NARS Audacious Lipsticks Swatches

Since my boyfriend is heading home to Boston for the weekend I decided to ask him to bring me back a new lippie, as they’re significantly more expensive up here. I was particularly looking to add a new and interesting colour to my collection. So nothing in a family of colours/tones I already have.

NARS Audacious Lipsticks retail for $32USD and $37CAD. The exclusive shades are found at Barney’s stateside and at Holt Renfrews up north.

I apologize in advance for poor picture quality and lighting. These are just photos I took to send to friends for a quick opinion. But I noticed there weren’t many pictures of darker women wearing these yet so I thought I’d put them up in case anyone’s interested.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Jane

I own nothing similar to this and it’s easy to see why. This one was a definite no. Although, I do think it’d look lovely on a fairer WOC.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Audrey

This was a lovely pinky-berry but I worry that I have too many that are similar. The ones I’m think about in particular are MAC Captive, MAC Plumful and Maybelline Colour Sensational in 155 Pink Party (an ultimate fav of mine).

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Vivien (Holt’s/Barney’s Exclusive)

Now my friend loved this one but I thought it was just kind of norm and meh for me. It’s a pink with a hint of purple and I tend to shy away from light bright colours like this. I think it would serve the same purpose as my Maybelline Pink Party but I feel so comfortable in that one I don’t think I could ever see myself replacing it with this.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Olivia

This was my personal favourite, despite the fact that I don’t wear enough red lipstick to warrant buying yet another one. I currently have Revlon Matte 006 Really Red (a MAC Russian Red dupe that I’ve never worn), a Burberry Lip Cover in Hibiscus (for special occasions) and a handful of other glosses that I don’t really look at. I can’t overstate how lovely this colour was in person, it was extremely rich with a lovely satin finish that was on the matte side. I think the brown undertones really set this red apart from others. Although I have many bold lip colours such as MAC Diva and NARS Train Bleu this is a colour I could really see myself wearing day to day.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Sandra (Holt’s/Barney’s Exclusive)

This is the last one I tried on and as such I got to wear it home to show my mother. She really like it and said it reminded her of a colour she used to have when I was little. ( I think that may have been a hint for Christmas). The only thing that I own close to it would be MAC Brick-O-La which is considerably lighter. This photo also does not pick up the significant brown tones in this lipstick which make it deep and muted. I like it but it just doesn’t get me excited, ya know?

I’m personally trying to balance my impulsive need to get one of these RIGHT NOW versus knowing that they’ll be in the VIB sale soon (but that means shipping them to Boston and then waiting until New Year’s for them!!!) My solution is to have him pick up one of the Barney’s exclusives (Vivien or Sandra) but I haven’t settled on either yet (because Olivia’s on my mind wahhh).