NARS Audacious Lipsticks – Worth The Splurge?

26 January, 2015 NARS Audacious Lipsticks – Worth The Splurge?

The NARS Audacious lipstick launch of September 2014 was huge news in the beauty industry, and bloggers, editors and lipstick addicts everywhere were falling over themselves to pick up one (or two, or three) of the 40 beautiful shades. Whilst the title of this blog post is ‘NARS Audacious Lipsticks – Worth The Splurge?’, I’ll save you the trouble of waiting to find out what I think by simply saying that THESE ARE AMAZING.


The formula is second-to-none: the finish is a creamy matte, each lipstick is highly pigmented so you can achieve a solid, opaque look in one swipe, and the sheer range of colours means that there really is something for everyone.

I own three of the lipsticks – one was gifted to me on my birthday by my lovely boyfriend, and the other two were purchased quickly after trying the first one.


From left to right: Anna, Raquel, Charlotte

Anna – The Interesting Mauve: this shade is a beautiful, deep pink-mauve, with subtle hints of purple and brown to make this one of the most complex shades in the range. I had seen loads of bloggers talking about this unique lipstick and couldn’t resist! It has a fairly creamy texture – more so than the other two I own – and looks beautiful paired with gold and copper shades. You can wear this as a stain by sheering it out with fingers, or pack on the colour by applying it straight from the bullet. MAC’s Whirl lipliner pairs really well with this lipstick, as does Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat pencils in Pillow Talk and Iconic Nude.

Raquel – The Peachy Nude: I had been steering clear of opaque nudes for a few months, favouring deeper, more brown-based colours, but there’s something about Raquel that is far too pretty to ignore! It’s a peach-based nude that doesn’t wash me out or make my skin look dull, and it’s slightly more matte in formula than Anna, making it easy for ‘swipe and go’ applications, and throwing into your handbag.

Charlotte – The Dramatic Red: My boyfriend bought me Charlotte for my birthday as he had seen it on my wishlist, and I’m so glad he did – it really is the ultimate, ‘going out’ colour. The perfect combination of deep, oxblood red and cooler burgundy, I’ve yet to find a deeper shade more beautiful or luxurious than this one. This has the most matte formula I’ve tried, and think that making the deeper shades more hard-wearing and dry was a brilliant decision on the part of NARS – a glossy dark lip can get messy very easily!

I absolutely adore these lipsticks, and the beautiful, sleek packaging and weighted matte tubes means one of these is definitely going to stand out in your makeup collection. However, in terms of longevity, the lighter shades can fade after about 4-5 hours, although for me this isn’t really a problem – just an excuse to carry one around with me!

The lipsticks retail for £24, and I’ve not seen them discounted anywhere. These are a ‘treat-yourself’ kind of lipstick, but I would definitely say these are worth the splurge, as the quality, beautiful shade range and luxurious packaging makes these essential additions to my huge lipstick collection.

If you were considering buying just one, think about which type of lipstick you use the most – do you love a nude lip? Do you prefer a shocking pink? Choosing a signature colour means you’re more likely to wear it all the time, and you’ll get the biggest bang for your buck. You can find an extensive list of shades swatched on the Temptalia site here.

Buy here (Space NK), here (ASOS) and here (John Lewis) for £24.

What do you think of these lipsticks? Have you bought, tried or tested them? Let me know in the comments, as well as any recommendations or questions you have for me!

Happy Monday!

Jess, X

  • Tasha
    Posted at 13:37h, 27 January Reply

    The shade range on these is phenomenal – so much so I have no idea which to choose! One is definitely on my wishlist though – the formula sounds amazing!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    • Jessica
      Posted at 21:22h, 27 January Reply

      It’s overwhelming how gorgeous they are! X

  • Magpie Jasmine (@jasmineacs)
    Posted at 22:13h, 26 January Reply

    The shade Anna looks gorgeous! Maybe for Valentine’s Day or something – I can’t bring myself to splurge so much on myself but it’s fine as a gift haha xx

    Magpie Jasmine || Palette Giveaway: Urban Decay, Nars, Charlotte Tilbury, Too Faced

  • Vicky
    Posted at 21:54h, 26 January Reply

    These are so pigmented! I think I need Charlotte in my life.

  • Alina
    Posted at 16:20h, 26 January Reply

    I love these 3 shades you have here, absolutely stunning. I wanted to get my hands on Anna so bad but always sold out. After Christmas I ended up settling on a Selfridges exclusive Julie, which is a nude toned pinky/peach shade but my lips have been so dry lately that I sadly can’t seem to get away with wearing it. Looking forward to warmer weather when my lips are in better shape though x

    Beauty with charm

  • Alessia
    Posted at 15:41h, 26 January Reply

    I’ll be buying one soon, as I’m so in love with their matte pencils and I’m sure they far deserve the expense. Superior formula, wonderful shades and pretty effect once applied

  • nessagiron
    Posted at 12:35h, 26 January Reply

    Gorgeous colours! A bit out of my price range right now but hopefully I can try them soon enough. Thanks for the review! x

    • Jessica
      Posted at 13:50h, 26 January Reply

      Thanks Nessa! My pleasure

  • jasmine (@xprincessjas)
    Posted at 10:45h, 26 January Reply

    They may be pricey but the shades you have look gorgeous!!
    xprincessjas | ♥

    • Jessica
      Posted at 13:51h, 26 January Reply

      Thanks Jasmine! And thank you for stopping by!

  • Kat Ness
    Posted at 09:42h, 26 January Reply

    I hope one day I get to buy one of these amazing lippies! Definitely on my wishlist!

    • Jessica
      Posted at 13:51h, 26 January Reply

      You definitely should! Such a gorgeous formula! X

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