As a longtime fan of the Nars Dolce Vita pencil (which I can't quite believe I haven't reviewed yet), I thought I'd pick this up as a more forgiving flanker to that übermatte, for those days when my lips aren't up to spec. Online opinion implied that they're pretty identical; I have to say that's not the case to my eye, even when allowing for their disparate finishes.
The Dolce Vita Velvet Matte is a sweeter, lighter honey pink that leans warmer into yellow, with the suede-like texture pulling it further still from Brick-O-La. When I combine them on the lip, Dolce Vita tends to dominate, despite BOL's considerable depth. Separately, their effect is ball-park similar, but they're not dupes by any stretch.
Just like Mehr and DV, it's a great retro sweater-girl foil for a major cat or smoky eye.
'Red pink' is tossed around in regard to this shade, to which I'm all ??? Red-pink to me is something like MAC Glam. BOL is definitely pink, just deeper and more organic than you might be used to i.e. more vintage/milk paint/plaster than Barbie. There's a lot of muted dirty mallow going on, to the extent that I'd almost call it a neutral. I like this quiet complexity.
Below: here's Brick-O-La against an actual damn brick. Even on a warm afternoon, they're not related in any literal sense.
Its clingfilm finish is slightly plumping to a thinner mouth, although the effect isn't so drastic that I would hesitate to recommend it to someone looking to downplay their lips, perhaps in a professional situation. It's a perfect alternative to all those boring, chalky-arse, SFW dirty neutrals. Verdict: all good.