Audacious Mascara

0.32 fl. oz. for $ 26.00
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Brand Overview

The launch of NARS' Audacious lipstick was a blockbuster for the brand, and so we weren't surprised that they expanded their "Audacious" line with a mascara counterpart. This has some pretty impressive claims attached to it (more on that in a second), but is it really a game-changer in the world of mascara? In short, no, but it still has a lot going for it.

The big hook of this mascara is, well, hooks! NARS says the brush for Audacious Mascara is composed of 200 molded bristles with lengthening "hooks" to grab each lash. While that might sound a bit over-the-top, you can actually feel the bristles gripping on to each eyelash.

While you can feel the hooks, the brush doesn't quite produce the results that NARS claims it can. You'll get moderate length and volume, but it's more of a natural look instead of the amplified oomph you might be expecting the hooked bristles to deliver (and the "extreme buildability NARS advertises never materializes, even multiple coats don't change the results). Once set, the formula wears well, with no flaking or smudging, even several hours later.

Overall, Audacious Mascara is good for moderate enhancement of lashes, but if you're looking for a blockbuster formula, we advise you to keep looking.

  • Adds moderate length and volume to lashes.
  • Doesn't flake or smudge.
  • Results aren't as impressive as claimed.
  • Doesn't add "extreme buildability" as claimed.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
Designed with over 200 molded bristles and lengthening hooks, NARS lash-catching brush evenly grips and coats lashes from roots to tips. Simultaneously separates, lengthens, and amplifies. Its tapered tip finishes off the inner and outer reaches of your imagination, while enhancing lower lashes. An extraordinary balance of suppleness with staying power, this uniquely fluid first-to-market formula offers extreme buildability. Lightweight. Long-wearing.
Water, Tribehenin, PEG-40 Stearate, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Sorbitan Stearate, VP/VA Copolymer, Acacia Senegal Gum, Glyceryl Stearate, Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrogenated Rapeseed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Cetyl Alcohol, Mannitol, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Dimethicone, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol, Sodium Laureth-12 Sulfate, Sodium Polyaspartate, Hexylene Glycol, Methoxy PEG-10 Propyltrimethoxysilane, C11-15 Pareth-7, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

NARS At-A-Glance

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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