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NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl (?)

Never in a million years when I added this product to my NARS order did I think that it would prove to be controversial. But the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl has been nothing but.

It started with my nan. I asked her, quite innocently, what she thought of my lipstick. There was a very awkward pause  well, it was awkward for her, I thought it was hilarious  and then she goes "I shall be honest, I prefer you in paler colours, with your skin". Fair enough.

Then, at the charity shop where I volunteer twice a week, my co-worker told me how much she loved it. "Doesn't she look nice, with her lipstick?" she said to our manager. "No," my manager replied bluntly. "It's too dark for your skin." Again, fair enough (although when I wore it again she admitted that it looks good with an all-black outfit). But that very same day, I was complimented on it when I was at the pub.

As it happens, I love this shade, and I'm not going to stop wearing it just because a few people dislike it. It's one of those confidence-boosting colours that makes me feel like I've got my shit together, and it also has the added bonus of making it look like I've made an effort, even though the pencil shape makes application really quite easy.

Left: Wearing Dragon Girl. Right: I got camera shy hahaha, I'm such a dork

Not every red lipstick is made equal, and this one is a red shade with pink undertones, rather than a true red. I like this; I think it warms my skintone up a bit and just makes me look a little more alive.

Despite being matte, Dragon Girl isn't drying at all, and it mostly stays put. By this, I mean that it can survive me eating a slice of sponge cake, but it's not safe to eat an overflowing sandwich in public (unless I suddenly decide that 'lipstick smeared on chin' is a good look).

Have you ever worn something that people either loved or hated? What do you think of Dragon Girl? Let me know in the comments!

Note: Although NARS was a cruelty-free brand at the time of writing, they have since decided to sell their products in China as of June 2017 and therefore are no longer cruelty-free.

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at

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