NARS x Connor Tingley Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set Review & Swatches

Connor Tingley

NARS Connor Tingley Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set ($45.00 for 0.32 oz.) is a new, limited edition set of four, full-sized Velvet Matte Lip Pencils. They’re still “coming soon” to NARS’ website (I don’t have a date yet). Two of the shades were nice–pigmented, easy to apply, and long-wearing–while two were less consistent with a less-flattering application where the product emphasized my lip texture or settled into my lip lines over time.

Grotto

Grotto is a medium-dark peach with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage in a single layer, which adhered fairly evenly but had a tendency to emphasize my natural lip texture and catch on any dryness/flakes. The consistency was very lightweight and velvety, which made it comfortable to maneuver along the edges of my lips. It wore nicely for three and a half hours before pulling too much into my lip lines that it became noticeable to the casual viewer.

Dose of Colors Peachii (LE, $18.00) is darker (90% similar).Colour Pop Creme Fresh (P, $7.00) is warmer (90% similar).NARS Firecracker (LE, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar).MAC Back in Vogue (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar).Sephora Warm Nude (75) (P, $14.00) is more muted (85% similar).Too Faced The New Black (P, $22.00) is darker (80% similar).Kat Von D Malice (P, $20.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar).NARS Soleil de Pluie (LE, $27.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar).

Formula Overview

$27.00/0.08 oz. – $337.50 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” with “rich” and “seamless color.” The texture has a more velvety feel: smooth, thinner but glides on easily, and doesn’t have a lot of wetness/creaminess. The pigmentation varied from shade to shade with most shades having semi-opaque coverage. They were easy to apply along the lips and comfortable to apply, as they did not tug. The formula lasted anywhere from three hours to six hours, and some shades were somewhat drying and others were non-drying.

Ingredients

C12-13 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Synthetic Candelilla Wax, Polyethylene, Caprylyl Methicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Silica, Dimethicone, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Lecithin, Flavor (Aroma), Dicalcium Phosphate, Citric Acid, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Anise Alcohol. [+/- (May Contain/Peut Contenir): Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Mica, Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140)].

Ladrillo

Ladrillo is a deep, coppery red with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had nearly opaque color payoff in a single stroke, which drew on color evenly and smoothly without catching or dragging on my lips. The consistency was incredibly lightweight, thin without being clingy, and comfortable to wear. It stayed on well for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating.

Coloured Raine Queendom (P, $17.00) is brighter (90% similar).Colour Pop Mama (P, $6.50) is more muted, cooler (90% similar).Colour Pop Mind Trick (P, $7.00) is cooler (90% similar).Makeup Geek Saucy (P, $15.00) is darker (85% similar).Colour Pop Flor (LE, $6.50) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).Too Faced Cinnamon Bear (LE, $21.00) is darker (85% similar).Colour Pop 21 Questions (P, $7.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar).Colour Pop Love Life (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar).Too Faced Gingerbread Man (LE, $21.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar).Dose of Colors Aesthetic (LE, $18.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$27.00/0.08 oz. – $337.50 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” with “rich” and “seamless color.” The texture has a more velvety feel: smooth, thinner but glides on easily, and doesn’t have a lot of wetness/creaminess. The pigmentation varied from shade to shade with most shades having semi-opaque coverage. They were easy to apply along the lips and comfortable to apply, as they did not tug. The formula lasted anywhere from three hours to six hours, and some shades were somewhat drying and others were non-drying.

Ingredients

C12-13 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Synthetic Candelilla Wax, Polyethylene, Caprylyl Methicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Silica, Dimethicone, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Lecithin, Flavor (Aroma), Dicalcium Phosphate, Citric Acid, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Anise Alcohol. [+/- (May Contain/Peut Contenir): Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Mica, Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140)].

Rosa

Rosa is a bright, reddish-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. The lip pencil yielded semi-opaque coverage, which was hard to build up beyond that, which did not apply evenly and emphasized my natural lip texture. The pencil felt smooth and velvety as it glided across my lips, but it just didn’t look good applied. It lasted for just over four and a half hours but did pull into my lip lines over time. It felt neither drying nor hydrating while worn.

Urban Decay Frequency (P, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar).NARS Rouge Immortel (LE, $27.00) is lighter (90% similar).Fenty Beauty Unattached (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar).Urban Decay Tryst (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar).Dose of Colors Fresa (LE, $18.00) is darker (90% similar).NARS Flame (LE, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar).NARS Famous Red (P, $27.00) is cooler (85% similar).MAC Ablaze (P, $18.50) is lighter, cooler, glossier (85% similar).Fenty Beauty Dragon Mami (P, $18.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).Makeup Geek Tango (LE, $12.00) is lighter (80% similar).

Formula Overview

$27.00/0.08 oz. – $337.50 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” with “rich” and “seamless color.” The texture has a more velvety feel: smooth, thinner but glides on easily, and doesn’t have a lot of wetness/creaminess. The pigmentation varied from shade to shade with most shades having semi-opaque coverage. They were easy to apply along the lips and comfortable to apply, as they did not tug. The formula lasted anywhere from three hours to six hours, and some shades were somewhat drying and others were non-drying.

Ingredients

C12-13 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Synthetic Candelilla Wax, Polyethylene, Caprylyl Methicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Silica, Dimethicone, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Lecithin, Flavor (Aroma), Dicalcium Phosphate, Citric Acid, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Anise Alcohol. [+/- (May Contain/Peut Contenir): Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Mica, Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140)].

Amontillado

Amontillado is a medium-dark red with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had rich, opaque pigmentation with a smooth, velvety texture that skated across my lips with ease and delivered thin, nearly feather-weight in feel color that didn’t emphasize my lip lines. It wore well for six hours, left a faint stain behind, and was non-drying over time.

Maybelline Red for Me (P, $7.49) is darker, cooler (95% similar).Make Up For Ever M401 (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar).NYX Perfect Red (P, $6.00) is brighter (95% similar).Giorgio Armani Lucky Red (403) (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar).Urban Decay Crimson (P, $18.00) is cooler (95% similar).MAC Tenor Voice (LE, $18.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).NARS Lesbos (LE, $27.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).Urban Decay 714 (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).Colour Pop Weekender (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar).Colour Pop La La Land (LE, $6.50) is brighter (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$27.00/0.08 oz. – $337.50 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” with “rich” and “seamless color.” The texture has a more velvety feel: smooth, thinner but glides on easily, and doesn’t have a lot of wetness/creaminess. The pigmentation varied from shade to shade with most shades having semi-opaque coverage. They were easy to apply along the lips and comfortable to apply, as they did not tug. The formula lasted anywhere from three hours to six hours, and some shades were somewhat drying and others were non-drying.

Ingredients

C12-13 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Synthetic Candelilla Wax, Polyethylene, Caprylyl Methicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Silica, Dimethicone, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Lecithin, Flavor (Aroma), Dicalcium Phosphate, Citric Acid, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Anise Alcohol. [+/- (May Contain/Peut Contenir): Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Mica, Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140)].