So you probably already know I’m on about the Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils, that’s a mouth full! Can’t we go back to shorter names like matte, glossy & simply lipstick or lip pencil, I digress. Then again I hate seeing numbers instead of names when it comes to colours, unless in Nars case where I can’t pronounce half of them.
This budget friendly product for me is how I imagine the love child of Bobbi Brown & Nars would look. In a much more compact cuter matte lip pencil. At just £4.99 each these really do out strip most lip pencil products on the high street. Other than the Revlon Color Burst Matte Balms which started the drug store matte trend. My only gripe with the range is it’s beyond bright that just didn’t suit me. Sultry was the only shade I could get along with as a wearable shade but it leans a little brown which I can go either way on, a bit of a love hate moment.
Bobbi & Nars – Matte Lip Pencil
I still love my Nars Velvet Lip Pencils simply for the shade range alone. They are the ones I turn too for matte colour with no drying down time. These need a little lip prep to make sure you don’t have dry patches ruining the finish. Now it’s counter part in Bobbi Brown is the Creamy Mattes. First fallen for in tube form they out did their selves with the super chunky Art Stick. Like most lip pencils it needs a sharpener but each one comes with a super size sharpener so it’s not so bad. This is the quickest to apply and the creamy texture means it’s a smooth line. This gives a satin finish that after an hour drops to a matte finish.
Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Damned
Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Dusky Pink
Color Drama – An Affordable Matte Lip Pencil Is Born
Both of these high-end products give good payoff in colour & great wear time. They are expensive because you’re getting quality but for me Maybelline have a best of both worlds hybrid. Now every shade doesn’t suit me but I’m sure I’ll be picking a few more up on top of the two I already have. There’s a good mix within 9 shades of nudes, muted, darks & bright shades. You could say you get what you pay for as they are so dinky compared with the others. That’s a plus for us, how often do we finish a full lipstick or lip pencil. Doesn’t it sit them perfectly in the touch up & travel category.
They have enough of a slick application like Bobbi but dry down faster like Nars. All the colours are opaque but spread with a finger you get a stained soft focus finished. I find Bobbi browns is easiest due to sheer size and Nars isn’t far behind it just takes a little longer especially with the darker shade Damned. Maybelline takes the longest simply because it’s a smaller point to work with but having such a pointy cupids bow this makes that easier if I want a more crisp out line.
The Matte Lip Pencil Dupe Breakdown
Bobbi Brown Art Stick – 8 Shades – 6 grams – £19
Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – 21 shades – 2.4g – £17.50
Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil – 9 shades – £4.99
In the case of Maybelline I can’t compare weight but you can see by size alone it’s the smallest. I think this allows for Maybelline to get the quality without compromising. On the other hand I still will be buying more Bobbi shades, hopefully more shades will come out. Nars looks like the worst value especially at less than half the size of Bobbi Brown. What I will say about all three is with sharpening lip pencils comes waste. So in the case of Bobbi Brown you sharpen more of because of its size & vice versa less off from the Maybelline. Nars does have the others beat in shade range which is more than double the other two.
Which would you buy? What would you love to find a dupe of?