Nars Audacious Lipstick in Grace

I’m back from my much needed break! Morjim beach was amazing! The rest of Goa was way too crowded due to the long weekend but Morjim is far away and it was just the right amount of crowd. The beach is very clean although the waves are a bit more “angry” than the rest of Goa. Still, it was an amazing holiday. We were probably the only Indians there, it’s still weird to find every single menu and sign in Russian!

The lipstick I’m reviewing today was in a recent haul. I fell head over heels in love with it when I first used it but after using it for a while, there are few problems I’ve noticed.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Grace is a neon coral red! The best way to describe this is Mac Impassioned mixed with Ruby Woo. I feel it has the same intensity and vibrancy as Impassioned but more red. It’s quite similar to Mac All Fired Up or L’oreal Moist Matte in Raspberry Syrup but it’s much more warm and neon.

The formula looks like it might be really thick and creamy, something that might slip easily but it’s so not. It’s a bit lightweight, it doesn’t move around too much and stays put. You get true colour in just one swipe. Even with very pigmented lips like mine, I didn’t have to reapply to even it out. It really does make your lips look fuller and smooth. I also like the satin finish, it has a very slight sheen.

I didn’t find this to be hydrating or moisturising though. It isn’t drying on me and wears well over a light balm but maybe if I were to apply it directly to dry lips, I would find the formula uncomfortable. It’s not as smooth when you have chapped lips though. Overall, I’m very happy with the formula, but it isn’t stellar.

The lipstick is perfectly fine for light snacks and drinks but won’t survive a proper meal.  After a meal, it hadn’t worn off completely, the middle area was a bit stained and I had to reapply it after dinner. It also left my wine glass with a bold red mark! There’s a lot of pigment there so even though it transfers heavily, there will always be some product left (which you may or may not prefer). It lasts evenly for 5 hours (without a meal) with very slight fading which is comparable to any other lipstick in this price segment.

I love the packaging, it’s weighty and so sleek with a satisfying click! The bullet is a bit short but it’s wider than most. Considering that you’re getting 4.2g of product, $32 seems reasonable.

Overall, I like this lipstick and would recommend it if you want a creamy pigmented lipstick but for me it’s not in the same league as Guerlain Le Rouge, L’oreal Moist Matte or Giorgio Armani Rouge D’Armani which are my some of my favourite formulas. I know I always said I’d purchase Anita next but I’m going to hold off on that for now!

Photos and swatches below:

Nars Audcious Lipstick Grace 1

Nars Audcious Lipstick Grace 2

Nars Audcious Lipstick Grace 3

Nars Audcious Lipstick Grace 4

Nars Audcious Lipstick Grace 5

Nars Audcious Lipstick Grace 7

Nars Audcious Lipstick Grace 8

Nars Audcious Lipstick Grace 6

L-R | Nars Audacious Lipstick in Grace | Mac Lipstick in All Fired Up (Retro Matte) | L’oreal Moist Matte Lipstick in Raspberry Syrup | Mac Lipstick in Impassioned (Amplified) | Estee Lauder Sculpting Shine Lipstick in Blossom Bright


Hope you all had a great weekend! I have a ton of posts to catch up on, yikes!



Name:  Audacious Lipstick

Brand : Nars

Colour : Grace

Product Amount : 4.2g

Pigmentation : High

Consistency : Light and creamy

Finish and Texture : Slight sheen with velvety finish

Durability : Lasts 5-6 hours

Price :  $32 ~ Rs. 2000

Available at : Nordstrom, Sephora, Nars

Overall : 4/5


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  • nausheen

    Ooo! those are some beautiful shade, n the shade you are wearing is my favourite :)

    • Xuvious

      It’s super bright but I still love it! :)

  • Ayesha (Rude&Chic)

    Love the coral warm undertone of this red!

    • Xuvious

      Yes, same here! It makes it very unique! :)

  • fiona furtado

    The shade looks so good on you! I think it will be a grat shade for coming months.

    • Xuvious

      Thank you! It was perfect for Goa! :)

  • Laarni

    It’s definitely a beautiful color! Nice choice!

    • Xuvious

      Thanks Laarni! I usually go for nudes or fuchsias but I thought I’d step it up this time! :p

  • Krithi Marla

    u know what gal formula differs from shade to shade which is sad
    vera is much better compares to Grace
    btw the color looks fantastic on u

    • Xuvious

      Thanks! Yep, I’ve read about inconsistencies too. It’s by no means a bad lipstick and the colour wins big against the minor cons for me. :)

      • Krithi Marla

        true ,color is fantastic on u

  • Beepsa Biswas

    I am disappointed to hear that the formula doesn’t live up to the expectation.But it is pretty… BTW Estee Lauder Blossom Bright looks like a pretty shade too.

    • Xuvious

      Blossom Bright is a slightly toned down version of Grace and more glossy, love that one too. :)
      I mean it’s not a bad lipstick at all but I felt it’s not as “revolutionary” as some of the hype claims it to be.

  • Liz

    So pretty! I don’t have an Audacious yet but two on my list are this along with Fanny. Glad you gave a comparison to MAC All Fired Up.

    • Xuvious

      When it comes to similar pinky reds, I think All Fired Up would be more wearable compared to Grace (because it’s so neon).
      Fanny is a great colour! :)

  • Clever Girl Reviews

    Wow, that is super stunning on your complexion!

    • Xuvious

      Thank you! I have very few lipsticks that are this bright one me, but I love it. :)

  • Jaa

    You weren’t kidding when you said it’s a “neon” coral red! A statement color for sure. Anita has been on my wish list since forever, don’t know when I’m going to pull the trigger. LOL. I should just do it!

    • Xuvious

      I think I should have bolded it for emphasis. :p
      Anita is really pretty, also Raquel but I thought it might wash me out.

  • Jessica

    i’ve not tried the armarni, guerlain or l’oreal matte lipsticks before but if you think the formulas are even better than the NARS audacious then i might have to check them out! i adore the NARS formula but i’d be interesting to try something that you say beats it because at the moment it’s one of the best i’ve ever tried.

    jessica –

    • Xuvious

      Which shades do you have? I hear there are some inconsistencies in the Nars formula, I hear Vera is much better. :)

  • Natasja

    Oh, wow. This color is so gorgeous and the pictures are great!! I want to try this one too now 😀 I like that it’s not a typical red.. and it looks great on your skin tone!x

    • Xuvious

      Thank you! xx
      Agreed, I love pinky reds, they look really great on our skintones. :)

  • Kiss & Make-up

    Well hello gorgeous! And neon coral red described this color so perfectly, ghah :-)

    • Xuvious

      I think you’d pull off the colour really well! :)

  • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

    Yaay you’re back!!! So glad to hear you had a well-deserved break.

    I really really REALLY love Grace on you. It looks like a shade I’d happily wear. I haven’t bought any of these because most reviewers say the formula isn’t hydrating. Now, I’m OK with a matte lipstick being non-drying and non-hydrating, but for a creamy formula, I really think NARS could have done a little better! Still, with so many beautiful shades in the line-up, I think it is sooner or later that I’ll give in to my curiosity!

    • Xuvious

      Thank you so much Sunny, that’s so kind. :)
      I guess it also depends on the weather for me. In the summer/monsoon my lips tend to be more well behaved so I wouldn’t find it too drying then. Still, the colours are gorgeous. :)

  • TheProcrastinator

    Ugh i LOVE the packaging of these.

    • Xuvious

      So glad they didn’t make it rubbery! It’s such a dirt magnet!

  • Corinne C

    Glad you enjoyed the break! Woo!

    This colour looks so good on you, pity it won’t survive a full meal though, it should do at that price!

    Corinne x

    • Xuvious

      Yes, I was a bit disappointed about that because it is so pigmented.

  • Gyudy

    It’s a gorgeous shade, but I agree with you on the drying front! I apply Brigitte with a brush to only apply a sheer layer and it’s a bit more comfortable that way 😉 xx

    Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

    • Xuvious

      Oh, I’ll probably try that next. I guess it’s pigmented enough to be worn sheer too. :)

  • Alice Young

    Although it’s not the best formula, it’s such a pretty shade!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

    • Xuvious

      Yes, it’s so neon, it made all the difference. :)

  • Agata

    Welcome back, good to hear you enjoyed your little vacation!

    I have only one Audacious Lipstick in Anna but I do love it, I like the formula,even if it’s not very long lasting. The shade you picked looks so pretty on you. I think it would be a little too bold for me though. Maybe not, lol.

    • Linda Libra Loca

      Maybe not!

    • Xuvious

      I really liked Anna on you, I thought it would look too mauve on me though. It’s a bit scary to wear it but seriously, so gorgeous! :)

  • Linda Libra Loca

    Wow, great color.

    But back to Goa: that sounds amazing! Will you tell us more on the blog?

    • Xuvious

      I’ve never really written travel posts on the blog before and I didn’t take too many pics this time (other than personal ones) so I actually don’t have enough material.
      But in general, I post travel photos here : if you’re interested. :)

      • Linda Libra Loca

        Thank you, I will check them out when I return in march.

  • Jennifer Monforton

    Grace is one of my favourite shades! Love the vibrant colour and high pigmentation. Looks pretty on you :)

    • Xuvious

      Thank you, even among other brights, it definitely stands out. :)

  • Erica Choi

    That is indeed a gorgeous shade!


    • Xuvious

      Thanks Erica! xx

  • Kristen / Glambunctious

    This color looks so good with your skin! I had Anita but found it drying due to the high pigment content. I gifted it to my mom who loves non-emollient, pigmented lipsticks! Glad you had a fun vacation! Always nice to get away for a while. :)

    • Xuvious

      Thanks Kristen! Anita’s a lovely colour. I still like the lipsticks but the creaminess is deceptive!

  • luxorygirl

    Love that color, want combinate that color of lipstick with these sandals