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First Impression: Nars Audacious Lipsticks

From the Nars site: "Product Story - Dramatic Depth. Unstoppable Character.

Modern lipstick so shamelessly seductive in touch and texture the sensation is audacious. Unadulterated luxury glides on like satin across skin with single-stroke coverage. A spectrum of 40 shades for unstoppable impact.
One-stroke, full-coverage creamy wear
Luxurious texture and enriched with ingredients to smooth and nourish lips

These Nars Audacious Lipsticks were all the rage at the end of last year. At $32USD a pop bloggers/vloggers were still literally freaking out over them. The total range is 40 shades as listed but some shades are exclusive to and luxury department stores. image

I had to see what all the fuss was about; I currently have four of them.

One pass/swipe each

(L - R): 'Michiyo', 'Jane', 'Liv' and 'Dominique'

The packaging feels weighted and sturdy - as to be expected from an item with this price tag. The cases are magnetized. You can see from the last picture that the lettering on the case spells out Nars.

Each lipstick contains 4.2 grams - most lipsticks from other brands  have 3 - 3.5 grams. The exterior packaging outlines all the usual product information. Inside the box, the case is housed in a cardboard insert. The side of the box lists the ingredients and a warning: "store away from high temperatures and high humidity" Well, welcome to Barbados! They're some pretty lubricating ingredients in these - the first thing listed is castor seed oil. So basically in high temperatures these babies are gonna melt. When I first open 'Michiyo' - which I had the longest. Thanks to The Mistress! - I could already see the effects of the heat on the bullet.

That's oil baby


Nars describes this as a "shocking pink". This is the most staining of the shades that I have. This pink is no joke! You can blot your lips three times and still have so much colour left. All day wear. This doesn't come off till the next day; even after you use a lip scrub.

After blotting and six hours of wear


Nars describes this as a "terrracotta rose". This one pleasantly surprised me since I usually don't give these tones a try.


Nars describes this as a "deep aubergine". Y'all know how I feel about dark lips. Sookie sookie now!


Nars describes this as a "pink lilac". This is one of the coveted exclusive shades. It's certainly different from anything else in my collection. I thought 'Lolapop' from Free Spirits Cosmetics was like it but nah. Unfortunately it makes my teeth look yellow :'(

As Nars said the Audacious formula is smooth and nourishing. These are very easy to apply with absolutely no tugging on the lips. While the colours do transfer easily from the bullet to your lips I don't think "one-stroke" would be enough to completely cover pigmented lips. 

If you're interested in purchasing any of these I suggest looking up swatches on blogs and YouTube since I don't find the colours depicted on Nars website 100% accurate. 

For more swatches check out theycallme_mo's video:

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