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).
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!
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.
For a warm red with less orange than Lana, check out Carmen (slightly redder, less orange) or Annabella (even more red, and less orange).
Super intense, right!? Incidentally, you know you’re hard-core into lipsticks when you contemplate things like the ratio of red to orange. 🙂
Now, if you like neutral reds…
Get to know Marlene and Rita.
Rita reminds me of a classic scarlet.
While Marlene is a brick red with a hint of brown…
If you like rich, deep reds with berry and/or plum tones…
Set a date with Audrey or Jeanne.
Audrey (like an amplified NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Hyde Park) exudes the plummier vibe, and she’s brighter than Jeanne’s rich, deep berry.
I bet any of these reds will be perfect for fall, and they’ll be here just in time. They arrive 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.
If you have a favorite in the NARS classic lipstick line, no worries, because the new Audacious Lipsticks are joining the classics in the permanent line, not replacing them.
Whew! 🙂 That means Schiap and Dolce Vita aren’t going anywhere.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,