Audacious Lipstick promises full-coverage and creamy wear in one genius stroke. We’ve heard that before, yet have to hand it to NARS: This lipstick really does pack on the opaque color while applying creamy-smooth! As the satin-matte finish wears off, the hydrating sensation goes with it, leaving lips feeling a tad parched, but the (audacious) pigmentation remains, even hours later.
Audacious Lipstick’s saturated hues won’t disappoint with an abundance of shades to beautify your pucker. Whether you’re going for softer nudes or lusting after vibrant reds, the Audacious collection offers lip-complementing hues galore.
Because Audacious isn’t totally matte, those prone to lip color feathering may experience that to a minor degree, but overall it’s less likely to happen than with a typical cream lipstick.
More to love: The formula is fragrance-free and the magnetic lid closure is a nice added touch for keeping this lipstick well-protected (and at this price you should!).
All in all, we consider Audacious a pretty powerful lipstick. XOXO to NARS for this worthy splurge!
- Super-pigmented, opaque shades.
- Applies creamy-smooth with a satin-matte finish.
- Offers hours of color-rich wear.
- Extensive shade range complements a variety of skin tones.
- Can feel drying as it wears off.
Frenchman Francois Nars has been painting the faces of New York's top models since arriving in the United States in 1984. Their images and his handiwork have been seen on the covers of countless fashion magazines, most notably Vogue and Elle. As the story often goes for the talented makeup artists who have become celebrities in their own right, Nars became frustrated with the state of available makeup and, surprise, another cosmetic line was born.
Beginning (as Bobbi Brown did) by launching a small collection of lipsticks in 1994, the clamor for the colors was incredible, and demand for more NARS products from the artist grew. Shortly thereafter an entire product line followed, gaining attention with vibrant, deeply pigmented colors, sleek, tactile-enhanced packaging and risqu shade names.
As an overview, NARS makeup has many strengthsit reaches its zenith with blushes, tinted moisturizer, foundations, brushes, and lipsticks. If youre a fan of bold colors, youll find them here, and the brand offers consistently impressive foundations and concealers. NARS consistently impresses when it comes to offering a wide range of shades to suit nearly any skin tone.
Where NARS often falls short is in the amount of fragrance added to many of their skincare formulas. In some cases, the amount and specific fragrance ingredients chosen outweigh the potential benefits, so be sure to double check their review before buying. Overall, NARS offers a lot to love, and if you dont mind splurging a bit (as their prices can be on the spendy side) there are quite a few makeup picks that come with our highest recommendations.
Strengths: Superior foundations and foundation shade options; excellent blushes; splurge-worthy lipsticks; beautiful bronzers and consistently impressive color products.
Weaknesses: Can be expensive; a few skincare formulas contain high amounts of fragrance.
For more information about NARS, owned by Shiseido, call (888) 788-6277 or visit www.narscosmetics.com.
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