NARS Audacious Anna Lipstick Review and Swatches
If you’ve stumbled upon a few of my lipstick posts, you might have already noticed that I’m not one to style and/or take photos of untouched lipstick bullets. Ain’t got time for that.
I find taking photos a chore. I don’t derive satisfaction from it. It’s the part of blogging that I just want to get over with. I like talking about makeup more.
I imagine that some people get OC-ish for me after seeing the photos on this blog. A few non-blogger friends do go out of their way to tell me when my photos look too dark, too blurry, or too green, etc. At least two of my friends volunteered to correct my photos for me. Haha!
Anyway, all this talk about photos stemmed from my frustration in getting an accurate shot for NARS Anna in terms of color.
Right now, I don’t have the luxury of natural light (until we move). I took dozens of photos for Anna a few weeks ago and they all looked too purple. I got so annoyed that I set the camera to raw. I can’t believe that my point-and-shoot has raw setting. I’ve never exerted this much effort in taking photos for this blog before (and they’re still not that good), but yeah, I think I got somewhere close to how Anna looks like in real life…
I usually don’t care this much for other lipsticks, but Anna is the one. She’s the lipstick color I want to marry.
I know she doesn’t seem that unique, but SHE IS.
I’ve been on the hunt for a muted medium blue-toned pink lipstick. I thought that would be Mehr, described by MAC as dirty blue pink. Mehr does look dirty blue pink in the bullet and on my arm, but on my face, I couldn’t see a hint of blue in that lipstick at all. If Iana‘s skin tone pulls out the red in lipsticks, mine tones down the blue in them (I think.)
Would you believe if I tell you that Mehr leans slightly peachy on me. Whuuuut?!
NARS describes Anna as smokey rose. On me, Anna is a muted medium smokey(?) blue/mauve pink. NARS made my wish come true. tears
Anna has strong blue undertones. The blue in it is so strong it appears almost mauve/ purple. Some people describe it as purply. I guess it takes that much pigment for the perfect amount of blue to show up on my lips.
On my skin tone, Anna is the epitome of just right-ness. It sits in that perfect spot between my-lips-but-better and pop-of-color. It’s not too natural-looking to be an MLBB lipstick, not too bright to be the star of the show, and not too pale that you can’t wear it on its own.
Finish, Application, Texture and Longevity
Anna is a low-shine satin lipstick. Same as Jane, it can be blotted down to a matte finish. I rarely wear it as applied, but even if I don’t blot, the shine eventually tones down.
Anna is consistent with the rest of the NARS Audacious lipsticks — I’m basing this off of reviews and my experience with NARS Jane.
It is creamy but not tacky. It’s easy to apply yet incredibly pigmented (one swipe for each lip is enough). It’s not the most lightweight lipstick but it’s comfortable to wear and is generally fuss-free. It doesn’t fade significantly unless I eat a full meal. It doesn’t move around but it transfers on cups/glasses. But I guess, that’s to be expected. Lipstick is not paint.
Similar Colors (Dupes? Nah.) | Comparison Swatches
MAC Please Me was listed as a dupe over at Temptalia. I guess it was listed down because MAC describes Please Me as a muted rosy-tinted pink and Anna’s a smokey rose. Subtle nuances in pinks are not really subtle when the lipstick is against a face. MAC Please Me is in no way a dupe for NARS Anna. I don’t even think they belong to the same pink family.
I think Anna is closer to NYX Whipped Caviar and Mehr, both of which I don’t own anymore. I guess they would be less blue versions of Anna.
The closest I have to Anna would probably T. LeClerc Rouge Theophile Mat in Poudre. Poudre is not as blue but I think it has the same base color and amount of pigment.
I think my want for other audacious lipsticks is dying down (thankfully). I’m still thinking of getting one of the nudes but the irrational sense of urgency is gone.
P.S. Look at the lipstick at the rightmost, there’s just no comparing against the pigmentation of Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte. No skin peeks through. I should write about that line soon…