NARS Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Red lips to me, are the ultimate holiday essential.

It’s a classic for a reason. A red lip never goes out of style and looks great on anyone. And this NARS lip pencil is the perfect tool for this seasons red lip. Honestly, I have nothing negative to say about it.

NARS Cruella lip pencil

There are 15 shades available in the velvet matte lip pencil line, and Cruella is described as a matte, cool toned medium-dark scarlet red.

First off, this velvet matte pencil is so easy to apply, has great longevity, and is super flattering on different skin tones. This red color absolutely steals the show the show.

My favorite thing about this pencil, is that it’s not necessary to apply lip liner beforehand. When using a red lipstick, it’s almost a must to use lip liner before applying the colour, but not with this pencil. It’s a dream to apply and just glides right over the lips.

nars cruella matte lip pencil

Secondly, I was very impressed that it’s a matte shade but not nearly as drying as most matte formulas are.

If you do happen to have dehydrated lips, I would suggest applying a light layer of lip balm underneath.

I was able to wear this shade for a good 5 hours without need for touching up, and after that the color started to fade, but I was left with a really nice red stain to the lips.

NARS Cruella lip pencil

Cruella is different from the normal reds I tend to reach for. Being that it’s slightly darker and deeper than other red lipsticks I own.

It was a great new option for those reasons, and the fact that it’s bold, bright, and the perfect addition to this holiday season.

Overall, I highly recommend this product. If you love matte red lips, you must check this out.

Have you tried any of the NARS lip pencils?

What is your favorite red lip color or lipstick?

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  1. Definitely have to agree with you about red lips being essential for the holidays — SO festive and glam. That being said, I used to be -terrified- of wearing red lips because I thought they drew too much attention and everyone would end up staring at them 😆 I’d love to say that I’m fully over that fear, but I still tend to gravitate towards neutrals and pinks.. and I’m not even sure why since I’ve gotten pretty great compliments on the rare occasion that I did go with a bolder lip.

    • It’s funny because I was totally the same way! So afraid of wearing them, but these days I can not get enough. Like it’s a full blown obsession. Oops.

  2. The red lips look so good with your darker hair!

    I’ve never worn a bright red before, but I really like wine/berry lip colours.

  3. gosh I wish I could pull off that look. Ps still love that color of your hair, you can so pull off brown and blonde. quite impressive if you ask me! I am like the non-makeup wearer. I don’t think I have ever worn lipstick to be honest

    • Thank you Alex!
      Haha, I am total opposite, I just am a makeup fanatic. PS Anyone can totally pull off red lips! I guess if you’re not used to wearing makeup it would be a bit of a shock though;)

  4. i haven’t tried NARS though i should… my mom always tells me to line my lips, but i don’t haha

    • Haha, it definitely takes a while to get used to lining lips. Especially since it can take a while! Which is totally why I love lip pencils like this!

  5. I need to put up more red! I actually love it, but always hesitate, cause I think my lips get huge with red :-)
    Love your hair, that color looks so pretty on you!

  6. Lipsticks kind of terrify me, to be honest – I always gravitate towards glosses or really neutral tones. I need to try some bolder looks!

  7. You look so good with red lips! I just can’t pull it off 😉 I’m getting the Babydoll mascara in the mail today and am so pumped to try it tomorrow!

  8. You look awesome in red lips! I’m always been kind of scared of that color on my lips, so I’ve never tried it before. I should just take the plunge and get some. Maybe it’ll end up looking good and I’ll like it. We’ll see!

    • I definitely suggest to take the plunge! You can always start out with just a little bit of color and add more when you’re used to it. I always think it can look great on anyone!

  9. Your eyes!!!

  10. Those red lips with your new darker hair..POPS!! So gorgeous. I am not a lipstick person at all, in fact I think I may be the one exception to the “red works for everyone.” I would look odd…haha.

  11. You are ethereal! That word was the first thing that popped into my mind when I saw those red lips and glowing eyes!

  12. This color is stunning! I’m a huge fan of Nars Lip Pencils (as well as all of their other products!) so I’ll definitely have to give Cruella a try. (:

  13. my friend just bought be red lipstick. I’ve been brave and wear it! you know what? I feel lovely! great for holidays, so right! You look…LOVELY!

  14. I haven’t tried any Nars products – all of the makeup counters suck here. It’s like they’re geared towards seniors.

    Lately I’ve just been using chapstick. No fun lips for me. :( :( :(

  15. girl red is your color!!

  16. Red looks great on you! I always wear neutrals as I feel weird wearing darker colors. However, I have a military ball to attend on Friday I’ll be taking the plunge and wearing red. I hope I can rock it as good as you can!

  17. Love your hair darker and that red looks so good on you! :)

  18. I have been trying to find the right red for ever. This one sounds great – I’m definitely a mate girl. Good tip on the liner too – I wouldn’t have thought of that.

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