NARS x Connor Tingley Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set Review & Swatches

01/06

NARS Connor Tingley Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Connor Tingley Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Connor Tingley Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Connor Tingley Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Connor Tingley Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Connor Tingley Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Connor Tingley Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Connor Tingley Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Connor Tingley Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Connor Tingley Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Connor Tingley Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Connor Tingley Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Connor Tingley Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Connor Tingley Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Connor Tingley Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Connor Tingley Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Connor Tingley Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set
NARS Connor Tingley Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set

Connor Tingley

NARS Connor Tingley Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set ($45.00 for 0.32 oz.) is a new, limited edition set of four, full-sized Velvet Matte Lip Pencils. They’re still “coming soon” to NARS’ website (I don’t have a date yet). Two of the shades were nice–pigmented, easy to apply, and long-wearing–while two were less consistent with a less-flattering application where the product emphasized my lip texture or settled into my lip lines over time.


01/06

NARS Grotto Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Grotto Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Grotto Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Grotto Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Grotto Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Grotto Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Grotto Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Grotto Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Grotto Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Grotto Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Grotto Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Grotto Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Grotto Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Grotto Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Grotto Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Grotto Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Grotto Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Grotto Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Grotto

Grotto is a medium-dark peach with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage in a single layer, which adhered fairly evenly but had a tendency to emphasize my natural lip texture and catch on any dryness/flakes. The consistency was very lightweight and velvety, which made it comfortable to maneuver along the edges of my lips. It wore nicely for three and a half hours before pulling too much into my lip lines that it became noticeable to the casual viewer.

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)].

01/06

NARS Ladrillo Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Ladrillo Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Ladrillo Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Ladrillo Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Ladrillo Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Ladrillo Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Ladrillo Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Ladrillo Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Ladrillo Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Ladrillo Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Ladrillo Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Ladrillo Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Ladrillo Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Ladrillo Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Ladrillo Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Ladrillo Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Ladrillo Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Ladrillo Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Ladrillo

Ladrillo is a deep, coppery red with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had nearly opaque color payoff in a single stroke, which drew on color evenly and smoothly without catching or dragging on my lips. The consistency was incredibly lightweight, thin without being clingy, and comfortable to wear. It stayed on well for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating.

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)].

01/06

NARS Rosa Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rosa Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rosa Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rosa Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rosa Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rosa Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rosa Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rosa Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rosa Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rosa Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rosa Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rosa Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rosa Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rosa Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rosa Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rosa Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rosa Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Rosa Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Rosa

Rosa is a bright, reddish-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. The lip pencil yielded semi-opaque coverage, which was hard to build up beyond that, which did not apply evenly and emphasized my natural lip texture. The pencil felt smooth and velvety as it glided across my lips, but it just didn’t look good applied. It lasted for just over four and a half hours but did pull into my lip lines over time. It felt neither drying nor hydrating while worn.

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)].

01/06

NARS Amontillado Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Amontillado Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Amontillado Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Amontillado Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Amontillado Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Amontillado Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Amontillado Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Amontillado Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Amontillado Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Amontillado Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Amontillado Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Amontillado Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Amontillado Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Amontillado Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Amontillado Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Amontillado Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Amontillado Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Amontillado Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Amontillado

Amontillado is a medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation with a smooth, velvety texture that skated across my lips with ease and delivered thin, nearly feather-weight in feel color that didn’t emphasize my lip lines. It wore well for six hours, left a faint stain behind, and was non-drying 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)].

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NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set $45.00/0.32 OZ.
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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 really like the artsy packaging NARS comes up with these collection… I assume that the cases are reusable (after you remove the lipstick insert) which is kind of nice.

Since the 2 more “springy” shades are of fairly poor quality, and the fact that I’ll be ordering CR Queendom lipstick next month probably, I’m passing this set up. If only Rosa and Grotto had been better, this would have been a really nice set!

I have to admit I didn’t know who Connor Tingley was so had to look him up. Must say, it is unusual for such a young person to have found the level of success that he has in the art world. I usually love the Nars Lip Pencil formula so would likely pick up a few of these. Having said that, the two most appealing shades to me personally are Amontillado and Rosy which I am sure I have a million dupes for but Amontillado is really lovely. Good thing my no buy is firmly in place or I would be looking for this set and giving the poorer performing ones away. Packaging is super pretty. The eye shadow palette looks pretty tame. I always expect artist collabs to have these beautiful, super saturated colours and for some reason, that is rarely the case. I understand his work is mostly about form and not shade but it is my own prejudice that I think artists should always work in beautiful colour, LOL!

Despite not receiving the best grades for a couple, I do think I’m going to pick these up anyway. It’s a decent price and my hope is that it will ease me into wearing bolder lippie shades.

Additionally, I recently fell in love with the Burt’s Bees Matte Lip Crayons. I think the formula is a slightly creamier dupe for the NARS matte pencil formula. Redwood Forest is my absolute favorite. Allana Davison often talks about that shade and I finally picked it up and I can understand why she loves it so much. They have glossy ones but I haven’t tried them. The matte ones go on comfortably and really last well.

NARS made the decision to START testing on animals in order to profit from the Chinese market. I have not respect for this company anymore.

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