Lip Pencils: MAC Patent Polish vs NARS Velvet Matte
The popularity of lip pencils and crayons is soaring, I suspect it’s because they’re just so easy to use. I’ve been trying out two new ones to see which I prefer. In the red corner we have MAC Patent Polish Lip Pencil and in the blue corner we have NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. So let’s get ready to rumble while I put them through their paces….
Although the packaging of these two is quite similar the formulation and finish of the lip colours are very different – MAC Patent Polish is a light gloss and NARS Velvet Matte has a stark matte finish. So whether you prefer your lips sheer and glossy or pigmented and matte there should be something for everyone here.
MAC Patent Polish Lip Pencil – this is the first lip pencil that I’ve tried from MAC (apart from lip liner) and I’m really impressed with it. As the name suggests the finish is a very shiny gloss that gives an almost patent shine, it has the feel of a lip gloss but it’s not sticky.
The colour is called Spontaneous, MAC describe it as a ‘soft plum with pearl’. It’s definitely a plummy shade, although I can’t really detect any pearl in there. It looks quite dark as a crayon but as it’s very sheer it appears much more natural once it’s on the lips. It’s a great way to introduce darker lip colours to your make-up bag if you’re not used to them. MAC Patent Polish Lip Pencil is a bit like a fabulous giant tinted lip balm!
The crayon itself is chunky and easy to hold, the nib is quite chunky and not great for precision application, but you could use a lip brush to apply it. I love to apply MAC Patent Polish straight from the crayon, it’s quick and easy, and as it’s very light and sheer it’s easy to wipe away any mistakes and re-apply.
MAC Patent Polish Lip Pencil has 14 shades available and I’ll definitely be trying out some more. At £17.50 each they’re more expensive than a tinted lip balm, but they’re great quality in great packaging and you can’t really go wrong with MAC can you!
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – this is another crayon style pencil although it’s not as chunky as the MAC pencil. In stark contrast to the MAC version the NARS colour has a flat matte finish, and NARS suggest it can either be used as just a liner or all over the lips which I do like as the MAC pencil is much too thick to use as a liner.
The colour itself is called Paimpol and it’s a pale pink from the cold spectrum, it has a nod to the 1960s about it. Despite it being a matte finish the colour contains emollients and vitamin E to prevent it from drying out the lips and it feels very soft on the lips, but it does show up every flake of dry skin so make sure that your lips are well exfoliated before applying it.
Pale pink is my go-to lip colour for everyday so I’ve tried hundreds (have you read my series ‘The hunt for the perfect pink lipstick’?) and I was slighty disappointed that this NARS pencil wasn’t a bit more pigmented. However if you’re new to matte lipsticks and don’t want anything too in your face then NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil would be a good option, plus there are 21 different shades available. At £20 it’s a little bit more expensive than its MAC rival.
After comparing the two crayons my favourite is definitely MAC Patent Polish Lip Pencil, I love how easy it is to apply, how natural the colours looks and how nourishing it feels on my lips. I’ve already been eyeing up some new shades, I fancy a bright red shade as it would be great for Summer and not too heavy.
What are your favourite lip pencils, I’d love to know?
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