Even though I have no idea how I'm going to sharpen this little fatty, it is delicious, isn't it? EDIT: I just picked up the Nars sharpener and it's great, actually; problem solved.
Purchasing Walkyrie Velvet Matte pencil brings my Nars collection to a grand total of three, mainly because of the heavy overlap between this brand and a lot of MAC shades, with the latter already making up the bulk of my lipstick stable. Don't know about you, but at this price point, I can't afford (too many) dupes.
Below- Lol, sorry about the scary fist; it was a panic response to all those beige-bunny neutrals. I ran off and ordered Mascate immediately just to kill the idea that I might start shaving my legs and wearing flesh coloured pumps. Ha ha ha... no.
And now for the not so much bad as challenging: texture. I find Nars mattes lighter in texture than the general run of MAC, broadly speaking, and like one of my other Nars pieces, Terre de Feu, it goes on fine straight from the pencil. There is a faint honeycomb scent but it's pleasing. On the mouth this Velvet Matte formula is suede-like and absolutely sheenless and you know what that means; these sticks are much waxier and less 'fudgy' than the Pure Mattes, closer to the hard-wearing feel of one of the softer traditional lip liners than a lipstick, i.e. quite inert and pretty unforgiving. Applied with a heavy hand, they'll stick to every crack and peel and the degree to which that will bother you depends on the condition of your lips and your general matte tolerance. Put it this way- if you can't handle MAC Ruby Woo, I'm not sure Nars Velvet Mattes are going to turn that frown upside down.
Having worn it for a month or so now, I'm very pleased/bordering on a bit obsessed with Walkyrie because it's such a confident, flattering shade, the kind of thing that can salvage your entire look even if you're suffering a case of ogre-face (everyone over thirty knows what I'm talking about and everyone under thirty will find out soon enough, lol). It has a cinematic, vintage quality and you won't see it on every second trick floating past. After getting a bit further into the pencil, the texture isn't close to being a deal breaker for me, and will probably concern only those averse to mattes in general. I think the leading end of these pencils may dry out in storage and provide a slightly inaccurate impression of their overall feel at first. Not too sure if any of Nars' current lippies are being retired in favour of the new Audacious lipsticks but you might want to keep an eye on the availability of your personal faves.