NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl Review & Swatches

After the mess that was Sephora's Rouge Infusion Lip Stain, let's talk about a red lip product that has quickly become one of my favorites: NARS' Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl ($31CDN). I've actually had this product since July and just never got around to reviewing it (I'm a bad blogger, I know), but since Christmas is getting so close I thought now would be a good time to do so. There's not much I have to say about packaging before we move onto the actual product.. NARS' simple yet sleek packaging is hands down one of my favorites overall, and the Velvet Matte Lip Pencils are no exception.

My only small gripe is that you have to sharpen it rather then twist it up like most other chubby lip pencils, but you'll get a more precise point in return so it's not a big deal. Let's move onto what the Sephora website has to say about this product:

"Combining the convenience of a pencil with the application of a lipstick in jumbo-sized crayon design, these pigment-rich sticks provide a matte, creamy finish that will not dry the lips. Enriched with emollients, vitamin E, and silicone, each gorgeous shade glides on and stays put."

Dragon Girl is described simply as a 'siren red', but as you can see it's an absolutely beautiful pinky red that I can't get enough of.. It makes me feel super confident and like I could take over the world, haha! It has a lovely soft matte finish, and is nice and pigmented in just one swipe. The consistency isn't the creamiest but it's not at all stiff either; it applies quite easily, especially on lips that have been moisturized prior.

Here it is on the lips! You can get pretty precise application with it on its own, but a lip liner beforehand would definitely help along the top lip. While it does transfer very slightly (on a water bottle for example), it leaves a stain and lasts until you decide to take it off so the wear is fantastic. It's also comfortable to wear and non-drying just as it claims which is awesome in a matte, especially for someone like me who always has dry lips. In short, I love this product, and whether it's Dragon Girl or not, if you like matte lips you have to give the Velvet Mattes a try at least once!

Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain in Red Essence Review & Swatches

I apologize for yet another small hiatus from the blogging world, but I'm back today with a review on this Rouge Infusion Lip Stain in Red Essence ($18CDN) from Sephora. I have a few red lip products I'd like to try (keyword is try) and review before Christmas, so let's get this one out of the way first.. Sephora claims that this lip stain "delivers intense color with no sticky residue" and that it "provides buildable coverage". They also claim that the "weightless formula leaves lips stained, soft, hydrated, and refreshed upon application". Well, okay then. Before we get to the actual review let's quickly talk packaging.. I just have a deluxe sample size which is packaged the same as the full size, just smaller. I'm sure the full size would look fine, but let's be real.. The sample size looks like a tampon.

The applicator is a doe-foot which is a plus. I don't really have anything else to say here.. I just wanted to use this picture because I liked how it came out, haha. Okay, let's get to the swatches:

Red Essence is a red (obviously), that leans sort of ox-bloody.. It looks like a nice shade and the swatch seemed fine, but then I put it on my lips..

It's not quite as noticeable here as it is in person, but this stuff clings to dry spots. If you don't have perfectly smooth lips it's just gonna look like a mess. It is somewhat buildable.. but only on my dry spots. No matter how many times I went over the lower bit of my bottom lip (where you can see it's sheer and uneven) it just wouldn't build up and would basically wipe away. Not cool. Upon first application it feels.. wet.. in a weird way. It kind of dries after a few seconds, but I can still tell I have something on my lips and my brain just goes "What is this? Please get it off!". And so I did.. I don't think I even had it on for an hour, but it just felt so unpleasant. It does leave a stain like it claims, though, but only on the dry parts of my lips. After removal I was left with mostly bare lips and then patches of this stuff that would not come off.. I can only imagine how it would look if you let it wear off on its own. On top of all of this, it also has a super sweet, artificial fruity scent and slight taste. No, thank you. In conclusion: I'm not a fan.