NARS Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil swatch & review

NARS Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil is a muted mauve-based pink with the absolute tiniest bit of shimmer. Definitely not enough to give you blinged out 80’s-tastic shimmery mauve lips, but enough that there’s the faint illusion of the pencil being slightly satiny and damp.

NARS Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

I’ve had this pencil for a couple of years and I think I’ve worn it twice, maybe three times at the most. Before I took the picture below and had to give it a quick sharpen so it looked nice and fresh, it still had the original tip shape and bevelled edge on the pencil, just as it was when I first took it out of the box. Nothing about this colour really grabs me, which is a shame. I have other mauve-based pinks like MAC Syrup lipstick and they suit me just fine, but something about Sex Machine on me looks dated, flat and ultra blah. I just can’t make myself rock a lip that makes me look tired and ill, y’know?

NARS Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

The texture of Sex Machine is a lot nicer than my other Velvet Matte pencil in Dragon Girl. Dragon Girl is hard and chalky and occasionally a little crumbly, whereas Sex Machine is smooth and creamy and very easy to apply. Even applied to bare lips, this goes on lickety-split and there’s no dragging or tiresome little gaps along the lipline to smooth out later.

For pale girls, particularly us of the fair skin/pink undertone variety, I say try it before you buy to make sure it is going to lift your face and not be a vitality black hole like it is for me. Asian and Mediterranean skintones could rock this like mad as a nice alternative to beige-based neutral lips. For gals with darker skin, I say skip it entirely – the mauve tint in the pink base is going to translate into a nasty ashy lip. Gross!

NARS Velvet Matte pencils retail for US$24 from narscosmetics.com, and in Australia they can be found at Mecca Cosmetica for AU$50.

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