Beauty: A look at Nars Audacious collection

Nars is one of those brands I've always loved and coveted. I remember vividly buying my first Nars blush at the Bon Marché in Paris when I was 14 - I chose the shade Orgasm, of course. I also remember my excitement a few years later when I finally caved and got the Multiple in the shade Copacabana to use as a highlight on my inner eye corners, cupid's bow and cheekbones, back when highlighting wasn't a thing - or when the Danmari palette came out and became instantly cult and I just had to have it. 

A few years later and I am still just as excited when I see that sleek matte black packaging, and the Audacious collection is no exception. 

First up, the Velvet Matte Stick foundation ($55 CAD - $45 USD):

I absolutely love for stick foundation. I hate getting messy and having to wash my hands every 5 minutes when I do my makeup, so stick foundation is where it's at for me! I'm also a little lazy and this is a dream to apply. I apply a few swipes across my face, blend with my favorite foundation brush (I am not a fan of the sponge tip but it could absolutely do the job in a pinch) and voilà!

The formula is creamy, with good medium coverage. It looks natural and while it does not have a glossy finish, I wouldn't call it completely matte either. The result is fantastic for the first few hours: your skin looks even and perfect, but not heavy or cakey. I do find, however, that the formula tends to crease after the 3 hour mark. I also love the fact that it comes in 20 shades, with a wide variety of undertones. 

Next up are the gloriously pigmented Audacious lipsticks ($40 CAD - $34 USD):

 I received the shades Aya (left) and Linda (right).

L: Aya; R: Linda

The formula is creamy, shiny but not glossy and very comfortable on the lips.

Aya is a deep chocolate brown that is surprisingly flattering.

Linda is a rich caramel color that is reminiscent of the oh-so-trendy 90's. 

The collection also includes the Audacious mascara ($34) that comes in four beautiful deep shades (a black, a purple, a reddish brown and a navy).

I received the shade Minerve, a beautiful deep navy. 

Last but not least are the Powermatte lip pigments ($34 CAD - $26 USD). Described as "liquefied pigments with zero gravity feel", these liquid lipsticks have a flat matte finish and a long-wearing formula. 

I received the shades Don't Stop (a classic geranium red), Get It On (a neutral dusty rose) and Get Up Stand Up (a bright coral pink).

Get It On hasn't left my lips this month - it is the perfect neutral shade and looks good with any look. The formula of these lipsticks is a bit drying and does tend to crack a little, or show wear after a few hours, but it lasts for a solid 6 hours on me. 

 Will you add any of these products to your wishlist?

* These products were sent to me complimentary for review purposes. As always, the thoughts and opinions expressed in this article are my own.


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