NARS Audacious Lipstick in Claudia

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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 notesfrommydressingtable.com

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 notesfrommydressingtable.com

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 notesfrommydressingtable.com

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 notesfrommydressingtable.com

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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26 comments

  1. Bummer that your lips can't tolerate this formula, but the color looks drop dead gorgeous on you. Stunning!

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  2. Even if a brand says it does one-stroke color/application, I always end up doing multiple anyway for position and opacity. Then i end up blotting away some so....haha. I love this color on you though!

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  3. Allison @neversaydiebeautyJune 5, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Return it!! I love the shade but for $32, if you can wear the formula bring it back!!

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  4. This is a beautiful shade. I love the Audacious formula

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  5. sad this didn't work out for you, but maybe some shades are better than others - i have anita and vivien, which are great. i would love to see them do a line with more moisturizing lipsticks!

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  6. I have a few of these and I like them. Sorry this one wasn't a winner for you.

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  7. I like these lip sticks. Too bad it didn't work for you.

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  8. I really like the Audacious Lipstick I have but can't remember the name! Everyone has different needs when it comes to up moisture and has different skin - it's great to hear your perspective especially for those who need to apply balm before lipstick. i don't need to with this but I do with liquid lipsticks so I understand! Thanks for sharing your thorough review

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  9. I really do like the Audacious Lipstick line, but it sucks that the formula is rather finicky on you. I have the shades Anna and Anita and they're really good on me.

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  10. Bummer this one didn't work for you! I have Audrey and one other I can't remember the name, and they are really nice. I need to dig them out and wear them again.

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  11. aw I'm sad the formula didn't work for you, the shade is perfect!

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  12. The color is gorgeous on you but the close up makes it look so dry. I don't have any of these since the one shade I bought was too dark so I returned it unused.

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  13. Thank you so much. I love the colour and with balm, I can wear it for a while, so I'll get use out of it. :)

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  14. Yeah... I have yet to meet a one stroke lipstick! lol Thank you. I love this pink.

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  15. I have had it too long. Otherwise, I would. Also, I'm not going to pay shipping to return it by mail nor drive all the way to Phoenix just to return a lippie.

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  16. It is pretty, isn't it? I'm so glad that you love it! :D

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  17. Eh, it's okay. I can wear this for a while with balm, so I'll use it. I would LOVE to have a shine/moisturizing line! NARS needs to hook us up.

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  18. It's alright. It was fun to try. I'll use this one, over time. A lot of people love this line, so it was worth a shot.

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  19. You're so welcome. I truly wanted to love this lippie! I know that a lot of people really enjoy this formula, but my stupid lips just can't with it. lol I'll use this one that I have, over time. I love the colour!

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  20. I drool over those shades when I see them and I can imagine that they are gorgeous on you. :D NARS needs to make a moisture line. Yep. :D

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  21. Thank you. I really do love this pink!

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  22. It's okay. It was worth giving a shot. I'll use it, with lots of lip balm. ;) I do love the shade. I am all about that pink. :D

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  23. Thank you so much. I'll use it, a little at a time as I can't resist that pink!

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  24. I love the colour, so much! NARS needs to make a shine/moisture line. I'd go nuts on that!

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  25. I'll use this one until it's gone. As long as I wear plenty of lip balm, I can make it work but the formula isn't the most compatible with my lips. It's okay... It's a lovely product. Just not the right one for me. :)

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