Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.Undoubtedly the newest lipstick craze in town, the NARS Audacious range is surely the most talked about lipstick release at the moment. It’s in lieu of the brand’s 20-year anniversary and features 40 (forty!!!) gorgeous shades to choose from. Thank God I’ve a much higher EQ now compared to
Audacious VivienThe first thing you’ll notice is NO RUBBERY PACKAGING! YAY! I mean, NARS gets street cred for that matte, rubbery packaging because it’s understated class, minimalist glam or however else you wanna call it but man, it’s a dust/fingerprint/cotton/loose powder-magnet. I even regret not keeping most of the compacts in their boxes. I think when the Makeup Gods were teaching packaging tips, Francois Nars was busy perfecting his intersecting logo. Anyway, the Audacious lipsticks are now in a black metal case with a smooth matte finish. Did I mention the cap is magnetic? I think I officially have a thing for magnetic closures. It must be the satisfying click I hear when it shuts close. The magnet is quite strong that the lipstick even doubles as a loose-change tree. Need some coins? Grab your lipstick.
FORMULASo let’s talk about the formula because the whole world seems to have found their perfect lipstick in this range. It’s crazily pigmented in one swipe with a dash of creaminess that doesn’t leave your lips feeling dried out. No drag, it’s as if you’re applying butter, in just a slightly thicker consistency without the grease. It’s not so lightweight that you forget you have lipstick on because you do feel these on. But they glide on the lips smoothly and evenly in almost full opacity on the first layer. Some shades have a semi-matte finish, some glossier than others but the range overall is of the satin finish. As so, they do give the lips a slightly fuller appearance than normal. They are not super drying but they aren’t moisturizing, either. I’m so thankful my lips don’t crack or peel with this lipstick on, despite reapplying several times a day (mostly due to my incessant snacking).
SHADEOut of the 40 overwhelming shades to choose from, I narrowed it down to around 8 lipsticks – which I asked the SA to sanitize each properly so I can try them on. I passed on getting another deep red, Charlotte, because my husband said “you have so many lipsticks of that shade“. Newsflash: I only maybe own 1 or 2 but wear it more often than other shades so he thinks I own a lot. I also considered Bette, a vampy shade but he tells me, “I don’t like deep dark shades so don’t ask me how I feel about it on you“. K, NOTED. I’m going back without you to get it. I didn’t want to get a pink or a nude shade (even though I loved Anita so so much) because it’d have to compete with the other nudes/pinks I want to finish up ASAP. I almost left without anything on hand when the SA suggested “How about plums, ma’am?“. One swipe of Vivien and I threw my wallet to surrender. I had nothing like it – a medium to dark plum with red undertones. Vivien is perfect for when I don’t feel like going all-out red but want a bolder lip color other than pink or coral, which are too bright and summery. It made me wonder why I never picked up any lipstick in this shade before. It’s something I could call my signature shade – even more so than a pink or a red lip. Also, I love that i’s the kind of shade that I can wear on its own, without any stitch of makeup on. The shade is quite hard to capture on camera, though. I’ve been wearing this out everyday since I got it that it hasn’t left my purse at all. In photos, it looks different depending on the lighting. On the photos above, it looks brighter because of the sunlight so I took a photo away from the window (see below) and it’s the closest true-to-shade capture of Vivien. The only shade of plum I have left in my stash that’s close to NARS Vivien is MAC Craving but it’s less pigmented and has more pink in it. On my lips though, Craving (Amplified) appears opaque in two layers while Vivien is full-on in just one swipe.
Slight IssuesMy only complaint with Vivien is longevity and minor transfer. After 4 hours, it fades off and isn’t as bold as when it was first slapped on but it does leave quite a strong matte ‘stain’ after (provided you didn’t eat a full meal). It also doesn’t fully set on its own which in turn, causes slight transfer issues. After a full meal, you’re left with either no more lipstick on or with the dreaded lipstick halo – I’ll take the former, please. So yes, lip liner or the highlight-perimeter-of-lips trick should help with the feathering/bleeding issue. Also, during my counter visit, I noticed that the darker shades of the range have the tendency to apply patchily than the lighter shades. I swiped on Liv (or was it Jeanne?) and it skipped one whole area of my lip which has just freshly peeled! I didn’t experience this with the lighter shades though (the ones I’ve tried). But other than that, it’s one of those lipsticks you feel like you can’t complain about despite the minor issues.
Final ThoughtsI think the NARS Audacious lipsticks hit home because of their solid formula, stunning and unique, not to mention wide range of shades and great marketing. While I do love Vivien with all my lustful lipstick heart, I think it’s hardly revolutionary. I mean, there are other lipstick formulas that are quite like this namely the Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte range (just lacking in unique shades but longer lasting), MAC Satin range (but drying), Guerlain Rouge G (pricey) — I can go on. But the timely release, the carefully curated shades, the boldly pigmented formula as well as the quite-affordable-even-if-it’s-pricier-than-usual cost fueled the hype – making it more irresistible. It certainly doesn’t help that putting it on feels like you didn’t go wrong with the purchase – because as I mentioned, it’s beautifully formulated. But then again, as much as I love Vivien – I’m saving the other Audacious shades in my list only for when I need a pick-me-up (Lord, do space those down days far apart from each other, please).
Have you picked up any of the NARS Audacious lipsticks? If yes, what did you get? If none (yet?), are you interested in any shades?
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