NARS Velvet Rope Mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set Review & Swatches

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NARS Velvet Rope Mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Velvet Rope Mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Velvet Rope Mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Velvet Rope Mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Velvet Rope Mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Velvet Rope Mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Velvet Rope Mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Velvet Rope Mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Velvet Rope Mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Velvet Rope Mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Velvet Rope Mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Velvet Rope Mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Velvet Rope Mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Velvet Rope Mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Velvet Rope Mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Velvet Rope Mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Velvet Rope Mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Velvet Rope Mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set

Velvet Rope

NARS Velvet Rope Mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set ($40.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains four shades–all which are from the permanent range–in the brand’s natural matte pencil formula. I felt like the pencils actually had more of a velvety glide to them, which resulted in sheerer coverage than anticipated for three shades. They had medium, buildable coverage to mostly opaque coverage with a smooth, velvety texture that was thin and lightweight.

A full-sized Velvet Matte Lip Pencil contains 0.08 oz. of product and retails for $27.00 or costs $337.50 per ounce, which gives the set a total value of $81.00.

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NARS Bad Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Bad Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Bad Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Bad Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Bad Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Bad Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Bad Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Bad Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Bad Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Bad Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Bad Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Bad Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Bad Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Bad Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Bad Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Bad Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Bad Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Bad Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Bad Girl

Bad Girl is a medium beige with warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation with a smooth, velvety texture that glided easily across my lips. It had a powdery look to it after actual application, though it didn’t feel particularly dry during wear. For as matte in finish as it was, I was impressed by flattering it was to my lips and lip texture. It stayed on well for four hours and was 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, 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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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

Sex Machine is a muted, rosy mauve with subtle, warm undertones and slight shimmer running throughout that gave it a more frosted finish, despite being rather matte (as in no shine). The pencil had a smooth, velvety consistency that was comfortable to work with as it skated across my lips without tugging, but there was a bit of emphasis of lip texture and a tendency to cling to imperfections. It had medium pigmentation in one stroke, which was buildable to semi-opaque coverage. This shade wore well for four hours and was slightly drying while worn.

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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NARS Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Dolce Vita

Dolce Vita is a medium, reddish-plum with warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer coverage, which was hard to build up, and it applied a bit unevenly with significantly more emphasis of lip texture than I expected. This shade is part of the permanent range, so I’m not sure why it ended up being so sheer. It almost seemed too heavy with whatever gives it the velvety feeling–almost like an overly waxy pencil that glides but has little payoff. The color lasted for three hours from what I could tell, and the formula felt a touch 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, 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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NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Dragon Girl

Dragon Girl is a bright, raspberry red with cool, blue undertones and a matte finish. It had medium pigmentation in a single stroke, which was buildable to semi-opaque coverage. It was such a bright, rich hue that it didn’t seem like it was lacking pigment at a glance, but you can definitely see my lip freckle peeking through. The pencil had a smooth, velvety feel that glided and maneuvered easily across my lips and applied color evenly. It stayed on well for six hours, left a stain behind, 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, 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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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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It’s so surprising that the Dolce Vita got a D! 😮 I have both the mini and the full sized versions and it doesn’t quite look/feel like the one in your review 🙁 I was thinking about stocking up too. Bummer!

Very tempting. And yet I always seem to buy similar shades time and again. I’m getting into a beauty rut and need to try some different colors.

Meh. This set doesn’t impress me much, at all. Only one LE shade, the rest permanent. And one of those, Dolce Vita, they managed to screw up the formula on! 🤦‍♀️

H’mmmm. I thought I’d be super into these, but not so much…

Mecca New Zealand just launched insider access for holiday sets and I saw 4 new NARS glitter lipsticks called Disco Dust – Bianca (nude gold), Debbie (plum gold), Lisa (red shimmer) and Jerry (red with bronze shimmer) and I was surprised to see these pop up here, given that the US launch stuff didn’t seem to have them included. Or did I miss them???
$58 a pop is a bit rich for my blood at the moment (cough, justboughtaViseartGrandePropalette, cough) so I think I’m gonna skip all the NARS holiday stuff.

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