NARS Audacious Lana Lipstick Review

After reviewing NARS Audacious lipstick in Grace for you earlier, I bring to you another gorgeous shade from the line-up, NARS Lana. NARS released 40 shades named after 40 women who inspired Mr. Francois Nars in his life. We have a reader on IMBB – Lana! I just feel it must be a real kick to be able to get a lipstick shade-name same as yours! I doubt if any company is ever likely to produce one by the name Kulpreet any time soon! 😛  I have this tendency of picking 2 shades at one time instead of trying one and then picking up another. So, I picked Grace and Lana together from Hong Kong – since NARS isn’t available in India still.

NARS Audacious Lana Lipstick

Product Description:

Color with the power to transform your lips, your look, your attitude.  Modern lipstick so shamelessly seductive in touch and texture the sensation is audacious. Unadulterated luxury glides on like satin across skin with single-stroke coverage. A spectrum of 40 shades for unstoppable impact.

NARS Audacious Lana Lipstick

  • One-stroke, full-coverage creamy wear.
  • Luxurious texture and enriched with ingredients to smooth and nourish lips.
  • Long-lasting.

Available in 40 shades.

NARS Audacious Lana Lipstick


Apply Audacious Lipstick directly to the center of the mouth blending outward for full, creamy coverage of high impact color. For a more controlled application, apply using the Precision Lip Brush #30. Finish with a hint of Lip Gloss on the center of the lips to add dimension and create the illusion of fuller lips. –Sada Ito, International Makeup Stylist.  Mix and layer Audacious Lipstick shades with each other or with other Lip products to add dimension and texture to a bold lip look. –Jenny Smith, Lead Makeup Stylist


$32 in US.

NARS Audacious Lana Lipstick

NARS Audacious Lana Lipstick


NARS has finally heard customer complaints and revamped their lipstick packaging to a metallic case with a magnetic closure. It’s a matte finish case with NARS etched on it in a glossy finish. These are packaged in the usual cardboard box.

My Experience with NARS Audacious Lana Lipstick:

Color:  My final shortlists to hubby were – any two out of Grace, Lana and Greta. All three are vivid bright shades. I have reviewed Grace earlier and Rati recently did a FOTD with Greta. Lana, described as a “vivid orange red” is just that bright orange red; will suit most skin tones, instantly brightening the face. It is warm toned but not too yellow – so doesn’t make your teeth look yellow.  It’s great for someone who wants to try orange but is scared to go full orange. The red in it makes it more wearable and flattering.

NARS Audacious Lana Lipstick

Texture:  The texture of these lipsticks is extremely lightweight, gel like and glides ever so smoothly – has a bit of slip. It did not bleed or feather nor did it accentuate the fine lines. Considering how thin the consistency is, exfoliation of lips prior to application would be advisable. The finish is satin and fairly comfortable to wear.

Pigmentation:  Excellent pigmentation – 100% color deposit in a single swipe.  It’s amazing how thin the layer is and still how opaque. Refer to the swatch for how pigmented this shade is – gorgeous, full-on saturated color.

NARS Audacious Lana Lipstick

Lasting Power:  I have the same issue with this one as with Grace. It transfers a lot and lasts for only about 3-3.5 hours. If you eat something, it will surely disappear and does not leave any tint behind either.  So, it’s a total vanishing act! As with Grace, I tried the blotting and powder technique, but it still disappears. As I have mentioned  earlier, transfer of color really irritates me. It’s a real turn off when you share a bite or drink and the partner sees an entire ring of lipstick on the product/straw. Uggh!!! I make it a point not to wear this when I know I will be eating something.

NARS Audacious Lana Lipstick

To sum this up for you:

Pros of NARS Audacious Lana Lipstick:

  • Beautiful orange red – should suit all skin tones and lights up the face.
  • Insane pigmentation.
  • Easy to apply from the tube.
  • Does not settle into the fine lines of the lips.
  • Not hydrating but not drying either.
  • The color hugs the lips nicely – no feathering or bleeding.
  • Hides lip pigmentation well.
  • Luxe and classy feel to the tube and case!

NARS Audacious Lana Lipstick 9

Cons of NARS Audacious Lana Lipstick:

  • Transfers way too easily!
  • Doesn’t last much long – 3-3.5 hours wear time.
  • Does not leave a stain.
  • Ease of availability.

IMBB Rating:


I love how lightweight and pigmented these lipsticks are, but the transference bit is my pet-peeve – so a turn-off for me – but may not be an issue for others. I would suggest that you try them before you buy them. The lovely bit is also that there is such a variety of shades to chose from – 40 shades – that you are bound to find one just for you. And if your name is the shade name – well, Lucky you!!

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34 thoughts on “NARS Audacious Lana Lipstick Review

  1. Love the color on you. Greta lasts around 5 hours + some stain one me. K you really got unlucky with your shades i feel. But both of them look super stunning on you. I love how citrusy orangey the shade is. It’s beautiful. 🙂

  2. Thanks Rati! I feel so too! I just picked bummers – though they are both striking shades! Its extremely annoying that the product line is not consistent. You can’t just pick a shade of your choice, you need to check quality of that particular shade, too! I might still pick up Greta and AUdrey – i really like both those shades.

    1. I was the same way, all last year Nazima! I picked oranges left right and centre! I’ll share one of my favourite oranges with you soon.

  3. loved the review KK and the shade is so vivid and brightening …but I have issues with products that transfer :0 same as you do that’s the only reason these haven’t caught my attention till now 🙂 hope they create some creamy mattes on the same lines of shades 😀

    1. I love the NARS lip pencils – if only there were so many colours available in them! I don’t see them launching new lip products any time soon – they wouldn’t want competition within the brand. I really do like the shade…but…

    1. I used to have a pseudo name from my Call centre days – Kate! Even if they had a lippy named Kate, I would have picked it! No one’s naming their lippy “Kulpreet”!! I don’t see that happening! But it would be so much fun!

    1. If they are easily available where you live – thats fab! Try them in the store, roam around and then take a call on whether you want to pick it or not. All the best!

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