Nars Red Square

Every November I seem to rediscover my love of a bold lip colour, last year I was all about the purple vampy shades and spent a small fortune on lip products in preparation for the upcoming trip to Paris and Christmas parties ahead. Fast forward a year and absolutely nothing has changed except the shade choice. Nothing. Even Paris is still on the menu. But more on that one later…

This year it’s all about the reds for me, mostly I seem to be gravitating to darker, more vampy reds. But on one very drizzly day, post boring bank meeting, I decided to add a hint of sunshine into my day and might have had a little splurge in Space NK. I instantly gravitated toward the orange toned red that is the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square. Call it the lip sister to Essie’s Meet Me At Sunset. I know I blogged about the Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick last week which is very similar in colour but hear me out on this one:

Easy to shape: The crayon/pencil application is far better than a lipstick bullet for precise application. This means I can actually make my almost invisible top lip seen in my videos *fist pumps the air*.

It doesn’t move: Seriously, I’m a messy eater at the best of times (the food marks on our beautiful sofa accounts for this *cries*) and this stuff didn’t move at all after I ploughed into breakfast. This is great for wearing to work, as my days are so crazy its unlikely you’ll ever have the chance to re apply anything. The formula also seems to start out quite creamy, before setting to a matte finish. As a result this one never seems too drying on the lips, basically making it the perfect matte lip product for winter.

Being the girl who’s slightly allergic to lip pigments (small face rash after long periods of wear – I won’t go into too much detail), you know it’s love when they appear in this little space. But now the question is – which other shades do I need?


  1. Grey Walls
    20 Nov 2013 / 9:21 am

    This is so gorgeous and as you say very close to the Rimmel one. However this is a matt formula which i love, i might have to spend a small fortune on buying this!


  2. Gigi Song
    20 Nov 2013 / 9:25 am

    This is such a lovely shade of red! Looks so good on you 🙂

    Gigi Song xx

  3. Victoria
    20 Nov 2013 / 9:28 am

    Oh and about the shades, I'd say 'all of them', but that's just how my makeup addict brain works.

  4. MagdaLena Swobodnie
    20 Nov 2013 / 9:39 am

    Great shade 🙂

  5. Life of Verity
    20 Nov 2013 / 9:42 am

    This is so so perfect, I love the Nars lip pencils…. hmmm so tempted now to buy this colour xxx
    Life of Verity

  6. Caitriona Mcaree
    20 Nov 2013 / 9:45 am

    This is my all time number 1 lipstick! i can put it on without looking in the mirror!
    I featured in in one of my posts, check it out! 🙂 xx

  7. Alis Tougher
    20 Nov 2013 / 9:47 am

    Love this shade! And your hair looks beaut in that photo 🙂

    Tiny Alis.

  8. Linzy labellevie
    20 Nov 2013 / 9:57 am

    That is a seriously gorgeous colour, I don't own ANY of the Nars Lip Pencils, Yet. I have a feeling this might be sitting comfortably in my make up bag by friday 😉


  9. Zuzana Humajova
    20 Nov 2013 / 10:00 am

    This looks really great on you! Bold red but yet kind of natural. How do they smell? I'm always looking for lipsticks without scents.

    Blu Button Box

  10. Romila Marie
    20 Nov 2013 / 10:07 am

    Looks beautiful on you!


  11. falafelwaffle
    20 Nov 2013 / 10:23 am

    Sounds amazing. Really suits you and I love your hair in the picture. 🙂

  12. Thongadong
    20 Nov 2013 / 10:25 am

    Love the colour. This just gave me another reason why I need to stop by NARS. X

  13. Sara Chergui
    20 Nov 2013 / 11:24 am

    Wow it looks so lovely !

    I'm having a giveaway on my blog, win a dress worth 44$ !

  14. Kyllie
    20 Nov 2013 / 11:46 am

    Es cierto, los lápices de Nars no se mueven en todo el día, parece que van tatuados jajaja.

    Kyllie | Make Up Fragrances

  15. Anonymous
    20 Nov 2013 / 12:14 pm

    Hello! Love the colour! I've also been wearing brighter reds as the weather has turned darker. Do you know how this compares to the Lord and Berry lipcrayons? I absolutely love them and have a review coming soon on my blog, my favourites at the moment are 'Kiss' and 'Cherry' but I also have 'Scarlet' a more true red. But wondered how they compare in terms of wear-time and finish?

  16. Ki
    20 Nov 2013 / 12:43 pm

    Dragon girl! You should totally get that!

  17. Amy Keeling
    20 Nov 2013 / 12:48 pm

    This is gorgeous on you 🙂 I recently delved into the world of Nars Lip Pencils and I'm so impressed!
    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

  18. Sindy Ng
    20 Nov 2013 / 12:54 pm

    this colour looks gorgeous on you! x

  19. Jess :)
    20 Nov 2013 / 1:14 pm

    This looks amazing on you!

  20. Roshni K
    20 Nov 2013 / 1:24 pm

    The colour is absolutely gorgeous, I have the matte lip pencil in Pop life which is another deep red but I really don't like it, its patchy and not very pigmented. I'm begining to think I got a dud version 🙁
    Roshni’s Journey

  21. jessica rose
    20 Nov 2013 / 1:30 pm

    Lovely colour on you…this Nars is a bit of a classic isn't it Jess. x

  22. Makyaj Ürünlerim
    20 Nov 2013 / 1:35 pm

    It ıs my love:)))

  23. Julie oliveira
    20 Nov 2013 / 2:55 pm

    This red is such a beautiful colour. But i have a question, do you associate a lipstick w/ this lip pencil? or do you only use the Nars lip pencil?

  24. Megan Lillie
    20 Nov 2013 / 3:20 pm

    I need this! It looks so so beautiful on you!

    Megan xxx
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty Blog

  25. Brittany Messner
    20 Nov 2013 / 3:57 pm

    I've wanted to buy one of these NARS pencils for a while now, but am a bit thrown by the price. I would just buy it anyway, but it bother me that these don't have a twist bottom! Who makes you actually sharpen anything these days? It's a hassle and a waste of product!

    That being said, this looks so gorgeous on you I may purchase it anyway. Damn.

    xx -b.

  26. Rachel
    20 Nov 2013 / 4:29 pm

    this colour is amazing! adding it to my christmas list 🙂

    Rachel xx
    Style Soup

  27. Amelia
    20 Nov 2013 / 4:43 pm

    This is gorgeous, perfect for Christmas time as well 🙂

    AmeliaRose | Beauty Blogger

  28. TheBeautyNut
    20 Nov 2013 / 4:52 pm

    Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous!!

  29. Talisa Tossell
    20 Nov 2013 / 4:57 pm

    love curls in your hair!

  30. Rikki Poynter
    20 Nov 2013 / 5:14 pm

    Oh, that's pretty. I swatched a few at my Sephora@JCP and liked a few.

  31. Catherine
    20 Nov 2013 / 5:18 pm

    This is so, so lovely! I love how bright it is. Can see it working well with a LBD for Christmas parties!
    Catherine x | Brighton Girl

  32. Pippi
    20 Nov 2013 / 5:26 pm

    this is such a beautiful colour and looks gorgeous on you! xx

  33. Rebecca Morgan
    20 Nov 2013 / 5:33 pm

    that shade is amazing on you! x

  34. CatrinTeleri
    20 Nov 2013 / 5:45 pm

    This shade is stunning and you also look beautiful!

  35. Maddy
    20 Nov 2013 / 5:47 pm

    Love this colour, and it looks beautiful on you! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

  36. woodwinked64
    20 Nov 2013 / 6:20 pm

    This colour is stunning

  37. Holly
    20 Nov 2013 / 6:45 pm

    This colour is so lovely, especially on you! It looks so similar to Lord & Berry's Fire!

    Holly xxx

  38. Mana Smith
    20 Nov 2013 / 7:18 pm

    I've been dying to pick up some of this but am undecided on the color.

    Fashion and Happy Things

  39. Claire
    20 Nov 2013 / 11:09 pm

    This is a stunning colour, I've just picked up the mini set so I'm excited to try them for myself!

  40. Janay
    21 Nov 2013 / 2:02 am

    Definitely adding this to my wish list, gorgeous color!

  41. Carly W
    21 Nov 2013 / 3:47 am

    This is so pretty. I love lip crayon types and I'm sure nars would be such good quality! The color looks gorgeous on you!

    sundays grace

  42. Rachael McClenaghan
    21 Nov 2013 / 11:49 am

    Gorgeous shade!

    Rachael x
    All The Little Things x | Rachael McClenaghan

  43. PhazeStyle
    21 Nov 2013 / 9:47 pm

    Red Square is a fabulous colour, one of the best sellers on counter!

    Phaze x

  44. Amber Hunter
    22 Nov 2013 / 1:07 am

    I saw you wear this in your video and I instantly fell in love! This really is gorgeous and I'm a huge fan of matte lips. Thanks for your review!
    Lovely Notions

  45. Simplybeautifulelegant
    23 Nov 2013 / 1:03 pm

    great post. beeeautiful color!

  46. Claudia
    10 Dec 2013 / 2:20 pm

    This looks beautiful! I love their lip shades

    Claudia xx | Beauty and the Chic

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