Damned Velvet Matte Lip Pencil by Nars

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Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil In Damned - Mi

Damned But In A Good Way

When I first bought one of the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils in Sex Machine I really did believe that I wouldn’t need to buy anther. Not because they aren’t as good as everyone say but because they are £17.50 and that for me is well a fair amount. I had the chance at Christmas time to pick up anther though and spent over a weekend visiting multiple times the Nars counter and finally going with this one. Sex Machine was very much the perfect nude without washing my skin tone out. Damned on the other hand is a pink hue but with a purple undertone to it. On me this is quite a bright shade compared with my usual darker shades I seem to be choosing lately. I love how simple they can be to apply and I do my mattes for sheer convenience along with the pencil application I find more straight forward than a regular lip bullet. You don’t get a perfect sharp edge either which can look a little too over done when I want it for day time wear.

Nars velvet matte lip pencil - Mi

An Alternative Way To Wear Damned

When I did get this in the bullet it did look a darker shade and I did still want that option but still with the Nars velvet matte finish that I have previously enjoyed. This is where some Deception comes in.

Nars velvet Matte Lip pencil damned and topshop lip liner in deception

When I say Deception I’m actually referring to the Topshop Lip Liner I bought a few weeks back. This has been a lip life saver as I really hate when some of my favourite lip products bleed. This has really helped but instead of just lining I’ve been applying this all over underneath as a base and then applying Damned over it. This way I get the shade and the matte texture I love. Along with this I can even out my lip shape a little better.

Nars Velvet Matte Lip pencil in damned - with topshop deception lip liner underneath

If you want more control but don’t wish to alter the shade I find applying a little lip balm just before you use lip liner helps to sheer out the shade deception enough that when you apply the Damned lip pencil you get an even shade without the lip liner standing out.

I picked mine up in Selfridges but they don’t have it in stock and neither do Nars but it looks like it’s still available at Space Nk but they charge £18 which seems odd.

Nars Velvet Lip Pencil Love – FOTD

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Make Up Used In This FOTD

To say that I was only going out to do some food shopping I just couldn’t resist putting some make up on. I think some days it can be the difference that just perks me up. I know that Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in the shade Damned isn’t what you may count as a day time colour but for me it’s a statement piece that means everything else can be a bit more simple. It draws the eye to the lips and it easy to apply. I actually made this a bit more wearable by applying my Neutrogena Nordic Berry Lip Balm so the Nars goes on a little more like a stain. This way it’s moisturizing and with a slight sheen. I also gave the Revlon Cream blush a go and up to now I like it and feel it would be pretty darn hard to over apply or mess up.

nars velvet matte lip pencil in damned
Make Up Used In This FOTD

What I used :

Au Naturel…ish – Mua v Nars Matte Lips – fotd

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So I wanted to keep my make up as quick as possible to apply. No fuss but still slightly more polished than the I just woke up 10 minutes ago and now you want me to leave?

nars - Mua - swatches and used make up

Now as you can see I have stumbled upon mostly Mua make up and when I replace the Maybelline Great Lash which really needs to be got rid of soon I think I’ll try one of the Mua mascaras as I would have then a full face of Mua which I think could be nice and budget friendly. I wanted to wear the Nars as it is so easy to use but realised that if I had a £3 Mua mascara then all the make up combined with the other lipstick would be 50p cheaper than the Nars Velvet Matte Pencil alone. With that I applied the Mua first to show how you can still get a great look from a very budget friendly brand. The Mua matte lipstick in Wild Berry is much more sheer but does give a nice wash of colour, where as the Nars is more in your face and look at me.

mua matte lipstick - wild berry - eyes open

Here I just wanted show that I kept the eyes super simple. I tried out the Gosh smokey brown quad but it was too much going on and I still don’t quite have the hang of it. I went with the basic matte in naked from the Mua Undress Me Too palette all over the lid then added a little of the shade shy which is a sort of pearly white that I ran just along the lash line just using my finger. This I sort of picked out as one of the au natural trends due to be big in spring to see if I could pull it off. Along with this at Christmas I picked up the Undress Your Skin foundation that gave me a light to almost medium coverage. It really did make a difference to perk my skin up without it being heavy and this is usually £5 and comes in 3 shades.

The Mua Matte lipstick feels cheep and plastic but if you can get your head around this feeling it’s actually really good for £1. It’s like a balm with a tint but a more thick lipstick consistency. It is matte but not drying one bit and when it’s on it doesn’t take a steady hand to get it right, you just layer it up to get more colour. I used the Mua blusher in Bon Bon that’s a £1, it’s highly pigments and with my blush brush I ran it over my hand before applying to my cheeks so I didn’t look crazy. It’s a pink flush that just warmed the face up to stop it looking flat.

Nars - Damned velvet matte

I do believe there is something that can suit every budget and not everyone can afford to buy Nars. The Velvet Matte lip pencils will set you back £17.50. This is only a theory but unless you’re a blogger most women have a small or normal sized amount of make up. If you can find a shade you love then most will stick with what works and this is one of those products that you can wear everyday and not have to worry about your lipstick smudging or disappearing as soon as you take a drink. I also have the shade Sex Machine a dusky nude pink with shimmer and that gets used more often than 90% of my other lipsticks.

I still haven’t got my hands on the Revlon Matte Balms which I think could lay somewhere between the Mua and Nars in texture and shades with a middle ground price of £7.99.

If anyone wonders why most of these Face of the Days have a doll’s house in the back ground it’s what I store most of my make up in. My mum actually built it for me when I was little so I could have one like hers. Sadly I wasn’t the play with Barbie dolls kinda girl so it never got painted. Hopefully when I move I can do it up but I think at least it’s getting a lot more use out of it, it deserves more attention.

Velvet Matte Lip Pencil In Sex Machine

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I’ve had this since Friday & only just got round to getting the photos done so I could try it out. I’m not used to lip products but the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils had been all over Youtube. I thought it may work better for me than a regular lipstick. It’s not cheap but it’s Nars so what did you expect. I went with a safe nude pink shade but not if you count the name, Sex Machine. Continue reading “Velvet Matte Lip Pencil In Sex Machine”