NARS Audacious Lipstick in Annabella is one of the 40 colors in the NARS Audacious Lipstick Collection released by NARS in celebration of their 20th Anniversary.
Dramatic Depth. Unstoppable Character. Modern lipstick so shamelessly seductive in touch and texture the sensation is audacious. Unadulterated luxury glides on like satin across skin with single-stroke coverage. A spectrum of 40 shades for unstoppable impact.
Its luxurious, pigment-rich formula glides on intense, full-coverage color in a single stroke. A specially embossed bullet, dressed in a matte-black metallic case, reveals a strikingly sculptural design. Housed in a modern, matte-black metallic case with a magnetic closure.
• One-stroke, full-coverage creamy wear
• Luxurious texture and enriched with ingredients to smooth and nourish lips
NARS classifies Annabella as a poppy red. In the tube, it looks more like a medium, warm red. Swatched on my arm, it is a bright, coral red. On my lips, Annabella is a classic, sexy red that makes the teeth appear whiter. It is one of the many red lipsticks I’ve tried that I know I’ll be able to wear during the day without feeling self-conscious! NARS Annabella is THE red lipstick of sophistication. 🙂
One swipe is all it takes to create an opaque color because NARS Annabella is very pigmented. In the lip swatches in this post, though, I did 2 swipes to make it appear better in the pictures.
NARS Annabella has a beautiful satin finish and the texture is creamy and smooth. It doesn’t settle on the lines on my lips and it doesn’t aggravate the dryness of my lips. Even though it doesn’t feel slippery, Annabella glides easily on the lips and stays for a whopping 7-8 hours.
I don’t have to reapply even after eating and drinking, because Annabella stays put. The initial satin sheen is gone after a few hours and NARS Annabella becomes more matte, but is still not drying. It also leaves a nice stain after the 7th to 8th hour, and the stain lasts for another 2-3 hours. However, once the stain is left for more than 2 hours without reapplying Annabella or any other lipstick or balm, Annabella begins to be a little bit drying.
“I have a real love affair with lipstick. It gives you more power.”
– Francois Nars
I bought my NARS Audacious Lipstick in Annabella for Php1,650 from NARS Glorietta in Makati. With the not-really-surprising Php200 price increase, it is well worth paying that price because Annabella is Audaciously Hot and Sexy! 😀 You can also find this online at Nordstrom and Sephora.
Color and texture comparisons from L-R: NARS Audacious in Annabella, Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Striking and Etude House Play 101 Pencil #12. (photo above)
Color and texture comparisons from L-R: NARS Audacious in Kelly (reviewed here), Chanel Rouge Allure in Impulsive, Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Malicieuse (reviewed here) and NARS Audacious in Annabella . (photo above)
Unlike previous NARS lipsticks, the Audacious collection are housed in a matte-black metallic case and NARS is embossed in the bullet. The NARS Audacious’ new magnetic case is similar to some of the high-end lipstick cases like Burberry and Tom Ford.
As always, if you have any questions or experiences with this product, or any feedback, whether good or bad, please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
Alyssa Melanie is a certified MUA – a Makeup Addict. While her favorite high-end brands are Chanel and Dior, she just can’t resist falling in love with a lot of drugstore brands too, like Revlon and NYX. Her motto: “When I feel good about myself, I feel beautiful. Putting on makeup and taking care of my skin, makes me feel oh-so-good.“