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The New NARS Audacious Lipstick Collection: The Reds

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NARS Audacious Lipstick in Annabella

Mmmwaah! Smile by new NARS Audacious Lipstick in Annabella ($32)

It wouldn’t be a big NARS lipstick launch if there weren’t some bad-@ss reds up in the mix.

Oh! NARS does some ah-may-zing reds, don’t they? And there are lots of scintillating scarlets in the new NARS Audacious Lipstick collection ($32 each; 40 shades; available starting September 1).

NARS Audacious Lipsticks from the left: Rita, Jeanne, Lana, Marlene, Carmen (Barneys New York Exclusive), Audrey and Annabella

Red, she said! From the left, that’s Rita, Jeanne, Lana, Marlene, Carmen (a Barneys New York Exclusive), Audrey and Annabella

Yesterday when we were looking at the corals and hot pinks I mentioned how I felt that NARS did a really good job making each of the colors in this collection distinct, despite some of them appearing very similar at first. Look closely, and you see the subtle differences among them. They don’t all just blur together into a hazy fog of reddish pink…

So, if you’re one of those unstoppable makeup fanatics (like myself) who, like the Terminator, WILL NOT STOP until you find your personal red lipstick version of Sarah Connor (for me, it’s a super warm tomato red with strong orange undertones), chances are you’ll find it among the reds in this launch.

Quickly, though, before we get to the reds, have I mentioned that my lips have been dry lately?

I think I have…but it wouldn’t be a Wednesday unless I mentioned it at least 26 more times, LOL! :)

So yeah, my lips have been very dry, which is what happens when you kayak on a windy lake for four hours. Of course, after doing this batch of swatches — which you know, took a while — they were in even worse shape.

But despite the currently critical lip sitch, I still think these lipsticks look smooth, which is yet another testament to the audaciously smooth Audacious Lipstick formula.

Now, on to the reds!

The NARS Audacious Lipsticks: Reds

If you like warm, orangey reds…

Don’t miss Annabella (a poppy red), Carmen (a geranium red) and Lana (a vivid orangey red) without taking a closer look.

Of the three, I think Lana is the warmest and the most orange. It’s basically like a creamy MAC Lady Danger.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Lana

Lana

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Lana

Lana

For a warm red with less orange than Lana, check out Carmen (slightly redder, less orange) or Annabella (even more red, and less orange).

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Carmen

Carmen (a Barneys New York Exclusive)

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Carmen

Carmen (a Barneys New York Exclusive)

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Annabella

Annabella

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Annabella

Annabella

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The New NARS Audacious Lipstick Collection: The Corals, Hot Pinks and Oranges

Published in: Collections, Lips, NARS

The new NARS Audacious Lipstick Collection

The new 40-piece NARS Audacious Lipstick Collection ($32 each)


Kayaking and Dry Lips: A Haiku

Dear Self, Please take note
Next time you go kayaking
Don’t forget lip balm

Um, yeah. My lips are pretty tow up and wind burned right now as a result of last weekend’s epic four-hour Tahoe kayaking adventure/unanticipated gut check-testing marathon (seriously, what was I thinking!? My forearms still feel like jiggly orange Jell-O.).

But you probably can’t tell from these pics. :) And credit for that goes to these brand new NARS Audacious Lipsticks ($32 each, available in 40 shades).

I don’t know what kind of makeup witchcraft is at work here, but whatever it is, it’s some powerful sh*t…like Fairuza Balk from The Craft caliber.

With completely opaque coverage from a single swipe (coverage, mind you, that does not catch on my little lip flakes and cracks) they apply ever-so-nicely on my wind burned, chapped lips, leaving them looking incredibly smooth, creamy and — dare I say it? — a little plumper and fuller.

Based on how they look and feel now, I can’t wait to try them on my non-chapped lips once they’ve healed. Heck, my lips might look good enough to fool Brad into thinking that I’m Angie!

OK, doubt it. But still…

The NARS Audacious Lipstick Collection: Corals, Hot Pinks and Oranges

The coral, hot pink and orange shades

There are 40 (!) shades in the collection, but of course I had to check out the corals and hot pinks first (don’t worry, the others will follow).

Among these, I really dig flamingo coral Natalie and bright pinkish coral Grace, and I love how all of the colors have such cute girly names (although, hello, where’s Karen?).

NARS Audacious Lipsticks orange and coral shades from the left: Catherine, Juliette, Geraldine, Natalie, Kelly, Greta and Grace

Orange and coral shades from the left: Catherine, Juliette, Geraldine, Natalie, Kelly (Barneys New York exclusive), Greta and Grace

MONUMENTAL color selection

The extensive 40-piece line lands in the NARS permanent collection September 1, both in stores and online.

And did I mention that it’s extensive?

Because it is.

Extensive.

40 shades! — in almost every wearable lip color imaginable.

Bright pink NARS Audacious Lipsticks from the left: Marisa (Barneys Exclusive), Claudia and Michiyo

Bright pink NARS Audacious Lipsticks from the left: Marisa (Barneys New York exclusive), Claudia and Michiyo

The subtle variations among the shades in the different color families are also super cool. Like, say you’re hunting for a particular shade of coral. OK, well, you could go with a pink coral, a bright pinkish coral or a flamingo coral.

And those are just corals!

Chances are, if you’re looking for a very specific shade of red, coral, orange, pink or nude, you’ll be able to find something close to it in this collection.

Comfy, like your favorite bra

My lips love the medium-weight formula, too. It just feels great, even though it isn’t the most moisturizing lipstick potion I’ve ever tried, but it certainly isn’t drying at all. Plus, there are no funky flavors or scents to deal with and, depending on the brightness of any particular shade, the wear time isn’t bad. It varies from 2-3 hours for the nudes, and 4-5 hours for the bolder colors.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Catherine

Catherine

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Juliette

Juliette

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Geraldine

Geraldine

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Natalie

Natalie

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Kelly

Kelly (Barneys New York exclusive)

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Greta

Greta

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Grace

Grace

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Marisa

Marisa (Barneys New York exclusive)

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Claudia

Claudia

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Michiyo

Michiyo

NARS Audacious Lipstick swatches from the left: Catherine, Juliette, Geraldine and Natalie

Swatches from the left: Catherine, Juliette, Geraldine and Natalie

NARS Swatches from the left: Kelly, Greta and Grace

Kelly (Barneys New York exclusive), Greta and Grace

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Marc Jacobs Kiss Pop in Wham: Silver Space Pencil or Matte Coral Lipstick?

Published in: Lips, Makeup, Marc Jacobs, Product Reviews

El Hub saw this packaging on my desk and started pawing at it like a monkey from Planet of the Apes. I had to explain to him that the tip of the crayon was fake, as in not real.

“Tip crayon. Not real. Ooh-ooh-eee-eee-eee!

Wham, a matte coral, is one of nine Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop colors, and like the others, the color of the tube’s tip matches the color of the lipstick inside.

I was hoping these lipsticks would be more like the NARS Satin Lip Pencils, but they’re heavier, almost waxy. They don’t have that same sort of slip and glide, and the unscented/unflavored formula feels thicker than I thought it would be.

It’s also smoother than I expected and not as drying. In the comments when I mentioned these last week, a few gals said they had problems with patchiness and uneven application. So far, so good, though, for me. I wouldn’t call it perfect, because Wham does settle into my lip lines, but if I run my finger across my lips to pat it down, it’s tolerable.

Marc Jacobs Kiss Pop in Wham

Wham with a MAC Lipstick for scale

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A Novel Way To View Fall Lip Color: The Five New MAC A Novel Romance Lipglasses Skip Fall and Fast-Forward to Late Winter

Published in: Lips, MAC Makeup, Makeup, Product Reviews

MAC Lipglass in Talk Sexy, a dark purple

Hey, baby, it’s dark purple MAC Lipglass in Talk Sexy

Winter is coming… Looking at the Lipglasses in MAC’s new A Novel Romance collection, I can almost feel the socks on my feet (toe oppression!), the leopard-print cat lady gloves on my hands, the chill in the air and the extra 10 pounds of holiday chocolate in my belly. These colors sure don’t seem like typical fall colors.

No wines, reds or berries here. Instead, they remind me of colors we’d see in an early winter collection released after the holidays.

Yeah, as in January.

MAC Lipglasses in Bared for You, Reckless Desires, Pure Fiction, Wanting More and Talk Sexy

Lipglasses in Bared for You, Reckless Desires, Pure Fiction, Wanting More and Talk Sexy

Perhaps MAC is playing with the notion of novel and looking at it as something other than a book. Like something new, a new way to think about fall lip colors.

These five new limited edition Lipglasses ($15 U.S., $18 CDN each) have the same super sticky texture, vanilla flavor and scent, and 3-5 hour wear time I’ve come to expect from MAC Lipglasses.

Three of the five are different takes on pale lavender, but don’t be scared! Surprisingly, they’re very flattering and wearable. They almost function as nude neutrals, and all three should look great with any of the collection’s three quads, particularly when worn with intense smokey eye looks.

MAC Lipglass in Wanting More

Lipglass in Wanting More

MAC Lipglass in Wanting More, a washed-out lavender

Lipglass in Wanting More, a washed-out lavender

MAC Lipglass in Pure Fiction

Lipglass in Pure Fiction

MAC Lipglass in Pure Fiction, a mid-tone violet pink

Lipglass in Pure Fiction, a mid-tone violet pink

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For Lips So Shiny the Sun Would Envy: Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss in Envy

Published in: Lips, Makeup, Product Reviews, Tarte

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss in Envy

Step away from the lip pencil!

Don’t worry. You’re not gonna need it with new Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss in Envy ($19), even though I thought I would when I saw the tube.

Turns out I didn’t.

Tarte Envy LipSurgence Lip Gloss (5)

Mauve-ish berry Envy, a limited edition gloss in Tarte’s 2014 fall collection and the latest gal to join Team Tarte LipSurgence, is filled to the brim with antioxidants and moisturizing ingredients, and it’s supposed to push your fine lip lines and wrinkles out of the picture.

The color looks much deeper and more intense in the tube than it does on my lips, where it applies quite sheer.

Tarte Envy LipSurgence Lip Gloss (7)

Actually, all of the LipSurgence Glosses are like that. Natural-looking lip color is the name of their game. Tarte purposefully dialed back the pigment to make sure that some of your natural lip luster peeks through.

Tarte Envy LipSurgence Lip Gloss (2)

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