NARS Bettina is a slightly warm-toned, medium plum with a frost finish. It is a permanent lipstick that retails for $27.00 and contains 0.08 oz.
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NARS Bettina Velvet Matte Lip PencilNARS Bettina Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($27.00 for 0.08 oz.) is soft, medium-dark rosy mauve with subtle, warm undertones and a pearl "matte" finish. It had the flat, shine-free look of a true matte finish but definitely had shimmer. It had medium coverage, which was somewhat buildable, that applied without tugging or dragging on the lips. The texture felt thinner and a bit clingy on my lips, and I found the formula somewhat drying over the four hours it lasted.
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.
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The application of a lipstick combined with the convenience of a pencil in a jumbo crayon design. Lips are instantly saturated with rich pigments and a velvety matte finish. The long lasting, non-drying formula is enriched with emollients for a creamy texture, while a combination of unique silicones ensures long-lasting, seamless color for hours. Use for lining, all-over lip color, or pairing with another lip product.
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)].