Review: NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Club Mix

Some people may change their wardrobe for Autumn, I change my lipsticks. Yes it’s true, I have a whole collection of lipsticks that I set aside just for A/W. Although in my defence it sounds worse than it is. It’s usually only about 3-4 lipsticks – don’t worry I’m not hoarding cupboards of them. This year I also have a new lip pencil to add to that collection, and it’s one that I’m very excited about.

NARS is a brand that has been recommended to me by several people, but never for their lipsticks. However I received one of their Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils in a goodie bag from ASOS recently, and it was in one of my favourite shades – a deep berry, or s NARS are calling it ‘Club Mix’. I was ready to make my first foray into the brand.

+ Long lasting
+ Barely transfers
+ Good pigmentation
+ Applies easily
+ Moisturising

– Needs to be sharpened after use

It’s rare that I come across a lipstick that will stay put when drinking or eating. Even high-end brands fail at the task we all want them so desperately to succeed at. A lipstick stain on a cup may look good on Instagram but in reality none of us want to be re-applying our lippie all day. That’s why I’m so impressed with this little number. The NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil offers long-lasting wear with minimal transfer. It applies easily with a creamy texture that feels very hydrating, and doesn’t dry out lips. The pigmentation is excellent, giving you the exact colour you see on the tube. The only downside to this amazing lipstick-gloss combo is the design of the product. Unfortunately this is very much like a pencil in that you have to sharpen it once it wears down. I’m not a fan of sharpening kohl, lip pencils etc. It’s a messy business and I don’t want anything to do with it. Still, I love this shade so I may give it a go once I use it up. Although I am already having premonitions of me breaking it like I did all of my eyeliners in high school. As for price, these retail at £18 each, which is pricey but considerably less than I spend on my Chanel lipsticks. Keeping that in mind, I probably would buy the matte version of the lipstick over this gloss one, purely because of personal preference.

You can buy the Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Club Mix at NARS and at counters nationwide.