NARS Studio 54 / Holiday 2019 Audacious Lipsticks Reviews & Swatches

 

Barbara

NARS Barbara Audacious Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy beige with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single, fluid stroke. The consistency was creamy, smooth, and thick without being heavy, though I felt like it was more prone to catching on minor imperfections on my lips (though I exfoliated prior to applying it).

It didn’t seem to apply as smoothly as past iterations have, though the variation was slight enough that it could be attributed to the difference in my lip texture over time. It wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating over time.

Bite Beauty Latte (DC, $24.00) is darker (90% similar).MAC Boca (LE, $19.50) is cooler, less glossy (95% similar).Chanel Adrienne (402) (P, $37.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar).MAC Wear with Flare (LE, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar).Charlotte Tilbury Miss Kensington (LE, $37.00) is more shimmery, lighter, less glossy (90% similar).Bobbi Brown Pink Nude (P, $37.00) is darker (90% similar).Burberry Pink Apricot (301) (P, $35.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar).Colour Pop Oh Snap (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).Colour Pop Echo Park (P, $7.00) is less glossy (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$34.00/0.14 oz. – $242.86 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “one-stroke, full-coverage” pigmentation with a “soft matte finish” that is “long-lasting” and “hydrating.” The formula is best characterized by its texture: creamy, smooth, and slightly denser/thicker on (but not heavy) compared to the typical lipstick formula. Most of the shades are opaque, while “weak” shades are more semi-opaque. The majority of the colors I’ve tested have applied evenly and smoothly with good glide and feel comfortable on my lips. They tend to last between four and six hours and was lightly hydrating to non-drying. There was no noticeable scent or taste.

 

Ingredients

RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL • BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2 • ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE • ISONONYL ISONONANOATE • EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX/CANDELILLA CERA/CIRE DE CANDELILLA • OZOKERITE • HYDROGENATED POLYCYCLOPENTADIENE • BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER • MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX/CERA MICROCRISTALLINA/CIRE MICROCRISTALLINE • CETEARYL ALCOHOL • ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE • CETEARETH-20 • SILICA • CETEARYL ETHYLHEXANOATE • POLYETHYLENE • COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX/CERA CARNAUBA/CIRE DE CARNAUBA • ISOPROPYL TITANIUM TRIISOSTEARATE • CAPRYLYL GLYCOL • STEARALKONIUM HECTORITE • PHENOXYETHANOL • COPRINUS COMATUS (MUSHROOM) EXTRACT • POLYHYDROXYSTEARIC ACID • LECITHIN • CALOPHYLLUM INOPHYLLUM SEED OIL • SIMETHICONE • TOCOPHERYL ACETATE • SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE • HEXYLENE GLYCOL • DEXTRIN • WATER/AQUA/EAU • PROPYLENE CARBONATE • HYDROGENATED PHOSPHATIDYLCHOLINE • LYSOLECITHIN • PORTULACA PILOSA EXTRACT • TOCOPHEROL • SUCROSE COCOATE • ASCORBYL PALMITATE • PALMITOYL TRIPEPTIDE-38 • DISODIUM EDTA • [+/- (MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR): MICA • TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) • IRON OXIDES (CI 77491) • IRON OXIDES (CI 77492) • IRON OXIDES (CI 77499) • BLUE 1 LAKE (CI 42090) • RED 28 (CI 45410) • RED 33 LAKE (CI 17200) • RED 6 LAKE (CI 15850) • RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850) • YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140) • YELLOW 6 LAKE (CI 15985)] •

 

Mona

NARS Mona Audacious Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark red-brown with warm undertones and a cream finish. The pigmentation was nearly opaque–it seemed very slightly translucent along the inner area of my lips.

The lipstick had a creamy, smooth texture that was comfortable to apply and to wear as it glided easily across my lips. It delivered even coverage that didn’t emphasize my lip texture or sink into my lip lines noticeably. This shade lasted well for five and a half hours and felt a touch moisturizing over time.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Miss Scarlet (208) (P, $30.00) is cooler (95% similar).Urban Decay Hex (P, $18.00) is less glossy (95% similar).Maybelline Smoking Red (DC, $7.49) is darker, less glossy (90% similar).Estee Lauder Desirous (P, $30.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar).Maybelline Burgundy Blush (P, $7.99) is less glossy (90% similar).YSL Black Red (71) (LE, $36.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar).Colour Pop Cashing Out (PiP, $7.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy (85% similar).MAC Diva (P, $19.50) is cooler (90% similar).NARS Josephine (LE, $34.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar).Guerlain #23 (P, $33.00) is cooler (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$34.00/0.14 oz. – $242.86 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “one-stroke, full-coverage” pigmentation with a “soft matte finish” that is “long-lasting” and “hydrating.” The formula is best characterized by its texture: creamy, smooth, and slightly denser/thicker on (but not heavy) compared to the typical lipstick formula. Most of the shades are opaque, while “weak” shades are more semi-opaque. The majority of the colors I’ve tested have applied evenly and smoothly with good glide and feel comfortable on my lips. They tend to last between four and six hours and was lightly hydrating to non-drying. There was no noticeable scent or taste.

 

Ingredients

RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL • BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2 • ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE • ISONONYL ISONONANOATE • EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX/CANDELILLA CERA/CIRE DE CANDELILLA • OZOKERITE • HYDROGENATED POLYCYCLOPENTADIENE • BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER • MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX/CERA MICROCRISTALLINA/CIRE MICROCRISTALLINE • CETEARYL ALCOHOL • ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE • CETEARETH-20 • SILICA • CETEARYL ETHYLHEXANOATE • POLYETHYLENE • COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX/CERA CARNAUBA/CIRE DE CARNAUBA • ISOPROPYL TITANIUM TRIISOSTEARATE • CAPRYLYL GLYCOL • STEARALKONIUM HECTORITE • PHENOXYETHANOL • COPRINUS COMATUS (MUSHROOM) EXTRACT • POLYHYDROXYSTEARIC ACID • LECITHIN • CALOPHYLLUM INOPHYLLUM SEED OIL • SIMETHICONE • TOCOPHERYL ACETATE • SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE • HEXYLENE GLYCOL • DEXTRIN • WATER/AQUA/EAU • PROPYLENE CARBONATE • HYDROGENATED PHOSPHATIDYLCHOLINE • LYSOLECITHIN • PORTULACA PILOSA EXTRACT • TOCOPHEROL • SUCROSE COCOATE • ASCORBYL PALMITATE • PALMITOYL TRIPEPTIDE-38 • DISODIUM EDTA • [+/- (MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR): MICA • TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) • IRON OXIDES (CI 77491) • IRON OXIDES (CI 77492) • IRON OXIDES (CI 77499) • BLUE 1 LAKE (CI 42090) • RED 28 (CI 45410) • RED 33 LAKE (CI 17200) • RED 6 LAKE (CI 15850) • RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850) • YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140) • YELLOW 6 LAKE (CI 15985)] •

 

Carmen

NARS Carmen Audacious Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, medium red with warmer undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage that adhered fairly evenly and smoothly across my lips. The texture felt incredibly creamy–a bit too emollient, as it easily skated along my lips so I’d recommend being more precise/careful during application.

This was the last shade I swatched in a batch of 14 (my lips are usually at maximum exfoliation by then!), so I was surprised that it did go on more evenly and seemed to separate slightly along my deeper lip lines, though the richer, brighter color camouflaged the flaws in person. The color stayed on nicely for six hours, left a faint stain behind, and was lightly hydrating while worn.

This shade is exclusive to NARS’ website.

Givenchy Rouge Fetiche (325) (P, $36.00) is lighter (95% similar).Bite Beauty Grandifolia (LE, $28.00) is less glossy (95% similar).NARS Annabella (P, $34.00) is warmer (95% similar).Kat Von D Underage Red (P, $19.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar).Bite Beauty Candied Maple (LE, $24.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).Charlotte Tilbury Love Bite (P, $37.00) is more muted (90% similar).Estee Lauder Carnal (P, $32.00) is darker, brighter (95% similar).Giorgio Armani #402 (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar).Burberry Regiment Red (37) (P, $34.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar).Bite Beauty Rosehip (P, $24.00) is more muted, less glossy (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$34.00/0.14 oz. – $242.86 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “one-stroke, full-coverage” pigmentation with a “soft matte finish” that is “long-lasting” and “hydrating.” The formula is best characterized by its texture: creamy, smooth, and slightly denser/thicker on (but not heavy) compared to the typical lipstick formula. Most of the shades are opaque, while “weak” shades are more semi-opaque. The majority of the colors I’ve tested have applied evenly and smoothly with good glide and feel comfortable on my lips. They tend to last between four and six hours and was lightly hydrating to non-drying. There was no noticeable scent or taste.

 

Ingredients

RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL • BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2 • ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE • ISONONYL ISONONANOATE • EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX/CANDELILLA CERA/CIRE DE CANDELILLA • OZOKERITE • HYDROGENATED POLYCYCLOPENTADIENE • BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER • MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX/CERA MICROCRISTALLINA/CIRE MICROCRISTALLINE • CETEARYL ALCOHOL • ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE • CETEARETH-20 • SILICA • CETEARYL ETHYLHEXANOATE • POLYETHYLENE • COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX/CERA CARNAUBA/CIRE DE CARNAUBA • ISOPROPYL TITANIUM TRIISOSTEARATE • CAPRYLYL GLYCOL • STEARALKONIUM HECTORITE • PHENOXYETHANOL • COPRINUS COMATUS (MUSHROOM) EXTRACT • POLYHYDROXYSTEARIC ACID • LECITHIN • CALOPHYLLUM INOPHYLLUM SEED OIL • SIMETHICONE • TOCOPHERYL ACETATE • SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE • HEXYLENE GLYCOL • DEXTRIN • WATER/AQUA/EAU • PROPYLENE CARBONATE • HYDROGENATED PHOSPHATIDYLCHOLINE • LYSOLECITHIN • PORTULACA PILOSA EXTRACT • TOCOPHEROL • SUCROSE COCOATE • ASCORBYL PALMITATE • PALMITOYL TRIPEPTIDE-38 • DISODIUM EDTA • [+/- (MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR): MICA • TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) • IRON OXIDES (CI 77491) • IRON OXIDES (CI 77492) • IRON OXIDES (CI 77499) • BLUE 1 LAKE (CI 42090) • RED 28 (CI 45410) • RED 33 LAKE (CI 17200) • RED 6 LAKE (CI 15850) • RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850) • YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140) • YELLOW 6 LAKE (CI 15985)] •

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