Never in a million years did I think this product would prove to be divisive. But the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl has been nothing but.
It started with my nan. I asked her 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.
Later that week, 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. “It’s too dark for your skin.”
Again, fair enough (although when I wore it again she admitted it looked good with an all-black outfit). 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 because a few people dislike it. It’s once of those confidence-boosting colours that makes me feel like I’ve got my shit together and it has the added bonus of making it look like I’ve made an effort (even though the pencil shape makes application quick and easy).
|Left: Wearing Dragon Girl. Right: I got camera shy hahaha, I’m such a dork|
Not every red lipstick is made equal. This one is a red shade with pink undertones, rather than a true red. I like this; I think it warms up my skintone and 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 it can survive me eating a slice of cake, but it’s not safe to eat an overflowing sandwich in public — unless I decide lipstick smeared on chin is a good look.
Have you ever worn something people either loved or hated? What do you think of Dragon Girl? Let me know in the comments.
Update: Although NARS was a cruelty-free brand at the time of writing, they decided to sell their products in China (where animal testing is compulsory) in June 2017 and are no longer cruelty-free. I no longer buy or write about their products.
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Beth, 26, South East England.
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I write about ethical & eco-friendly living, minimalism, and mental health, as I muddle through one step at a time. Enjoy!