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Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red (1.8g, full size is 2.4g)
Mysterious Red is a gorgeous red with a matte finish. Oh how I love this shade! It has a velvety matte finish and the formula is highly pigmented! Compared to other Velvet Matte Lip Pencil shades, the formula is less sticky than Cruella but more creamy than Damned. In fact, the consistency is perfect! This shade leaves a stain on my lips. I haven't noticed any feathering and the staying power is amazing (more than 8 hours). It's not a moisturizing lipstick, but it isn't drying.
I don't wear red lipstick that often, but I have a soft spot for matte red lips and this one is perfect!
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella is slightly darker. Estée Lauder Matte Sculpting Lipstick in Decisive Poppy and MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in RiRi Woo are slightly more vibrant and lighter. Vasanti Gel Matte Lipstick in True Love is lighter, brighter, a bit more pink. MAC Matte Lipstick in Studded Kiss is much darker and purple.
Lipstick in Flamenco (3.4g, full size)
Flamenco is a sheer red with a slightly glossy finish. It's a sheer formula but it's buildable to a semi-opaque finish and it feels great on the lips (not sticky or greasy). The staying power is surprisingly good for a sheer lipstick, it doesn't bleed and it last more than 4 hours on me. I like that it doesn't turn fuchsia on my lips, even if it has neutral-cool undertones!
It's very wearable for daytime, which makes it the perfect red for someone who is afraid to wear a red lip!
Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural in N45 is brighter, less pigmented and lighter. Mirabella Colour Vinyl Lipstick in Cherry Shine is lighter, more coral-orange and opaque.
Velvet Lip Liner in Misdemeanor (0.25g, full size is 0.5g)
Misdemeanor is a classic red with a matte finish. It's such a beautiful formula, I love it! It glides on the lips so smoothly and the color payoff is incredible. The formula is similar to Make Up For Ever's Aqua Lip pencils, both products set on the lips and don't budge (you'll need an oil based makeup remover) but the NARS lip pencil is more creamy.
Oh and this is a retractable lip pencil, so you will never need to sharpen it!
ColourPop Lippie Pencil in Frenchie is lighter, brighter, more orange. Covergirl Lip Perfection in 215 Passion is lighter. Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip in 8C is lighter, a bit more vibrant. Burberry Lip Definer in No.14 Oxblood is darker, more purple. MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in RiRi Woo (LE) is slightly lighter. MAC Lip Pencil in Beet is more magenta, less warm.
The NARS x Steven Klein Magnificent Obsession Lip Set retail for $60 CAD.
(I received these products in order to evaluate them and give my opinion, but rest assured that my comments are always honest and impartial.)