now that I am seeing these swatched I am not loving them as much. Only one will really work for me or my daughter so I am disappointed. Really thought I would like these.

These are lovely but I always hesitate before buying a NARS lip pencil. I find them extremely difficult to sharpen and lots of product winds up being wasted due to breakage. Anyone else have this issue? Maybe it’s just me and I need to upgrade my sharpener.

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