NARS Shirley & Stefania Audacious Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

NARS Shirley Audacious Lipstick
NARS Shirley Audacious Lipstick

NARS Shirley Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep red with subtle, warm undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, creamy, and lightweight consistency that applied evenly and was comfortable to wear. This shade wore for over six hours and left behind a stain. The formula felt lightly hydrating on my lips. ColourPop Scrunchie (P, $8.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Dubonnet (P, $19.00) is less glossy (95% similar). NARS Olivia (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). YSL Black Red (71) (LE, $38.00) is warmer (90% similar). Pat McGrath Vendetta (P, $38.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Shiseido Bloodstone (RD503) (DC, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Fire Roasted (DC, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Miss Scarlet (208) (P, $30.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). NARS Hell Gate (LE, $28.00) is lighter, glossier (95% similar). Besame Cherry Red 1935 (PiP, $22.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Perfect Score (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Tentation (169) (P, $45.00) is cooler (90% similar). Hourglass At Night (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Fire Down Below (DC, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Just a Bite (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Currant Affair (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, lighter, glossier (90% similar). Hourglass Visionary (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Tempting (404) (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Tannin (DC, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Melted Velvet (P, $21.00) is brighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Stefania Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep, magenta fuchsia with subtle, cool undertones and a cream finish. The texture was smooth, creamy, and easy to apply as it didn’t tug on the lips and delivered rich, opaque coverage in a single stroke. The color lasted awhile–well past six hours–and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. YSL Fuchsia (19) (PiP, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C207 (DC, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Celebrate (12) (P, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Burgundy (DC, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty #010 (LE, $36.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Bianca (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Stronger (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pretty Boy (DC, $18.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Rebel Pink (DC, $7.49) is less glossy (90% similar). Pat McGrath Extravaganza (P, $38.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). ColourPop Sweetener (LE, $10.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Have Your Cake (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). NYX Sweet Pink (P, $6.00) is lighter, less glossy (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.

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NARS Shirley Audacious Lipstick
NARS Shirley Audacious Lipstick

NARS Shirley Audacious Lipstick
NARS Shirley Audacious Lipstick

NARS Shirley Audacious Lipstick
NARS Shirley Audacious Lipstick

NARS Shirley Audacious Lipstick
NARS Shirley Audacious Lipstick

NARS Shirley Audacious Lipstick
NARS Shirley Audacious Lipstick

NARS Shirley Audacious Lipstick
NARS Shirley Audacious Lipstick

NARS Stefania Audacious Lipstick
NARS Stefania Audacious Lipstick

NARS Stefania Audacious Lipstick
NARS Stefania Audacious Lipstick

NARS Stefania Audacious Lipstick
NARS Stefania Audacious Lipstick

NARS Stefania Audacious Lipstick
NARS Stefania Audacious Lipstick

NARS Stefania Audacious Lipstick
NARS Stefania Audacious Lipstick

NARS Stefania Audacious Lipstick
NARS Stefania Audacious Lipstick

Makeup Look
On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
  • Tom Ford Ravish Blush
  • Kevyn Aucoin Starlight The Celestial Liquid
On eyes:
  • Chantecaille Eye Colors (Seashell
  • Triton
  • Starfish
  • Lagoon)

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kjh Avatar

Oh, dear! Shirley might be unavoidable. Think Fire DB pulls cooler, Bad Blood, browner on me. Not that close. Threw away ~15 reds recently. Rationalization, baby. I need this like I need more sand in the house.

Mary Avatar

The colors are beautiful(especially Shirley). I bought Nars’ Leslie a year ago and it bled like crazy! I’ve never ha a lipstick with that much slip in it and wished I had returned it. So, while the color Shirley looks stunning, I’m not sure I want to spend that much money again for a lipstick that constantly smears at the drop of a hat. By the way…love the eye look (with the lipsticks) and really like your hair down, Christine!

Mary D Avatar

Nope, that never worked either. It really sucks, ’cause I keep hearing so many good things about NARS lipsticks. Oh well, c’est la vie! Thanks for your advice, Jess.

Nancy T Avatar

Ooh, Stefani is GORGEOUS! I usually do not go for fuchsia’s, but this one looks sooo wearable, even with my olive tones. This makes 4 out of 5 that I’ve fallen hard for. The original Audacious line has only ever had one I lusted after, Anna, of which I already own a dead-on dupe of. But these just have an extra sumthin’ sumthin’! ?

Kate Avatar

Your reviews of the other new shades yesterday inspired me to wear Audrey today. Unfortunately, it’s just reminded me of how much I love the formula and want to buy more. All of these new shades look to be fantastic and all I can tell myself at the moment is that I probably don’t need both Mona and Shirley.

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