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NARS Apoline, Kate, Mona Audacious Lipsticks

NARS Apoline Audacious Lipstick
NARS Apoline Audacious Lipstick

NARS Apoline Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with warm, rosy undertones and a satin sheen. It had good pigmentation that covered the lips evenly, while the texture was creamy, easy to apply, and comfortable to wear. I noticed some of the color pulled into lip lines just slightly after three hours of wear, while the shade lasted closer to five hours in total. The formula was a smidgen hydrating while worn. Tom Ford Beauty Indian Rose (P, $50.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Primrose (P, $21.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever C106 (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Shy (P, $15.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Flashy (LE, $24.00) is less glossy, warmer (90% similar). MAC Faux (P, $17.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Naked (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Givenchy Rose d'Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Anita (P, $32.00) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). Smashbox Audition (P, $21.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Fig (P, $26.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Sorbet (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Criminal (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Kate Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium purple with warm, pink undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. The color payoff was intense–totally opaque in one pass–and went on evenly. The consistency was smooth, creamy, and never tugged on the lips as I applied it. This shade lasted for over six hours, left a fuchsia-tinted stain behind, and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Strong Woman (LE, $17.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Colour Pop Zipper (P, $6.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Dose of Colors Dark Secret (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Vintage (P, $20.00) is less glossy, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Speedball (P, $17.00) is glossier, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Leather (P, $5.00) is less glossy, darker (90% similar). MAC Heroine (P, $17.00) is less glossy, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Bijou (LE, $6.00) is less glossy, lighter (85% similar). MAC Stylist's Tip (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Vibrant Violet (P, $7.99) is less glossy, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Notorious (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Mona Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium-dark brick red with warm undertones and a creamy finish. The texture was smooth, lightly creamy, and sat well on the lips without emphasizing the texture of my lips. The pigmentation was completely opaque, as described, and the color applied evenly. On me, the color wore well for over six hours, left a slight stain behind, and was moderately hydrating while worn. Marc Jacobs Beauty Miss Scarlet (208) (P, $30.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Hex (P, $17.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Maybelline Smoking Red (P, $7.49) is less glossy, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Desirous (P, $30.00) is less glossy, darker (90% similar). MAC Diva (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Burgundy Blush (P, $7.99) is less glossy (90% similar). NARS Charlotte (P, $32.00) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $17.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). YSL Black Red (71) (LE, $36.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Melted Velvet (P, $21.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). NARS Bette (P, $32.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Maybelline Divine Wine (P, $7.99) is less glossy, lighter (90% similar). NARS Shirley (P, $32.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). MAC Dionysus (P, $21.00) is cooler, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | NARS Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is supposed to be a richly pigmented, creamy, hydrating, and long-wearing formula. In my experience, the formula is typically opaque in a single stroke, lightweight, moderately to very creamy with four to six hour wear. It feels lightly hydrating to mostly non-drying overall. There is no noticeable scent or taste, and they are very comfortable to wear.

NARS Audacious Lipstick Apoline
Apoline
NARS Audacious Lipstick Kate
Kate
NARS Audacious Lipstick Mona
Mona

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Sneak Peek: NARS Fall 2016 Audacious Lipsticks Photos & Swatches

NARS Fall 2016 Audacious Lipsticks
NARS Fall 2016 Audacious Lipsticks

On August 15th, there will be five new shades of NARS Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) available through NARS (all the other retailers will start selling on September 1st!). Here’s a quick look at them–I am testing these as soon as possible! 🙂

NARS Fall 2016 Audacious Lipsticks

NARS Audacious Collection for Fall 2016

NARS Audacious Collection for Fall 2016
NARS Audacious Collection for Fall 2016

For Fall 2016, NARS introduces the Audacious Collection featuring the beloved Audacious Lipstick in five new shades, Audacious Mascara, new Brow Defining Cream and limited edition Eyeliner Stylos. Unrestricted Eyeliner Stylos deliver inky lines that fluidly shift from thin to thick, satin or matte. Brow Defining Cream softly blends and sets without missing a beat. Single-stroke Audacious Lipstick swipes on stopping power with staying power in five new shades of the moment. All right. All night.

Availability

August 15th at NARS; September 1st at all other retailers

The Details

Audacious Lipstick | $32.00 | New, Permanent

  • Apoline Pink rose
  • Shirley Red crimson
  • Stefania Deep fuchsia
  • Kate Purple orchid
  • Mona Mahogany

Unrestricted Eyeliner Stylo | $27.00 | Limited Edition

  • Matte Black matte
  • Satin Shiny black

Brow Defining Cream | $23.00 | New, Permanent

  • Sonoran Blonde
  • El Djouf Light brown
  • Tanami Auburn
  • Danakil Dark brown

Radiant Creamy Concealer | $29.00 | New, Permanent

  • Creme Brulee Fair with a light pink undertone
  • Cannelle Light with a peachy undertone
  • Macadamia Medium with a peachy undertone
  • Chestnut Medium with a pink undertone
  • Hazelnut Medium dark with a warm red undertone
  • Dark Coffee Dark brown with an olive undertone

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NARS Talia Contour Blush Duo

NARS Talia Contour Blush
NARS Talia Contour Blush

NARS Talia Contour Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is one of two new, permanent highlighting/contour duos for fall. The highlighting shade in the duos tends to be mostly matte, so it is not your typical shimmery, glowy highlighter. Talia adds a solid choice for medium and medium-dark skin tones looking for skin-like contouring. I also think it can work for lighter skin tones as well, particularly if you like a more dramatic contour or like being able to use a light hand and build-up.

Talia (Highlight) is a medium brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, silky, and effortless when it came to blending and applying it to the skin. It had good color payoff that could still be sheered out and/or applied with a lighter hand. For reference, it adds some noticeable color on me (like a very subtle bronzer) on my skin tone. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. MAC Bronzer (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, $37.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (01) (P, $40.00) is darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bronze (03) (P, $40.00) is darker (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #5 (LE) is darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Urban Decay Sun-Kissed (P, $28.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Talia (Contour) is a medium-dark taupe-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, but the texture was firmer and less forgiving, so it took extra work to blend out. On me, this shade started to fade after eight hours. Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Light Contour (P) is lighter (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Deep (P, $44.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). LORAC Medium Contour (P) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Contour Soft (Tarteist) (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Los Cabos (24) (P, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Heavy Crown (P) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (LE) is warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Bronze (P) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Contour Blush Talia
Talia
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NARS Hardwired Eyeshadows (Fall 2016)

NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow
NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow

NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a “new,” limited edition formula available in six shades for fall. NARS’ has used the term “Hardwired Eyeshadow” before, though they were more like typical powder eyeshadows and several were matte, and then two of the six shades (Outer Limits and Stud) were released in previous seasonal collections as regular eyeshadows (but were quite different from NARS’ standard powder formula!). NARS’ describes this formula as “high-pigment,” “high-shine,” and long-wearing. It’s a pressed eyeshadow with a high amount of metallic shine and reflective sparkle. The six in the launch are very similar in feel and application, and the two repeated shades are similar to their original launches (Outer Limits was a little lighter/less pigmented to me). The formula compares to MAC Pressed Pigments and Urban Decay Moondusts; they have similar almost-wet, smooth texture with lots of sparkle and shine but adhere better and have less fall out than traditional glitter/sparkle eyeshadows. NARS’ formula is semi-opaque to opaque with sparkle that varies from finer and smoother (like the latter three) to larger, chunkier, and looser, so the wear varies from minimal to moderate fall out.

NARS Earthshine Hardwired Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light rose with warm undertones and larger, chunky dark pink and lighter pink sparkle and glitter over a metallic finish. It seemed to have a greenish shift in the pan, but I couldn’t find it when I swatched it (I felt like a contortionist trying to angle my arm to find it!). The texture of this one was noticeably sparkly, so it wasn’t as smooth or as refined, which made for messier application and definite fall out while worn. I think it performs better with even a damp brush, but this is one I’d still feel compelled to use with an adhesive base. The base color was semi-opaque and fairly blendable on the skin, and I didn’t have any creasing with this shade, just slight fading, but there was moderate fall out after eight hours. Too Faced Sugared Raisin (LE, $16.00) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Mauvelous (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Provocateur (LE, $19.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cool (Winter 2016) Eyeshadow #2 (LE) is cooler, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Glitterrock (P, $20.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Specter (P, $20.00) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC In My Element (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced The Strip (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Sweet Acting (P, $21.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). YSL Paris #3 (LE) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Halo (P, $12.00) is cooler (80% similar). Sephora Free Hug (P, $10.00) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Lunar Hardwired Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium lavender with warm undertones and lavender and rose sparkle. This is supposed to be a new shade, but I found it very, very similar to the right side of a duo released previously, just a bit lighter and less metallic (the difference minute enough to be credited to normal variation). It had opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly, and it blended out fairly well, though some of the reflects pull from the base color when blended. It wore well for eight hours with light fall out. NARS Parallel Universe (Right) (LE, $25.00) is cooler, lighter (95% similar). MAC Light Violet (LE, $32.50) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Tonic (P, $19.00) is brighter, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Blacklight (P, $6.00) is brighter, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Outer Limits Hardwired Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium orange with warm undertones and pink and gold sparkle. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly loose consistency, where some of the glittery bits separated from the base so it can be messier to use and has moderate fall out over time. It did not seem quite as loose as the original released, but it also appeared lighter and a bit less pigmented. The base color lasted for eight hours before creasing slightly. Burberry Shell (003) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Sphinx (LE, $45.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Jones (LE, $19.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Outer Limits (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Flipper (P, $5.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Givenchy Palette Ors Audacieux #4 (LE) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Tea Party (P, $5.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Stellar (P, $20.00) is darker, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Parallax Hardwired Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark silvery gray with cool undertones and a lightly sparkly, metallic sheen. This shade was intensely pigmented, and the consistency was much smoother and more finely-milled compared to the previous three shades. It applied well, blended out nicely, and wore for eight hours with almost no fall out. bareMinerals Vapor (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Silver Sleet (LE, $32.50) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Tin Soldier (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Cyber Silver (LE, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Architectonic #3 (LE) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Sugar Bells (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Interstellar (P, $25.00) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #3 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Sephora Iridescent Shell (110) (LE, $13.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Oz #2 (LE, $19.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). L'Oreal Primped & Precious (LE, $7.99) is cooler, lighter (80% similar). Giorgio Armani #22 (LE, $33.00) is cooler, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Pygar Hardwired Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a light-medium, tarnished gold with a lightly sparkly, metallic sheen that has a greenish cast. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, blendable, and lightly dense consistency that adhered well to the skin and wore for eight hours. I didn’t notice any fall out with this shade. Too Faced Shiny Happy (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Natasha Denona True Gold (20M) (P, $29.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Ardency Inn Heaven (P, $21.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Sleigh (LE, $5.00) is warmer, less shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Tinsel (LE, $16.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Charmed (P, $9.99) is warmer, darker (85% similar). MAC Silver Sun (P, $20.00) is cooler, darker, less shimmery (80% similar). Cle de Peau Modern Era #1 (LE) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). LORAC Clover (LE, $19.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (80% similar). NARS Kauai #1 (P, $25.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Stud Hardwired Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium-dark, taupe-brown with warm undertones and a sparkly, metallic finish. The pigmentation was fully opaque, while the texture was smooth, blendable, and soft without being too loose or too firm. The color applied evenly onto the lid, and it wore well for eight hours. NARS Stud (LE, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME554 Gunmetal (P, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Coloured Raine Royal Highness (LE, $6.99) is warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Moondust (P, $6.00) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Maybelline Nude Compliment (90) (LE, $6.99) is warmer, less shimmery (85% similar). Viseart Chroma #4 (P) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Viseart Velvet (P) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #3 (P) is darker (85% similar). MAC Superwatt (LE, $22.00) is warmer (80% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Mushroom (LE) is brighter, lighter (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Disco Dust #1 (P) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow Earthshine
NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow Lunar
Lunar
Lunar
NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow Outer Limits
NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow Parallax
Parallax
NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow Pygar
Pygar
Pygar
NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow Stud
Stud
Stud

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NARS Consuming Red & Infatuated Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencils

NARS Consuming Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS Consuming Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

NARS Consuming Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($26.00 for 0.086 oz.) is a deep red with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had very nearly opaque color coverage that applied with smooth, even color. The pencil felt smooth and velvety along the lips, and it was easy to maneuver around the edge of the lips as well as to fill in the color. The texture is thin, and if my lips are at all dry or flaky, I find the formula can highlight those imperfections noticeably, but if you exfoliate prior to applying, it should look much smoother. The color wore well for six hours, but it was somewhat drying after four and a half hours. Tarte Vibin' (P, $20.00) is warmer, lighter (95% similar). MAC Viva Glam I (P, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). NARS Amsterdam (P, $26.00) is glossier (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $28.00) is glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Avenue (P, $6.00) is less glossy (90% similar). NARS Infatuated Red (LE, $25.00) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). NARS Rouge Indiscret (LE, $28.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M402 (P, $22.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Kat Von D Nosferatu (P, $20.00) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). MAC Studded Kiss (P, $17.00) is glossier, warmer (80% similar). MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $17.00) is glossier, brighter, lighter (80% similar). MAC Kiss Me Quick (P, $19.50) is brighter, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Infatuated Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($26.00 for 0.086 oz.) is a medium-dark red with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage with a smooth, velvety consistency that glided on easily and didn’t tug on the lips. The texture is thin, so it feels clingier on the lips than some formulas, but it didn’t feel tight or drying initially. The color wore for six hours, and at the four-hour mark, it felt a bit drying. Tarte Vibin' (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Viva Glam I (P, $17.00) is glossier (95% similar). NARS Rouge Indiscret (LE, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Consuming Red (P, $25.00) is warmer, more muted (90% similar). NARS VIP Red (P, $28.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Nosferatu (P, $20.00) is less glossy, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Experimente (154) (P, $37.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M402 (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Avenue (P, $6.00) is less glossy, cooler (90% similar). Besame Cherry Red 1935 (P, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is glossier, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Boss Lady (P, $12.00) is more muted (85% similar). NARS Eva (LE, $32.00) is glossier, cooler, darker (85% similar). Tarte XOXO (P, $20.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). MAC Retro Rouge (LE, $18.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). MAC Deeply Adored (LE, $17.00) is glossier, cooler (80% similar). MAC Kiss Me Quick (P, $19.50) is brighter, lighter (80% similar). Colour Pop TGIF (LE, $5.00) is brighter, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Consuming Red
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Infatuated Red

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