Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte review, swatches and comparisons.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charolotte.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte.

When a cosmetics company claims to have formulated a lipstick so revolutionary, so dramatic, so color saturated and yes, so audacious, yours truly stands and takes notice.  Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte ($32 USD/4.2g) is yet another deep dark seductive color that is sure to capture everyone’s attention.  Will this newly mint filly topple my beloved Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Entourage (reviewed here) from the #1 spot in my collection?  You’ll see 🙂

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charolotte.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charolotte swatch.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte swatch.

The Pros to Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte:

  1. Gorgeous burgundy-red color.
  2. Semi-matte finish.
  3. Smooth saturated color that glides on the lips without any tugging.
  4. Lasts for 4 hours on its own, however when paired with a lipliner/base the wear is extended to 5-6 hours.
  5. Castor oil is the first ingredient which makes the lipstick very hydrating.
  6. Leaves behind a noticeable stain when the color has faded.
  7. Layers well over an existing layer.
  8. Formulated without any fragrance, parabens, or mineral oil.
  9. Fantastic sleek black packaging (non-rubberized) with a modern magnetic closure.
  10. Can be used with other lipstick brands to create a unique shade.  I have used Charlotte to brighten YSL 205 and the resulting shade was stunning.
  11. Amazing price/amount ratio…4.2 grams.
  12. The Audacious Line houses 40 delectable shades:  14 of these shades are available through Sephora.com but not in-store (Audrey, Barbara, Bette, Brigitte, Liv, Catherine, Deborah, Grace, Greta, Janet, Leslie, Marlene, Natalie, and Vera);  10 of these shades are exclusive to Barneys NY (Carmen, Dominique, Ingrid, Julie, Kelly, Marisa, Sandra, Silvia, Vanessa, and Vivien).
  13. Highly available from a variety of retailers.

The Cons to Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte:

  1. Charlotte tends to feather into my fine lines by the third hour of wear.  A quality lip liner/base is essential when wearing this color.
  2. These do not play well with glosses of any kind.  When paired with my Dior Addict Fluid Sticks (reviewed here and here), the color started to break down after a couple of hours.  I was left with faded lipstick in the center and a strong outlining color on the perimeter of the lips.  NOT CUTE!
  3. Tends to photograph more like a brick-red than a burgundy.
Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte lip swatch.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte lip swatch.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte over It Cosmetics YLBB Waterproof Lipliner in Perfect Red.

After roughly taking 30 pictures, the first photo, captured what I believe to be an accurate color depiction of Charlotte.  However, in the second photo, Charlotte took-on a more brick-red appearance.  In person, the burgundy tone was definitely noticeable and the color faded into a lasting stain.

Comparisons to Nars Charlotte Lipstick:

Comparison Swatches L-R: Julie Hewett Sin Noir, Nars Charlotte, Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Entourage, Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Black Tie, and Kevyn Aucoin BloodRoses.

Comparison Swatches L-R:
Julie Hewett Sin Noir, Nars Charlotte, Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Entourage, Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Black Tie, and Kevyn Aucoin BloodRoses.

  • YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 205  (reviewed here) has a strong plum tone.  This color is clearly deeper and more robust than Charlotte.  This formula is not as smooth as Charlotte, but the non-feathering aspect and amazing longevity are noteworthy.  YSL The Mats Lipsticks have the most potent staining effect than any other lipstick I own.
  • Julie Hewett Sin Noir is much more brown in its overall tone when compared to Charlotte.  The application is not as smooth as Charlotte, but the lasting power is quite impressive.
  • Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Entourage is deeper and has more of a berry undertone when compared to Charlotte.  The velvet matte finish is so attractive and the silky smooth formula is unsurpassed…need I say more?
  • Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Black Tie is brighter and contains less burgundy pigment when compared to Charlotte.  Just like Entourage, the formula is simply the best.
  • Kevyn Aucoin Blood Roses is deeper in tone and glossier than Charlotte.  This is one lipstick that can easily be classified as hydrating, but the longevity is somewhat compromised due to the emollient nature of the formula.

Ingredient List for Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte:

Ingredient List for Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte.

Ingredient List for Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte.

Ingredient List for Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte.

Ingredient List for Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte.

**Nars Audacious Lipsticks can be found at Sephora, Nordstrom, and Beauty.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Nars Audacious Lipstick in Charlotte is a truly sensational color and formulation.  I was rather impressed with how smoothly the color applied and the level of pigmentation.  Will Charlotte replace my beloved LQ Entourage?  No..there simply isn’t any other brand that can come close to Poppy’s formula.  However, Charlotte is no slouch, she performs brilliantly and is a proud achievement from an amazing brand.  Have you tried any Audacious lipsticks to date?  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Kevyn Aucoin Blood Roses Lipstick review and photos.

Kevyn Aucoin Blood Roses Lipstick.

Kevyn Aucoin Blood Roses Lipstick.

Blame the cold weather, the season, the holidays, the lack of vibrancy in the environment (oh, how I miss green leaves), or my recent obsession with Mad Men, but my urge to wear red lips is stronger than ever.  My quest to find the perfect bordeaux/burgundy red that is not too vampy, highly pigmented, moisturizing, and long-lasting seems to have taken over.  This week I decided to try  Kevyn Aucoin Blood Roses Lipstick ($35 US/ 3.5g).  This iconic shade is said to have been Mr. Aucoin’s favorite red, specially designed to suit every skin tone.  Who am I to argue with such genius.

Kevyn Aucoin Blood Roses Lipstick.

Kevyn Aucoin Blood Roses Lipstick.

The Pros:

  1. Ultra-smooth formula that glides on the lips effortlessly.
  2. Highly pigmented and moisturizing formula.
  3. Gorgeous red/wine shade starts off semi-glossy and dries down to a satin finish.
  4. Color wears off evenly on the lips.
  5. An additional layer applies smoothly over an existing layer.
  6. This color is a bit of a chameleon, he changes tone according to different lighting conditions.
  7. Pleasant light floral fragrance.  Complete change from their previous formula that reeked of plastic.
  8. Paraben-free formula.
  9. Blood Roses has a versatile texture and color.  The color adapts beautifully to any red lipliner shade.
  10. Can be worn as a light stain or full coverage with one swipe.
  11. Does last 5 hours only when paired with a lipliner.
  12. Kevyn Aucoin Expert Lip colors are house in smaller casings which can easily fit into any handbag.
Packaging Comparison: Kevyn Aucoin vs. Tom Ford.

Packaging Comparison:
Kevyn Aucoin vs. Tom Ford.

The Cons:

  1. Love the color scheme of the packaging, but the design is not to my liking.  The small base reminds me of Maybelline lipstick, not my favorite.
  2. The magnet is not as strong as it should be, a snapping closure would have been ideal.
  3. Due to the emollient nature of the formula, Blood Roses does bleed into the fine lines around the lip area without a lipliner.
  4. Since the formula is very soft, the lipstick bullet tends to lean on the inner casing if a heavy hand is used during application.
Kevyn Aucoin Blood Roses worn as a light stain.

Kevyn Aucoin Blood Roses worn as a light stain.

Kevyn Aucoin Blood Roses worn with Rimmel Obsession Lipliner.

Kevyn Aucoin Blood Roses worn with Rimmel Obsession Lipliner.

Kevyn Aucoin Blood Roses worn with MAC Trust in Red Prolong Wear Lipliner.

Kevyn Aucoin Blood Roses worn with MAC Trust in Red Prolong Wear Lipliner.

Kevyn Aucoin Blood Roses worn with Rimmel Rapture Lipliner and Estee Lauder Ruby Glow in the center of the lip.

Kevyn Aucoin Blood Roses worn with Rimmel Rapture Lipliner and Estee Lauder Ruby Glow in the center of the lip.

My favorite way to sport this succulent shade is with Rimmel Rapture Lipliner  and Estee Lauder Ruby Glow Lacquer (reviewed here) dabbed lightly in the center of the lips.

Kevyn Aucoin Cosmetics can be found at Space NK in Bloomingdales, Beauty.com, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks, Bergdorf Goodman, net-a-porter,  Amazon.com, and etc..

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Kevyn Aucoin Blood Roses is an absolute winner.  Do you need this color?  Do fish need water?  Do birds fly?   Does a shoe store sell shoes?  Yes, yes, yes and yes!  Blood Roses glides on the lips like butter, an absolute pleasure to apply and wear.  Have you tried any Kevyn Aucoin lipsticks?  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.  *Compensation is not given for any reviews.  *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product.  *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.