When it comes to the NARS Lip Pencils I didn't think anything could beat them, I adored the formula, texture, longevity pigmentation, you name it, the NARS pencils had it all. When I stumbled across the Maybelline Colour Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil, I was surprised at how similar to NARS they were and I dare I say it but they top my NARS pencil.
In terms of colour, my NARS Pencil in Bahama is pretty much exactly the same as Maybelline Nude Perfection, Maybelline may be a little more brown. The pencils themselves have the same crayon style, the same strong pigmentation, same formula and they definitely have the same lasting power. If I was to pick apart each pencil, I would say the Maybelline pencils are less drying and don't cling to dry patches like the NARS sometimes do if my lips are suuuper dry. The maybelline crayons are so comfortable wear on the lip, they are a dream to apply and you don't need to be constantly topping up like you do with some drugstore lip products. The convenient size of the pencil means it doesn't take up extra space and is handbag/makeup bag friendly. For about a quarter of the price, these are definitely worth trying out if you haven't already. £4.99 here.
Have you tried the Maybelline pencils?