Gorgeous, as always. These velvet matte lip pencils are my favorite lip products, period. This one is my go-to for fall. I wear it with Buxom's blush in Shangri-La-La. The best thing about these pencils is that they look so chic and with so little effort, and they barely smudge off, AND it barely feels like you're wearing anything. ONLY complaint is that with this one, I have to put on a lot for it to really pop.
Damned is going to be my go-to lip color for Fall! I've been looking for a berry/wine lip color for some time now and Damned is perfect. Applied lightly its a sheer berry stain, applied more heavily its a vampy matte blackberry lipstick so you can adjust it based on your comfort level. I always apply lipbalm before wearing matte lip colors but I think Velvet Matte lip pencils are slightly more emollient than most matte lip products. Like another reviewer mentioned, this doesn't wear evenly and tends to leave a ring of color around the outside of my lips after eating and drinking, which I haven't experienced with other Velvet Matte lip pencils. However, I love this color and I'll put up with uneven wear and just reapply more often.
I was only supposed to get the NARS eyeshadow primer everyone's been racing about, since I have the oiliest ever. But I was too intrigued by Cruella and La Paz to exit without getting those. The SA was very enthusiastic and swatched this gorgeous berry color on me, and on the ride home, I just couldn't bear to erase it and instead kept staring at how lovely the color looked on my skin. After a week, I went back to the mall with a close friend and hoped against hope that the SA still remembered me. She did, and she knew what I was looking for. Damned in all of its beautiful, vampy glory. I have hesitated to wear this to my classes because it's a little too dramatic for daywear, but I thought that it wouldn't hurt to break the rules ever so often. So I did and got compliments. I wore this to a recent family reunion too and gotten more compliments. Damned is beautiful and you will not regret getting it. I cheat on Cruella - my favorite red - with this one, and I make sure that Damned, Cruella, and a YSL Touche Eclat is always in my bag whenever I go out.
This is my number one favorite go-to lip product ever. I wear it almost every single day. I originally purchased it solely because of the beautiful color. It is a color that works year round which I love, and you can build it up from a medium berry color to a pretty deep berry color (not really vampy at all, still acceptable for an everyday lip color). The color works year round because in spring and summer, you have that nice stand outish pink lip color, but in winter and fall you can get that deep berry color which I love. Now after owning this for a few months, I am completely in love with the formula and texture. It is the only lipstick I have found that feels "perfect" on my lips. No clumping, drying, feathering, and it stays put. It feels very light and nice on my lips. After wearing it for a whole day it will fade a little bit but only on the inner part of your lips. It creates a bit of an ombre look actually, which I happen to not mind :) Better then looking patchy due to fading! The texture of this stuff alone makes me want to purchase every single color and never buy any other brand of lipstick again. It's a little pricey, but worth it. And did I mention how much I adore matte lips? Perfect!
I do really like this pencil, I love the color, I like the consistency, I like how it doesn't waste a lot of product when sharpening.
BUT the one thing that stops it from being amazing in my book is it fades unevenly on my mouth.... Perhaps this is a matte lipstick thing? I don't know. but it def fades the inner lip part long before the outer portion which just looks strange. I haven't found any flaking from this l/s but I have had it from other matte or longwear l/s. I do kinda want to try another color like a MLBB. let's see....
I love the name I feel like a vampire when I wear this. For starters it is a lipstick or can be a liner but it more lipstick than anything else. I love the finish it gives a very matte look but it is so velvety smooth. Hence the name. This is a soft plummy wine tone that is not super pigmented. But more coats will give the desired effect.
This needs to be sharpened with a good sharpener, or else product will be wasted. Packaging is pretty basic. Wish it was an auto pencil that way I wont be bothered with sharpening. It is slightly drying, but a light balm under will work.
For my NW48 tone, I pair it with MAC nightmoth liner for a 90's ombre effect. Gets tons of attention and gives a very vampy full lip look.
LOVE Damned! I wear it one of two ways: for a day look apply one light coat for a soft, stained lip.....its a very beautiful berry color that gives that just bitten look. For a night out you can make this lip very vampy, just apply two heavy coats! i like to apply a 3rd around the outer border of my lips as liner to add depth and dimension. If you're feeling super fancy try MAC plushglass in Oversexed overtop for a OHHH LA LA lip!
Love the color, love the formula, love the staying power.
1) the lid seems very loose. I keep the pencil in its box, because I can totally see the lid slipping off in my bag.
2) this is not a great color if you're teeth need whitening. Its a beautiful color, but after wearing it the first time, I went out and bought the Crest advanced white stripes. Now that my teeth are much, much whiter, it's a great color, but be warned. This is not a red that make your teeth whiter, much the opposite.
This is gorgeous.It doesnt go on super dark so you can deepen it to your liking. Add as much as you want because it wont get cakey. After the first swipe this is like a MLBB color. its like a berry pink. It looks like a deep magenta on me after three coats (like a purple with pink undertones-or like a muted fuchsia). i have fair medium skin with yellow undertones. The bottom review is right. It applies so smoothly and kinda looks like it's part of you (like alipstain) doesnt look like cake the way lipsticks tend to do. Very velvety feeling.It feels so light too. i dont really feel like im wearing anything on my lips. And kind of drying but nowhere near as bad as my MAC Ruby Woo. These have NO SHINE, and i find no need to blot. These do settle into the lines of your lips and flakes (i dunno what people are talking about when they say they dont) so just use a lip scrub beforehand if its really bad. I find if you dont eat anything greasy all day (and eat carefully) they do last you a few 4-8 hours. This color in particular doesnt make you look goth even though its in the purple family. And i think it would look gorgeous on very fair women as well as women of color.
I've never found a color like this before (specially one in the purple colors) that i liked. would def repurchase.
I love love love NARS lip pencils. First off, I should say that I ALWAYS apply a teeny bit of lipbalm to my lips before applying any kind of color. Just habit I guess.
Anyway, what I love about NARS pencils overall is the formulation. It is only somewhat creamy, but always very matte (which is the look I like). I like these because when you apply them, they can almost look more like a stain (but unlike those other 'lip stains', you don't have to deal with the dryness).
I like to apply a bit of the pencil color to my lips, and then I blend it in with the pad of a finger, blotting it and simultaneously smudging along the edges. Even when the actual 'lipstick' wears off, there still remains a bit of colored 'stain' on your lips.
It's very long lasting and gives your lips a very 'rich' type of color.
The ONLY downside is that I've found that, over time, the cover will start to loosen up or develop a crack along the side, and so sometime the cover will fall off in my makeup bag.
As for this color Damned, it gives me (caucasian) lips a sort of deep mauve color.
BONUS POINT!!! I just discovered that...you can also use this for cheek color! Today I forgot to put blush on so I thought 'what the heck...might as well give it a try?" And for those who know this pencil, it's like a thick cream. So I figured it would go on my cheek like a cream blush, and so it did! It almost acted like a cheek stain when I rubbed it in, which is similar to what I do for my lips as well. After applying this to my lips I smudge it with the pad of a finger.
So when you're in a pinch so to speak....;-) ...this can double as blush!