A Closer Look at NARS Bolero Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

From the moment I saw Anne Hathaway wearing NARS Bolero Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, part of the summer collection from NARS, I knew it was a color that I would just love. The pink canteloupe description struck a chord with me. It sounded like it would be a versatile product perfect for summer. And guess what? It totally is.

Bolero in Action!

Bolero is one of those shades that you can work in many different ways. Above, I’m wearing it with a dash of clear balm (my Yes to Carrots Berry Balm!) Because it is a Velvet Matte Pencil it can accentuate any dryness. The balm adds a nice satin touch that I prefer. In fact, I’ve found that I hardly ever wear Bolero on its own. I like mixing and matching this one with other players in my makeup bag. Here’s some combos I recommend:

  • Layered under NARS Greek Holiday Lip Gloss. A NARS artist recommended this, and it is so fab. Honestly, what doesn’t look good with Greek Holiday? The gold in the gloss is so complementary. This is a killer combination.
  • Mixed with the Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils, namely Happy Days or Hopi. Happy Day steps up the coral notch and the gloss balances the matte, giving it a subdued shine. Hopi does the same, but instead the brown tones serve as a neutralizer.
  • Layered over Mayflower Lipstick from NARS Summer Collection. Mayflower is more of a raspberry, and the two together are an offbeat pairing that create a neutral berry. It’s how Anne Hathaway was wearing it!

Let us know if you’ve tried Bolero. If so, how do you wear it? Any insights to share?

5 thoughts on “A Closer Look at NARS Bolero Velvet Matte Lip Pencil”

    1. Vonnie, the gloss pencils are probably one of my favorite launches of 2011! I love them — the colors are so perfect! And I’m still mesmerized by the fact that it’s a gloss….in a pencil!

  1. I dissed Bolero because it was matte and I thought it would make me look dead but the combos you mentioned sound great, and I already have Happy Days! It looks great on you and so summery!

    1. Thanks Cindy! I really like this lip. I think it can be worn in its natural state, but I prefer the effortless look of mixing it with somthing shiny:) This is a good color for us fair skin types. But…can I even claim that anymore? I’ve been self-tanning like a machine!

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