NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Walkyrie

Received in my September Cohorted Beauty Box, I was so excited to have this lip pencil. NARS is a brand which I only have a few things from, it’s not very accessible where I live so never want to splash my cash online without seeing some products in person first, and I never remember to take a gander at the counters when I’m near one.


Receiving the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in the shade Walkyrie made me feel quite spoilt. Not only was it a NARS product, but it was in a shade which would suit pretty much every body. On first inspection (let’s blame it on the sun was setting) I thought this was quite a rosey nude shade but it’s much more of a red based warm toned brown.


This reminds me of the 90s lip trend which is growing in popularity. I’ve not embraced this trend yet, so I was happy to have something to try. I love the formulation of this is matt, it takes a little while to lock and set into place whilst still retaining the feel of a normal lipstick. This doesn’t dry the lips out at all, and nor does it have a dry feel to the touch and it feels very comfortable to wear all day. I’ve tried the OFRA liquid lipsticks at lot recently which are my all time favourite lip product, but they do tend to feel a little uncomfortable as they feel so matte. This does not.


This wears really nicely throughout the day, and I found applying for work at 8 ish in the morning I could eat and drink to around 3pm before the lipstick was pretty much gone. The pigmentation of this does fade after eating, but it wears gracefully without the worry that it’s smudging everywhere or becoming patchy.


I love the formulation of these Velvet Matte lipsticks and would thoroughly recommend them, I’ve been looking for a good matte berry red for autumn that I don’t have to worry about budging or smudging with, and I’m going to have a look at this line for the shades – possibly Train Bleu… let me know if you’ve tried this.

It’s NARS so of course these don’t retail on the cheap side at £19 each. But I would happily pay that for a shades I’d know I’d get a lot of wear out of.

What are your favourite NARS products?


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  1. September 15, 2015 / 6:24 am

    Love this post, super helpful. I seriously love the look of your blog and you are gorgeous! I just followed and I can’t wait to read more. Please check out my own and leave some feedback πŸ™‚

  2. Anne
    September 15, 2015 / 11:45 am

    Oh I love the color, very pretty and on trend as well πŸ™‚
    The matte finish looks great. Like you, no counters nearby but this might inspire me to make an online purchase.

      • Anne
        September 16, 2015 / 7:50 am

        Hmm slightly jealous but also happy for you πŸ˜‰ What’s on the wishlist? xx

        • September 16, 2015 / 7:54 am

          Possibly a couple more audacious lipsticks – a neutral and maybe a deep berry colour! Possibly an eyeshadow duo too as I’ve not tried any eye products from bars. I would be tempted by foundation but won’t know what colour I’ll be after a week in Egypt! X

          • Anne
            September 17, 2015 / 7:35 am

            Oh the audacious lipsticks are perfect πŸ™‚ And I love anything berry! Their colormatching is great and I love their foundations, but the sunny holiday is always a bit of a problem

          • September 17, 2015 / 7:39 am

            I’m going to be really disappointed if there’s not a nars counter now! I’ve never been to the airport and have no idea what’s there and what isn’t! X

          • Anne
            September 18, 2015 / 7:49 am

            Oh dear, it can be a bit disappointing sometimes… here’s hoping!

  3. September 15, 2015 / 11:12 am

    Ooh that is pretty! Looks fab on you!

  4. champagneorlemonade
    September 15, 2015 / 1:17 pm

    I’m dying to try these out, that shade looks beautiful on you!

  5. September 15, 2015 / 3:43 pm

    I definitely need to try cohorted! This colour is really lovely on you xx

  6. September 16, 2015 / 10:37 am

    This looks so lovely. I really want to invest but always been a bit scared of matte pencils as I worry they’ll be drying. Might have to take the plunge after reading this…
    Great post 😊 x

    • September 16, 2015 / 10:49 am

      I’ve pretty much worn this every day since getting it last week and not once have I found it drying. I don’t know if it’s just this colour or the formulation of the whole line, but I’m going to be getting at least another one! xx

      • September 16, 2015 / 10:50 am

        Ooooo maybe I’ll have to go and pop into my nearest Space NK at lunchtime and have a cheeky swatching session. If I spend lots of money it’ll be your fault haha 😊 xx

        • September 16, 2015 / 10:52 am

          You’re lucky to have one near you. Blame me, I’m the person you don’t want to go shopping with – I enable every purchase! x

          • September 16, 2015 / 10:57 am

            I encourage enabling…means I have someone to blame when o spend a fortune on things I didn’t really need x

  7. September 16, 2015 / 4:12 pm

    I need to try some of these, absolutely stunning πŸ˜€

  8. September 17, 2015 / 3:28 pm

    So goregous, it looks beautiful on you x x

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