It seems like everybody is going bananas over the new NARS Audacious Lipsticks! And I couldn’t understand why… I mean, staring at the rows and rows of new lipsticks (there are 40 of them!)… they all looked the same to me. Seriously, my eye can tell maybe 4 shades apart… and then the rests all look like some variation of those 4. There are pinks, reds, oranges, browns. And a whole spectrum in between. Overflowing lipstick drawer at home was telling me to walk away. But then, just for the heck of it, I reached right in the middle of them all and pulled one out to test. And my mind was blown away! #truestory
By now you must have already seen and heard about the new sleek packaging. Unlike the older lipsticks, these come in a smooth plastic that has some heft, and do not turn rubbery and gross over time. The caps are magnetized, and fall in place nicely with a satisfactory click. I must point out though that the magnets are rather powerful, it actually picked up a bunch of loose coins lying around on my vanity, so do keep your credit cards safely away!
The lipstick itself is a work of genius. It goes on smoothly without clinging to lines or any dry flakes, but is not so overly emollient that it slips. The color pigmentation is amazing, 1 swipe and you get full coverage, beautiful color! And the finish is satin, neither completely matte nor shiny. It also lasts well throughout the day, fading gently to a stain. Overall, everything I want in a lipstick, except perhaps not as moisturizing as I’d like. In fact, the one that came home with me, Grace, tended to be just slightly drying.
Grace is described as a warm pinky-coral (see what I mean about confusing variations of the same colors??), but on me, it is more of a reddened pink. Not very much coral against my skin tone, and leans towards cool. It is a very versatile color that works with a variety of skin tones and eye makeup. In fact, the day I tested this in the store, I was wearing some very bold eye makeup with purples and pinks (see here). I also fell in love with the name… Grace is my sister’s name, and it reminds me of the ever graceful Grace Kelly… Grace represent undeserved, unmerited favor… and we all need some of that in our lives!