NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – Cruella

by Kulpreet Kaur on January 1, 2014 · 30 comments

NARS – Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – Cruella

You know I love Chubby Sticks…so bringing to you the matte cousin of the chubby stick, from the house of NARS – Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. This review would have come to you ages ago, the reason it didn’t cause even though I bought this amongst all the hype, at heart, I am wary of matte products. Reason being, I have dry lips. With lip balms and adequate moisturizing, they do behave themselves, but they aren’t fond of moisture sucking mattes. So, with my love for corals (over reds) and the facts that this was a matte lip colour – my hand invariably reached away from this in my vanity.

However, with Xmas bells chiming and Santa on the prowl, while decking up for the X’mas eve party, I finally saw my hands reaching towards this – the Red to beat the pants off all Reds – Cruella. And the moisture sucking texture? Boy, was I wrong! Read on, to find out more….


The Product Details (from the website):

The application of a lipstick combined with the convenience of a pencil in a jumbo crayon design. Lips are instantly saturated with rich pigments and a velvety matte finish. The long lasting, non-drying formula is enriched with emollients for a creamy texture, while a combination of unique silicones ensures long-lasting, seamless color for hours. Use for lining, all-over lip color, or pairing with another lip product.
• Rich, vivid shades
• Enriched with Vitamin E
• Convenient, easy application


François’ Insight – I wanted to create a modern way to wear a very classic matte lip. The creaminess of the texture makes them very easy to wear.

What it is:
A combination lipstick and lip pencil.

What else you need to know:
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil is an Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner.


$25 in US / INR 1800 post conversion from Thai Baht


As mentioned in the product description, it a chubby fat lip crayon – colour of lipstick, convenience of a pencil. It comes in a black cardboard box – as all NARS products do.

The lip pencil’s bottom end bears the colour of the product – making it easy to identify the colour in a jiffy – if you have more than one of these. The name too is written on the side. The pencil has a black cap to protect the product.


My experience with NARS – Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – Cruella:

Color: The shade is described on the website as “scarlet red.” The description is perfect. It’s a deep, intense, blue based scarlet red. No shimmer, no gloss – yet, its not dull or flat. Its near perfect red! All the girls who love Ruby Woo and Russian Red – sit up and take notice. This one wins hands down. Quickly bring out the lust lists and update! LOL! That’s what I did when I first saw it online!

The colour is definitely not for the faint hearted. This one takes all the limelight. Generally, I would wear this bold a colour with just a bronzer on the cheeks and a catliner. However, since it was Christmas Eve, I was okay putting on a little colour on my cheeks as well. So I used NARS Dolce vita on my cheeks and a shimmery copper and bronze combination on my eyelids.

Texture: This is one of the most remarkable things about the product – the texture is light, velvet smooth, matte, NON-DRYING, very COMFORTABLE!!! Matte and comfortable?? Yes, you got that right! I wont say that it is hydrating but yes, it does make me want to reach for the lip-gloss or balm.

Pigmentation: It is EXTREMELYpigmented – about 90% colour deposit in a single swipe.The colour is opaque in the first swipe itself and hides lip pigmentation fully and effectively.

Lasting power:The product lasted about 6.5-7hours on mepost which it started fading. At the end, there was a little clinging to the dry patch on the lips. Freshly exfoliated smooth lips would do even better with the product.It left a deep stain – which stayed for 2-3hours and had to be taken off completely with a makeup remover.

To sum this up for you:

Pros of NARS – Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – Cruella:

1. A beautiful bold red
2. Lightweight velvety matte texture.
3. Excellent pigmentation – Opaque in a single swipe.
4. Extremely comfortable – NOT hydrating but comfortable.
5. Considering it’s a bold red – its easy to apply from the pencil
6. The lipstick applies smoothly – no tug or pull!
7. Does not settle into the fine lines of the lips
8. No feathering or bleeding – a big YAY for a red lipstick.
9. Convenient Packaging – easy to apply and easy to carry – doesn’t take much space in the bag.


Cons of NARS – Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – Cruella:

1. Unavailability in India
2. Product wastage during sharpening.

IMBB Rating:

A definite5/5 product.

Very rarely do you come across a matte formula this good – intense, non-drying, comfortable and which does not seep into the fine lines of the lips. This could easily be the most perfect Red lipstick…till I find a better one! LOL!

You could easily apply a plain or shimmery gloss on this and add to the oomph. I chose not to coz I find nothing more unsightly than red lipstick on my glass/cup and I knew Xmas eve party was all about wining and dining.

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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

neha January 1, 2014 at 2:15 pm

u look lovely and an awesome red
cruella name q 😛 😛


KK January 1, 2014 at 6:42 pm

*thankyou* Neha! Isn’t it lovely??!!

As per my recollection, Cruella was the Villianess from 101 Dalmatians and villianess’ generally wear deep intense scarlet reds! While the damsel in distress wet pinks and bright reds!


Anchal... January 1, 2014 at 2:22 pm

the name cruella rofl rofl
but the shade is so good and u rock it as always *happy dance* *happy dance*
Happy new year *happy dance*


KK January 1, 2014 at 6:43 pm

Happy New Year Anchal! Glad you liked the shade – its an amazing red!


apeksha January 1, 2014 at 2:23 pm

*woot* its a lovely red and awesome lip swatches *clap* *happy dance*


KK January 1, 2014 at 6:44 pm

*thankyou* Apeksha for your kind words! *happy dance* *happy dance* *happy dance*


Abinaya January 1, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Omg such an amazing LOTD!! *puchhi*


KK January 1, 2014 at 6:45 pm

*thankyou* *thankyou* *thankyou* Abinaya! *puchhi* *puchhi*


jomol January 1, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Superb colour KK……it looks great on you…..I like the name Cruella…. *ghost* *ghost* *ghost*


KK January 1, 2014 at 6:46 pm

*thankyou* Jomol for your kind words and for my New Year gift!!!! *puchhi* *puchhi* *puchhi*

I like the name too!! *hifive*


Dhara January 1, 2014 at 4:16 pm

Such a classic red shade *woot* , and you look so pretty 🙂


KK January 1, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Yes, its quite a classic red! *thankyou* Dhara! Glad you liked it!


heena January 1, 2014 at 5:48 pm

this on is a sensuous red lippy it looks mysterious and glam without added shine


KK January 1, 2014 at 6:49 pm

Ive seen mattes going dry, dull and flat. Whereas this matte is amazing – its glam, u are absolutely right!


heena January 1, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Cruella adds more mystery *specs*


KK January 1, 2014 at 6:49 pm

YEs, it does – very vampishly!! *hifive*


Sumera January 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm

totally in love with the shade….


KK January 1, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Me too!!! Same pinch! *puchhi*


mily jain January 1, 2014 at 6:08 pm

amazing finish kk 😀 where can i find NARS velvet matte lip pencils online? because no stores where i live *headbang*


KK January 1, 2014 at 6:53 pm

Mily, NARS hasn’t come to India yet. I pick these from Duty Free or NARS boutique abroad. Don’t know about online but if you are in Mumbai, the shop Beautiful keeps them from time to time, just a couple of shades.


mily jain January 1, 2014 at 9:04 pm

thank you..i have a relative going abroad next month..will ask her to pick up these 😀


KK January 1, 2014 at 11:16 pm

Do that. Also, check the new NARS Satin Lip Pencil range!


saloni..!! January 1, 2014 at 11:05 pm

This is amazingggg *drool* *drool* *drool* i am seeing such beautiful reds on IMBB today *hifive* *hifive* *hifive* looks great on youuu *puchhi* *puchhi* *puchhi* superb and i seriously wanna try this but i don’t knw from where to get it *cry*


KK January 1, 2014 at 11:15 pm

Ya…unfortunately its not available in India Saloni! *thankyou* for your sweet encouraging words! Happy New Year Gurrl!


Loveleen January 1, 2014 at 11:27 pm

OMG… This s the perfect red shade and matt i wanted for long.. And suits u too much.. But enni mehngi.. Ufff… Leme know if u know of any drugstore dupe of this lip color..


KK January 2, 2014 at 2:26 pm

“Enni mehngi”!!! rofl rofl Ya, its all about the finish Loveleen! Sorry, I don’t know a dupe of this colour!

Neha!!! Could you help with a dupe – from your HUGE stash!!! *hihi* *hihi*


Neha A January 2, 2014 at 12:36 am

Wow!! what an amazing red lip colour.. M such a huge fan of both red lips and of the chubby sticks.. Will def look for this.. Amazing and detailed review as usual KK.. *clap*


KK January 2, 2014 at 2:28 pm

*thankyou* Neha! Glad you liked it! Do look it up…


Mayuri January 3, 2014 at 2:00 am

lovely shade .. looks amazing on you *pompom* *pompom*


KK January 4, 2014 at 2:46 pm

*thankyou* Mayuri for your kind words!


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