They didn't have Transeurope Express available and so I bought this cause of the color is truly a scarlet red. This is truly drying to the lips, but it is a true matte. Love this color for my NC42 skin. I find I can change the hint of the red when I put a certain color gloss first and then top it with Cruella. It also helps from my lips from drying and it looks more creamy that way. I also love putting this on top of MAC's CCB. Would not repurchase cause I can just buy a red lipstick that doesn't need so much work and is creamier than this.
I ADORE this. I've struggled to find the exact perfect red for me, and this is it. I love a matte red with depth that is neither too pinky-blue nor too orangey-brick, and this fits the bill. I'll definitely buy it again and again until they (god forbid) quit making it.
True and beautiful red. I am a GGG - with fairly light skin and gold undertones. Red always disappoints me (or rather most reds) but this was marvelous. Fabulous pigment (Nars is famous for its staying power) and long lasting. fab lippie!
EDIT: Pencil ended up being greasey, slippy - not matte -- and bled like crazy. Still looking for the right red that doesn't make me look like Better Davis in "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane." If this works for you, however, it's a gorgeous red. Have same gripe as others in that, for the price, there's no custom sharpener.