Lip products are usually not something I splurge on – mostly because there’s so many good ones at the drugstore and I live on samples and minis that I’ve picked up in sets along the years.  A while back I was in Sephora and decided to treat myself to one of the highly raved about NARS Velvet Lip Glides in the shade Bound.


Covetable comfort meets confident color in a high-pigment formula that glides like a gloss, cloaks like a lipstick—and feels like nothing else. Semi-matte color glides on a stays supple without drying or feeling sticky. Developed with Oil Infusion Complex, an innovative concentration of precious oils, fused to create a smooth-glide effect. Fully coats lips on contact with smooth, saturated, semi-matte style.

Named for the personal power and play of ’70s counterculture, Velvet Lip Glide shades invoke the era’s new vibe with references to legendary venues and unforgettable attitude.


$26 USD / $34 CAD for 0.2 oz

Available at Sephora, NARS, and Hudson’s Bay


The Lip Glide is housed in a clear, thick plastic rectangular tube with a black rubberized cap.  It feels durable but not bulky.  Nothing bugs me more than when a cap on a lip gloss doesn’t twist all the way closed – this one snaps into place which is both satisfying and reassuring – there’s no worry of the cap coming loose and having lip gloss smeared all over the inside of my purse!   The applicator is a paddle-style doe foot applicator – not my favourite design but it does the job.


A very light vanilla scent that lingers slightly after application but fades away shortly after.


Most of the reviews I read/watched on these stated that these are as close to a liquid lipstick you can get without being an actual liquid lipstick.  Given my poor history with liquid lipsticks, I was very interested to experience the formula myself.  I have to agree with that description.  It’s got a very thin mousse-like texture that glides on to your lips. It feels thicker and silkier than a gloss but it’s still very comfortable to wear.  It dries down to a cream finish and the sheen fades throughout the day.


If you’re looking for the longevity that a liquid lipstick provides, then you will likely be disappointed with these.  In my opinion, these have a similar longevity to a cream lipstick. I find they last a couple hours after which they start to fade and require reapplication.  They also need to be reapplied after eating or drinking.  They do leave a light stain behind.  I don’t find them drying at all but they can emphasize dryness or flakiness when my lips are in a dry phase, not unlike any lipstick or thicker gloss.



Bound is described as a rose pink – it shows up much more brown toned on my lips, particulary in comparison to others swatches I’ve seen online.  I do really like the shade though – it’s a great, wearable everyday colour that goes with anything.  No surprise that it’s touted as a Customer Favourite on the NARS website.


Overall, I’m pretty impressed with my purchase and I’d actually like to add more shades to my collection.  I’m not a big fan of traditional lipsticks – I much prefer glosses or balms.  This is the best of both worlds for me – I get the pigmentation from a liquid lipstick but the comfort from a lipstick and gloss.

Have you tried NARS Velvet Lip Glide?  What did you think of them?

9 thoughts on “NARS Velvet Lip Glide”

  1. Great review! I have the same issues as you with liquid lipstick, so I’m super curious about this lip product, too. I think out of all the shades in the range, this one is the prettiest! I imagine it looks super pretty on you!
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  2. I’ve added these to my list of items to pick up during the VIB sale. I like lip colours that are comfortable on the lips to wear and I like that you described it as the best of both lip worlds. I’m all about having the best of both worlds when it comes to makeup lol (really, I just want everything haha)

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