Saturday, 14 May 2011

NARS Happy Days Velvet Gloss Lip pencil

I've always had a bit of a thing for NARS velvet matte lip pencils but find the formula a tiny bit drying, so when the velvet gloss pencils were released recently I was excited to try them out. I seem to be favouring my lipsticks over glosses a lot lately so a gloss in crayon form seemed liked a good option for me and sounded like a product I'd reach for a lot.

What NARS say about the pencils, Gorgeously glossy, intensely hydrating. NARS takes everything beloved about its Velvet Matte Lip Pencil—the convenience of a pencil with the application of a lipstick in a jumbo-size crayon design—then swaps the matte formula for one that lends lips luminous.

There are six pretty shades available but out of the colours on offer, Happy Days is the one that appealed to me the most. It's described as a and sounded like a perfect summery shade. 

NARS Happy Days

The formula is actually a lot softer than I expected it to be. The pencil glides over lips with ease and leaves a very subtle hint of delicate colour. I am left with a slightly sticky/tacky feel after applying but my lips still feel quite comfortable and a lot less sticky than they do with most of my glosses. NARS do describe the pencils as being Intensely hydrating, I can't say I find them particularly moisturising though.

NARS Velvet Gloss Pencil: Happy Days

I'd say the description of Happy Days is pretty accurate and when swatched on my arm, the shade does look like a lovely peachy/pink coral with tiny delicate gold sparkles.

Swatched lightly

Slightly heavier swatch

On my lips I find the colour looks quite a bit different because the pencils are sheer and my lips are quite pigmented. I do still get a nice hint of peachy color but I have to say, I am a little bit disappointed that the shade is so sheer. I've seen Happy days swatched on lips which are less pigmented than mine and the colour seems to look quite a bit different. If you're interested in the pencils I'd definitely recommend visiting a counter to swatch the shades on offer before buying.

Overall I'm pretty happy with my purchase. The shade looks a little bit different to what I thought it would on me but it's still nice. I like the formula of the pencils and how they feel and lasting power isn't bad either (longer lasting than most of my glosses). Happy Days is probably something I'll be reaching for a lot when I want something that's quick and easy to apply or to layer over the top of peachy and coral lipsticks.

Velvet gloss pencils are £17.50

Have you tried velvet gloss pencils? What are your thoughts on them?


  1. I really love the color .I have very pigmented lips too and I usually go for lipsticks :)But these look so pretty I have to give them a try :)

  2. These lip pencil seem gorgeous!!!
    Unfortunately here in italy no one sells NARS :( we can only buy it online!

    Thank you for the review, very useful ^_-

  3. The lip pencil looks really nice:)

  4. I might have to check these out. I actually dislike gloss. I buy it because I get sucked into the pretty colors, but i hate the way gloss feels on my lips. But a hybrid lipstick/gloss ... now that's something I could use, and I like NARS lip products.

  5. They all look gorg! I prefer fuller color products though.

  6. Wow, you pretty much have me sold on these. I'm not too versed in NARS and with all the reviews coming out on their products, I'm thinking that I'm missing out. The color swatch looks really appealing to me.

  7. Dora, Happy Days is a pretty shade and although it's sheer, it still leaves a nice, natural colour on lips x

    Stefy, it's a shame you're only able to buy NARS online. Really annoying when you can't swatch shades before buying! x

    Zuzu, I'm not liking gloss at the moment either which is why I really wanted to try these. They are a nice alternative to lip gloss and they do feel a lot nicer than most glosses too (less sticky) x

    Hopelessly Devoted To Makeup, I didn't try anything from NARS for a little while but I've been really interested in their products again recently. They seem to be bringing out some really lovely stuff! x

  8. I'm not into lipglosses at all. I do own many but I hardly ever reach for them.
    Same goes for lipsticks really - I'm a bit OCD when wearing something on my lips and have to constantly check if the colour's still alright, my teeth still white etc.
    These lip pencils sound great - I haven't actually tried anything from NARS yet but I'm going to check them out next time I'm near a NARS counter!
    I love the Happy Days shade and think it would be such an easy colour (and finish) to wear. And maybe it would stop me OCD-ing over my lips :-)


  9. Miss A, I know what you mean about OCD-ing over lips, I do too :) Happy Days is a really easy colour to wear and I think the finish is perfect if you're not a big fan of lip products. They feel quite similar to a slightly tacky balm and the colour's pretty long lasting lasting too! x

  10. this is such a pretty color! I've been wanting to try one of the nars velvet gloss pencils so badly!


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