Sunday, August 24th, 2014

NARS Fanny, Vera, Charlotte, Audrey, Anna Audacious Lipsticks
NARS Fanny, Vera, Charlotte, Audrey, Anna Audacious Lipsticks

Next up, five of the more berry-hued shades from the new NARS Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) formula. You can see reviews for other shades here. I almost have the next set of five finished for testing (these deeper shades wear long-er-I’m lucky to test two shades in a day!), so stay tuned for the rest of the reviews. Thank you for your patience!

NARS Fanny Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “rich berry.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark berry pink with a soft sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. The color wore well for six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating on me. NARS Janet (P, $32.00) is brighter, shimmery. Givenchy Framboise Velours (315) (LE, $36.00) is warmer. MAC Splurge (LE, $22.00) is sheerer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) (P, $28.00) is redder. Too Faced Melted Berry (P, $21.00) is darker. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is darker. Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is sheerer. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is slightly brighter. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Vera Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “bright raspberry.” It’s a berry pink with subtle, warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had good color coverage with smooth, even application. The color stayed on well for five and a half hours while staining. I didn’t find it drying or hydrating while worn. Givenchy Framboise Velours (315) (LE, $36.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Headliner (608) (P, $28.00) is brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Cabaret (146) (LE, $30.00) is more muted. Too Faced Melted Berry (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. YSL Exquisite Plum (22) (P, $34.00) is similar. Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) (LE, $51.00) is brighter, more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Charlotte Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “oxblood burgundy.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark red with subtle cool undertones. It looks almost warm on me, though it swatches with a cool, pink undertone. It had mostly opaque color payoff, but the consistency is a little thinner with a touch more slip than other shades. The color lasted for six hours and was neither hydrating nor drying. Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace (LE, $22.00) is brighter. MAC Roxo (LE, $16.00) is more muted. Urban Decay Gash (LE, $22.00) is similar. Chanel La Desiree (327) (LE, $34.00) is more matte, brighter. MAC Just a Bite (LE, $16.00) is similar. NARS Mascate (P, $26.00) is more matte. Make Up For Ever #48 (P, $19.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Audrey Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “red currant.” It’s a muted, warm-toned reddish-plum with a luminous finish. It had full color coverage, and it applied beautifully for an even, smooth result. On me, the color wore well for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. The muted quality to the color made it more unique. Urban Decay Manic (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Anna Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “smokey rose.” It’s a cool-toned, muted, medium-dark pink with a semi-matte finish. It had full color coverage, which applied fairly well, but I felt like the consistency was a bit drier than other shades in the formula, so it didn’t leave lips looking as smooth. The color wore well for four hours, but it was somewhat drying. Buxom Centerfold (LE, $21.00) is warmer, lighter. Chanel Rendez-vous (87) (P, $34.00) is brighter, sheerer. MAC Please Me (P, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Hot Gossip (P, $16.00) is more shimmery, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Though we’ve been knee-deep in fall color collections since July, now that we’re nearing September, the idea of fall doesn’t seem so far away. Here are a few of my favorite plum blushes. I’d love to hear yours!

  1. theBalm Cabana Boy — a medium-dark, cool-toned plum
  2. MAC Plum Foolery — a shimmery, medium-dark plum
  3. NARS Oasis — a gold-shimmered, medium-dark plum
  4. NARS Dolva Vita — a bolder, reddish plum
  5. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal — a soft, satiny warm plum

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Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

NARS Anita Audacious Lipstick
NARS Anita Audacious Lipstick

This post features five of the more beige-hued shades of the NARS Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) formula.

NARS Anita Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as an “antique rose.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had fully opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly, while the color lasted for four and a half hours and was neither hydrating nor drying. NARS Vanessa (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Dream Daze (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Givenchy Nude Guipure (106) (P, $36.00) is brighter. Givenchy Rose d’Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is pinker. NARS Sex Machine (P, $25.00) is sheerer, lighter. Giorgio Armani Blush (500) (P, $32.00) is glossier. Burberry Peony Rose (302) (P, $30.00) is more matte, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Jane Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “terracotta rose.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. This shade wore well for five hours on me. It was neither drying nor hydrating over time. Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) (P, $7.49) is browner. Givenchy Rouge d’Exception (308) (LE, $36.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Brigitte Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “nude rose.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had full color coverage in one pass, and the color glided on easily and evenly. On me, the color lasted for four and a half hours, and it was lightly hydrating. MAC Modern Wow! (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Sisley Paris Petal (L13) (P, $55.00) is pinker, more shimmery. Estee Lauder Dynamic (P, $30.00) is darker. YSL Peach Passion (13) (P, $34.00) is lighter, less pink. MAC Betty Bright (LE, $16.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Barbara Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “tan rose.” It’s a muted, peachy-beige with a hint of pink. It had rich pigmentation that covered the lips entirely, and it was smooth and even when it applied. The color wore well for four and a half hours on me and was neither hydrating nor drying. NARS Raquel (P, $32.00) is lighter. MAC Wear with Flare (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Guerlain Galiane (15) (P, $51.00) is lighter. Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Burberry Pink Apricot (301) (P, $30.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Raquel Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “pink beige.” It’s a lightly pink-tinted, light-medium peach with a glossy finish. It had opaque color payoff, but the consistency had more slip compared to other shades in the range, so it didn’t apply as evenly. It also will show “lines” if you press your lips together. On me, this one lasted for three and a half hours (I believe the shortest of all the shades I’ve tested so far) and was lightly hydrating. NARS Barbara (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Enchanted One (LE, $16.00) is more matte, lighter. Guerlain Galiane (15) (P, $51.00) is more muted, less warm-toned. YSL Peach Passion (13) (P, $34.00) is warmer, pinker. MAC Sweet & Sour (P, $16.00) is warmer, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, August 18th, 2014

NARS Audacious Lipstick -- Dominique, Silvia, Vivien, Ingrid
NARS Audacious Lipstick — Dominique, Silvia, Vivien, Ingrid

Here are other five shades that are exclusive to Barneys of NARS Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.), which are also available online at narscosmetics.com. These also launched early, so you can purchase them online now. Of these five, there is one that is much less impressive compared to all the other shades I’ve reviewed up until now, but so far, the formula has been fairly consistent and high quality. The formula has a light creaminess, which allows it to go on smoothly and evenly without tugging on the lips, but it’s not too thick or too thin, so it is forgiving in its application as well. I’ve been getting longer-than-average wear with these, but I wish they were actually hydrating–they’re either neither drying nor hydrating or a bit drying. It seems like if they start wearing beyond six hours, they can feel drying. They’re scent- and taste-free.

Dominique Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “pink lilac.” It’s a muted, medium-dark purple with subtle pink tones and a satin finish. It had full color coverage in one pass, and the color applied evenly and smoothly without settling into lip lines. It wore well for four and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Seasoned Plum (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Nocturnal Instincts (LE, $16.00) is more matte, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Silvia Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “radiant orchid.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia magenta with cool undertones and a satin sheen. It had intense color payoff that glided on easily and evenly. The color wore well for six and a half hours and left a stain behind. It was a smidgen on the drying side for me. NARS Angela (P, $32.00) is lighter. NARS Michiyo (P, $32.00) is pinker. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is lighter, brighter. Maybelline Brazen Berry (P, $7.49) is similar. MAC Night Blooming (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Buxom Swinger (P, $21.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vivien Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “red plum.” It’s a medium-dark, plummy berry with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. It had fully opaque pigmentation after one layer. It had a slightly less emollient consistency compared to the average shade in this formula, but it was still comfortable to wear during the six hours it lasted. It was neither drying nor hydrating. Marc Jacobs Beauty Cabaret (146) (LE, $30.00) is slightly darker. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is brighter. Givenchy Violine Precieux (312) (LE, $36.00) is slightly warmer. Illamasqua Shard (P, $24.00) is darker, more matte. NARS Afghan Red (P, $26.00) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC Red Dwarf (LE, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sandra Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “rosewood.” It’s a medium-dark, red-brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, full color coverage in one stroke that applied evenly. The texture was slightly drier compared to others, though it wasn’t dry–it didn’t tug or anything like that. It wore well for six hours and left a stain behind, but it was a bit drying towards the end. NARS Jeanne (P, $32.00) is darker. NARS Olivia (P, $32.00) is lighter. Estee Lauder Emotional (140) (P, $30.00) is redder, brighter. MAC Studded Kiss (LE, $16.00) is darker, more matte. Guerlain Gisela (LE, $51.00) is shimmery. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Starling (P, $18.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ingrid Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “merlot.” It’s a deep, dark burgundy-red with warm undertones and a glossy shine. The formula had a lot more slip with this shade, and it showed in both the color payoff–which was semi-opaque–and the wear, where it feathered slightly outside the natural lip line and lasted five and a half hours. It also pulled a bit into lip lines as it wore away. NARS Bette (P, $32.00)is warmer, lighter. MAC Lingering Kiss (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Maybelline Espresso Exposed (955) (P, $7.49) is lighter. MAC Talk That Talk (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Anita (P, $18.00) is darker, browner. Urban Decay Shame (P, $22.00) is a bit lighter. MAC Endless Drama (P, $18.00) is similar. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Dahlia (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, August 17th, 2014

NARS Audacious Lipstick -- Vanessa, Julie, Marisa, Kelly, Carmen
NARS Audacious Lipstick — Vanessa, Julie, Marisa, Kelly, Carmen

Here are five of the ten Barneys’ exclusive shades of NARS Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.), which are also available online at narscosmetics.com. These also launched early, so you can purchase them online now. The new formula is supposed to be highly pigmented with a formula that makes lips appear smoother while also hydrating. The consistency has a light creaminess to it that enables it to glide on evenly and smoothly. It seemed particularly forgiving when applied, as it didn’t catch on imperfections, yet it doesn’t slide around easily. The formula wears longer on me than the average lipstick, and they’re really comfortable to wear for most of the time–it’s the last hour or so of wear that seems drier, though often not drying, just dry in feel. I have found a couple of shades to be a little drying with few actually being hydrating. They’re scent- and taste-free.

Vanessa Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “mauve nude.” It’s a neutral-to-warm-toned, muted pink with a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that went on smoothly and evenly without bunching up at all. It wore well for five hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Anita (P, $32.00) is slightly warmer, but the two are surprisingly similar. Guerlain Rosy Boop (369) (P, $37.00) is lighter. Givenchy Nude Guipure (106) (P, $36.00) is warmer. Givenchy Rose d’Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Julie Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “nude pink.” It’s a brightened, coral-pink with warm undertones and a soft shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but the consistency had more slip compared to other shades in the formula, which made it apply not quite as evenly. You will get faint “lines” if you press your lips together as the product moves around more. On me, this shade wore well for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Brigitte (P, $32.00) is slightly darker but similar. MAC Modern Wow! (LE, $16.00) is brighterr. MAC Reel Sexy (LE, $16.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marisa Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “warm pink.” It’s a medium pink with cool, blue undertones (it doesn’t look warm at all) and a satin finish. It had intense color payoff in one stroke, while it applied evenly and smoothly. The color lasted for five hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Boutique Pink (LE, $22.00) is cooler-toned. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pop-arazzi (606) (P, $28.00) is more matte, brighter. Givenchy Hibiscus Exclusif (302) (P, $36.00) is warmer. Givenchy Rose Perfecto (209) (P, $36.00) is brighter. Guerlain Geraldine (77) (P, $51.00) is more shimmery. Estee Lauder Powerful (P, $30.00) is lighter. L’Oreal Pink Flamingo (180) (P, $8.95) is a touch darker. NARS Goodbye Emmanuelle (LE, $26.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Kelly Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “coral hibiscus.” It’s a bright, coral-red with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had fully opaque color coverage in a single pass, while the color stayed on well for six hours and left a slight stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating over time. NARS Grace (P, $32.00) is brighter. Guerlain Rouge Kiss (325) (P, $37.00) is darker. Chanel La Malicieuse (46) (P, $34.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. Estee Lauder Defiant Coral (P, $30.00) is brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is pinker. Chanel Melodieuse (136) (P, $34.00) is pinker. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is warmer, more muted. Maybelline Shocking Coral (P, $7.49) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Carmen Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “geranium.” It’s a bright, medium red with subtle, warm undertones and a glossy sheen. It had incredibly rich color payoff, and the consistency of this shade had more slip (and resulting shine) than others in the formula. It applied very evenly, and the color wore well for eight hours overall, but I found it a bit drying over the last two hours of wear. NARS Rita (P, $32.00) is darker, more muted. NARS Annabella (P, $32.00) is a smidgen more muted. Bite Beauty Grandifolia (LE, $28.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) (P, $30.00) is darker, browner. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is similar. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is similar. Giorgio Armani #402 (P, $32.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Unlike cool-toned browns, there’s no shortage of warm-toned browns (seriously, check out this gallery), but here are a few of my very favorites that you can individually and any time you want. I’d love to hear your warmer brown must-haves!

  1. Make Up For Ever D623 Celestial Earth — a rich, bronzy brown with a frosted finish
  2. NARS Fez — a brightened, reddish-orange brown
  3. Laura Mercier Cafe au Lait — a medium, softly warm-toned brown with a matte finish
  4. Makeup Geek Homecoming — a light-medium bronzy brown
  5. Inglot #422 — a rich bronze

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