Last month NARS celebrated their 20th Anniversary by releasing 40 shades of their new lipstick line called Audacious Lipstick. I don't know about you but I was blown away and also overwhelmed with the selection! I was already a fan of their previous lipstick formulas but the new Audacious newness looks even more delicious! Want to know what color I picked up? Then please read on! Hint: it's not pink! ;D
Finally a revamped packaging! No more rubberized texture! Who else is happy?! :D Audacious lipsticks come in this masculine all-black metallic casing that closes with a satisfying magnetic closure. The brand's logo is printed on the bottom of the packaging and is also engraved on the actual lipstick inside. The lipstick has no taste or smell that I am aware of.
And here it is! Ta da! Meet Juliette! ^_^
Juliette is described as a pink coral but on my lips it is a super bright, almost fluorescent coral! I'm not going to lie, at first swipe I was a little bit taken aback! Judging from the tube, I thought the color was going to be muted coral but in real life, there's nothing muted about Juliette at all! The shade has some ultra fine shimmer, too, but it's more noticeable on the lips than in the tube.
To make the color more wearable for office work, I usually just dab the lipstick on the center part of my lips and then spread and sheer out with a clean finger or lip brush. Juliette goes on opaque in one swipe and is layerable. The more you layer, the brighter fluorescent it becomes! I detect a soft sheen in the beginning of wear, too, but it vanishes within a couple of hours.
In terms of consistency, this is one creamy and richly pigmented lipstick! The lightweight formula glides on smoothly without skipping or dragging. However, your lips have to be in the most perfect condition for this lipstick to apply smoothly otherwise it will catch on dry flakes and accentuate them. It doesn't settle into lip lines, though.
Normally in summer, I can get away with just a regular lip balm underneath my lipstick but for Juliette, I find myself needing the help from the thick formula of the Bite Agave Lip Mask to keep my lips well hydrated throughout the day.
Juliette may feel comfortable and a bit moisturizing during initial wear but I notice my lips become slightly drying after the color starts to wear off, which is after 3-4 hours. It does leave a soft stain on the lips but my problem with the color is it doesn't seem to fade “evenly”. At the end of the day, my lips look kind of dry and noticeably blotchy when inspected up-close. Always keep a lip balm handy to re-texturize when wearing this lipstick!
The many faces of Jaa!
I believe Sephora only carries 30 shades, the other 10 shades are exclusive to Barneys and NARS Cosmetics. If I decide to purchase another color, it would probably be in the nude category. My beautiful blog friend Carolyn has some lovely swatches of Barbara and Brigitte right here if you are interested to see what they look like!
Are you planning to pick up Audacious Lipsticks? What color(s) are you drawn to the most?