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. MAC Dubonnet (P, $20.00) is less glossy (95% similar). NARS Olivia (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Pat McGrath Vendetta (P, $40.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Shiseido Bloodstone (RD503) (DC, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). YSL Black Red (71) (LE, $38.00) is warmer (90% 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 Just a Bite (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Liquid Courage (P, $7.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass At Night (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Currant Affair (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, lighter, glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty Tannin (DC, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Visionary (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Melted Velvet (P, $21.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Perfect Score (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Tentation (169) (P, $38.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Fire Down Below (DC, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (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). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pretty Boy (DC, $18.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C207 (P, $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). Maybelline Rebel Pink (DC, $7.49) is less glossy (90% similar). Pat McGrath Extravaganza (P, $40.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Colour Pop Sweetener (LE, $7.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Have Your Cake (LE, $20.00) 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

Audacious Lipstick
NARS
$34.00/0.14 oz.

94%

Average

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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I find myself really liking Stephanie because it runs darker and more balanced than most Fuchsia lipsticks. I think this one would play up my light olive skin nicely.

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.

Beautiful! You look great on both colors! Thank you for the review. Now i am eyeing for Stefania. How does it compare to Mac Flat Out Fabulous? Thanks

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!

You know, if Leslie bled on you, I would either skip this or try in-store – the formula is consistent with the other shades in the range, IMO!

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.

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’! ?

I think Nars just may have, LoL! All 5 seem geared towards med. olive and darker skintones. Not certain whether this is random coincidence or not, but I know many of us are stoked!

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.

They are both beautiful. I must swatch Stefania, if it becomes available here. Not all of them does, something I find quite a bit annoying.
I have MAC Dubonnet so I’ll pass on Shirley.

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