NARS Grace Audacious Lipstick Review, Swatches

NARS Grace Audacious Lipstick 

NARS introduced these lippies last year in 40 astonishing shades. I had a tough time trying to narrow it down to a couple of shades to try the line. Sharing one of them with you – a coral pink shade named Grace.

The Product:

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.

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

NARS Grace Audacious Lipstick Grace (6)

Available in 40 shades

Tips : 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
NARS Grace Audacious Lipstick Grace (9)

Price: $32 in US / Picked these from HongKong and paid



Looks like NARS has finally listened to the customer complaints and revamped their packaging! These lippies come in a metallic cases with magnetic closure – a HUGE change from the irritating rubberized packaging. The cases are longer than the regular NARS lippies. They still have NARS etched on them in glossy finish against a matte case. These are packaged in the usual cardboard box.

NARS Grace Audacious Lipstick Grace (10)

My experience with NARS Audacious Lipstick – Grace:

The Color: With 40 shades to chose from, selecting a couple was a nightmare!! You have no idea how much research went into looking at shades on different blogs, different lighting, different skintones, etc. The woes of a person not able to check the shades in store!! Picking Grace was still a no-brainer – its coral after all!! 😉 Described aptly as a “bright pink coral.” This is a happy summer shade which really brightens the face and would suit all skin tones.

Texture – The texture of these lipsticks is extremely light weight, 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 wear would be advisable. The finish is Satin and fairly comfortable to wear.

Pigmentation –Excellent pigmentation – 100% colour deposit ina single swipe. Its amazing how thin the layer is and still how opaque. Look at the swatch – it’s a single swipe – full saturated colour!

Lasting Power:This is where my grouse with the lipstick starts…it lasted about 3.5-4 hours and will definitely disappear with a meal. I tried the blotting and powder technique but it still disappears. What makes it worse for me is that it transfers, transfers, transfer! That is one thing which really turns me off in a lippy. Especially since I had kids and constantly face 2 scenarios – grubby hands reaching for my face and smearing the lipstick AND finding lipstick on my little kissable bugger’s cheeks. Now these 2 situations are not likely to change anytime soon….so…anything that transfers easily is a big turn off for me currently. I tried to get ri of the problem by removing excess from my lips by blotting on a tissue. Looks great, mattifies the lippy and the colour is still full on. But still transfers!
NARS Grace Audacious Lipstick Grace (5)

NARS Grace Audacious Lipstick Grace (2)
And considering the amazing pigmentation;  I would have expected it to leave a nice stain. So even if the colour disappears over time, having a stain still keeps the illusion of colour. But nope! It’s a barely there stain – as good as nothing!
NARS Grace Audacious Lipstick Grace (4)

NARS Grace Audacious Lipstick Grace (3)

To sum this up for you:

Pros of NARS Audacious Lipstick – Grace:

1. Beautiful pinky coral – should suit all skin tones and light up the face.
2. Insane pigmentation.
3. Easy to apply from the tube.
4. Does not settle into the fine lines of the lips.
5. Not hydrating but not drying either.
6. The colour hugs the lips nicely – no feathering or bleeding
7. Hides lip pigmentation well.
8. Luxe and classy feel to the tube and case!

NARS Grace Audacious Lipstick Grace swatches

Cons of NARS Audacious Lipstick – Grace:

1. Transfers way too easily!
2. Doesn’t last much long 3.5-4 hours wear time.
3. Does not leave a stain.
4. Ease of availability

IMBB Rating: 4/5
My experience with this has been different from Rati’s experience when she reviewed the shades Vera and Janet. But do note, that in any cosmetics, the quality can vary within the range. So some colours can be amazing while others turn out to be a dud. This one is definitely not a dud but I cant get past my pet peeve of lipstick transferring. So while the quality is great (except for that 1 bit) – I am not really lining up for more.


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35 thoughts on “NARS Grace Audacious Lipstick Review, Swatches

  1. Love love loooooove this shade. NARS ka products look so classy, especially the engraving on the lipstick bullet. 🙂

  2. The shade is beyond gorgeous and u carry it off so well KK..i cant wait to get my hands of these Nars audacious lippes..they seem amazing

  3. the shade is truly a blind pick kk, universal! and how come you damaged the tip? i will give it a skip, for it will cost me $42 here and longevity, no stain, transfer, no no…better i go with some other brand in next haul 🙂 very well written … perfect

    1. It got spoilt while taking pictures…it hurts, no? 42$$$$$ Thats a load of mine. No, I won’t recommend this at that price point! Thanks for your sweet words Sumera!

  4. perfect spring shade…awesome pigmentation but transferring is something I hate and dread and because of this I am more into mattes…I loved your review KK I don’t recall any reviews mentioning the transfer 🙁

    Lovely FOTD

    1. Thanks Parmita! I think transferring of lippies is a personal pet peeve of mine. WHich really puts me off…so i had to warn you all about that aspect.

  5. hey i agree choosing 2-3 from 40 shades is night mare
    I do have grace and Vera
    I can safely say that grace doesnt stay longer but vera does :)))
    so there is a performance variation within the range which is sad 🙁

    1. Thanks for sharing this info Krithi! Im sure it will help the readers. But its sad when there is inconsistency within the range – you don’t know how the next one will perform. With the shades I have tried of Estee Lauder Envy and Urban Decay Revolution – it was so great to see good quality across the entire range.

  6. I was so waiting for your review, K. You picked one awesome shade let me tell you that. It suits you to the T. i would have been dying to get my hands on it. Sad that this does not have such a great staying power. I mean I am yet to try out more shades but so far my experience has been just brilliant. And if transferring is your pet peeve, I’d say dont bother about gucci lipsticks at all.


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