NARS Audacious: Daring Colors Finding the Perfect Lipstick

I’m obsessed with makeup. What can I say, except that I feel better when my face is “done up”. I have fair skin, dark eyes and dark hair, so a little bit goes a very long way.
I am so behind on this review. The NARS Audacious lipsticks have

NARS Audacious in Greta

been out for over a year, but I never got around to writing a review.

I love NARS makeup.  I always have. The Audacious line is my absolute favorite brand of lipstick.  I wish I could purchase all the colors that I love, but at $32 a tube, I have to control my urges.
The lipstick itself comes in a sleek, all black tube and has a magnetic lid. Surprisingly though, in my purse, the lid stays on better than other lipsticks I’ve owned. The NARS label is stamped right on the lipstick. When these lipsticks were launched back in September 2014, there were (and I’m assuming still are) 40 shades. Some were exclusive to NARS Boutique Stores and Barney’s, while the others could be found in Nordstroms and Sephora.
I originally read a review of these lipsticks in Elle Magazine and instantly fell in love with the colors Fanny and Greta.They’re described on the NARS site as a  “Rich Berry” (Fanny) and “Wild Azalea” (Greta). I went to Sephora first, hoping that both colors would be in stock. While there, I only found Fanny and was so disappointed to learn that at that time, they didn’t sell Greta. Fanny ended up being way too dark for my skin tone. The salesgirl recommended that I try Janet, described on the NARS site as being a “Deep Magenta”. The color looked good on me, but my heart was still set on Greta. So with that, I was out the door without my lipstick (sad panda).

I decided to try Nordstroms next. I was so happy to discover that Nordy’s did carry Greta. The color was so amazing on my skin tone, my mother even encouraged me to buy the lipstick and that’s a rarity! I still regret that I didn’t pick up Janet because that was a beautiful color too. **Now, Greta can also be found at Sephora, which makes me a happy panda.

The range of colors for this brand is absolutely stunning. There’s a perfect color for every girl, or boy. They range from barely there nudes to deep vampy. I would have loved Liv, a “Deep Aubergine” during my 90’s “Goth” phase.  Everybody on YouTube seems to love Dominique, a “Pink Lilac”, but I just can’t seem to like the color.  First off it would make me look dead and completely washed out. But Dominique seems to be the color that sells out the fastest and I think that’s a color that can only be found at the NARS Boutique Stores and Barney’s. They can keep that color because I hate it.  I am curious about Michiyo, a “Vivid Pink” because that color looks beautiful as well.

NARS Audacious in Greta
The formula of the lipsticks can only be described as perfection.  Whatever NARS did, they did right.  They glide on so smoothly and they don’t bleed or feather. Most dark, vibrant colors in other brands feather on me. I really hate the extra step of a lip liner, so if I can do without, I’m a happy girl.  I really don’t need a liner with these lipsticks. One or two swipes is good enough, because they are so pigmented. I really can’t rave enough about them.  I use a brush to scoop out all of it so that it doesn’t go to waste.  I did try on Michiyo and that formula felt a little different.  It didn’t seem to be as creamy. I wore it around for a bit, but Greta is by far my favorite and I haven’t been able to find a dupe for it. 

All in all, I can’t rave enough about this line of cosmetics.  I’m always looking for amazing bargains, however I will fork out my $32 for my Greta and maybe one day I’ll buy another.


The NARS Audacious lipsticks get 5 out of 5 bright pink, Gerber Daisies!   

To quote the very beautiful and very stylish Audrey Hepburn, “I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick.”