Review + swatches – NARS Audacious collection for fall 2016, featuring Audacious lipsticks in Apoline and Shirley, and Brow Defining Creams in El Djouf and Danakil

NARS Brow Defining Creams in El Djouf and Danakil review

NARS introduced a capsule collection for fall 2016 featuring its Audacious lipsticks, as well as new Brow Defining Creams. I had previous reviewed additional products from the fall line-up here, please check that out. Even though the Audacious lipsticks came out a few years ago, I hadn’t yet had the chance to try them, so I was very excited to dig in when I received the new shades Apoline and Shirley.

NARS Audacious lipsticks in Apoline and Shirley review

NARS Audacious lipstick (C$39) claims to provide “weightless, color-saturated lips.” The shade Apoline is a beautiful creamy mauve that’s super wearable for everyday. The shade Shirley is a pink-based red that’s also very creamy. Both shades are intensely pigmented in just one swipe, giving you an incredibly gorgeous, saturated look with very minimal effort. Of the two shades, Apoline is definitely the more everyday colour, whereas Shirley is a very different variation of the bombshell red. I love both for different reasons, so I can’t pick a favourite. Wear time is pretty fantastic with both shades, but of course Shirley, being the more intense colour, is ultra long wearing and also leaves a stain.

NARS Audacious lipsticks in Apoline and Shirley review

NARS Brow Defining Cream (C$29) claims to “softly blend and set [brows] without missing a beat.” El Djouf is a light, warm-toned chocolate brown, and Danakil is a dark cool-toned brown that’s almost black. The formula is very creamy, ultra pigmented, and a little bit goes a long way to help define your brows. Once set, it wears all day without smudging, creasing, or fading.

NARS Brow Defining Creams in El Djouf and Danakil review

I’m actually pretty disappointed in the colour selection for these; El Djouf is slightly too warm for me, and Danakil is so dark that it makes my brows look too extreme. Blended together, they could work, but it’s just too much effort. I would think that Black-haired women make up a big portion of NARS’ customer demographic so it’s a bit disappointing to see the limited colour available.

If you can find a good colour match in the Brow Defining Cream, I would definitely recommend checking those out. The lipsticks are also very beautiful, and of the two I can’t pick a favourite. If you are looking for an every day colour, Apoline could be your best friend, but Shirley is definitely the standout.

You can purchase these new NARS Audacious lipsticks, and the Brow Defining Creams at NARS counters now, including Nordstrom, The Bay, and Sephora.

The swatches

Audacious lipsticks in Apoline and Shirley

NARS Audacious lipsticks in Apoline and Shirley review

Brow Defining Creams in El Djouf and Danakil

NARS Brow Defining Creams in El Djouf and Danakil review

The products featured in this post were provided by PR, but as usual, all opinions are my own!

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