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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Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Black Tie and Entourage are Simply Luxurious.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks in Black Tie and Entourage ($50 USD/ 3.5g) are the ultimate refined matte lipstick formula.  The smoother than silk effortless application, gorgeous substantial packaging, highly pigmented color, hydrating feel and long-lasting velvety finish are truly deserving of the title QUEEN. Even the mightiest of lipstick kings cannot compare to these reigning stars. Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope lip colors are not your average matte lipsticks; friends this is true luxury at its finest.  I hope you enjoy.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks in Black Tie.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Black Tie.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks in Entourage.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Entourage.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick Swatches: Black Tie and Entourage.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick Swatches:
Black Tie and Entourage.

  • Black Tie is a deep blue red.  This shade looks particularly stunning when paired with an all black suit and against lighter complexions.  This crimson hue is very reminiscent of the 50’s lip; bold, yet feminine.
  • Entourage is a gorgeous deep wine red.  This shade looks amazing with a variety of makeup looks. Despite the dark coloring in the tube, Entourage’s red undertones balance out the vampy feel of the shade, thus making this stunner suitable for many different complexions. This shade is very reminiscent of the 20’s lip; daring and vivid.
Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks in Black Tie.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Black Tie.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks in Black Tie.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Black Tie.

Just like Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Private Party (reviewed here), Black Tie and Entourage apply with the same level of ease.  The silky smooth paraben and mineral-oil free formula does not tug on the lips and the lightweight feel is like nothing I have ever experienced.  As with most lipsticks these days, silicones are responsible for easy application, but in the case of Velvet Ropes, the color seems to glide on the lips in an incredibly soft and sumptuous manner.  This is a case of, you have to feel-it-to-believe-it.

The packaging is also an example of gold packaging done right.  These beauties do not collect fingerprints and the weighty feel ensures a quality product was produced.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks in Entourage.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Entourage.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks in Entourage.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Entourage.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks in Entourage at the five hour mark.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks in Entourage at the five-hour mark.  Slight feathering/bleeding on the upper right lip.

Black Tie and Entourage initial application is a bit glossy, but after a couple of hours the colors dry down to a true matte finish.  I am able to wear each color without the need for a topper shade or lip balm.  When applied to bare skin, the lasting power is roughly six hours (without eating or drinking) with slight feathering on the upper lip region.  However, when paired with a long-lasting lip liner or base, the colors remain more consistent (sans feathering) for seven hours.  When the colors do eventually fade, a lovely stain is left.  The natural light peppermint scent is faint and completely imperceptible after 30 seconds.

Wearing Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Black Tie topped with Entourage.

Wearing Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Black Tie topped with Entourage.

Pairing Black Tie and Entourage together proved to be a match made in heaven. The deeper bordeaux red concoction was not only appealing, but the lasting power was sure to impress most.  This combo lasted so well throughout the day, I was shocked to see a substantial portion of my lipstick intact by dinner time.

Wearing YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 205 as a base color topped with Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Black Tie.

Wearing YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 205 as a base color topped with Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Black Tie.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks also play very nicely with other drier matte formulations.  For the above photo, YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 205 (reviewed here) was used as a light base and then topped with Black Tie.

Comparison Swatches:

Dark Red Lipstick Comparisons: Tom Ford Black Orchid, Lipstick Queen Black Tie, LipstickQueen Entourage, YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 205 and YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 206

Dark Red Lipstick Comparisons:
Tom Ford Black Orchid, Lipstick Queen Black Tie, Lipstick Queen Entourage, YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 205 and YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 206

  • Tom Ford Black Orchid is noticeably glossier and deeper in tone than Black Tie or Entourage.  The lasting power is not as potent as Velvet Ropes, and on its own, Black Orchid does bleed into my fine lines after a couple of hours.
  • YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 205 is darker and deeper than Entourage.  The strong plum undertone is more comparable in color to Black Orchid.  The formula is a bit denser in appearance and feel than Velvet Ropes.  However, the stain left is exceptional.
  • YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 206 has a strong brown undertone.  Even though the application of The Mats is smooth, they are not as smooth as Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope.  However, when combined with VR, the two formulas yield amazing results.

Ingredient List for Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Black Tie and Entourage:

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Octyldodecanol, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax (Cire De Candelilla), Silica, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Perfluorononylethyl Stearyl Dimethicone, Beeswax (Cire D’Abeille), Polyethylene, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernal Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Linalool, Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide Cl 77891

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Swatches L-R: Star System, Black Tie, Entourage, Brat Pack and Private Party.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Swatches L-R:
Star System, Black Tie, Entourage, Brat Pack and Private Party (in full sun).

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks can be found at Nordstrom, Beauty.com, SpaceNK, Ulta and lipstickqueen.com.

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

Makeup would tell you Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Black Tie and Entourage are the ultimate beauty indulgence.  These beautiful matte colors are the top of the line in terms of formula and wear.  I do not know how Poppy King did it, but the silky smooth composition of these beauties is unmatched.  As it stands, Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Entourage is my favorite red lipstick.  A bold statement, but one I totally stand behind.  Be well stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Star System Lipstick is an Out of this World Nude.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Star System Lipstick.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Star System Lipstick.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Star System Lipstick.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Star System Lipstick.

As cosmetic enthusiasts, we have certain lipstick colors and formulation we absolutely love.  Personally, I will always be drawn to dark rich colors, they seem to suit my coloring and personality the best.  However, the majority of people seem to gravitate toward pale nude shades reminiscent of the 60’s.  Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Star System Lipstick ($50 USD/ 3.5g) is a nude lipstick lover’s dream.  The matte formula has a perfect finish, silky smooth texture and amazing longevity.  Bridget Bardot eat-your-heart-out 🙂

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Star System Lipstick.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Star System Lipstick.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Star System Lipstick.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Star System Lipstick.

Star System is a gorgeous pinky/beige nude color.  The lightweight formula applied smoothly and opaquely in one swipe.  Star System performed beautifully, lasting 3½-4 hours on its own and 6 hours when paired with It Cosmetics YLBB Waterproof Lip Liner Stain In Blushing Nude (reviewed here); quite an impressive feat for a nude lipstick color.  Just like Private Party (reviewed here), Star System is formulated with a slight sweet peppermint scent, which is such a refreshing and unique feature. The packaging is luxe and substantially weighted, an indication a quality product is present 🙂

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Star System Lipstick topped with Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 219 Whisper Beige.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Star System Lipstick topped with Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 219 Whisper Beige.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Star System Lipstick topped with Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 219 Whisper Beige.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Star System Lipstick topped with Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 219 Whisper Beige.

My only compliant lies with the overall finish on my lips.  I found the color looked chalky, even though in reality, the color felt velvety smooth and hydrating. To combat the superficial dehydrated appearance, I simply applied Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 219 Whisper Beige to even out the texture on the lips.  The resulting hue was chock-full of creamy goodness–a discovery any die-hard nude lip lover would be proud to wear 🙂

My Preferred "Nude." Estee Lauder Rebellious Rose 420 Pure Color Envy Lipstick topped lightly with Dior Addict Fluid Stick 975 Minuit.

My Preferred “Nude.”
Estee Lauder Rebellious Rose 420 Pure Color Envy Lipstick topped lightly with Dior Addict Fluid Stick 975 Minuit.

Even though I adore the formulation of this lipstick line, I have to come to the realization, Star System is not suited for my skin tone. My features are too pronounced to pull off such a delicate color. I can envision lighter complexions, especially those with green and blue eyes, looking exceptional in this shade.  When my son saw this color, his immediate reaction was, “Mommy you know light colors really don’t look great on you.” However painfully blunt his comment, he was quite exacting in his assessment of this shade (on me at least). For the above photos, the makeup remained the same with the obvious change being the lip color.  Which color do you think better suited my complexion?

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Swatches L-R: Star System, Black Tie, Entourage, Brat Pack and Private Party.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick Swatches L-R:
Star System, Black Tie, Entourage, Brat Pack and Private Party.

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks come in five shades and can be found at Beauty.com, Nordstrom, lipstickqueen.com, BeautyBar.com and Ulta.

Ingredient List for Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Star System Lipstick :

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Octyldodecanol, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax (Cire De Candelilla), Silica, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Perfluorononylethyl Stearyl Dimethicone, Beeswax (Cire D’Abeille), Polyethylene, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernal Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Linalool, Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide Cl 77891

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

Makeup would tell you if you prefer paler toned lipstick colors, then Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Star System Lipstick is the color for you.  I cannot imagine another brand formulating a more luxurious and comfortable nude lipstick.  Sadly for me, this color did not work and will be exchanged for Brat Pack. Should you feel the urge to splurge on this lipstick (or any other color), do take advantage of Beauty.com $10 off a $50 purchase coupon code at the bottom of this post.  Where do your preferences lie–with the nude or the naughty shades?  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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