Jan 022015

Nars Audacious overview

NARS Audacious lipsticks ($32 each) are pigment rich, opaque in a single stroke shades. I’m currently working with the set, and in the meantime wanted to provide you with this reference of all shades. Here, these are presented in not-quite alphabetical order. Please leave me suggestions in the comments if you’d like to see certain shades swatched next to each other. I’m currently planning on swatting these in color-story format (pinks, reds, nudes), but would love feedback on which shades you find close enough to need comparisons.I am also working on lip-swatching all shades.

Each is packaged in a sturdy rectangular black-on-black package with a serious magnetic closure. These are fingerprint resistant (assuming that the fingers are clean and dry).

nars packaging

These are currently available at NARS online, Nordstrom, Barneys New York, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and of course Sephora. Note that some shades are only available at Barneys New York and Nars online (these are noted, below, and for reference, these are Vanessa, Julie, Marisa, Kelly, Carmen, Dominique, Silvia, Vivien, Sandra, and Ingrid.

Nars Anita Angela Anna Annabella Audrey 4

Anita is described as an antique rose.

Nars Anita

Angela is a pink orchid.

Nars Angela

 Anna is a smokey rose.

Nars Anna 1


Annabella is poppy red.

Nars Annabelle 1Audrey is red currant.

Nars Audrey

Swatches of Angela, Anita, Anna, Annabella, and Audrey:

Swatches Nars Angela Anita Anna Annabella Audrey

Here are Barbara, Bette and Brigitte:

Nars Barbara Bette Brigitte all

Barbara is tan rose.

nars barbara

Bette is bordeaux.

Nars bette 1

 Brigitte is tan rose.

Nars Brigitte bullet Swatches of Barbara, Bette, and Brigitte.

Nars swatches Barbara bette brigitte 1

NARS Carmen, Catherine, Charlotte and Claudia:

Nars carmen catherine charlotte claudia bullet

Carmen is geranium and is exclusive to Barneys New York and Nars online.

Nars Carmen 2

Catherine is sunny guava.

NARS Catherine 3

Charlotte is oxford burgundy.

Nars Charlotte bullet Claudia is cool pink.

Nars Claudia bullet

Swatches of Carmen, Catherine, Charlotte, and Claudia:

Nars Swatches carmen Catherine Charlotte Claudia 1

Introducing Deborah, Dominique and Fanny:

Nars Deborah Dominique FannyDeborah is chestnut:

Nars Deborah

Dominique is pink lilac and is available at Barneys New York and Nars online:

Nars DominiqueFanny is rich berry:

Nars Fanny

Swatches of Fanny, Dominique and Deborah:

Nars Fanny Dominique Deborah 2 copy

Here we have Geraldine, Grace and Greta:Grace Geraldine Greta 1Geraldine is tangerine.

Nars Geraldine 2

Grace is bright pink coral.

Nars Grace 3

Greta is wild azalea.

GretaSwatches of Geraldine, Grace and Greta:

Nars swatches geraldine grace greta 1

Here are the lovely NARS Ingrid, Jane, Janet, Jeanne, Julie, and Juliette:

Nars Ingrid Jane etc 2

Ingrid is merlot and is at Barneys New York and Nars online.

Ingrid 2

Jane is terracotta rose:

DSC_0257 Jane 3

Janet is deep magenta:



Jeanne is described as cherry red, to me it is a deep warm red.

Jeanne 2

Julie is nude pink available at Barneys New York and Nars online.

DSC_0270 Julie 2

Juliette is pink coral.

DSC_0275 Juliette 3

Swatches of NARS Ingrid, Jane, Janet, Jeanne, Julie and Juliette:

Nars swatch ingrid jane janet jeanne julie juliette 2


Nars swatches ingrid jane janet jeanne julie juliette 3

Introducing NARS Lana, Marisa, Marlene and Michiyo.Nars Lana Marisa Marlene Michiyo 2

Lana is vivid orange red.


Marisa is warm pink and exclusive to Barneys New York and Nars online.

Nars MarisaNars Marlene is red brick:

Nars Marlene

Michiyo is shocking pink:

Nars Michiyo 1

Swatches of NARS Lana, Marisa, Marlene and Michiyo.

Nars swatches lana marisa marlene michiyo 2

 NARS Kelly, Leslie and Liv:

Nars Kelly Leslie Liv 3Kelly is coral hibiscus and exclusive to Barneys New York and Nars online.

Nars Kelly 3

Leslie is cherrywood.

Nars Leslie 1

Liv is deep aubergine.

Nars Liv

Swatches of Liv, Kelly and Leslie:

Nars swatches liv kelly leslie 1

Here are NARS Natalie, Olivia, Raquel and Rita:

Nars Natalie Olivia Raquel Rita 1

Natalie is flamingo.

DSC_0283 Natalie 3Olivia is garnet.

DSC_0289 Olivia

Raquel is pink beige.

DSC_0293 Raquel

Rita is scarlet.

DSC_0295 RitaSwatches of NARS Natalie, Olivia, Raquel and Rita:

Nars swatches natalie olivia raquel rita 1

Natalie swatches natalie olivia raquel rita 3Here are Sandra and Silvia:

Nars Sandra SilviaNARS Sandra is rosewood and available at Barneys New York and Nars online.

Nars SandraSilvia is radiant orchid and available at Barneys New York and Nars online.

Nars Silvia

Swatches of Sandra and Silvia:

Nars swatches silvia sandra 1 Introducing Vanessa, Vera and Vivien:Nars Vanessa Vera Vivien

Vanessa is mauve nude. This is available at Barneys New York and Nars online.

DSC_0303 Vanessa

Vera is bright raspberry:

DSC_0308 veraVivien is red plum and exclusive to Barneys New York and Nars online.

DSC_0311 vivienJPG

Swatches of Nars Vanessa, Vera and Vivien:

Nars Swatches Vanessa Vivien Vera 1

Unless otherwise noted, NARS Audacious lipsticks are currently available at NARS online, Nordstrom, Barneys New York, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and of course Sephora.

Nars Audacious Overview 2

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  12 Responses to “First Look: NARS Audacious Lipstick Collection (swatches of all shades)”

  1. Hi Amy,

    I love the look of NARS Julie, I thought I hadn’t seen it around, and I guess not because it’s a Barney’s exclusive 🙂

  2. hi amy! thankyou for swatching these colors. i’ve been “eyeing” these for awhile now. as a wearer of chanel makeup, exclusively, for years, i’ve found that either they’ve discontinued my favorite colors or that their new offerings just “are not my cup of tea”. in that, i somewhat feel lost in “my comfort zone” when choosing from a different brand, my lips continue to be dry and sensitive so i have to slather lip balm frequently during the day and, with chanel’s have had no issues with lipstick “feathering” or excess irritation. and, i still love to “anchor” my lipstick with a matching gloss. would you say that you could comfortably wear a gloss over nars’ if you wanted that option? also, i have to ask you if you’d be able to do this. my favorite chanel shades were plumetis and pampille (gosh, i hope the spelling is right) i think from chanel fall 2011 or 2012? i found out about them from reading your review on the shades. i must have purchased between 15 or more backups of each, i loved those colors!! could you please recommend one of the nars’ that is comparable? happy new year amy and again, thankyou for your wonderful post and all that you do!!

    • Hi Wendy–I’ll take a look over the weekend and send a reply. I’ll be flying back over the weekend and will be reunited with my stash on Sunday. Hugs!!

      Thanks for noticing, by the way. I am not getting the charge out of Chanel that I used to. I thought maybe it was just me. I look, I swatch, sometimes I buy. But I don’t see the same type of complexity in the latest releases. Perhaps now that they’ve hired a new creative director for beauty we will begin to see some new vision? I am hopeful.

      Also, we might think about exploring the Guerlain counter more aggressively in addition to Nars. I think with the LMVH backing, Dior and Guerlain have been turning out some interesting things. Anyway….

  3. I’m sad to say I am loving these overpriced lipsticks. These swatches are beautiful and very helpful in creating another list of colors I need to purchase lol I think in your group swatches of Angela, Anita, Anna, Annabella, and Audrey the Anna and Annabella names are switched – it shows Anna as a red and Annabella as a rose pink. Thanks for such a detailed post! 😀

  4. Juliet and Lana are gorgeous!

  5. This is such a great post, it’s so awesome your provided swatches of all lipsticks! I am definitely going to be purchasing Anna, Lana, and Greta.

    xoxo Nicole


  6. The only one I’ve worn is Anna and I liked it alright. The SA put a lip liner underneath and it wasn’t as long lasting as when I tried it alone. I really want Charlottle, Liv, Vivien, Janet, Anna, and Vanessa. Fanny and Janet might also be on my list.

  7. Holy cow. I love you, and my wallet hates you! It’s amazing to see swatches of all of these in one place.

  8. Great swatches. Thank you! I have and love Anita and Julie. I tend to go for more muted shades and hope NARS might include more of them in the future.

  9. Oh my goodness these are stunning! Lipstick is one of my favourite things and I want all of these! Ingrid is gorgeous and Annabelle or Carmen would give the perfect red lip! Love

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