Prince night at karaoke.
Think about it. All of the only songs are Prince songs. I would totally go! It would be awesome! Let’s find someplace that does it.
I think it would be even more awesome, though, if we went wearing these new $27 NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil shades, because of the 10 of them, half are shouts-outs to Prince songs, including Let’s Go Crazy (one of my favorite Prince songs).
(Side note: if you can spot all the ones that are Prince songs, PROPS.)
These are the 10 new shades joining the permanent line, aaaaaand one of them is kinda funky, although it’s a color that’s very trendy right now. It’s a dark bluish black, and I can’t remember seeing anything like it at NARS before.
It’s one of the ones that doesn’t have a Price name, but when you say it out loud, you do have to whisper…because it’s called “Unspoken.” Shh…
So I’ve been wearing the NARS Velvet Mattes for almost a decade, and I hope the brand never, ever, EVER phases them out because these pencils are spectacularly saturated, superbly smooth and oh, so comfortable.
A lot of the time mattes are heavy and drying, and just generally a bear to deal with, especially darker colors, because you have to, like, use a separate lip pencil or lip brush, but you don’t have to with these. Just outline and fill. That’s it. Nada drama.
And they feel fabulous and lightweight, which is probably the best thing about them — like wearing a very comfortable bra. These are like that… They’re the comfy bras of the matte lipstick world.
As far as wear time, do they last as long as a liquid matte lipstick? No, I usually have to reapply them about halfway through my day, and then again on my afternoon break, but that’s fine… I’d rather have matte lips that look light and natural, even if I have to reapply them every few hours, than matte lips that look like a cat butt after six hours.
Of these new shades, of course my favorite is hot pink Let’s Go Crazy (I’m so easy), and I also love Get Off (but not the song… I always fast-forward through it on my Prince greatest hits CD). If you’re in the throes of a ’90s brown matte lip moment, Do Me Baby is really pretty, too.
Of course, it wouldn’t be NARS if there weren’t a few new bad-@ss reds, like Famous Red. Definitely try it on if you get a chance.
Oh, in case you’re wondering, these are unscented, but they do taste a little like vanilla.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,