High-end Lipstick Review Series: NARS (original formula) VS NARS Audacious Lipstick

I thought it might be helpful to not only review the new NARS Audacious lipstick, but to also review the original NARS lipstick along with it. That way people would have a comparison if they were thinking about trying the new lipsticks out. So in this installment of my High-end Lipstick Review series you get two for one!

Let’s start with the NARS lipstick original formula which is $32.00 CAD. I tried the shade Barbarella, a “sheer peach”. This was when I was going through a “must-find-a-peachy-nude-that-works-on fair-skin” phase. I have to admit, this shade is very pretty!

NARS Lipstick in Barbarella

NARS Lipstick in “Barbarella”

NARS Barbarella swatch

NARS “Barbarella” swatched

Here’s how the NARS original lipstick fared:

Packaging
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I was underwhelmed by the original packaging. The lipsticks are weirdly tiny (although at 0.12 oz you certainly are getting a standard amount of product). Its the same material as the NARS blush packaging – that fuzzy, rubbery material that seems to pick up every bit of dirt and lint. While I can tolerate it in a blush, I don’t want to pull a lipstick out of my purse to reapply and have it looking all filthy. I had the same issue with this lipstick as I did with the Marc Jacob packaging; for a high-end lipstick it wasn’t very unique or interesting. 1/3 Duchess points.

Formula
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I really prefer a sheer lipstick, but the formula on this one was not one that I enjoyed. In a word, I would describe it as “greasy”. Need I say more? 1/3 Duchess points.

Wear
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For a lipstick described as “sheer”, this actually wears really well. 2/3 Duchess points.

Scent/Taste
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I just can’t stand the scent of the original NARS lipstick. It smells like sugary, artificial, colours-not-found-in-nature breakfast cereal. It reminds me of the smell of Fruit Loops cereal in particular. So gross. 0/3 Duchess points.

Sensitivity Test
negative 1 duchess point

 

Have to deduct a Duchess point. This lipstick seriously irritated my lips, probably due to the strong artificial scent. After wearing this, my lips would literally peel (sorry TMI!).

MAC Test

negative 1 duchess point

 

Definitely did not like this as much as my MAC lipsticks so I have to deduct another Duchess point.

Would I pay $32 for another NARS Lipstick?
negative 1 duchess point

 

Definitely not! The greasy feeling formula, icky scent, and the fact that it irritated my lips made me vow to never buy another NARS lipstick. -1 Duchess point.

NARS Lipstick (original) total: 1/14

Then along came the new NARS Audacious Lipstick which is $37.00 CAD (but at 0.14 oz you are getting slightly more product). During the V.I.B. sale, I decided to give NARS a second chance and see if their new lipstick was an improvement over the original.  So, technically, I got it for $29.60. I ordered the totally vampy shade Liv a “deep aubergine” and the darkest shade in the line. I am in love with this colour.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Liv

NARS Audacious Lipstick in “Liv”

NARS Audacious Liv swatch

“Liv” swatched

Packaging
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Much better packaging! The new Audacious packaging is bigger, weightier, and more  substantial and has a magnetic closure (yay!). They’ve done away with the typical, weird fuzzy NARS packaging for a sleek, smooth tube. I love the black-on-black “NARS” lettering on the tube and the “NARS” imprint on the lipstick itself. This packaging looks and feels more high-end. 2/3 Duchess points.

Formula
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After using it all week, I’m not head-over-heels in love with this formula. Its a bit fussy to apply evenly (which I have heard some other reviewers mention and you can kind of tell from my swatch). I have to pat it on from the bullet, and then pat it in a lot with my finger to get it to look good and to make sure it doesn’t settle into any lines on my lips. Its also on the drier side and will  accentuate any dryness on your lips, so exfoliate and apply lip balm before hand. After all that fussing, it does look good though. 1/3 Duchess points.

Wear
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Wow this is a long wearing lipstick! Once applied it really isn’t going anywhere. I would recommend a lipliner with it (I used MAC Vino). 3/3 Duchess points.

Scent/Taste
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The Audacious Lipstick is completely unscented and has no taste! This is what I prefer in a lipstick. 3/3 Duchess points.

Sensitivity Test
The Audacious Lipstick totally passed my sensitivity test. After using it all week, it hasn’t irritated me at all. Hooray!

MAC Test
I would compare the Audacious Lipstick to the MAC Cremesheen or Amplified finishes. I wouldn’t say I like it better than MAC, but I think I like it about the same as the MAC Cremesheens. This counts as neutral (it doesn’t lose or gain any Duchess points).

Would I pay $37 for another NARS Audacious Lipstick?
negative 1 duchess point

 

While its an improvement over the original NARS lipstick, I feel like I just didn’t love this enough to pay $37 for another one. That’s a lot of money. I would REALLY have to be completely in love with it to repurchase it at that price point. -1 Duchess point.

NARS Audacious Lipstick Total: 8/14

Here’s an updated ranking:

high-end lipstick comparison chart

I feel bad that I’m not coming up with any “worth the splurge”s yet, lol, but I promise my next lipstick in the series will be one of my absolute favourite high-end lipsticks!

Previous reviews in this series:
Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème
Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

19 Comments

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19 responses to “High-end Lipstick Review Series: NARS (original formula) VS NARS Audacious Lipstick

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  14. I actually haven’t picked up any of the Audacious lipsticks yet. There was only one color I wanted and it was always out of stock or hard to get (one of the NARS/Barney’s exclusive shades). Anyway, thank you for this review which I found so helpful and thoroughly entertaining! 🙂

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  15. I was not impressed with my first Nars lipstick.. but I had bought a vampy shade like you. With that $25 gift card they sent out, I bought another one in the shade jane and it was insanely better! Definitely try out a mid tone shade the next time around

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  16. Awesome post! I love your comparison! Hope u find the worth the splurge lipstick soon.

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