NARS Velvet Matte lip pencil 'Train Bleu' review

I already mentioned this lip pencil in my holiday haul. I usually prefer to actually use products for a while and review them when I know everything about it. This is also dangerous because sometimes The Blogger starts college again and forgets about everything else and the post gets delayed.

I wanted this NARS velvet matte lip pencil every since I discovered that this is what Beyoncé often wears. I'm a massive Beyoncé fan and I also love dark and vampy lipsticks.

The NARS Velvet Matte Lip pencil is one of those crayon type of lipsticks. They actually are legit lipsticks, not a lip balm type of crayon (like the often-duped Clinique ones). The minimalistic packaging is typically NARS and I love it. All NARS prodcuts look so fancy and expensive. On the end is a plastic ring that shows the colour of the lipstick. This makes it easy to recognise the colour without having to take the cap off. You might think the plastic end is a twist-up device but that's not true. You have to sharpen these with an actual sharpener. They fit in any sharpener with a bigger opening. You don't need the NARS sharpener (although I'm sure it's good). 

I haven't sharpened it yet but I don't think I'll have any issues with it. Someone recommended me to put it in the fridge before sharpening it so you will have less waste. Good advice.

The formula is matte but not drying. It's not moisturizing either, but I don't think moisturizing mattes exist so I'm not bothered by it. The consistency is pretty creamy but it doesn't smear. 

They say these pencils don't need a lip liner underneath, in the swatch above I'm not wearing a lip liner underneath. As you can see the lines aren't super clean. This may be because of my application skills but I've found that using a lip liner underneath will give you better results. The formula doesn't necessarily need a lip liner and if this were an actual lipstick (in a lipstick bullet) I would agree. These type of crayons just don't allow you to make the same clean lines as a conventional lipstick would. I don't think this is an issuse though because I have a matching lip liner (God bless Flormar).

I absolutely adore the colour. Sephora describes it as a 'deep aubergine'. This is very fitting, there's not enough red in it to call it a wine colour. There's definitely a tad of red in it but it's only a tiny amount. This makes the colour so special because these type of dark and vampy shades are often very red based. In the swatch the lipstick looks very purple but it really depends on the light. Sometimes it's dark purple, sometimes the red shows up. I think this makes it such an interesting lipstick.

The lipstick stays on pretty well. I've found that drinking is no problem but eating, however, is. For a lipstick that retails at €25 you'd expect it to stay on a little bit longer. The colour doesn't wear off completely but on the inner parts of the lips it does. Especially with this colour, you really don't want that and you have to make sure you keep touching it up during the day. The pencil is easy to carry with you so I don't think touching it up is an issue. I'd rather have an amazing matte formula than a formula that's drying and gross but stays on (I'm looking at you, Mac Retro Mattes). I think that's what NARS thought too. 

Overall, I'm very pleased with this lipstick. I wear it all the time. I've had it for a month now and it still looks like I've never used it. This is good, I know this one will last me for ages. One more thing that I'm super pleased about is that it has no detectable smell. Smells can be nice but more often, they are distracting. If you are looking for a vampy lipstick this autumn, Train Bleu will be your friend.  

PS: You may have already noticed this but I changed the layout! Let me know what you think or if you have any issues with it. I also accidentally deleted all the comments so don't be shy to leave me new ones. 

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