FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).
These are the dupes the editor has pulled but not yet rated and officially entered.
- Anastasia Tulip (P, $20.00).
- NYX Bloody Mary (P, $6.00).
- ColourPop Bossy (LE, $5.00).
- Danessa Myricks Bloom (P, $18.00).
- Makeup Geek Feisty (P, $15.00).
- ColourPop Honey Pie (LE, $6.50).
- Revlon Bread Winner (P, $12.39).
- Urban Decay Amplify (P, $22.00).
- Urban Decay Red Hot (LE, $18.00).
- NARS Dragon Girl (P, $27.00).
$30.00/0.08 oz. – $375.00 Per Ounce
The formula is supposed to have a matte finish with “12-hour” wear with “one swipe, instant color” that is comfortable to wear and “transfer-proof.” I think they’ve improved upon the longevity compared to the brand’s Velvet Matte Lip Pencils of many years ago, as even the lighter shades are long-wearing, but 12-hour wear is a stretch (that’s not a surprise, though).
The formula featured a soft setting process where the initial texture was more emollient, creamier, and easy to maneuver with along the curves of the lips, but it set to a lightly tacky finish that was transfer-resistant and remained flexible, so it was comfortable to wear. Most shades wore between five and six hours with a couple of the deeper hues lasting over six hours. It was a non-drying formula to wear over time.
The shades were pigmented in a single layer, and I felt like they were quite easy to use to get a nice, even line of color along the edges of my lips. It was also a more forgiving and flattering finish as it didn’t emphasize lip lines or lip texture for the most part.
Browse all of our NARS Powermatte High-Intensity Lip Pencil swatches.
Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Caprylyl Methicone, Octyldodecanol, Synthetic Wax, Lauroyl Lysine, Dicalcium Phosphate, Phenylpropyldimethylsiloxysilicate, Diisostearyl Malate, Polyethylene, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cera Carnauba/Cire De Carnauba, Stearyl Heptanoate, Stearyl Caprylate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isostearic Acid, Lecithin, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Propylene Carbonate, [+/-(May Contain/Peut Contenir): Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410)].
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