velvet matte pencil

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl: A Review

NARS velvet matte lip pencil dragon girl 1This is one of those cult classic products that you just can’t help but pay attention to, especially if you are a lip product fiend like I am. This lip crayon is smooth and velvety, like the name claims, and is way easier to apply than a lip liner, lipstick, lip lacquer etc., which makes it great for noobies or for a last minute makeup look. NARS makes these pencils in a variety of formulas: glossy, satin, and matte, however I find the matte ones the longest wearing, and the most transfer-resistant.

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Dragon Girl is a magenta-toned fuchsia-toned red (as opposed to Red Square which is more orange-red) that lasts for hours on end without drying. Yes, not even drying on my dehydrated, lip-balm addicted lips.  To apply, revert back to your coloring book days and literally draw onto your lips. The formula is creamy and smooth and glides onto the lips without tugging. I usually line my lips first then fill in the lines! Once completely filled in, your lips are all set for eating, drinking, and many many hours of red-lipped enjoyment.



As you can see, the matte finish is very striking and modern, especially against dewy summer skin! (left) Sometimes I like to throw on a red gloss on top to add some extra sheen, like the YSL Sheer Candy in Cherry (right). Overall I’m completely obsessed with this product. I love how easy it is to use, and how long it lasts. I can wear this confidently out to dinner or out at night without worrying about it fading too much or looking awkward. It also removes easily with makeup remover which is a huge plus – I hate when you still have remnants of last night’s lip liner on when you wake up the next morning! Even better, because it is blue-toned, it makes your teeth look incredibly white and really brightens the face. No doubt that this product has become my go-to red lip.

Dragon Girl is available for $25 at Sephora or NARS stores/counters. It is a great price for what you get, as you don’t need top sharpen it overly frequently or reapply it. Something to note however, is that you need a jumbo sharpener to accommodate the size. I picked up a cheap Sephora brand sharpener that works great.

What is your favorite red lip?