NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil In Bettina Review

by Assistant Editor on November 16, 2013

in Grade A, Lip Liners, Lip Products, Reviews

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Guest Review By Shilpa

While the notoriously named blush, Orgasm, is probably the most well known product from NARS, they definitely deserve more share of your wallet (if it isn’t crying already by the time you bought Orgasm!) with these lovely thingies called Velvet Matte Lip Pencils. After the obsession with Clinique Chubby Sticks, I am now keen on exploring matte finish but still a bit scared of too much color. This is where Bettina from this range came to my rescue.

What NARS says,” The application of a lipstick combined with the convenience of a pencil in a jumbo crayon design.”

What it does,” Lips are instantly saturated with rich pigments and a velvety matte finish. The long lasting, non-drying formula is enriched with emollients for a creamy texture, while a combination of unique silicones ensures long-lasting, seamless color for hours. Use for lining, all-over lip color, or pairing with another lip product.

Rich, vivid shades
Enriched with Vitamin E
Convenient, easy application”

My experience with the product:

Sleek, matte, black packaging – very signature NARS. The end of the pencil reflects the shade so it is reasonably easy to pick out from a stack (in public interest for those who own a large collection of lip products ) The cap fits tightly with the the lower half and hence is quite travel friendly.

NARS describes the shade as “Natural beige with wisp of pink” and I couldn’t agree more. It’s a muted beige shade with just a touch of pink. I see it working as an MLBB shade for medium to light skin tones as it may wash out the others. I wasn’t so sure of it working on myself either when the SA recommended, but it did suit when I tried. The finish is a beautifully natural and matte (what else did I expect?). So gentle and even, you can barely feel its presence. No tugging or pulling, it effortlessly glides on the lips! Best to exfoliate and prep the lips before application as like any matte texture, the lip lines do seem enhanced.

It comes in a handy crayon format so super easy to apply. The lips feel weightless, soft and happy (the claim on Vitamin E is verified ). Now for the best part, it last reasonably long (approx. 5-6 hours) with drinking and (light) eating 

The SA also told me this works a great base, and can make your lip products last much longer and fade gracefully. Haven’t tried that as I mostly use it on its own.

The big con is that these are not retractable (unlike most other crayons we know) and hence need to be sharpened. Breaks my heart to see the flakes of product falling and getting wasted, not to mention the lack of convenience to sharpen.

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What Works:

  1. Luxurious matte finish
  2. Bettina is a sophisticated, everyday, nude shade
  3. Non drying, non tugging formulation
  4. Long lasting!
  5. Plenty of choice in shades (18) to suit (almost) everyone

What May Not Work:

  1. Sharpening is a pain (compared to the convenience of Clinique Chubby Sticks), also leads to product wastage
  2. Non-availability in India?
  3. Price is a deterrent, but then its NARS!

Rating: A

Price: USD 25 ~ INR 1500 (Approx)

Recommendation: Definitely expensive but almost worth it with beautiful matte finish that doesn’t dry the lips, glides effortlessly and stays put for hours. And is available in some stunning shades. Get the NARS sharpener as well to overcome the sharpening issue.

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Gowthami November 16, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Expensive!! still very pretty shade it is
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rashmi November 16, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Love Love Loveeee these :) will def pick this up if its avlb. for purchase :) i have 3 and always keep them handy
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Shilpa November 17, 2013 at 10:18 am

Couldn’t agree more Rashmi :)


Swati November 16, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Such a pretty colour :)
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Shikha November 16, 2013 at 8:26 pm

beautiful shade
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Jyoti November 16, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Beautiful shade <3
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Mayuri November 16, 2013 at 10:59 pm
Xuvious November 17, 2013 at 12:10 am

Love the shade, I imagine it’s a really nice nude. I hate that these have to be sharpened though. :/
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Supria November 17, 2013 at 6:18 am

I am eyeing the shade hetloo from their satin lip pencil range!
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Vipra S November 17, 2013 at 9:25 am

I love NARS products – This one seems a beauty to me :) I would love to have it in my kitty ;)
Beautifully reviewed girl :)
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Shilpa November 17, 2013 at 10:18 am

Me too! Thanks so much Vipra, glad you liked it :)


Manasi November 17, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Nice shade…But is expensive :P
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Sangeeta November 17, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Its a tad expensive, but the shade is very nice.


Embellished November 19, 2013 at 12:42 am

I really want to try this! There is a red in this range which is absolutely gorgeous.
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