Just as a helpful warning, if you plan to fly solo when you peep the purple, plum and berry shades in the new NARS Audacious Lipstick collection, wear a Bluetooth headset, or bring a pomeranian in a bow tie.
That way, when you’re gushing over shades like Angela at the counter (“OMG, I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS IS SO GOOD!”), instead of looking like a crazy chick who carries on loud conversations with herself, you’ll appear to be enthusiastically chatting with your BFF or your favorite canine shopping buddy.
It’s about planning ahead, yo.
Among the eight bad-@ss purples, plums and berries in the new 40-piece NARS Audacious Lipstick line, I think the purples are otherworldly!
They may or may not have me speaking in tongues… (“WJguoib hj ahiogh pjogiognae naweagzzzzz!”)
Here they are, along with pics and profiles of the plums and berries.
Let’s do this!
The Purples: Angela, Silvia and Dominique
These three are like the Cher/Dionne/Tai trifecta of the entire collection. Don’t even try to sit with them at their lunch table, unless you can bring it.
Angela, the queen bee, is the one who runs sh*t. A vivid pink orchid, it oozes je ne sais quoi.
Seriously, every time I open this tube, I want to worship it. When I wear Angela on my lips, I feel like raising my arms and screaming up at the sky, “WHERE ARE MY DRAGONS?!”
Now, I know that Angela looks like it might work best for cool skin tones, but don’t be afraid to try it if your skin tone is warm. It’s one of those colors that I think will work well on almost everyone.
Wear it, fall in love with it, and then send me an invite to the wedding. I’ll be bringing a plus one, BTW, Tabs or Ryan Gosling. Depends on their schedules…
If you like the idea of Angela but feel like it’s a little too perky for you, peep Silvia. They’re both similar, but Silvia is slightly deeper and more purple.
Dominique, the last of these three, is exclusive to Barneys New York. A pink lilac with a hint of silvery gray, for some reason it reminds me of Dame Edna’s hair…
In a good way.
I feel kind of like a poser when I wear this shade…but if you’re one of those chic, trendy types who can pull off silvery gray hair, you could totally make it look legit.
The Berries: Fanny and Janet
I bet these two can’t wait for this year’s holiday parties.
While they look very similar at first glance, they come into their own on lips. Janet seems slightly bluer to me and leans cooler.
If you like both and can’t decide which one to get, I vote for Fanny if your skin tone is warm, and Janet if it’s cooler.
The plums: Vera, Vivien and Liv
If Fanny and Janet are the party shades, then Vera and Vivien are the bold lip shades for work (when you don’t want to rock something as dramatic as a red or as muted as a brown).
Vera is a bright plummy raspberry, and Vivien (a Barneys New York exclusive) is a plummy red. Both of them exude polish and professionalism.
I’d wear either one with something like a matte beige or brown eyeshadows on my lids, crisp black cat eye liner on my lash lines and mascara (of course). Then I’d carry around a clipboard, stomp up and down the halls, rattle keys like I’m hella important, and hover around the doughnuts in the break room (the chocolate ones are mine!).
Last, but not least, there’s Liv, an intense plummy eggplant.
I bet Liv will love darker damsels and porcelain princesses, where it’ll look striking, edgy and cool, but it’ll take a certain swagger to pull off.
The swagger is key — as is keeping the rest of your makeup sparse. I’d skip the eyeshadow and liner, and just do lots of mascara to play up your lashes.
Reminder: September 1
That’s when all eight of these shades arrive, along with the rest of the 40-piece NARS Audacious Lipstick collection, at NARS boutiques and counters. They’re available now 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,