In last week's The NARS Lip Additions post, I promised to reveal a drugstore dupe of NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, and today, I'm doing just that.
THE DUPE // NYX Matte Lipstick in Bloody Mary
Shade-wise, NYX Bloody Mary ($6) and NARS Dragon Girl ($25) are almost identical pink-based reds, with the former being ever so slightly deeper. Although it's also a matte formula, Bloody Mary has more of a sheen than Dragon Girl, which has a true, velvety matte finish. Bloody Mary also applies more smoothly, is more pigmented in a single swipe, boasts a creamier formula and feels more comfortable on my lips during extended periods of wear than Dragon Girl. Both have comparable, great longevity.
L to R: NYX Bloody Mary and NARS Dragon Girl
NYX Bloody Mary (your left top and bottom lips) and NARS Dragon Girl (your right top and bottom lips)
The biggest difference between the two, visually, is the finish, with NARS' being completely matte and NYX's coming off more as a soft matte. Of the two, I prefer NYX Bloody Mary, not only because it costs 1/4 of the price of NARS Dragon Girl, but because I prefer the NYX Matte Lipstick formula over NARS' Velvet Matte Lip Pencil formula as well.