When news first came out that NARS is releasing 40 new lipsticks… I was like:
Are any of them matte?
But 3 weeks ago, I found myself at the NARS Audacious launch and now we’re here
I don’t know if it’s because the lipsticks are really THAT good or because I didn’t have high expectations, probably both. I was so blown away by the formula and pigmentation that I can’t NOT get at least one of them.
I was initially interested in Dominique (because that’s the only shade I remembered). But when I tried it on, it looked grayish lavender against my face — not the type of color that brightens up my olive-yellow skin. The SA agreed with me and suggested Anna which I’m currently having a hard time getting an accurate shot of.
Color and Pigmentation
Anyway, I wasn’t going to get another one until January, but in a moment of weakness, I bought my second tube — Jane, described as terracotta rose. I don’t know what color rose is. Against my skin tone, Jane is medium terracotta, a muted orange with brown and red tones.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen this color in a lipstick before. If you want to ease your way into orange, this is definitely a color to try. It’s very wearable and it doesn’t clash with most of my clothes.
It’s like MAC Taupe’s orange sister.
Here’s Jane compared to my other orange lipsticks: MAC Lady Danger and Ever Bilena Hot Summer.
Jane is opaque in one swipe. It applies solid and non-streaky. Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte is still the lipstick to beat when it comes to pigment, but they don’t have a color close to Jane. Where Bobbi Brown only has one, NARS Audacious has at least 4 shades of a type of color.
Finish, Texture, and Longevity
While I usually wear this lipstick blotted down to a matte finish, it’s surprising that I can tolerate wearing it as swiped. I usually prefer my lips to be as sheen-less as possible. I like that these lipsticks don’t feel too wet or heavy.
Both Jane and Anna are low-shine satin lipsticks and are blottable. By that I mean, you can smack your lips with a tissue without losing most of the pigment. When I do this with many other satin lipsticks, at least 50% of the color is blotted off.
If you’re a matte lipstick lover, give these lipsticks a shot. I didn’t expect that I would like them. The ones I have aren’t too slippy despite how creamy they are.
Longevity is above average. It can last between meals with minimal to zero fading. Still, the Audacious doesn’t hold a candle to Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte, but again, you can’t compete with the variety of colors that the Audacious line has.
I can see myself buying more: Anita or Vanessa, Michiyo, Angela, and Silvia. I’m not too keen on the reds and plums because I prefer those colors to be super duper matte.
Note: The darkest shades seem to be more glossy and patchy based on reviews.
NARS Audacious lipsticks are available locally at NARS counters. They are priced at Php 1,650 in the Philippines. At the Nordstrom and NARS websites, they are prices at $32. I think that pricing is not bad at all for the Audacious considering that the $26 lipsticks and pencils are sold here for Php 1,450.
For reference on my foundation matches, click here: Foundation and Concealer Matches.