Products used in the picture above: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Creamy Beige and KIKO Glamorous Eye Pencil in shade 403 – a beautiful dark copper – on the eyes and NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu on the lips.
The Calais-Mediterranée Express was a luxury train, operating between the North of France and the Mediterranean coast, which in the 1920’s was renamed Train Bleu, because of its new blue sleeping cars (thanks, Wikipedia).
I’m not sure this was the inspiration behind the name of NARS über dark Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, but I like to think it was. I can totally picture a wealthy American flapper with kohl-rimmed eyes and dark lips boarding the train to spend her summer on the French Riviera…
But let’s put my reveries aside and focus on the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils. They’re lip crayons that combine the comfort of a lipstick and the ease of application of a pencil. They need to be sharpened (you’ll need a bigger sharpener, like those you use for jumbo eye pencils), which I personally don’t mind, but I know some people do.
After using (and loving!) the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl for years, I recently decided to grow my collection with Train Bleu a very, very deep eggplant color. Just like my beloved Dragon Girl, it glides beautifully on the lips and provides perfectly even coverage in just one swipe – which is pretty impressive for a shade this dark. The finish is completely matte, but the product feels very comfortable on the lips and doesn’t dry them out.
So far, so good, but longevity is where this crayon fails: a couple of hours after application, it starts to fade in my vertical lip lines, so that whenever I smile (which causes my lips to stretch out) the effect is awful. It’s the first time this has happened to me, even though I use quite a lot of dark, vampy lipsticks.
If you’re looking for a dark, matte lip product that feels comfortable and is easy to apply, Train Bleu might be the one for you, but be aware that you will have to touch it up pretty often, otherwise it’ll look terrible! Personally, even though I like the shade, I definitely wouldn’t have purchased it if I had known of this longevity issue.
Have you ever used any of the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils? What are your favorite shades? And have you ever traveled aboard a luxury train? It is something that has always fascinated me!