NARS Audacious Lipstick in Claudia


I have been reading numerous blog posts and watching YouTube videos gushing over the NARS Audacious Lipsticks. Gushing, I say. Oh! The packaging! The formula! The application and wear! Just the best... Ever!!! 

Are they? 

I decided to pick one up and put it through it's paces. 

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Claudia Review

I bought the NARS Audacious Lipstick in Claudia, a bright, cool pink. The packaging is beautiful. Sleek, heavy and luxe in the hand, the squared tube has the NARS logo in satin relief around the lower half of the outer tube and of course, that lovely magnetic closure that pulls the cap perfectly into place and holds it securely there to prevent in bag yuk events. Plus, let's admit it... It's just a lot of fun to play with. 

Twist the bullet up and you will see a smooth, slightly glossy bullet with a beautiful, sharp trim and a flat angle down the front with NARS cleanly embossed in the lipstick. Every detail is beautifully attended to. 

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Claudia Swatch

The NARS Audacious formula is a satin creme, almost velvety in texture. Dense, highly pigmented and very smooth. 

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Claudia Lip Swatch

Application is smooth and tug and drag free. The NARS Audacious Lipstick carries the claim of single stroke coverage. True? Not in my experience. I have to work for it. I will say to that once it's on and in place, this lippie affords complete coverage and this bright pink can stand up to my naturally pigmented lips.

Wear time for me from this lipstick is not stellar. I get breakdown at the moisture line then out from there and I need to check and touch this lipstick up on a fairly regular basis. I don't mind this. I am a routine lippie checker, it's part of my thing. So that is not a strike against it. If I need a lip colour to stay put without attention for a long time, I would definitely choose something else.

The comfort factor for me with this formula is not high, at all. If I apply this lipstick to bare lips, I get better wear but my lips are dry and crying for release from their beautiful prison within a few hours. If I apply lip balm, first and remove my lipstick and balm up midday and reapply my lips can wear this formula pretty well all day but not two days in a row.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Claudia On My Lips

I wish that my lips weren't so damned sensitive and snotty because I honestly do like the NARS Audacious Lipstick. The packaging is gorgeous and fun, the formula is lovely, it is available in thirty stunning shades, meaning that there is something for everyone. It looks fabulous on the lips and it's just good stuff. I will wear and enjoy the tube I have but I just can't wear it as much as I would love to and for that reason, alone I won't be purchasing any more of this formula. 

 NARS should make a line of gorgeous shine lipsticks with a super hydrating, gel like texture and their fantastic colour selection. You know, like the CHANEL Rouge Cocos and the Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine. Now, I'd be all over and could wear the hell out of those. Just thought I'd drop that suggestion here because you all know that the who's who at NARS routinely read my blog.

NARS Audacious Lipstick  is $32.00 and can be purchased at SephoraNordstromNeiman MarcusBloomingdale's Saks to name a few.

Do you wear this lipstick? Love it? What is your favorite shade?


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