NARS Glass Metropolis Mini Audacious Lipstick Coffret Review, Photos, Swatches

NARS Glass Metropolis Audacious Lipstick Coffret
NARS Glass Metropolis Audacious Lipstick Coffret

NARS Glass Metropolis Audacious Lipstick Coffret ($125.00 for 0.64 oz.) contains eight miniature sized Audacious Lipsticks (each is 0.08 oz., while a full size is 0.14 oz.) housed in a frosted glass box with a mirrored edge in the middle. There’s a lot to love about the set–a decent value (particularly for NARS, which doesn’t have the most value-packed palettes/sets usually), great formula that is seen through all eight shades, and unique, keepsake packaging–but the downside is that the shade range is very narrow with six shades being darker and more autumnal in look and feel. If you’ve been a longtime fan of the Audacious range and have been picking up shades since the launch, you may already have a few from this set, as only one shade, Sarah, is new (and exclusive to the set). I would have loved to have seen more variety in undertone, depth, and overall color selection, which I think would make it more splurge-worthy for more people. It’s a nice set in terms of quality, but I’m not sure if this is going to appeal to as many people as it could with just a few shades switched out. I’d also have loved them to include one or two of their new (and permanent) shades that were recently added to the permanent line-up.

Value

  • Audacious Lipstick: $32.00 for 0.14 oz. or $214.29/oz.
  • Value: $137.15

Bette is a rich, deep red-burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It had very nearly opaque pigmentation that covered the lips with smooth, even color. The texture was lightly creamy with moderate slip with a thinner feel than most of the Audacious range, but I didn’t experience any feathering with this shade. The color lasted for six and a half hours, left a stain behind, and was just a touch hydrating. Maybelline Smoking Red (DC, $7.49) is less glossy (95% similar). NARS Josephine (LE, $34.00) is lighter (95% similar). ColourPop Tiana (LE, $7.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Lancome Pigeon Blood Ruby (481) (P, $32.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bite Beauty Liquorice (DC, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Brick Trick (P, $24.00) is lighter, glossier (95% similar). MAC Runner (LE, $19.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay Hex (DC, $18.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Bad Behavior (LE, $30.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Dionysus (DC, $21.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Bite Beauty Black Cherry (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Diva (P, $19.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). NARS Ingrid (P, $34.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Liquorice (DC, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Malt Shake (29) (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Doge (210) (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever Mighty Maroon (420) (P, $23.00) is cooler (90% similar). Shiseido Curious Cassis (RD620) (DC, $28.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Chanel Attraction (494) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Your Majesty (P, $37.00) is more muted (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Charlotte is a muted, deep red with soft, warm undertones and a natural finish. The pigmentation was fantastic–opaque and even–that wore for over six hours and left a stain behind. The consistency was light-medium in weight, creamy, and comfortable to wear and to apply. The formula was neither drying nor hydrating on me over time. Bite Beauty Liquorice (DC, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). ColourPop Tiana (LE, $7.00) is cooler, glossier (95% similar). NARS Eva (LE, $34.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Dreaming of You (LE, $19.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Mistletoe (LE, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Hex (DC, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Blast (146) (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain #23 (P, $33.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty Black Cherry (LE, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Josephine (LE, $34.00) is glossier (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Red Berry (P, $37.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Your Majesty (P, $37.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Sephora Me First (38) (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Crimson (P, $37.00) is glossier (90% similar). Pat McGrath 35MM (DC, $40.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty #001 (Reformulation) (LE, $36.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nikita (Right) (LE, )(90% similar). Smashbox Brick Trick (P, $24.00) is glossier (90% similar). NARS Bette (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). YSL Topanga Sunset (150) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sandra is a bold, coppery brown with warm, red undertones and a lightly glossy, cream finish. It was intensely pigmented with full color coverage in a single stroke. The consistency was smooth, creamy, and comfortable to wear, as it was thick enough to keep from pulling into lip lines and left my lips looking plumper and smoother. The color lasted for five and a half hours and was hydrating over time. Bite Beauty Cognac (DC, $24.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Pat McGrath Strange (DC, $40.00) is darker (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Blackberry (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Legendary (LE, $19.00) is more muted, less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay Nighthawk (DC, $18.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Bite Beauty Clove (DC, $24.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). MAC DGAF (P, $23.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Pat McGrath Flesh 3 (P, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Jeanne (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Camden Chic (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Pat McGrath Unnatural Natural (DC, $40.00) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Witty (P, $15.00) is cooler (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Shawty (P, $18.00) is more muted (85% similar). YSL Shoreditch Walk (144) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (85% similar). Bite Beauty #011 (LE, $36.00) is darker (85% similar). Sephora My Rules (34) (P, $13.00) is more shimmery, more muted (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Magnetic Attraction (P, $57.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Revlon Raisin Rage (P, $8.49) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Rouge Ascendant (872) (P, $55.00) is cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever Ignited Lava (120) (P, $23.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Olivia is a bold, brighter, medium-dark red with warmer undertones and a glossy, creamy finish. The pigmentation was fully opaque with a creamy, light-medium weight texture that was comfortable to wear. The formula was lightly hydrating, long-wearing at six and a half hours, and didn’t feather on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty Miss Scarlet (208) (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). YSL Black Red (71) (LE, $38.00) is less glossy (95% similar). NARS Shirley (P, $34.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). NYX Alabama (P, $6.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Crushed Chili (LE, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Rose Wish (LE, $37.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $19.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Bite Beauty Cherry Truffle (LE, ) is lighter, cooler, glossier (90% similar). NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Dubonnet (P, $19.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). KVD Beauty Misfit (P, $19.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). NARS Fire Down Below (P, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Shiseido Scarlet Rush (204) (P, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Callback (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Lee (LE, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Revlon Raisin Rage (P, $8.49) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). ColourPop Gallop (P, $7.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Cedar (206) (P, $38.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Camden Chic (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Melted Velvet (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rita is a bright, medium red with warm undertones and a cream finish. The color coverage was fully opaque, while the texture was smooth, creamy, and glided on without tugging. I felt like the thicker texture of this shade pulled into lip lines slightly, though. On me, it wore well for five and a half hours, left a stain behind, and was comfortable to wear.
NARS Margot (LE, $34.00) is more muted, cooler (95% similar). Maybelline Dynamite Red (DC, $7.49) is darker, more muted, less glossy (95% similar). YSL Midnight LA (149) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Ruffian Red (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay F-Bomb (DC, $18.00) is cooler, glossier (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Scarlet Rouge (P, $55.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Rouge Fatal (LE, $57.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sephora Deep Water Bay (24) (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). YSL Mystery Red (23) (P, $39.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Audacious (P, $23.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Revlon Wine with Everything (P, $8.49) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Mode (75) (P, $40.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). ColourPop Winnie (LE, $7.00) is lighter (90% similar). YSL Red Urge (306) (P, $39.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Starlett Scarlet (LE, $18.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Scarlet Rouge (P, $57.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Immortal (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Imperial (73) (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Visionary (P, $32.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Givenchy L'Interdit (333) (P, $36.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Marlene is a bright, medium-dark rusty orange with warm, red undertones and a cream finish. It had full color coverage with a smooth, light-medium weight consistency that applied with even color. The texture was comfortable to wear and neither drying nor hydrating. It wore well for five and a half hours on me. Make Up For Ever M300 (DC, $22.00) is darker, glossier (95% similar). Bite Beauty Hot Harissa (LE, $26.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Flame (P, $37.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Dior Ultra Trouble (436) (P, $37.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Feu (57) (LE, $40.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). YSL Take My Red Away (120) (LE, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Purée (DC, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Ultra Spice (641) (P, $37.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Rita (P, $34.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Olvera (P, $19.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty Mimosa (DC, $24.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Shiseido Lantern Red (220) (P, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Habanero (DC, $21.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). YSL Lost in Marais (145) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). ColourPop Foolish (P, $7.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Carmen (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). MAC Strange Journey (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Urban Decay Temper (DC, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (134) (DC, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (95% similar). NARS Do Not Disturb (LE, $28.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Anita is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a cream finish. It had rich color payoff with a creamy, light-medium weight consistency that was easy to glide on. The lipstick sunk into lip lines slightly initially, and then it was worse after two hours of wear. On me, the color wore for just over four and a half hours and was a touch hydrating. Make Up For Ever Brazen Pink (154) (P, $23.00) is cooler (95% similar). Smashbox Primrose (PiP, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Hourglass I Woke Up (P, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Pepper (DC, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). bareMinerals Heaven (PiP, $20.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). Pat McGrath Realness (DC, $40.00) is darker (90% similar). Givenchy Rose d'Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Blush (500) (P, $38.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Pat McGrath Christy (P, $38.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bite Beauty Café (LE, $24.00) is darker, glossier (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Dusk (P, $57.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Jaclyn Cosmetics Perfectionist (DC, $18.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Rosewood (P, $14.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Tres Blasé (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Angel (P, $29.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Lancome Vintage Ruby (306) (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Vanessa (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). KVD Beauty OG Lolita (P, $19.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). LORAC Belle-ieve (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Pat McGrath Sextrology (DC, $40.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sarah is a medium-dark peach with hints of warmer, brown undertones and a satin finish. The pigmentation was fully opaque, while the texture was smooth, velvety, and felt a touch heavier than most Audacious shades (and it had less slip). The color pulled into lip lines a bit initially but was more noticeable after three hours of wear. It wore for just over four and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Giorgio Armani Granite (101) (P, $38.00) is glossier (95% similar). NARS Bella (LE, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Recognized (P, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). ColourPop Appy (P, $7.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Best Actress (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Fuel (LE, $18.00) is lighter (85% similar). Jaclyn Cosmetics Tipsy (DC, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Uptight (P, $19.00) is brighter (90% similar). ColourPop Peppermint (LE, $7.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Ginger Snap (LE, $27.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier (90% similar). MAC My Tweedy (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Mocha (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass I Cherish (LE, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dose of Colors Hey Girl (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Revlon Brazilian Tan (P, $8.49) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Discreet (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Fearless (25) (P, $13.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Marion (DC, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Beach Bunny (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Natasha Denona Judith (14NB) (P, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Glass Metropolis Mini Audacious Lipstick Coffret (Holiday 2016)

NARS Glass Metropolis Mini Audacious Lipstick Coffret (Holiday 2016)

NARS Glass Metropolis Mini Audacious Lipstick Coffret (Holiday 2016)

NARS Glass Metropolis Mini Audacious Lipstick Coffret (Holiday 2016)

NARS Glass Metropolis Mini Audacious Lipstick Coffret (Holiday 2016)

NARS Glass Metropolis Mini Audacious Lipstick Coffret (Holiday 2016)

NARS Glass Metropolis Mini Audacious Lipstick Coffret (Holiday 2016)

NARS Bette Audacious Lipstick

NARS Bette Audacious Lipstick

NARS Bette Audacious Lipstick

NARS Bette Audacious Lipstick

NARS Bette Audacious Lipstick

NARS Bette Audacious Lipstick

NARS Charlotte Audacious Lipstick

NARS Charlotte Audacious Lipstick

NARS Charlotte Audacious Lipstick

NARS Charlotte Audacious Lipstick

NARS Charlotte Audacious Lipstick

NARS Charlotte Audacious Lipstick

NARS Sandra Audacious Lipstick

NARS Sandra Audacious Lipstick

NARS Sandra Audacious Lipstick

NARS Sandra Audacious Lipstick

NARS Sandra Audacious Lipstick

NARS Sandra Audacious Lipstick

NARS Olivia Audacious Lipstick

NARS Olivia Audacious Lipstick

NARS Olivia Audacious Lipstick

NARS Olivia Audacious Lipstick

NARS Olivia Audacious Lipstick

NARS Olivia Audacious Lipstick

NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick

NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick

NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick

NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick

NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick

NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick

NARS Marlene Audacious Lipstick

NARS Marlene Audacious Lipstick

NARS Marlene Audacious Lipstick

NARS Marlene Audacious Lipstick

NARS Marlene Audacious Lipstick

NARS Marlene Audacious Lipstick

NARS Anita Audacious Lipstick

NARS Anita Audacious Lipstick

NARS Anita Audacious Lipstick

NARS Anita Audacious Lipstick

NARS Anita Audacious Lipstick

NARS Anita Audacious Lipstick

NARS Sarah Audacious Lipstick

NARS Sarah Audacious Lipstick

NARS Sarah Audacious Lipstick

NARS Sarah Audacious Lipstick

NARS Sarah Audacious Lipstick

NARS Sarah Audacious Lipstick

Makeup Look
On face:
  • Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
  • NARS Give In Take Blush II
  • Anastasia Amber Glow Highlight Powder
On eyes:
  • NARS Give In Take Dual-Intensity Eye & Cheek Palette
  • Sephora Eccentric Diva Eyeliner

48 Comments

Comments that do not adhere to our comment policy may be removed. Discussion and debate are highly encouraged but we expect community members to participate respectfully. Please keep discussion on-topic, and if you have general feedback, a product review request, an off-topic question, or need technical support, please contact us!

Please help us streamline the comments' section and be more efficient: double-check the post above for more basic information like pricing, availability, and so on to make sure your question wasn't answered already. Comments alerting us to typos or small errors in the post are appreciated (!) but will typically be removed after errors are fixed (unless a response is needed).

We appreciate enthusiasm for new releases but ask readers to please hold questions regarding if/when a review will be posted as we can't commit to or guarantee product reviews. We don't want to set expectations and then disappoint readers as even products that are swatched don't always end up being reviewed due to time constraints and changes in priorities! Thank you for understanding!

Comments on this post are closed.
Mo Merrell Avatar

Too many reds for me. I’d have liked a variation of colors to get a feel for the entire range of colors. This is like one long color minus the two quite obvious shades however it’s an adorable set. I love mini lipsticks.

Katherine T. Avatar

(Sigh) Wow, I love mini lip sets, especially ones that score all A’s, but I have way too many red lippies already, and the 2 lighter shades are zombie colors on me, so will skip. Between this and the Sarah Moon collection, it looks like NARS went crazy with the red lippies this holiday, wish they had switched out some of the reds and put in some browns, purples, rose, etc to mix it up.

Jules Avatar

Very nice, but I totally disagree with the price point and won’t be buying it solely for that reason. I feel that it’s way overpriced, it’s not a value set, and that annoys me!

Christine Avatar

Thanks for sharing! Just as a FYI, NARS doesn’t really do “value” sets in the sense of giving you $400 worth of product for $50, but the set, if I didn’t screw up the math as I normally do, is still providing more product (by the oz.), so it technically is a value set ($137 value vs. $125 price tag). It is an expensive set, of course, so I understand that you might want even more for your money.

Andrea Avatar

Do you think there is a difference in the formula of Bette (mini vs full size)? When these were released in 2014 you gave Bette a B and now the grade is an A! Did they revamp the formula as well? Thanks!

Deborah S. Avatar

Boy when everyone was talking about this being the year of the lipstick they weren’t kidding. Your poor lips must be so tired of testing. These are lovely colors but as many have said, I have a lot of reds already so I will save the money for something else.

Lea Avatar

I actually like the box the most out of this set. I did actually wear a red lip all day today (and an orangey red one at that), but I have a long way to go to need this many reds at once.

Bonnie Avatar

Totally getting this, despite the red lipstick overload!!! Really 6 out of 8 in the same color family is a little much. And I’m not a big nude lipstick wearer. But I do LOVE reds like these and a few of them have been on my wishlist for ages. (And I dont own any of these shades yet!) I figure I’ll give the nudes to my two besties who love nudes and pinks so they don’t go to waste! This isn’t my ideal lipstick set but I’m still digging it.

Ginny Avatar

Very vampy and then the pinks seem a bit thrown in. Even if this was to be a “wardrobe of vamp” it’s… So very burgundy. Surprised they didn’t include purpler ones like Kate or even Janet. Can’t be too mad, though, I adore this formula.

kjh Avatar

Cher Francois, I know you had me in mind, but I still haven’t worn down the first six yet, and I haven’t decided on a pied a terre in Paris yet. Sorry, I will have to forego these. Yet another embarrassment. But if the stash caught fire, or I had a vacay home, I’d snap this in a nanosecond. Periodically try Anita, but have 2 dupes, and 2 for Sarah as well. Lest I fail to repeat myself for the 100th time, I’ve never met a NARS red I don’t adore. What a set! But already snagged. He really knows how to rope me in!

Helene Avatar

I love all the reds, the two lighter ones are on no-no land for me. Lovely as the packaging is, with two colours I don’t really like (on me) and one I already have (Olivia) I’ll not buy this set. I do however think I must buy Charlotte and Rita, two lipsticks I often stand staring at, thinking, “next time”. Maybe next time will be here soon.

AB Avatar

Too many darker shades for me. Hope they come out with lighter shades, as a set of mini-lipsticks would be a fun way to sample across the line (I haven’t tried this formula yet).

We try to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind and appreciate your patience! 🙂 If you have general feedback, product review requests, off-topic questions, or need technical support, please contact us directly. Thank you for your patience!