Not a lipstick, but not a gloss. Here’s my review on NARS Velvet Lip Glide lip color + swatches.

I have a bit of a lip product obsession you could say. I have TONS of lipsticks, glosses, liners, and I carry at least two lip balms with me wherever I go. The matte liquid lipstick trend has been stealing everyone’s attention this past year. I have a few liquid lipsticks of my own, but really haven’t been wowed by any of them and in love. I have a lot of texture on my lips, and they’re quite dry, so the whole matte liquid lipstick thing isn’t very everyday wearable for me. Every formula I have tried, I want to rip it off of my lips after 20 minutes.

I have been on the hunt for a good lip product that gives more of a satin finish, that’s not too dry on my lips and something that is comfortable to wear on a daily basis.

NARS Velvet Lip Glide - StrippedNARS Velvet Lip Glide - Stripped


The NARS Velvet Lip Glide’s are available online HERE, but I picked mine up at Sephora. “Stripped” is a beige pinky-nude shade as described on their website (definitely more beige-nude than beige-pink in my opinion) and immediately grabbed my attention on the shelf. I am a SUCKER for a good nude.

There are 13 different shades in the Velvet Lip Glide collection and they retail for $26.

“Covetable comfort meets confident color in a high-pigment formula that glides like a gloss, cloaks like a lipstick—and feels like nothing else. Semi-matte color glides on a stays supple without drying or feeling sticky. Developed with Oil Infusion Complex, an innovative concentration of precious oils, fused to create a smooth-glide effect. Fully coats lips on contact with smooth, saturated, semi-matte style.” -NARS

Application + Formula

I really like the formula of this product, and the application to the lips is very smooth. For someone who doesn’t have dry lips – and more normal lips, you would love this. Mine are a bit dry, so the product feels a bit tight after 30 minutes or so. The finish of the product is not completely matte, but more of a satin-matte and it’s not sticky at all. I would recommend to apply as light of layers of this product as you can, the more layers you apply over top one another, the more drying it feels and thick and the patchier it looks when it dries and begins to fade away.


The pigmentation of the product is opaque and has good coverage and the natural lip color doesn’t really peak though (which I love), but there isn’t much product that comes out on the applicator, so I often have to dip it in two or three times to get enough product on my lips. You could get away with not using a lip-liner with this product, but I always line my lips (or else I feel naked), but you totally don’t have to – it won’t bleed on your lips.


The product has good staying power, however I found that I started to develop a line on the inside of my lips where the product stopped and it started to dry out a bit. When I look for lip products, I look for things that blend seamlessly into the skin

The Score - NARS Velvet Lip Glide

Final Thoughts: I do like this product. Does it wow me and do I fall in love when I use it? No. Will I repurchase it? Maybe. I just feel like the applicator doesn’t grab much product from the tube to apply, and I feel as though it would be a product that would run out quickly and for $26, I want something that is going to last a little while. I LOVE the shade – it’s truly the perfect nude, but I find that when I wear this for a long time, it starts to get a little tight on the lips and the dreaded line appears on the inner part of my lips where the product has rubbed off. I do think this is a really great alternative if you want a lipstick finish without using a lipstick, and if you have dry lips or texture on your lips and aren’t a huge fan of the popular matte liquid lipstick trend. I do recommend wearing this on bare lips rather than powdered lips with lip liner, and it has an opaque application, but takes a while to rub it in so there are no streaks. This also tends to settle into the texture of the lips, so if you have more texture than me, you may not like it.

NARS Velvet Lip Glide - Lip Swatch
NARS Velvet Lip Glide swatch on powdered lips. Natural light, no flash.

What do you think of the NARS Velvet Lip Glides? Let me know in the comments below!







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