[NARS Audacious Lipsticks] – Swatches on NC45 Dark Skin

I recently posted some lip swatches of a few NARS Audacious lipsticks I tried on. For those who don’t have the ability to go to a store I (arm) swatched all the colours I think will be flattering on dark skin. That’s not to say you shouldn’t buy any other colour not listed here of course!

Some are bright and some are more neutral. But even the bright ones (I’ve recommended) won’t make us look like Mrs. Potato Head. The formula is really just that great.


There were quite a few bright oranges, I decided not to include them because I find the texture might cause the ‘crayola’ lip effect.

I left Claudia in as a possible “orange” option, but I still don’t think it will be as flattering as most of other colours.

Michiyo is bright. But just look at it. It looks like so much fun. EEP!

For being such a light pink Angela looks extremely wearable. Don’t know how well it will suit medium Indian skin tones but black women and fair Indians may like it.

Audrey, is the most day-to-day colour IMO. You can see it on my face here! This is the one I got the most compliments on and I’m sure it’ll work for most of you.

Jeanne & Olivia are the perfect fall brick red tones. I want to oversell these two but I have a good reason, I swear. As WOC I feel like we’re always recommended really bright pinks and oranges and purples because our skin can ‘handle it.’ These lipsticks don’t compete with our skin colour but instead enhance it. They just look so rich on and I completely love them.

I also didn’t get to take a pic of the ones at Holt’s/Barney’s but off the top of my head here’s what I remember.

Liv would be a nice purple for fall/winter.

Ingrid *same as above* (but darker purple/red this time)

Vivine is an unusual pink/purple. It’s right smack in the middle of the two of them. No. It’s not mauve. It’s special.

Sandra is less bright than the other oranges and perfect for fall.

Silvia is one of those bright purple colours (but it does have a bit of pink). If you have MAC Heroine/Too Face Melted Lipstick in Violet then you don’t need this. Unless of course you love bright purples and want them alllllllll.

I need to swatches Marisa, Kelly, and Carmen to form an opinion on them.

Which of these piques your interest?