Am I the only one out there who thinks this is funny?
Full-coverage nude lipsticks?
I dunno… I think it’s kinda funny.
A completely opaque lipstick in a shade that’s supposed to make it look like you’re not wearing any lipstick at all?
That’s funny! Granted, I am easily amused…
So, opaque nude lipsticks, specifically the ones in the new NARS Audacious Lipstick collection. There are nine nude shades ($32 each) nestled among the radiant reds, courageous corals, awesome oranges, punchy pinks and bold berries in the release, and they aren’t your everyday nudes.
No, these are like nude comic book characters (Chris Evans, perhaps?)! — able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, and hop the hurdles that lesser nude lipsticks often fail to overcome.
First, these NARS Audacious nudes are completely full coverage, so even if your lips are pigmented like mine, these nudes appear rich on the lips. No layering needed. All it takes is a single swipe.
Second, none of the nine make me look like a washed-out Nicki Minaj impersonator, a rare feat in these complicated times.
Like the other Audacious Lipsticks I’ve tried, the nudes are potently pigmented and extra smooth; however, I think they’re also slightly more challenging to wear than their more vibrant counterparts.
I don’t know if it’s because they’re nude, or because of something else, but they seem to exacerbate the funky issues I’m having with my lips — in my case now, dryness and flakes — to a greater degree than the bolder shades do.
When my kayak-damaged lips fully heal and return to normal, it won’t be a big whoop, but if your pout is perpetually parched, you might want to incorporate the use of a rich lip balm (I’m lovin’ Osmnia Organics Honey-Myrrh Lip Repair right now), and lather up your lips like butter on a slice of toast.
OK, that’s enough background. Now let’s get nude. #pantsareoverrated
The neutral pinkish browns: Raquel and Barbara
For a traditional nude lip, check out Raquel and Barbara. For pinkish browns, I think they’re excellent options, flattering on both warm and cool skin tones.
Raquel, the lighter, brighter option, is a pinkish beige.
Barbara is a tad deeper and contains a touch more tan.
I think both are extremely flattering and among my overall favorites of the whole bunch because of how they accent without overpowering anything on my lids.
Either would be great as an everyday lipstick, or as something to pair with smokey eyes.
The cooler-toned rose and mauve nudes: Anna, Vanessa and Anita
Alas, the lady cannot live on nude neutral pinkish browns alone… When you’re looking for a cooler-toned rose or mauve to wear with your purply taupes or gunmetal grays, consider Anna, Vanessa and Anita.
Anna, a smokey rose, is the deepest of the three, and on me it reveals a hint of violet, which I dig.
When I see mauve nude Vanessa and rosy nude Anita, I think, “Twinsies!” since they look so similar in my swatches.
They are different, though. Vanessa is lighter and seems more carefree — like the one you’d wear with cutoffs, a tank top and a fun bun to walk your cat/dog/llama at the park.
Anita is slightly darker than Vanessa and the more serious of the two. There would likely be no llama walking with Anita…
I would wear Anita if I had to go to a meeting and stand in front of a large group of people, point at stuff and yell at shaky interns, “WHERE ARE ALL THE PENS!?”
The warmer brown, rose and pinkish nudes: Jane, Julie and Brigitte
Now, if warm nude shades warm your heart, get down with Jane, Julie and Brigitte, the warm brown, rose and pinkish nudes in the release.
With the tail end of summer approaching, warm, rich Jane, a brown nude, would look great with bronzed skin. It has a slight hint of red to it, which should go well with a tan.
Julie and Brigitte may look like kissing cousins while standing in their tubes, but their differences are more obvious on lips.
Julie is brighter and pinker than Brigitte, while Brigitte is deeper and rosier.
Both shades kick butt on yellowy olive skin tones. I’ve had both of them in my purse nonstop lately.
Where can you find ‘em?
All nine of these nudes arrive with the rest of the 40-piece NARS Audacious Lipstick collection September 1 at NARS boutiques, counters and also online.
Within the 40-piece collection, 10 of the shades — Vanessa, Julie, Marisa, Kelly, Carmen, Dominique, Silvia, Vivien, Sandra and Ingrid — are exclusive to Barneys New York stores, but all 40 of them are permanent.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,