Makeup: Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square

I haven’t done a make-up review for a while, largely because I’ve kind of plateaued with my purchases recently. But this lip pencil was a Christmas present that is still doing me proud. I had been meaning to try a red version of this Nars classic ever since purchasing this nude pink.


It’s very bright and pulls ever so slightly more orange on me than these pictures are showing, but if you’re after a very warm, matte red this is the lipstick for you. It’s a very similar colour to Mac So Chaud, but with a nicer, less drying (although still somewhat) texture and easier application.

Nars Red Square


Nars Red Square


  • Feels lovely on – hardly notice you’re wearing it
  • Incredibly easy to apply because of the pencil shape
  • Strong colour, wears pretty well
  • Expensive (£17.50)
  • Shows up lip imperfections – if you’re even slightly flakey, it’ll tell the whole world
  • A bit drying after a few hours – a primer is a good idea
  • Requires a sharpener when run down (and anything but a Nars one will waste too much product)

Well worth trying if you can afford it and want to expand your matte orange-red lipstick collection (what, doesn’t everyone have one of these?).


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