NARS Carmen is a moderately warm-toned, medium-dark red with a satin finish. It is a permanent lipstick that retails for $34.00 and contains 0.14 oz.
NARS Carmen Audacious Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, medium red with warmer undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage that adhered fairly evenly and smoothly across my lips. The texture felt incredibly creamy--a bit too emollient, as it easily skated along my lips so I'd recommend being more precise/careful during application.
This was the last shade I swatched in a batch of 14 (my lips are usually at maximum exfoliation by then!), so I was surprised that it did go on more evenly and seemed to separate slightly along my deeper lip lines, though the richer, brighter color camouflaged the flaws in person. The color stayed on nicely for six hours, left a faint stain behind, and was lightly hydrating while worn.
This shade is exclusive to NARS' website.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview, which is a detailed review of the range as a whole.
The innovative, pigment-rich formula delivers an intense, full-coverage finish in a single stroke, while nutrient rich ingredients are known to smooth, moisturize and volumize. The 40-shade collection features a full range of provocative hues from neutral nudes to striking reds and bold pinks.
RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL • BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2 • ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE • ISONONYL ISONONANOATE • EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX/CANDELILLA CERA/CIRE DE CANDELILLA • OZOKERITE • HYDROGENATED POLYCYCLOPENTADIENE • BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER • MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX/CERA MICROCRISTALLINA/CIRE MICROCRISTALLINE • CETEARYL ALCOHOL • ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE • CETEARETH-20 • SILICA • CETEARYL ETHYLHEXANOATE • POLYETHYLENE • COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX/CERA CARNAUBA/CIRE DE CARNAUBA • ISOPROPYL TITANIUM TRIISOSTEARATE • CAPRYLYL GLYCOL • STEARALKONIUM HECTORITE • PHENOXYETHANOL • COPRINUS COMATUS (MUSHROOM) EXTRACT • POLYHYDROXYSTEARIC ACID • LECITHIN • CALOPHYLLUM INOPHYLLUM SEED OIL • SIMETHICONE • TOCOPHERYL ACETATE • SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE • HEXYLENE GLYCOL • DEXTRIN • WATER/AQUA/EAU • PROPYLENE CARBONATE • HYDROGENATED PHOSPHATIDYLCHOLINE • LYSOLECITHIN • PORTULACA PILOSA EXTRACT • TOCOPHEROL • SUCROSE COCOATE • ASCORBYL PALMITATE • PALMITOYL TRIPEPTIDE-38 • DISODIUM EDTA • [+/- (MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR): MICA • TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) • IRON OXIDES (CI 77491) • IRON OXIDES (CI 77492) • IRON OXIDES (CI 77499) • BLUE 1 LAKE (CI 42090) • RED 28 (CI 45410) • RED 33 LAKE (CI 17200) • RED 6 LAKE (CI 15850) • RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850) • YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140) • YELLOW 6 LAKE (CI 15985)] •
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