NARS Audacious Lipsticks | Lip Swatches for Barbara, Raquel, Vanessa, Anita, Julie, Brigette and Juliette

August 23, 2014
All the lipsticks lined up at the NARS Melrose Boutique (previous feature here)
Here is Part 2 of my NARS Audacious Lipsticks review with lip swatches of my picks. They retail for $32 each. Some of the colors are exclusive to Barneys New York and NARS Boutiques. I will make a note for the retailer exclusive shades.  I picked out all the neutral shades in Barbara, Raquel, Vanessa, Anita, Julie, Brigette and Juliette.

Barbara is a tan rose nude pink on me. It’s a great peachy beige.

Raquel is the lightest color in the lineup. It’s a pale pink beige cream.


Vanessa is a cool mauve nude. This one is a Barneys/NARS Boutique Exclusive. On me it pulls more blue in some light, but in others more neutral. The photo below shows it to be a bit more cool toned.

Anita is described as an antique rose. I find it almost identical to Vanessa. The difference is slight but Anita is a bit lighter and warmer in color.


Julie is another Barneys/NARS exclusive. This one is described as a nude pink. On me it has a hint of peachy tone to it. It’s really quite lovely.


Brigette is described as a nude rose, but on me it’s a brighter peach with a hint of pink.


Juliette is a bright coral. It looks neutral-ish in the tube but on the lips it’s really bright. For me this is a super bold lip.

Bottom line is I need more lip space. I wish I could wear them all at once. If you’re like me and love neutrals, I hope this helps show the difference between the neutral nudes and pinks. There are a couple more neutrals (such as Jane) I saw at the store but they pulled more orange/brown on me versus a true neutral. It would be hard for me to pick out my favorite shade because they all work so well on the lips. They are creamy, hydrating, full coverage and long lasting. They apply smoothly as well. Some of the lip swatches show more texture than others since I did a lot of wiping and reapplying it dried out my lips a bit. However on a regular non-swatching day these apply flawlessly.

My top three picks would be Barbara, Anita and Julie.

Have you checked out any of the NARS Audacious Lipsticks yet? Which ones do you have your eye on? These are currently available now at Nordstrom, Sephora, Barneys New York, NARS Boutiques and online at narscosmetics.com.

Julie and Juliette were provided courtesy of NARS for review consideration. All other shades purchased by me.

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  • Dovey August 23, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Hi Sabrina,

    First off, all seven shades look gorgeous on you!! I think NARS Juliette might be my favorite on you here πŸ™‚

    I was really excited for the launch of the NARS Audacious line, as their regular lipstick line is a staple in my collection. I haven't had a chance to play with the formula at counters yet, but I have mixed feelings regarding the shades. Like you, I'd probably gravitate towards the nudes/neutrals — but I've noticed that the Audacious shades seem to lean a bit more medium (as opposed to light) and warm / beige in tone (a la Bobbi Brown) than I'd typically reach for. I'll have to see in person — but I think at the moment Raquel and Vanessa probably would be my best bets!

    • Sabrina August 25, 2014 at 3:38 am

      Hi Dovey, thank you! Yes, many of the neutrals and nudes appear to be in the light-medium family (vs light) because all of them seem to work for me. I would say Raquel is the lightest color. For other swatches, I think Temptalia's are great for showing the color differences between the nudes.

      On my skintone they all kinda look similar in photographs, it was really hard to capture the difference.

  • Siham Hamdan August 23, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Raquel is the prettiest of them all! I'm such a fan of nude shades, these seem so perfect. Great swatches as always, thank you! X

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  • Anonymous August 23, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    They all looks the same πŸ™

  • Anonymous August 23, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    These blow me away, they are so gorgeous. All of them look perfect on you. Brigette is my favorite with your coloring but all are wonderful. Thanks for the excellent review.

  • makeup magpie August 23, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    These are all so pretty and all look lovely on you! My favorites are Julie, Brigette and Juliette πŸ™‚

  • MarΓ­a Blardone August 23, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    I adore NARS!! So bad that in Buenos Aires there is no store of them!
    Lots of love, xx


  • nueyork August 24, 2014 at 1:32 am

    These are all super gorgeous, but definitely very similar. I love that they're mostly your lips but better type colours!


  • Jessie-Ann Lewis August 24, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Vanessa looks amazing! I love these shades xx

  • tania August 24, 2014 at 11:45 am

    they seems lovely.. but most of them seems so much alike for me.

    if i have to choose, i will pick Julie (with it's peachy tone).

    thanks for pretty review, sabrina πŸ™‚


  • Kaja Elisabeth Hytland August 24, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I am honestly in LOVE with Julie. I'm having a total nude moment this year, and that is just right up my alley. Well, all of them are, but I'll have to stick to one or two I think. I'm wondering how it will work with the exclusives in other countries though. I'm hoping that means they will launch at counters in the UK, since there aren't any NARS stores in the UK. Do you know anything about this?


    • Sabrina August 25, 2014 at 3:40 am

      Hi Kaja, I'm not sure but I will send an email and check to see about the UK release and availability.

    • Sabrina August 26, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      Hi Kaja, per NARS, the shades launch Sept 1, the 10 exclusive shades from Barneys will be at Selfridges in the UK.

    • Kaja Elisabeth Hytland August 27, 2014 at 8:22 am

      Thank you Sabrina, that was very considerate and I appreciate it. I will definetly be heading to Selfridges on my upcoming trip to London!

  • Gail August 24, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Beautiful picks and swatches Sabrina. I knew I should have waited for your post. Now I have to go back and order the ones I should have ordered in the first place – Julie and Anita!

    • Sabrina August 25, 2014 at 3:40 am

      Which ones did you order originally? There are so many great colors, I don't think you can go wrong with any of them πŸ™‚

    • Gail September 14, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      Oops, sorry for the delayed response. You'll probably never see this now, but I first got Anna (too cool for me) and Kelly (too bright for me). They are pretty just not the best choices for me. I always like the shades you like! πŸ™‚

  • Jordan Cathleen August 24, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    A bit off topic but I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your more in-depth product reviews. It makes trips to the makeup counter much more efficient haha.

    Also, I must say for a more bold color, Juliette looks great on you!

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  • Eileen August 24, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    I have chronically dry lips and find matte and semi-matte formulations to be drying no matter how "hydrating" they claim to be. These colors are so beautiful and modern, though, they might be worth a bit of extra moisturizing to get them to work. I love their soft sheen because true mattes don't do old lips any favors! Great review, Sabrina.

    • Sabrina August 25, 2014 at 3:42 am

      Thanks Eileen! I do think for dry lips you will need to add a bit of balm underneath. After wiping off the third shade from lip swatching, they didn't apply so great but that was due to all the rubbing.

      They are worth a look and try at the counters when they launch at all retailers πŸ™‚

  • Jo August 24, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Every one of your choices look stunning on you. It looks like a great formula. I will have to check these out!

  • Claire August 24, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Your pictures are awesome, as always, Sabrina. I wonder if you can make a collage shot of all the lip "swatch" so we can see them side-by-side. Great reviews as always, too.

  • proji August 25, 2014 at 3:36 am

    sabrina i love your beauty choices please keep it up, i am one for neutrals and everyday colors and i rarely use strong colors so everything you put on the blog feels like you read my mind i love everything thank you !

  • Sarah S. August 25, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Every one looks good on you! Must be difficult to choose πŸ™‚

  • Bridget August 25, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    They all look so gorgeous! It would be so hard to choose one!

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  • Anonymous September 21, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Wow! Barbara suits you so well, and I'm nearly convinced I need all of these shades. I'm definitely picking up Barbara, Vanessa and Anita, because I always need some super pigmented nudes. Would you recommend any lip liner with these?

  • Anonymous October 1, 2014 at 10:59 am

    great review – very helpful – ty!

  • Anonymous November 14, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Thanks so much for these swatches!

  • Pauline Reyes February 6, 2015 at 12:18 am

    Gorgeous! I’m a fan of nude lippies πŸ˜€
    ~Pauline @ Benefit cosmetic Philippines