NARS AUDACIOUS COLLECTION, FALL 2016

Big-impact lip shades, matte and satin liner, and brow defining cream: hello!
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Big-impact lip shades, matte and satin liner, and brow defining cream: hello!
Nars Audacious Collection editorial image

Nars Audacious Collection editorial image

I have such beauty envy over this Nars Audacious Collection visual. And major sunglasses envy. The makeup collection sadly won't make me look like stunning model Aya Jones, but it's worth coveting nonetheless.

The Nars Audacious Collection (at narscosmetics.com now; at other retailers come September 1st) is a simple but big-impact range of two black liquid liners, four brow enhancers and five lipsticks.

Let's oggle the Nars still-life product shots:

Nars Audacious Fall 2016 collection

Nars Audacious Fall 2016 collection

Nars Audacious Fall 2016 collection: Brow Defining Cream and Brow Defining Brush

Nars Audacious Fall 2016 collection: Brow Defining Cream and Brow Defining Brush

Nars Audacious Fall 2016 collection: lipstick

Nars Audacious Fall 2016 collection: lipstick

Let's start with the new brow creams, shall we?

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Nars Brow Defining Cream

Nars Brow Defining Cream

Although not ideal for back-of-the-Uber application because it means having to juggle a makeup brush, a spoolie, the jar and its lid, the Nars Brow Defining Cream ($29 CAd and $23 USd at sephora.com and nordstrom.com) from the Fall 2016 Audacious collection is worth investigating.

I'm not used to a cream formula (I've relied on brow markers for years now), but the learning curve isn't so bad. The formula is satisfyingly pigmented and easy to blend through with a spoolie. I don't have the Nars brush, but my Smashbox brow brush is aces (its stiff bristles = good control).

NARS Brow Defining Cream swatches

Nars Brow Defining Cream

As per the swatch photo above, the Nars Brow Defining Cream comes in four shades: Danakil (dark brown), El Djouf (light brown), Tamani (auburn) and Sonoran (blonde).

The dark brown looks like a cool brown, but really it's in-between. And it's just slightly too warm for me.

NARS Brow Defining Cream in Danakil (dk brown) swatch on face

Nars Brow Defining Cream in Danakil

See? Perhaps if I had denser brow hair, the slight warmth wouldn't matter. Or maybe I should try a more intense application. And attempt it at home rather than in a moving car.

The dark brown shade doesn't appear to be an issue for makeup artist Janice Daoud in this Nars brow-cream tutorial. She likes a more pronounced application, though, and has darker brows than I have. *shrug*

Looking for more brow-how-to assistance? Here are a couple of video tutorials on how to create a full structured brow; and two ways to fill in thin brows; and the best brow tips you've never heard.

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NARS Unrestricted Eyeliner Stylos in Matte and Satin black

Nars Unrestricted Eyeliner Stylo in Matte Black and Satin Black

Of the two new black Nars Unrestricted Eyeliner Stylos ($34 CAd and $27 USd at sephora.com and nordstrom.com) in this collection, I prefer the Satin finish. It's inky and glossy. 

Nars Unrestricted Eyeliner Stylo swatches: satin and matte black

Nars Unrestricted Eyeliner Stylo in Satin and Matte black

The other is Matte; it looks rather more grey on the skin, and gets a bit patchy if you go over it too much as I did in a previous, seriously horrible swatch image I had to delete.

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Nars Audacious Fall 2016 collection: the new Audacious Lipstick shades *swoon*

Nars Audacious Fall 2016 collection: the new Audacious Lipstick shades *swoon*

You need at least one from this range of gorgeous Nars Audacious Lipstick ($39 CAd and $32 USd at sephora.com and nordstrom.com). You do. Creamy and rich with pigment, they deliver excellent colour payoff and comfort as well as good wear. 

Nars Audacious Fall 2016 lipstick shades enjoying a St. Maarten morning

Nars Audacious Fall 2016 lipstick shades enjoying a St. Maarten morning

From left to right: Nars Audacious Lipstick in Shirley, Apoline, Kate, Mona and Stefania. Stefania, Apoline and Shirley are already becoming good friends of mine. See swatches below.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Shirley swatch (worn as a stain)

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Shirley (dabbed on as a stain)

I am in big-time love with Nars Audacious Lipstick in Shirley applied as a stain. It looks far more pink-based than the bullet suggests. Adore.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Shirley swatch

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Shirley

Applied fully, Nars Audacious Lipstick in Shirley is a traffic-stopping crimson. I'm leaning toward calling it a true red vs a blue-red.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Apoline swatch

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Apoline

I don't usually do nude-esque lip colour unless it's just lip balm, but I've been wearing Nars Audacious Lipstick in Apoline since I photographed it. The swatch photo shows the shade as a bit more delicately pink than I think it is in real-life; I'll have to post a selfie on Instagram when I wear it next. Nars describes it as a "pink rose" shade.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Kate swatch

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Kate

The description of Nars Audacious Lipstick in Kate is "purple orchid," and I think that's exactly right. Tricky for back-of-the-cab application because it's so vibrant and pigmented that you need a steady hand, Kate is one of those head-turning lipstick shades that means you can fly out of the house wearing it with just mascara (and brow definer if you need it *points to self*).

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Mona swatch

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Mona

Obviously all the vibrant shades in this collection can be worn as punctuation for minimal makeup. This one is Nars Audacious Lipstick in Mona, a bricky mahogany. It photographs more red than mahogany, and looks quite similar to Shirley, but has a warmer undertone. Need a warm red? Try this one.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Stefania swatch

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Stefania

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Stefania is the exhibitionist in the collection. Look at that vivid, here-I-am deep fuchsia! Playful yet sophisticated, she's going to be one of my BFFs this Fall.

Nars Audacious Lipstick: Shirley, Apoline, Kate, Mona and Stefania

Nars Audacious Lipstick: Shirley, Apoline, Kate, Mona and Stefania

Also part of this collection is an existing Nars Audacious Mascara ($34 CAd and $26 USd at sephora.com and nordstrom.com). Has anyone tried that one already?

The Nars Audacious Fall 2016 collection is already available from narscosmetics.com; it hits thebay.com, sephora.com and nordstrom.com September 1st.

All right, lovelies, what do you think? What's going on your Fall beauty list?

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