In the recent weeks I saw many a review of the new Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils crop up on a number of my favourite blogs, with may heralding them as a great dupe for the NARS Satin and Matte Lip Pencils. At £4.99 a pop you didn't have to tell me twice and off I trotted to my local Superdrug to pick up a few shades. Oddly I ended up snagging the three shades I wanted in Morrisons - seems the neutral shades are more popular in Glasgow and more difficult to source.
The Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils are a little smaller and stubby in shape and size compared to the NARS Matte Lip Pencils. They are also made out of wood rather than almost plastic casing of the NARS pencils. I don't know if anyone has tried The Body Shop Concealer Pencils but that is exactly what the Maybelline version reminds me of - only tinted and for your lips of course! For the sake of trial, I did sharpen one of the Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils and they do pretty easily as long as you have a large enough sharpener. What I will say is prepare to loose a substantial amount of product each time you decide to do so,
According to Boots (online anyway) there is 9 shades of the Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils to choose from. Like I said above the neutral shades was all that really interested me were the neutrals namely three shades: 140 Minimalist - a light, yellow undertoned pink that reminds me a less glossy version of MAC Angel Lipstick. 210 Keep it Classy - a deep, red toned plum which looked more like a deep pink nude under the store lights, had I realised the true shade I doubt I would have purchased this. Lastly I have 630 Nude Perfection - a light, yellow toned tan shade that is not worlds apart from MAC Velvet Teddy. Next on my list is Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil in In With Coral.
Now don't get me wrong for £4.99 the Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils are a complete snip, you can use them as a stand alone lip liner due to the firmer texture or of course line and fill the lips in full. Compared to the NARS Lip Pencils I do have to be entirely honest in saying that they are a little drier in texture and can tug somewhat on the lips. Unlike the NARS versions this pencil lacks the creamy texture and if you suffer from dry lips you may want to apply a little lip balm before or after each use. The good news is that the pencil itself won't dry out your lips and the slightly waxier and firmer texture does mean that the pencils stay on the lips that little longer. As you can see from my images that the Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils do not lack in pigmentation and in terms of wear as a solid lip colour I achieve around 2 hours of true colour before fading takes over. This includes eating and drinking so all in all a great little pencil even if it isn't a complete NARS dupe.
Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils £4.99 each via Boots - link.