So… Hi! I’ve been a bad beauty blogger but let’s not dwell. Instead, let’s talk about the new NARS Velvet Lip Glide formula, which NARS claims ‘glides like a gloss, cloaks like a lipstick, blends upon contact’. If you’re over the whole matte liquid lipstick trend, good news: It’s not a matte liquid lip. I’m not sure I’d even call it a velvet but we’re getting ahead of ourselves, look at the pretty swatch video I made…
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Let’s get the boring bits out of the way. There’s a standard doe foot applicator, unfortunately no diamond shaped applicators. The nice people at Mecca Cosmetica sent me a good bulk of the range and the colour selection seems nicely curated, everything from nudes to reds to vamps.
The Velvet Lip Glides avoid the undesirable elements of both a gloss (not sticky, more creamy) and a matte liquid lip (no shrink wrap sensation at all). I’d describe them as two parts conventional lipstick and one part gloss; moderately pigmented and definitely not matte, even velvet is a bit of a stretch. They’re very comfortable, lightweight and I didn’t find that they exacerbated the appearance of chapped lips of which I have in abundance.
Given that the formula doesn’t set much at all, some shades have the tendency to pool at the lipline when one presses the lips together. I’ve compared one of the best performing shades to one of the worst performing shades…
Playpen is phenomenal and I would happily wear it everyday but Toy is patchy, pools in areas and is prone to bleeding. It looks messy, right? Even with my (somewhat) careful application. The outcome isn’t improved by blotting which removes the vast majority of the vibrancy, leaving a stain. The reds sit somewhere in the middle but truth be told, I avoid slippy/glossy formulas for most bold lips because no doubt they will smear across my face.
If you’re eyeing one of the nude or mid-toned shades, go for it. The deeper shades are temperamental – pooling is a problem even when paired with a lipliner. I would have preferred the formula if it set to some degree but alas, the Velvet Lip Glides are decidedly glossy (which might be your thang!).
* NB: This selection of shades was sent to me for consideration. I’m always honest, obviously ;)