Aug 19 2015

Nars Audacious Lipsticks: Vanessa & Dominique


This has been a long time coming. I think I said that already. But finally, they are mine! The NARS Audacious Lipsticks in Vanessa and Dominique! I’ve lusted after these beauties since day one, especially Dominique. But as both shades are NARS (and Barney’s) exclusives, they wouldn’t be easy for me to get my hands on. Fortunately, as is the case most times, some travelling family members were able to pick them up for me. Yay!

NARS Audacious Lipsticks Review

NARS Audacious Lipsticks Review

At this point, you guys have probably heard and seen everything there is to hear or see about the NARS Audacious Lipsticks. And I thought twice about actually posting a review, but in the end, after a long distance love affair – I felt I had to share my thoughts.

NARS says: 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. Luxurious texture and enriched with ingredients to smooth and nourish lips. Long-lasting.

Surprisingly, not the usual rubberized finish that NARS is known for, the lipsticks are housed in heavy black, plastic packaging featuring a semi-matte finish. Additional features include the “NARS” logo embossed on the lower half of the case and a magnetic closure.

NARS Audacious Lipstick – Vanessa

I choose Vanessa because I thought it would be a fantastic, slightly deep MLBB shade. And it is. This warm mauvey nude has a hint of pink and brown which makes it perfect! As promised by NARS, I am able to achieve full color coverage in one swipe and the product applied smoothly and evenly.

NARS Audacious Lipsticks Vanessa Review
NARS Audacious Lipsticks Review Vanessa
NARS Audacious Lipsticks Vanessa Swatch
NARS Audacious Lipsticks Vanessa Lip Swatch

Vanessa has a satin finish and lasting power between 5 – 6 hours, depending on your activities (i.e. if you easy a greasy meal, it will wear faster – if you use a fork, it will last longer). One thing I did notice is that, on my lips, the shade darkens slightly over time, becoming warmer and almost more rosy-brown.


NARS Audacious Lipstick – Dominique

Dominique was love at first sight. It’s a difficult shade to describe and judging from swatches I’ve seen online, worn on the lips, it can look a little different from person to person. As is the case with many lip products, skin-tone and lip tone account for variations. In fact, I’m wearing a foundation that’s a touch too dark for me in these photos. Anyway, I’d describe Dominique as a dusty, warm, purple-lilac with hints of grey and pink.

NARS Audacious Lipsticks Dominique Review
NARS Audacious Lipsticks Dominique
NARS Audacious Lipsticks Dominique Swatch
NARS Audacious Lipsticks Dominique Lip Swatch

I’ve said this before, but my lips have a mauve tone to them that tends to make colors look cooler. As with Vanessa, I am able to achieve full color coverage in one swipe and the product applied smoothly and evenly. Lasting power was a little less though, at about 4 – 5 hours activity dependent.


Final thoughts on the Audacious Formula

The formula is light-weight and fairly long-wearing with great pigmentation and a creamy, comfortable texture that provides smooth and even application. I didn’t find them to be drying nor are they particularly hydrating but remain fairly comfortable throughout wear time. The Audacious lipsticks are scent-free. Both shades, Vanessa and Dominique, faded evenly and without the dreaded  “ring around the lip”.


NARS Audacious Lipsticks Dominique Vanessa Swatches

Retailing for $32.00 USD/£24.00, the NARS Audacious Lipsticks are quite pricey. But I like them as much as I do other luxury lipsticks in the same price range such as the YSL Rouge Courtures and Chanel Rouge Allure Velvets. As mentioned the shades Dominique and Vanessa are part of the ten NARS/Barney’s exclusives (Nars.com, Nars.co.uk) but the other 30 shades in the line can be purchased at retailers such as Sephora, Space NK and *Blue Mercury, among others.





The product(s) mentioned were purchased with the author’s own money. The thoughts and opinions expressed are the author’s alone. Affiliate links marked with a “*”. For more information see Disclaimer here.





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  1. Karen

    Oh wow, I’m so pleased you did decide to post this review! They look so creamy and buttery, and I’m so impressed with the pigmentation after just one swipe! The shades you chose are seriously stunning – yay for travelling family members! 🙂



    1. Kimmy

      Thank you, Karen. And I concur, yay for travelling family members, indeed! That’s how I get half my stuff. 🙂

  2. Jhem Arzaga

    Hi Kimmy,
    Again, I always admire you for wearing purple-ish lipsticks like the one you just posted recently. You’re always giving me an impression that you’re brave enough with your style. Say Dominique isn’t my most favorite among this two, I think it’s such a pretty color to wear. So it means once I’m asked what I’m going to pick, I’ll definitely go for that Vanessa one! 🙂

    Jhem | JhemSays.com

    1. Kimmy

      Aww, that’s so sweet Jhem. I never consider myself to be a risk taker with makeup but maybe I kind of am, lol. For some reason, I can so purple so much easier than blue. 🙂

      1. Jhem Arzaga

        Aw yes… purple is!

        1. Kimmy


  3. Beautylymin

    Vanessa is absolutely stunning! I don’t own Audacious lipsticks yet, but think I will start with Anna! xx


    1. Kimmy

      Anna sounds like a great starting point! x

  4. Renata Burden (@SpeakinBeautyUK)

    These are some pf my favourite lipsticks ever! I nearly got Vanessa at the time. It’s beautiful!! But instead I went for Raquel and Anita. x

    Speaking Beauty UK | Naked Smoky Palette or Anastasia Contour Kit GIVEAWAY

    1. Kimmy

      Good choices! I’ve heard Raquel is quite similar to Vanessa. I’m so impressed with this formula!

  5. Dagmara (@mummyscorner)

    I love the formula of these lipsticks! Vanessa is beautiful and I think I will need to add it to my collection 😉 Both shades look great on you, Kimmy and Dominique is such an unusual yet gorgeous shade! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    1. Kimmy

      Which shades do you own now? Any recommends? 🙂

  6. Shireen L. Platt

    Both are really pretty on you, Kimmy and I can clearly see how opaque and creamy they are. Dominique has to be my favourite out of the two because the shade is more unique from Vanessa.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    1. Kimmy

      I agree! Dominique is very unique – which is why I had to have, hehe. 🙂

  7. LindaLibraLoca

    Traveling family members are great when it comes to getting your hands on makeup!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    1. Kimmy

      So true, so true. I wouldn’t have half of what I have, without them. 🙂

  8. elabellaworld

    Vanessa is such a beautiful brownie nude, it looks really nice on you. x


    1. Kimmy

      Thank you Ela. I’m really enjoying it.

  9. Christina Lovethatlippie

    So pretty! I just bought my first Audacious, I still havent swatched it, nor wore it!! Iove the magnetic closure, so fancy! These colours look beautiful on you! Im interested to see whether the colour I bought will change during wear… Beautiful review!

    1. Kimmy

      Ooh! Which one did you get? Or is it a surprise? Can’t wait to see. xo

  10. plus+beauty27

    Both of these shades look gorgeous and they look amazing on you! 🙂 xo

    1. Kimmy

      Thank you, Katie. x

  11. stashmatters

    Lovely! I have Anita or Vanessa on my wish list. They’re really similar to each other, but I’m sure I can’t go wrong with either of them! 🙂

    1. Kimmy

      Do you own any already? They were released in 2014, no? Or am I letting time run away from me?

      1. stashmatters

        Oh no you’re not mistaken. I’m always late to the party when it comes to lip products, I just don’t pay much attention to lipsticks at ALL. They’re the last makeup item I buy! 😛 But now that everyone raves about them, I want to jump on the bandwagen too!

  12. thesaltlifewife

    Both are gorgeous but I think I like Dominique the best!

    1. Kimmy

      Me too. Hehe. xo

  13. Sunny

    Hey Kimmy, I’m glad to hear you like these! Both shades look pretty on you. I still haven’t given these a go, because I am not too sure about the not-hydrating aspect. Maybe one day I will crack when I discover a shade I must own tho!

    1. Kimmy

      It was just one of those products I had to try. What really drew me in initially was the shade…Dominique and from there I kept hearing people rave about the formula. 🙂

  14. ingrid

    I adore both shades but Dominique is my favorite !!! Stop tempting me 😉 xxx

    1. Kimmy

      Sorry! Hehe. If it makes you feel better, it took me almost a year to bite the bullet. 🙂

  15. rachelshuchat

    These lipsticks are gorgeous!!! The formula sounds incredible 🙂


    1. Kimmy

      The formula is really impressive, Rachel! x 🙂

  16. Alina

    I love these Nars lipsticks and their formula, it’s a great one! You have two gorgeous shades here but I would probably choose something like Vanessa, since I’m not sure if I could pull off Dominique x

    Beauty with charm

  17. Lisa @ Midwest Glam

    Holy wow! Both shades look great on you! They look super creamy and comfortable too! I’ve been eying these lipsticks for a while. I’ve seen some really nice swatches, but you have me sold! Well done, Kimmy! Your blog is bad for my purse lol.

    1. Kimmy

      I think this is my favorite comment all week! I mean, I kind of feel bad but it kinda of feels good. Hehe. So many people are bad for my wallet. You included! xo

  18. Jasmine

    Vanessa looks gorgeous! I have one shade (Anna) and am dying to pick up more as the formula is so good! xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    1. Kimmy

      The formula is very nice. I’m afraid I may have done a very bad thing by picking these up because now I want more! Hehe.

  19. Samileen

    OK I really need these two shades in my life, I absolutely ADORE Audacious lipsticks.

    Sam || Beautydetour

    1. Kimmy

      Which shades do you own? Any recommends?

  20. Jen

    Oh these look great but I think Vanessa is my favorite. I need to add that to my haves list!

    1. Kimmy

      Vanessa is gorgeous. I really recommend if it’s in the budget. x

  21. Laura/Pink Frenzy (@Pink_Frenzy)

    These look so pretty, specially the first shade x

    1. Kimmy

      They are amazing! x

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