When Francois Nars celebrates, he doesn’t play games. To fete the iconic cosmetic brand’s 20th year, NARS launched 40 shades of pure pigment named for classic onscreen starlets.
This is NARS most luxurious lipcolour yet – and that’s saying a lot. While I’m not one to turn up my nose at a fab lipstick shade, there’s always a brand a girl will buy more than others. For me, that’s NARS. No other brand could entice me to buy 5 variations on the “perfect” red lipstick. Well, NARS has managed to improve on (my idea of near) perfection with the launch of the Audacious Lipstick formula. I was lucky enough to give Anabella + Natalie a try and yes, I’m addicted. First thing’s first: everything about the lipstick feels incredibly luxe. From the sculptural matte black metallic case with a magnetic closure to the super-pigmented, specially-embossed bullet housed within, this lipstick is an experience in and of itself.
NARS Audacious Lipstick glides on smoothly, depositing a rich pigment in a single stroke. The best part? The shades are entirely true to what you see in the tube: not an ounce of variation. The extremely pigmented shades deserve all the credit here: they’re so opaque that not even a hint of your natural lipcolour emerges. The wear time is excellent: plan for them to last hours and to stain your lips a bit so the wear-off isn’t quite as noticeable.
Natalie, named for starlet Natalie Wood is a flamingo pink. While flamingo in hue, it’s definitely more wearable than that description would imply. It’s a punchy take on a classic romantic shade and right at home in my arsenal.
Annabella, named for the star of many ’30s classics, is described as a poppy red. It might just be the ultimate bright red shade – it really is a true red and is bright without being garish. I love the satiny hue – my usual red lip is matte but this is a welcome and fresh change.
The final verdict?
NARS Audacious Lipsticks are a luxurious take on an everyday staple that will make putting on your makeup each morning a pleasure. Whether you choose to pair the shades with a full face or allow them to stand alone, each makes a saturated statement. At about $37 each, it’s a luxury worth paying for: the colour payoff, longevity and comfort of the formula plus the silky finish are the ultimate combination.
This is one of those situations where one…or two… really is not enough. I know I’ll find myself canvassing the NARS counters at Holt Renfrew soon enough to pick up another (see all 40 shades) I’m thinking Audrey might be just the perfect lipstick for fall. And yes, it’s 100% OK to buy a lipstick purely because you want to embody the starlet it’s named after.
Which shade is on your wishlist?
This product was sent for editorial consideration and review. I’m sharing it because I love it and think you will, too!