I see the beginnings of a beautiful friendship, buddy.
Let the obsession with NARS begin! As you guys may have heard, earlier on in the year I finally lost my NARS-ginity with none other than the infamous Taj Mahal blush and I’ve been on the hunt for a new product within the collection since. Seeing as I don’t have a lot of matte reds apart from Ruby Woo, I randomly opted for the velvet matte pencil in Cruella (£17.50) as I’d read many a positive review surrounding it.
Of course coming packaged within its famed sleek black packaging, Cruella is a blue based scarlett red that is similar to Ruby Woo. The big difference between the two however is that I find Cruella to be way more moisturising than the latter. The pigmentation of these crayons are incredible; as I would expect from a NARS product.It applies on with a cream finish and dries matte, leaving a beautiful deep, rich colour that makes lips look supple. Can I just say that in the photos below I know my lips look incredibly ashy (O_O) but that’s because I didn’t have time to exfoliate/put lip balm on beforehand. Sorry!
So opaque is the pigmentation, that I don’t even need to use a liner or anything of the sort; it reminds me of the pin-up girls of the ’40s, very burlesque-ish and I’m loving it. The longevity is pretty good too; lasting on average around 3/4 hours.
The only cons I have for this are the following:
- The lid. For some reason, mine doesn’t close properly and I don’t know if it’s just mine, but every time I try to pop the lid on, it kinda pops out like a spring. Annoying much?
- The thickness: This isn’t really a “con” persay, I just don’t have a sharpener that wide to sharpen it. O_O