NARS Audacious Lipstick in Vera 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 Vera as a bright raspberry. In the tube, it looks more like a dark magenta, almost plum red. Swatched on my arm, it is a cool-toned, dark raspberry red with a hint of magenta. On my lips, though, it is as it looks on the tube, a cool-toned, dark magenta.
NARS Vera is a runway-worthy, dark almost-vampy red with a satin sheen. It makes the teeth appear whiter because of its cool undertone. I’m not much into dark reds, but I will still keep Vera in my stash because it is one of those lipsticks that I may want to use every once in a while. Will definitely use it for parties this Halloween! 😉
One swipe is all it takes to create an opaque color because Vera is overwhelmingly pigmented. In the lip swatches in this post, though, I did 2 swipes to make it appear better in the pictures.
NARS Vera has a beautiful satin finish and the texture is creamy and smooth. It glides easily on the lips when applying and doesn’t settle on the lines on my lips. It isn’t moisturizing, but is not drying either. I can use NARS Vera even without applying a lip balm first as it doesn’t aggravate the dryness of my lips. Even though it doesn’t feel slippery, Vera applies without tugging on my lips and stays for a whopping 6 to 7 hours.
I don’t have to reapply even after eating and drinking, because Vera stays put. The initial satin sheen is gone after a few hours and NARS Vera becomes more matte, but is still not drying. It also leaves a nice stain after the 5th to 6th hour, and the stain lasts for another 2 hours. However, once the stain is left for more than 2 hours without reapplying Vera or any other lipstick or balm, Vera begins to be a little bit drying.
Below are lip swatches showing the beautiful stain that Vera leaves on my lips after several hours of wearing it.
“I have a real love affair with lipstick. It gives you more power.”
– Francois Nars
I bought my NARS Audacious Lipstick in Vera for Php1,650 from NARS Glorietta in Makati. With the not-really-surprising Php200 price increase, it is well worth paying that price because Vera is Vampylicious! 😀 You can also get NARS Audacious lipsticks at Nordstrom and Sephora for $32.
Color and texture comparisons from L-R: NARS Audacious in Vera and MAC Lustering. (photos above) They look similar in the tube, but are so different with each other when swatched. Lustering has a Lustre finish, so it is quite sheer compared to Vera, and Lustering is lighter and more pink. I had to do about 4 swipes with Lustering in the swatches 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.“