Nars Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Review

Nars Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Review

I seem to have lip product phases wherein I’m especially attracted to certain shades—for some time, it was brights, then briefly, it was nudes. Now, it’s my-lips-but-better colors. I came across the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils and after swatching for a bit, was intrigued. Dolce Vita was recommended by the sales assistant for a ‘natural’ type of shade.

Nars Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ReviewWhat the company says about the product:

The application of a lipstick combined with the convenience of a pencil in a jumbo crayon design. Lips are instantly saturated with rich pigments and a velvety matte finish. The long lasting, non-drying formula is enriched with emollients for a creamy texture, while a combination of unique silicones ensures long-lasting, seamless color for hours. Use for lining, all-over lip color, or pairing with another lip product.

Rich, vivid shades
Enriched with Vitamin E
Convenient, easy application

Nars Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ReviewDolce Vita is such a pretty rosey color, which I don’t find terribly cool, nor warm. I’d say it has neutral undertones. On me this is a lovely my-lips-but-better shade, it’s very natural-looking. Carefully and not so heavily applied, blended for any hard edges, I doubt anyone would be able to tell that I have this on my lips, even up close. Dolce Vita looks that natural  on me.

Nars Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ReviewI guess how this looks on my lips would be my ideal natural lip color! Bare of makeup, my face tends to look sallow and my lips pale. A hint of color on my lips instantly makes me less sickly-looking. This makes my lips look even-colored and healthy, and my face brighter. It’s a pretty good tool for the no makeup makeup look.

I don’t think I have another lip product with a texture similar as the Nars Velvet Matte Lip pencils. It glides on very smoothly, and it feels creamy when I purse or rub my lips together, but to the touch, it’s dry. No oil or gloss. The finish is matte, but it’s not an ultra matte finish like a lot of matte lipsticks have, that settles into lines or flaky areas. This does not do that, making it even more perfect for a natural look. It doesn’t feel sticky or heavy.

Nars Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ReviewThe Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil has decent lasting power on me. Most of the products stays on through cups of coffee.  I’ve tried applying a gloss over it, but I find that the matte finish looks better with this color. It can be used as a lip liner or layered with lipsticks. I find that I usually prefer to wear this on its own though. It’s a little drying, but nothing problematic.

Nars Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ReviewNars Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – Likes:

  • Lovely, face-brightening, natural-looking shade.
  • Feels comfortable on my lips.
  • Not chalky. Deposits enough color with one or two swipes.
  • Very easy to apply. Doesn’t streak, cake, or clump.
  • Has decent lasting power.
  • The finish doesn’t emphasize lines or dryness.
  • No weird taste or scent.
  • Locally available.

Nars Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – Dislikes:

  • It’s expensive. Price tag: PhP 1350.
  • It’s a bit drying.
  • Not a lot of product at .08 oz/2.4 g. Especially ’cause it has to be sharpened and that takes off pigment from the pencil.


This is a very pretty, flattering color, and the texture of it seems unique. It has good lasting power and doesn’t settle into lines or clump despite the finish. I still find it expensive, considering the amount of product it contains. But to be honest, if I lost this, I’d feel compelled to buy it again. If I had the budget for it, I’d buy the other shades of Nars’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencils.

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9 Responses to Nars Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Review

  1. Samantha says:

    This may sound stupid, but I’m kinda confused. Aren’t nudes and MLBB shades the same thing? :/

    • Ida says:

      Hey, it’s not stupid at all. I don’t think we all have the same concept of what nude and mlbb shades are…after all what may be nude for some may not be nude for others. And our lips are not all the same color. Me though with nudes I was referring to those beigey/peachy nudes, while MLBB to me usually is rosy or pinky browns. :)

  2. Cecile says:

    I want to try this! :) Pero out of my budget.. SOON!! :))

  3. Chryztyners says:

    I hate that you have to sharpen it after a while. That meant a lot of product to be wasted, ang mahal pa naman!

    • Ida says:

      Yeah, it would’ve been better if this were an automatic pencil type. Nakakapanghinayang yung wasted product when it’s sharpened (though I haven’t sharpened this yet).

  4. I don’t have Dolce Vita (though lord knows I’ve been meaning to buy it!), but I have Cruella and Damned and adorrrrre them <3

    • Ida says:

      Ooh I remember your post where you wore Cruella. A gorgeous, gorgeous red. :) Dolce Vita is gorgeous in its own way too.

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