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First Impression: Sephora Collection Rouge Shine and Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Ever since I can remember, my mom has always worn any type, any shade, of red lipstick. I can’t think of red lipsticks without remembering of my mom. I’ve always thought she looks great with it, elegant, feminine, and strong. However, not everyone is as quick to rock red lips. Personally, sometimes I feel intimidated by them. Red is bold and calls attention, and I think you have to have the confidence to walk around with it and make it look seamless. Nonetheless, I decided to not think twice about it and just try it out. I got these two red lipsticks from Sephora: Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella and Sephora Collection Rouge Shine.

Sephora Collection Rouge Shine

I’ve been a huge fan of Sephora as a store for a while, but have never really gotten the chance to try their own range of makeup products. So, when I saw this lipstick, I thought it would be a great opportunity to test their products out. The first thing I noticed was the lipstick’s color. It’s a dark intense red, but when you try it out it’s more like a strawberry red/pink. I think the color is very pretty and suitable for any occasion, whether it’s to add a pop of color to a daytime look or to intensify a darker nighttime look. The second thing I noticed was the scent. This lipstick smells like chemicals. I didn’t really like the scent, but it wasn’t that strong and it didn’t bother me that much. Nonetheless, it’s quite noticeable. 

One thing I thought was a great quality is that it’s very pigmented. It’s not necessary to apply various coats of lipstick, as with one coat I thought was enough. The color is very intense and doesn’t fade easily. It has a nice glossy finish, which makes the lips look fuller and brighter. As for consistency, this lipstick is creamy and soft, very easy to blend.

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella

Being an avid reader of beauty reviews, Nars is a makeup brand that I’ve always wanted to try out since I’ve read so many good things about some of their products. Taking that as an excuse, I decided to get this lip pencil haha. This product’s color is an intense red, with less pink undertone than the one from Sephora. I would describe it as a classic red lipstick. Once applied to the lips, the color doesn’t change. It’s true to the product’s color, if that makes sense. Although this is marketed as a lip pencil, I think consistency wise it’s more like a lipstick. It’s very creamy and moisturizing. I was much attracted to it’s matte finish. I love matte lipsticks and I’ve enjoyed using this one. As well as the Sephora Collection Rouge Shine, Nars’ Lip Pencil is very pigmented and long lasting. Finally, something that I liked, but maybe it’s not that big of a deal, was it’s size. Although I tend to think that when it comes to makeup products, the more, the better, this one is smaller compared to other lipsticks. However, I thought it’s size was great to carry it in your purse and even in your pocket on day when you just don’t want wear any bags.

Have you tried these products? Which lipsticks do you like? Do you often wear red lipsticks?

I hope you enjoy this review! Let me know what you think :)



  1. Nice review :) I haven't tried either of these products, but have heard great things about both. A couple of my favorite reds are Urban Decay F Bomb and 100% Pure Poppy.

    1. Thank you so much :D I haven't tried those lipsticks! I really like Urban Decay, but I haven't tried any of their lip products, although I've read that they are pretty good. 100% Pure Poppy lipsticks look awesome. I will have to add them both to my wish list for future makeup shopping :P