An Ode to the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils (again)

You ready for the 152nd mention of the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils on VDM? Well strap up and sit tight because it’s happening. Just when you thought I’d said all there is to say on the matte-r – think again – for two new shades have been added to the group and they’re worth shouting about, surprise surprise. There’s no change in formula; they’re still the long-lasting, scribe-on, matte but not prune-pout inducing pencils we’ve all come to love, but the shades? Well they’re a little different to my usual picks: less red, more pink, lets talk.

The more ‘standard Anna’ shade from the two is Dragon Girl. I guess it fits into the red category but has a little fuchsia-ness and a pink tone to it that comes out when written onto the lips. D.G is one of those ‘pair with a simple eye and be done’ colours (my favourite) that I particularly find useful for colouring-up a monochrome outfit (a.k.a my everyday uniform). A good pick for those who fancy something a tad less in yer face than my two favourites: Red Square and Cruella.

Now for the wild card – Damned. When I picked this up in Space NK I thought I was onto a Rimmel Kate Moss 107-type shade, but I was wrong. It’s lighter than I imagined, less plum, more purple and a nice accompaniment to my green peepers if I do say so myself. There’s a mauvey undertone which actually makes it pretty wearable and I can’t help but think it’s a colour that would look cracking on Lily Pebbles. LP you listening? 

Cruella and Red Square are still top of the class but the two newbies are a welcome addition to the clan. Anymore recommendations? Mention No.153 coming right up…

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  • OK, so I need to get my hands on one of those. Maybe try that lighter shade as well, the more nudey… Not helping with my “no more shopping for rest of january” thing I have going on.


  • Daniela

    Why are these so stunning! I really loved Cruella but now I’m leaning more towards Dragon Girl…ahh can I just have them all pretty please.

  • Sophie ♥

    I knew this post was going to be dangerous! Mecca Cosmetica will no doubt be happy at my wallet emptying this week.

  • Anna Blush

    I think Damned really suits you Anna! It’s nice to try a shade a little different to what you’d usually go for x

  • I read this with an open mouth, darn I’m so jel of these little pencils! The first shade is so you! Love the plum too though. xx

  • Love these little pencils, the new colours that you have added look gorgeous too! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


  • VintageFrillsBlog

    These are such pretty shades! I usually go for either very red or very pink, but I would definitely give both of these pinky reds a try. xxx

  • Felicia Rodrigues dos Santos

    I love lippencils! And this brand looks gourgeous.

  • need a gap

    Love the texture of these.. Such a shame I can’t find them where I live 🙁

  • Pink Elephant Blog

    These are so lovely! The texture is gorgeous and they are just the best dark lippie for in the go!

    alex @

  • Evelyn Morales

    Wow they do look really nice on you, I so need to get at least one of them!

  • Laura

    these are all so lovely! Its so annoying they are so expensive in Australia!

  • Mel Zia

    o my they do look lovely , really must check them out !

    The Inked Blonde

  • Definitely need to bite the bullet and try these out already! Xx

  • Jessie Hao

    I like you with the purple tone lips! xx

  • Rachael McClenaghan

    Really gorgeous colour. I think I have to get my hands on some Nars Lip Crayons now.

    Rachael x
    All The Little Things x | Rachael McClenaghan

  • Vicki

    I really need to try these! I’m so behind on the bold lip times, but lipstick just doesn’t go well most of the time. These though, I reckon I could cope with. Love the Damned shade!

  • I don’t have any NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils yet, but I think it won’t be long!
    Gladys >

  • Beth

    I think your 152 mentions may have swayed me to invest in these beauties!


  • PeonyandPeach

    I really want to try these, especially after all the times you’ve gone on about them! Plus, I love a bold, matte lip. I think you must be pretty close to owning them all now!

  • Sigh. I still haven’t got any yet but I need too! Matte lips are my favourite anyway.

  • I love the look of the Damned colour! Need it!

    Lavaly | Places, people and prettiness.

  • Allyson Lyn

    Looks so good – need to try them!

  • I absolutely love NARS’ Velvet Matte’s. I attended a NARS masterclass once and a makeup artist recommended wearing Damned over their Velvet Gloss in Club Mix and the result was beautiful. You should definitely try it!

  • Lys

    Both shades look amazing. I’ve never tried the Velvet Matte pencils but they do sound great!

  • Really want to try these! Damned looks beautiful!


    Heels Forever

  • Damned looks absolutely fantastic on you as well – and you’re right, it definitely brings out the green in your eyes.

  • blushingbiddies

    Hot damn- DAMNED looks fantastic on you!!!! I really think that should be your signature red lip :3 have you tried Golshan ( satin lip pencil) or Bahama? I’m OBSESSED with those two colors! So happy I hauled them not too long ago with other Nars goodies :3

  • Fernanda Turri Braga

    Damned is sooo pretty on you!! It made me want to try it!!

  • Prettysnoopy

    love them both Anna, need to try these, FYI the By Terry eyeliner you posted about, I totally agree, gorgeous fabulous pencil, wow-ee!! xx

  • I just bought Dragon Girl myself. I think it’s going to be my summer red, since it’s less bold and dark than my others. I’ve been lusting after Damned for forever but worry it’s too much like MAC Rebel. That, and it’s been sold out for yonks!

    Shani x

  • Meg Bolderson

    Oh wow they look so amazing, I have only tried Nars Laguna Bronzer and these might be next on the list!x

  • Emily Fletcher

    Well, I definitely need to invest in Damned now (I have green eyes too and if mine can look at good as yours do then I’m on to a winner!).

  • Bella

    I love Dragon Girl and Damned!! I am still considering Cruella. I have no more Velvet Mattes, but I have a few Satin Lip Pencils, which are also good.

    • Bella

      Just checked, I lied. Do you have Dolce Vita Velvet Matte? I think you’d like it, it’s a MLBB dusty rose-to-brick-red, quietly polished but definitely there. It’s a slightly different, softer tone to the lipstick, but the two go very well together (and do well alone).

      • blushingbiddies

        Dolce Vita is one of my fav shades! Reminds me of my wedding lipstick color :3

        • Dee

          Love Dolce Vita! Anna you have to try DV, I think it will suit you really well!

  • Emily Golding

    wow you have loads of those things!!! I love a good lipstick 🙂

    Emily xx

  • These both look really stunning on you! And these are so amazing anyway.

  • Tarte Tanya

    These look amazing on you!

    I love that berry coloured one … must try!

    Thanks for sharing


  • veronika

    I’m not brave enough to rock a very bold lip 🙁
    some day, maybe…

  • I rock a red lip daily but have never used NARS. I may check them out, thanks!

  • Cornelia Kennedy

    Love the Dammed shade, lovely on you too, I might even like it more than the red! oh my!

    Cornelia – Ineffable Beauty

  • Rafaela

    The Velvet Matte Lip pencils are definitely my favourite formula. I am a proud owner of Cruella (#1 lip colour!), Dolce Vita and Red Square. Damned will certainly be my next one, I have been successfully postponing the purchase of this one, but you are enabling me!
    This christmas I decided to try one of the NARS Pure Matte, I chose Terre de Feu. While Velvet Matte still is the number one formula for me, I was really pleased by the Pure Matte. They are creamier but still matte, being very comfortable. They do not last as much but the staying power is still impressive. I think you would like Terre de Feu, Anna!
    I am saving Dragon Girl for the warmer months, but we will get there!

  • Chelsea Leigh

    They are all so wonderful! I just wish they were a tinsy bit more affordable

  • Tia

    Oh my gosh, Damned looks incredible.

  • Rania Bolton

    Those look amazing. I’d love to try one sooner or later. The red looks stunning on you.

  • ThePenny411 .

    They look amazing! I need to try them out now that we finally have a NARS counter in Denmark!!

    / Pernille Ry

  • I love the look of these! Great post! Xx

  • Aaman Birk

    I definitely need to get my hands on some of these. How do you think they compare to the Revlon matte/lacquer balms?

  • Nicole

    I love these! I’ve been after one for AGES and think it’s finally time to invest!!!

  • Endora Siu

    Anna, you look GORGEOUS. The NARS lip pencils are so pigmented!
    Bauble & Trinket

  • Crystal

    I haven’t tried the matte lip pencils but I love the satin ones! I think it’s high time I go purchase these.

  • I have these on my wishlist because of you! I am looking forward to finally trying them this year.


  • lily

    how do u keep your lips moisturized while wearing a matte lippie?

  • Marlenne

    I have tried one or two of these, love that they are longlasting! I want to try the NARS Satin Lip Pencils,too!

  • emmy kohen

    I may or may have bought every colour you recommended. SOO GOOD!!!

  • Amber Hunter

    I just bought my first one on Saturday and I went for Roman Holiday. Unfortunately I think these are much more suited to darker colors as Roman Holiday only looks nice layered over a lip balm. I’ve still found a use for it that way but at first it was so disappointing! I’ll definitely be picking up one of the reds next though.


    Lovely Notions

  • Embellished
  • Jen

    Lusting after these colors!
    ^running shoe fashion trend up on the blog today

  • Melissa Gading

    plssss plssss plssssssssss do a make up tutorial for the pictures above, you look so gorgeous and i love the simple cat eye look. At least list the the liner you used im looking for a liner that i can use for an easy everyday winged/cat eye look

  • Love that you’re obsessed with these- they really are fab! I got Damned in the Baiser de Feu kit last Fall and it’s one of my new faves. And Dragon Girl looks like a perfect red 🙂

  • Lindsey

    I got Dragon Girl about 4 years ago – is it the same shade as the original?

  • Celina

    Damned is so beautiful! I’ve always wanted to try one of these lip pencils, but have never been able to decide on one. I think I have found the one.
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  • mageeski

    I love dragon girl!


  • Sybil Mae

    Both these colours look gorgeous! 🙂

  • Adrienne

    Damned has been my go-to bold lip colour for 3 years now! Love the formula and everytime I wear it someone asks me what it is!

  • Carrie Ward

    Dragon Girl is my FAV bold lip, and it really weathers a night of drinks, dancing and debauchery really well 🙂

  • OMG,…. I need these matte lip pencils.. Soooo beautiful!!! I love bold / matte red lips!!!

  • Does this come with a sharpener? If not then what do you recommend for sharpening? I really love it but I would hate it if I had to sacrifice a few cm of this to a bad sharpener 🙁