Another Wes Week interlude: a quick look at the NARS Audacious Lipstick, of which I got two shades. (The other one pictured here, Janet, is my sister’s!) The ones I got, Dominique and Julie are Barneys exclusives (dunno what that means, as the shades are described as permanent in the range).
These new lipsticks are slightly more expensive than the regular NARS lipsticks ($32 compared to $26) but they also have a bit more product (0.14 oz. compared to 0.12 oz.), but I don’t think a lot of us actually compute when we buy makeup… Hehe. When I extended the bullet all the way, I was surprised to see how small the bullet was, so I’m a bit pleased to learn that it actually contains more than the standard NARS lipstick.
Compared to their old range, the Audacious Lipsticks are supposed to be “one-stroke, full-coverage creamy wear,” long-lasting, and nourishing to the lips. I found these claims to be mostly true, especially the ones concerning pigment.
Now, I can’t tell you why I got a “pink lilac” color (Dominique), but I did, so there’s that. The other shade I got, Julie, is described as a “nude pink,” which is a shade range I enjoy wearing as is. The texture and opacity are both SO GREAT that I don’t mind forking over more doll hairs for the rest of the range. As it happens, a lot of their colors seem repetitive (which can be more obvious when you launch a 40-shade collection all at once) or not nuanced enough… so I ended up with these two.
I don’t have a photo of Julie on m’self, but I have worn it out, and both shades are so comfortable on.
The packaging is sleek and beautiful, with a cap that magnetizes closed. NARS shook off their iconic rubber-matte packaging, probably because a lot of people—especially from humid countries—have lamented over them… as they turn to utter crap in hot, sticky weather.
I think you can tell what my verdict on this product is. I normally don’t like full-coverage lipsticks (unless it’s a matte!) since they seem to always be heavier on the lips, but these are pretty special. I kind of want to get a couple more shades, but thankfully these are permanent, so I have time to mull it over.