NARS Velvet Lip Pencil Vs Maybelline Color Drama Velvet Lip Pencil

I am obsessed with my NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, even though I only own one; 'Dragon Girl' as it is an eye watering £18 it is a fantastic lip product. The pencil is an exciting concept of a mix between a matte lipstick and a lip liner to create a bold lip which is long lasting. 

A lot of drugstore brands have tried to re create something very similar but the end product is more of a lip balm and lip gloss, nothing that is matte and bold. To my surprise and something that has hit the stores is Maybelline's newest lip product; Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil but the question is, is it good enough to be classed as a Dupe to the NARS pencil?

When glancing at the nib end they both look exactly the same, however the Maybelline pencil is a more creamier consistency once applied and is more nourishing, as I find the NARS one to be quite drying... on the plus side to this you know the product is not going to budge. The packaging is not as sleek as the NARS but the font is very dramatic and eye catching complimenting the product once on the lips. The Maybelline pencil is slightly smaller in length to the NARS but they are both as equally the same width, however at pretty much half the price £4.99 you cannot complain. 

I would say that the shade on the end of the packaging for the Maybelline pencil is probably two shades lighter than what it applies to the lips, I picked up the shade 210 Keep It classy and it looks a dull berry shade with a slight brown undertone, however once it is on the lips it is a much brighter, creamier berry shade with more purple undertones. 

Overall there is really not much difference between them, personally the NARS pencil edges it ever so slightly down to the sophistication of the product from packaging through to end result... but that is being very picky. I would say that the Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil fits the bill perfectly to be classed as a Dupe for the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. 


  1. Great comparsion! I've heard so many bloggers talk about the Maybelline lip pencils and it's great to know that, in the end, they do live up to the hype. I'm definitely going to pick up some sooner or later as Nars is still pretty much inaccessible in Austria. :)
    Miss Blue Eyes

    1. They are such beautiful products, I love them a lot and it is great to see a product so good at such a small cost. As a lot of people wont be able to afford the £18, like myself xxx

  2. I've heard the comparisons, but never tried a nars pencil myself! I was actually looking a purchasing a nars pencil similar to the Maybelline I think I'll be purchasing the Maybelline one soon instead! Looks perfect for this time of year :)
    (and thanks for helping me save a bit of £££, hehe)

    Sarah xo // time to see the stars //

    1. No problem, every little helps. I'm so happy that these have come out as I love the NARS one so much but just couldn't afford to get more shades xxx