NARS Roman Holiday, Never Say Never, Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencils Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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NARS Roman Holiday Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Roman Holiday Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Roman Holiday Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Roman Holiday Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Roman Holiday Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Roman Holiday Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Roman Holiday Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Roman Holiday Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Roman Holiday Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Roman Holiday Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Roman Holiday Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Roman Holiday Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Roman Holiday Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Roman Holiday Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Roman Holiday Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Roman Holiday Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Roman Holiday Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Roman Holiday Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Roman Holiday

NARS Roman Holiday Velvet Matte Lip PencilNARS Roman Holiday Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($27.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light-medium pin kwith subtle, cool undertones and a soft, pearl sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage. The color could have applied a bit more evenly, both in terms of overall texture as well as actual coverage. The texture felt smooth and velvety going on, so it was not uncomfortable to apply, but it felt thin and clingy while worn. It stayed on for three and a half hours and was somewhat drying.

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.

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)].

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

Never Say Never

NARS Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip PencilNARS Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($27.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark plum with cool undertones and a fine pearl over a more matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage paired with a velvety texture that felt thin on the lips but never tugged or dragged when I applied directly from the tube. It wore well for five hours and was lightly drying after three hours of wear.

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)].

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NARS Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Sex Machine

NARS Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip PencilNARS Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($27.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a barely-there shimmer over a matte finish. I felt like the shimmer gave it a subtle sheen but did not read “shimmery” to my eye. The texture was velvety, thin but not clingy, and comfortable to apply and to wear. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage that lasted for five hours on me. The formula was a bit drying toward the end.

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, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Lecithin, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Aroma (Flavor), Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid, Dicalcium Phosphate. May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 15850 (Red 6), CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake)

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Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
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$27.00/0.08 oz.

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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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I’m sure I will, I’ve never been good at resisting temptation, especially when it comes to lipsticks. I’ll definitely get Walkyrie and Bahama the next time Sephora or the other department store that carries Nars has a promo/sale. Still deciding on the rest. These pencils are such a weakness of mine since I like mattes but I don’t like the liquid lipstick format!

Never Say Never and Sex Machine both look like shades I’d wear….and I actually do! Covered with MAC Mehr and KVD Mother, so I just saved a few $’s it seems.

On the other hand, Roman Holiday looks like a really scarily 80’s lip shade, but lacking any moisture or sheen. Eeks.

Never Say Never is my favourite of these three.
I’ll probably not get it as I have a hard time with products that feels drying on the lips. It can be the weird winter we’ve had that’s made me more sensetive, I guess I’ll know once spring is here.

Totally makes sense to me, Helene! I don’t think I would really opt for too many drying formulas myself if I wasn’t testing them for the blog!

You know, sometimes I get annoyed that brands like Makeup Forever give all their products number so rather than names, then I remember that there are brands that call a lip product “sex machine” and I’m suddenly way more grateful to MUFE.

They are all pretty colors. Luckily I am covered with dupes on all three. Thanks for the reviews, and for saving me money.

I can’t stand glossy, but I’m really liking the “mattes with shimmer” that we seem to be seeing more of lately.

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