In this next installment of what is essentially NARS Summer Gushing, we visit the other matte lip offering. NARS Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil is a subdued hot pink with the barest hints of lilac peeking through. The Velvet Matte formula provides a slight sheen to an otherwise completely matte lip. Like the Pure Mattes, I have to say it is neither moisturizing nor drying. If you suffer dry lips (like me), carry a balm around. Though applying it will alter the finish, I firmly believe having shiny lips is better than enduring cracked ones.
Eyes: Ramatuelle Trio; Cheeks: Liberte Blush
The Velvet Matte Lip Pencils were never known to be long lasting (on me, except perhaps the darker shades). Never Say Never lasts about three hours and completely disappears after a meal or a beverage. However, it is such a beautiful shade that I am willing to reapply it every couple of hours or so, and it helps that the pencil form makes it brilliantly easy to do so. I think Never Say Never fits neatly with the colors coming out this summer, and since it's not super bright I can envision myself wearing it well into Fall (though my soul died a little when I typed that last bit. It's barely spring here!).
NARS Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil retails for $24 and is exclusively available at the NARS 413 Bleecker St store and narscosmetics.com.