Monday, August 1, 2011

Nars Bolero Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Review, Photos and Swatches!

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Nars Bolero Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Nars Bolero Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($24) is a vivid coral pink (described on Sephora as pink cantaloupe) lipstick pencil with a matte finish.

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils combine the convenience of a pencil with the application of a lipstick in a jumbo-sized crayon design. These pigment-rich sticks provide a matte, creamy finish enriched with emollients, vitamin E, and silicone.

After seeing Bolero featured on Temptalia, I knew it would be a shade I was going to love. Although, it did look super dry on her lips.

I'm not sure if the formula differs shade to shade, but Boleo is pretty drying, as are most matte finish lipsticks. To keep my lips from drying out, I'll apply a layer of lip balm on my lips prior to application of the lip pencil and it keeps my lips from drying out and the lip pencil from looking uneven.

My favorite way of wearing Bolero, is with a warm lip liner (such as MAC Stripdown, Hover, Spice, etc) and clear gloss on top. It also looks great when mixed with a baby pink lipstick/gloss.

The color seemed all too familiar, and when I swatched it next to some of my other favorties.. well, I realized why I liked it so much in the first place. Haha! It resembles Illamasqua Obey the most, just with a touch more pink. It's a color that I find very flattering on my skintone, as it really brightens up my face.

nars bolero swatches comparisons
Swatches from left to right: YSL #26 Tender Peach Rouge Volupte Lipstick, MAC Everhip Lipstick, Illamasqua Obey Lipstick and Nars Bolero Velvet Matte Lip Pencil.

If the pencil wasn't so drying, it would probably be one of my favorite lip products. But, because I have to prime my lips, it is a little inconvenient when applied on the go, or for touch-ups. Still, I really like it and I'm happy with it!

Have you tried any of the Velvet Matte Lip Pencils? What did you think?


  1. Oh wow this looks gorgeous! What a lovely color! And you got gorgeous lips!

  2. This is such a GORGEOUS coral colour! Perfect for summer! :)

  3. That color is beautiful. It's a shame it's so drying.

  4. Such a gorgeous colour, I'm so into my corals... but I'll probably pass on this as it's a little too close to Obey which I already own and love.


  5. I have two Nars Velvet Matte lip pencils: Sex Machine and Damned. I love Damned! I get a perfect red lip every time without the color bleeding at the lip line.

  6. I already own MAC Everrhip so I don't think I need this. It looks gorgeous on you though.

  7. i'll get this coz i really wanted the mac ever hip lipstick, love corals , thank you

  8. such a pretty color! I've never tried a bars pencil before, but it looks great!

  9. I have one in Dolce Vita, and I like it so so.. I love the lipstick in Dlce vita, however did find the pencil a little bit drying as well ..
    but we cannot deny that the Bolero color looks stunning!

  10. I love this but I do find it drying!
    I also just realised I have all of the comparison products apart from the YSL....I have a type!
    Hope your doing ok xx

  11. nice jumbo, I like it! thnaks for sharing!

  12. oh wow this looks really pretty.. i need a shade like this xxx

  13. Oh my GAWD that is one of the most beautiful color combinations i've ever seen.