NARS Thousand Worlds Audacious Lip & Nail Set Review, Photos, Swatches

NARS Thousand Worlds Lip & Nail Set
NARS Thousand Worlds Lip & Nail Set

NARS Thousand Worlds Lip & Nail Set ($49.00 for 0.66 oz.) includes two miniature sized Audacious Lipsticks (both brand new shades) and two miniature sized Nail Polishes (also new shades). I’m so bummed about this set, because both polishes were problematic and lacking (and for high-end polish, it really should perform, given how many excellent options exist at lower price points), while the Audacious Lipsticks were fantastic–and new shades at that! This was one of the few sets that had more distinctive packaging, too, and it had a frosted plastic clamshell with a staggered edge that opened to reveal the products.

Value

  • Audacious Lipstick: $32.00 for 0.14 oz. or $228.57/oz.
  • Nail Polish: $20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz. or $40.00/oz.
  • Set Contains: $36.57 worth of Audacious Lipstick, $20.00 worth of Nail Polish
  • Total Value: $56.57

Codie is a muted, medium-dark orange-red with warm, rusty undertones and a creamy finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. The texture was light-to-medium in weight but didn’t slide around easily, so it lasted for five and a half hours. The formula felt lightly hydrating to me. NARS Delphine (LE, $34.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (95% similar). Hourglass At Night (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C406 (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Mysterious Red (P, $27.00) is brighter, less glossy (95% similar). NARS Rouge Indiscret (LE, $28.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). NARS Shanghai Express (P, $26.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). NARS Just Push Play (P, $26.00) is brighter, less glossy (90% similar). Lisa Eldridge Velvet Jazz (LE, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Liquid Courage (P, $7.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Lost (P, $7.00) is warmer, less glossy (95% similar). NARS VIP Red (DC, $28.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Milani I Am Motivated (P, $6.99) is darker (90% similar). MAC Retro Rouge (LE, $18.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Snow White (LE, $7.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Sephora After Hours (23) (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Besame Red Velvet 1946 (PiP, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Reddy to Go (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (85% similar). Kat Von D Santa Sangre (P, $20.00) is warmer, less glossy (85% similar). Urban Decay Bad Blood (P, $18.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Eva is a deep, reddish burgundy with neutral-to-cool undertones and a glossy, creamy finish. The texture had more slip than Codie, but it didn’t lose its intensity, as it was very nearly opaque on me. The color applied with smooth, even coverage that sat well on the lips. I didn’t experience feathering with this shade, but it was more emollient than the majority of the Audacious range. It lasted for six and a half hours, and it left behind a stain. The formula was moisturizing over time. Bite Beauty Mistletoe (LE, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Charlotte (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Jetset (LE, $21.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Miss Scarlet (208) (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Blow (210) (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Black Cherry (LE, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Infatuated Red (P, $27.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (85% similar). NARS Shirley (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (85% similar). Colour Pop Wig (LE, $7.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Such Flare (LE, $19.50) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Mascate (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Perfect Score (LE, $19.50) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Chanel Experimente (154) (P, $37.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Colour Pop Avenue (P, $6.50) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Besame Cherry Red 1935 (PiP, $22.00) is lighter, less glossy (80% similar). NARS Hell Gate (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is lighter (80% similar). Bite Beauty Red Velvet (P, $24.00) is lighter, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

La Dame En Blanc is a light-medium beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a cream finish. The consistency was thicker, but it also seemed runny and prone to pooling along the edges. It took longer to dry down, and I really felt like I had to keep my hand totally flat against a table to help the polish dry more evenly (something that I don’t typically find myself doing). It had mostly opaque coverage after two coats, but there was a bit of noticeable streaky. I typically get a week of wear out of NARS’ formula. Chanel Frenzy (P, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Sebastian (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Endless Night (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). YSL Beige Gallerie (39) (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Quiet Time (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Coffee Break (P, $12.00) is darker (80% similar). Zoya Farah (P, $9.00) is cooler (95% similar). Essie Sand Tropez (LE, $8.00) is cooler (90% similar). Zoya Cho (P, $9.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sandpiper (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

La Dame En Noir is a medium-dark reddish burgundy with cooler undertones and a jelly-like finish, though it was lacking the gel-like quality of a true jelly. It had more of the translucency and shine of a jelly polish to me. The formula was thin, watery, and prone to streaking, which was especially noticeable on the first layer. I expected the second layer to help smooth and even out the finished result, but it did not help entirely–there were areas with more coverage and areas that looked sheerer. It had semi-opaque coverage after two layers. Butter London Blowing Raspberries (P, $15.00) is lighter, cooler, better quality (95% similar). MAC Underfire (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). China Glaze Winter Berry (LE, $7.50) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Get Noticed (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NARS Thousand Worlds Audacious Lip & Nail Set

NARS Thousand Worlds Audacious Lip & Nail Set

NARS Thousand Worlds Audacious Lip & Nail Set

NARS Thousand Worlds Audacious Lip & Nail Set

NARS Thousand Worlds Audacious Lip & Nail Set

NARS Codie Audacious Lipstick

NARS Codie Audacious Lipstick

NARS Codie Audacious Lipstick

NARS Codie Audacious Lipstick

NARS Codie Audacious Lipstick

NARS Codie Audacious Lipstick

NARS Eva Audacious Lipstick

NARS Eva Audacious Lipstick

NARS Eva Audacious Lipstick

NARS Eva Audacious Lipstick

NARS Eva Audacious Lipstick

NARS Eva Audacious Lipstick

NARS La Dame En Blanc Nail Polish (2014 Formula)

NARS La Dame En Blanc Nail Polish (2014 Formula)

NARS La Dame En Blanc Nail Polish (2014 Formula)

NARS La Dame En Blanc Nail Polish (2014 Formula)

NARS La Dame En Blanc Nail Polish (2014 Formula)

NARS La Dame En Blanc Nail Polish (2014 Formula)

NARS La Dame En Blanc Nail Polish (2014 Formula)

NARS La Dame En Noir Nail Polish (2014 Formula)

NARS La Dame En Noir Nail Polish (2014 Formula)

NARS La Dame En Noir Nail Polish (2014 Formula)

NARS La Dame En Noir Nail Polish (2014 Formula)

NARS La Dame En Noir Nail Polish (2014 Formula)

NARS La Dame En Noir Nail Polish (2014 Formula)

NARS La Dame En Noir Nail Polish (2014 Formula)

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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

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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The packaging looks very nice and creative but I’d have liked this better if maybe one of the lipstick were full size. I think it would have gave the negatives in the nail polish a pass but with the polish performing so low not even the packaging and performance of the lipsticks can make this a worthy purchase.

Too bad about the polishes, but you gave us fair warning. Codie is another overduped shade for me. Even Eva violates my two dupe rule. But the lip shades are perm, right? Just in case my stash catches fire!

This kind of breaks my heart because at first I thought the lipsticks were sold separately and I was so psyched to buy Codie. I’m not a nail person so I wouldn’t have bought this even it was A++. Oh well, I see that good dupe in the MUFE line.

Ugh!!! What a shame that these 2 nail polishes are that wretched, because I’m a sucker for good red lippies! But just not worth the price, though, because only the lipsticks are really great. Bummer. ?

That’s too bad about the nail polish (I own three of the NARS colors and all of them are fantastic), especially since the lipstick shades look gorgeous! I’ve been looking for a good orange-red and am partial to the Audacious line….I’m *almost* tempted to get this just for the two lipstick shades.

First off, those NPs are a disaster. Which is surprising, cause NARS usually has great polishes.

Those lipsticks are TDF. I love them both. I’m surprised by Codie because it seems to have an almost imperceptible pink pearl particle in it which makes it a lot easier to wear for someone cooler in tone. I hope these get released full size cause both are amazing.

La Dame En Noir just looks so horribly awful. I’m surprised it scored as high as a C. I don’t like the beige polish. I love the lipsticks, especially Codie. The translucent white packaging and box photo is very cool. I’ll have to pass, though.

The packaging was neat – it was interesting how two sets (this one and the Audacious coffret) had particularly interesting packaging.

Pretty lipsticks, not unique though, and sad, underpreforming nailpolish. Pity, but I am glad I don’t just have to hand my pay check over to M. Nars.

That’s too bad about the nail polishes. I was interested in this set. Totally agree the polishes should perform better at this price, especially when the shades aren’t even that unique. The red looks like a beautiful colour if only it performed better. Love the lippies though!

Bummer that the nail polishes are streaky! Especially when they’re such nice colors! This is the kind of thing that make me believe that companies don’t always put their best efforts into LE products.

I really like Eva, but Mistletoe is already on my wish list and I already have Golshan, so I can let this pass by without any regrets, although I love the Audacious formula. I love Bite’s new formula, too.

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