I mentioned in my review of the Nars Virtual Domination palette that after trying Anita, I placed an order for two more of the Nars Audacious lipsticks. I wanted another everyday nude and couldn’t resist a red. So, Barbara and Rita came to keep Anita company.
Barbara is described as a ‘tan rose’ (in other words, a pinky nude) which I think is a pretty accurate description for it’s color, while Rita is described as a ‘scarlett’. It’s a nice mid-toned, warm red that has just the right amount of brightness for day or night. Both lipsticks are creamy and very pigmented. I did need to layer Barbara on a little more because my lips are already on the darker side. Because my actual lip line is darker than my lips I do prefer to use a lip liner with it. I used a lip brush with Rita for more precise application, but don’t feel the need to use lip liner unless I want to get some extra lasting power in. I’d describe the finish as semi-matte, and I would recommend doing some lip exfoliation if you’re a extra flakey in that department. But, if you have just a little dryness it’s not going to exaggerate it too much. I do like the finish on it’s own and it’s also very nice with a gloss layered over. They aren’t overly drying either. Both pretty long wearing as long as you aren’t eating and drinking a ton while it’s on, but even still Barbara hung in there surprisingly well after I downed a tall caramel latte.
All in all, I really like these and would recommend them. I’m thinking of picking up one more in a berry shade, but I want to look at them in store before making a decision.
Don’t hesitate to try these if you haven’t already!