Review & Swatches: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils: “Bolero” & “Train Bleu”

As if there weren’t enough lip product reviews on here lately, here I am with another one!
(I’m sorry, I just really like making these, haha)

If there’s one brand that has been making my heart pound a little faster lately, it has to be NARS. I don’t own a lot of their products, but the products I do have are mindblowingly amazing, and in general end up being huge favorites.

I recently bought two of the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils I had been eyeballing for weeks. And oh my, where have these babies been all my life?

As usual, all NARS products come packaged in this black cardboard box. Nothing special, but a nice addition. I always feel like products look much more expensive when packaged in a box. (I realize this may sound too dumb for words, haha)

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil “Bolero” – ($25.00 USD / €22,59 EUR)
Let’s start off with my favorite of the two: “Bolero
I already showed my love for it in this tutorial here, but I still can’t get enough of this precious little thing. The color is so fresh, different and bright in a really natural way. The only downfall I can think of is that it can kinda form a “dry-looking” nasty line on the inside of your mouth. Touch ups are necessary because of that..

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil “Train Bleu” – ($25.00 USD / €22,59 EUR)
Next up: “Train Bleu” – Did I mention I put these two in my January Hits & Oh God NO’s too, but had to cut them out because the video was getting too long? – You should’ve seen me trying to pronounce this over and over. “Train Bleu” is one hell of a lipstick. It’s dark, vampy, matte & smoldery… ugh, I love everything about it. Perfect for those grungy days.
Because this is so dark, you won’t really see that “dry” line, like “Bolero” has – Yay!

Application wise these are super duper easy, because they’re pencils, life couldn’t be any easier. They’re pigmented like hell and come in a fun range of colors.

My only downfalls are their price(!!) and “dry-looking-line” problem.
But back to that price issue: $25.00 is just way too much for a lip pencil. Yes, I love them, and would repurchase them any minute, but still.. $25.00 is a little rude, isn’t it?

So, What’s the verdict?
Life would be a boring mess without these. They’re pigmented, edgy and different.
The packaging is sleek and sophisticated. I’d almost say everything is perfect about these, if you’re a matte lip lover like I am. But that outrageous price just messes so many things up. But, in all honesty, I’m willing to save some extra bucks to buy more of these, they’re just that amazing.

NARS is available at & Sephora.

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29 Responses to Review & Swatches: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils: “Bolero” & “Train Bleu”

  1. Lindy says:

    these look absolutely fantastic! I adore the pink one! but I agree about the price, damn these are expensive! xx

  2. Melle says:

    Both colours look really good. Wow! It really suits you.

  3. Maartje says:

    Train Bleu is SOO pretty!

  4. Sofie says:

    Nice sharp edges.
    Did you apply them straight from the pencil or with a brush?

  5. Nena says:

    Wow die zijn prachtig! Amazing kleuren en pigment! X

  6. ChantalAngel says:

    Wow love the colours, i don’t know if i woulld wear the Velvet lip pencil, but it’s so cool!!

  7. Paulien says:

    These look awesome! Now i need to have ‘bolero’
    Thanks Nikkie ;)

  8. Oooooh I’m in love with Train Bleu! Flawless swatches as always :)

  9. Martina says:

    They’re both perfect!

  10. Cynthiiaa says:

    Oh god, hot stuff! Ik vind het ook een schitterend resultaat opleveren hoe strak jij lipliners, potloden, lipstick, glosses noem maar op kunt aanbrengen. Dat maakt het product nog mooier. Train Blue is toch wel mijn favoriet, love de pigmentatie, zo intens!

  11. vera says:

    wauw die donkere kleur staat jou echt super mooi!

  12. Anne says:

    Die eerste is echt super mooi! Wat heb je trouwens mooie lippen haha ;) Mijne zijn erg dun, ik ben jaloers!

  13. Ainhoa Fernandez says:

    Bolero is echt prachtigg

  14. Angelique says:

    2 hele prachtige kleuren, 1 mooie aller daagse en 1 totaal anders i love it!

  15. Tanja says:

    Bolerooo! Love it!!

  16. Emily says:

    OMG I’m so glad you love these! I am in love with the 2 that I have… Cruella and Dragon Girl! I did a review on Cruella if you wanna see swatches ;) I so need Bolero in my life, especially after your review!

    NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Review & Swatches – Cruella

  17. Naomi says:

    Wauw, prachtige kleuren, en wat kun je de lipsticks strak aanbrengen zeg, echt super mooi!!!

  18. C says:

    I hope this doesn’t come off as creepy but you have the most amazing lips! Perfect lips for lipstick. I’m in love with Train Bleu after your review :)

  19. Gloria says:

    OMG! Train Bleu is so dramatic; I loveeee! Bolero is the PERFECT pinky nude.

  20. Jaquie says:

    Thanks for the review! Keep em coming girl !;)

  21. Tessa says:

    Omg.. When I watch your swqchtes, i get tingles.. Soo beautiful! And the color bolero… Whaaa if I had the money for it i should buy it! You make the best swatches, i am serious Nikkie .. Xxxxxx

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  23. Arabelle says:

    How does Train Bleu differ from Cyber and Smoked purple in real life? I have Cyber and I know that one is a satin, but I’m curious as to whether Train Bleu is darker and/or if it has a different undertone. Thanks!

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  26. Maud says:

    Hee nikkie,

    Moet je die slijpen of kun je ze draaien aan de onderkant?

    xxx Maud

  27. Emanuela says:

    train bleu, have no words *.*

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  29. Nicole says:

    Nikkie, how do you even apply lipstick so perfectly, you’re flawless. I wrote a little blog post on this lipstick for fall if anyone wants to check it out!

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