Modern lipstick so shamelessly seductive in touch and texture, the sensation is audacious.
NARS Audacious Lipsticks
– Probably one of the best lipstick formulas I have ever tried!
Lots of people have already talked about them but for me it was literally impossible to get my hands on when they first launched ( September 1st, 2014 ) because at the time the shipping to Romania was limited, even for their online store.
They’re extremely creamy, beautiful lipsticks. With a matte-satiny finish, they feel absolutely comfortable on the lips.
Satin-matte formulas are my favourites because they are so low maintenance. In just one swipe you get the right amount of colour you need on your lips and it is there to stay for the longest time. Just one-stroke for a full-coverage, creamy wear!
Even if they are some of the most long-lasting lipsticks I own, I really don’t recommend applying only one layer and then give up! Being a luxurious texture enriched with ingredients to smooth and nourish your lips, these will still fade after a couple of hours! To avoid having to repeatedly apply it on your lips during the day, do the tissue trick! Apply one layer, then take a tissue paper and press it onto your lips ( you can do the powder trick at this point as well! ). Then reapply your lipstick and you’ll get even a longer-lasting colour! Using a lip liner will help too!
Not that these extra steps are mandatory, but they are really helpful in certain situations! So keep these little tricks in mind!
Also, keep in mind that these are essentially matte lipsticks so you will find some colours more drying than others and of course, you’ll have to take care of your lips before and after applying them. And just in case you don’t know how to do that ( although I’m sure it’s not the case ), check out this post here, where I have it all explained step by step.
Even if I absolutely love the NARS Audacious Lipsticks and I think that they are so worthy of their retailing price ( 30€, here in Europe ), in terms of colour I really think that a lot of them are just slightly off in variations, especially the nude shades and some reds…
But there are several colours that are absolute must-haves and that I gladly recommend them! Especially for the spring and summer seasons…
Here you have my recommendations:
MARISA – is a “warm pink”* that reminds me a lot of my gorgeous Tom Ford Matte Lipstick in #04 Pink Tease ( review here ), only that Marisa has a bit more depth and character to it. An excellent everyday shade! ( Swatch here! )
MICHIYO – described as a “shocking pink”*, it is indeed the most shocking colour of all my picks, which makes me love it even more. Bold, fuchsia lips are a must especially if you’re dealing with Monday Blues… Just saying!
To see how I wear it, the link is here.
GRETA – Greta has probably, the best description ever – “a wild azalea”*, the closest to a very red shade but not as sharp and pretentious as a true red. The visible warm undertones dress it down a bit and make it more wearable on a daily basis. See me wearing it here.
GRACE – taking over the world! this is how I feel wearing this “bright pink coral”*! It’s a bright coral, almost a true red with coral hints of pink and gorgeous warm undertones. I wear Grace in this post here!
Side note: Warm undertones make lipsticks so much more wearable, don’t you think my lovelies?
KELLY – I’ll correct myself and say that Kelly has the best description ever: “a coral hibiscus”*; yes, I’m absolutely subjective since Hibiscus is my favorite flower, with all its variations! This one is definitely a bright coral red, as the name suggests, with warm undertones. See me wearing it here!
NATALIE – I’ve always been scared of lipsticks described as “flamingo”! But it’s not the case with Natalie, because “she” is a muted flamingo, more of a medium pink with a coral tinge and warm undertones, that only makes it even more particular. ( Swatch here! )
JULIETTE – is a “pink coral”. It’s pretty similar to Natalie, except that it is more coral than pink and with less warm undertones. ( Click here for swatches! ) It also made me think of my Charlotte Tilbury MATTE Revolution Lipstick in Sexy Sienna, another gorgeous luminous-matte formula.
My absolute favourites from these seven options are Marisa, Michiyo, Greta and surprisingly, Juliette – a shade I never thought I would come to love in such a short notice.
And here concludes my NARS Audacious Lipsticks – One Week in Spring Colours mini-series. Make sure you check out last week’s posts, where you will see my NARS Audacious Lipstick picks from Monday to Sunday, with swatches and initial thoughts.
I would love to read everything about your personal experience with the NARS Audacious Lipsticks, if you had any and which ones are your favourites for spring and summer!… If not, just tell me which one caught your eyes and made it to your wish list!
See you soon, beautiful!
…And remember! In a world that lacks in COLOUR, be the RAINBOW!
*descriptions taken from NARS website