We all know I’m a huge fan of the Audacious lipsticks which launched in 2014. I love the payoff, the range of flattering colors that range from best-in-class classics to modern brights, and I love the satin texture and presentation.
This year, NARS launches Audacious mascara. And this formula promises to be all all-rounder that is:
non-waterproof but smudge-resistant formula
Sounds like every other mascara’s claims? Well I put it to the test and I’ll say - it’s:
pretty lasting for me and stiff enough when set to hold curl well, which is usually not the case with many non-waterproof mascaras, but bear in mind I have medium-fine lashes and they’re not too stubborn usually
easy to remove with cotton pad and cleansing water - no scrubbing and rubbing
non-smudging on me, but then I do not have oily lids so I am probably not the absolute best judge; it doesn’t start running the moment it gets wet but be careful not to rub your eyes too hard
very lengthening; those curved spikes on the wand that look like the fangs of some monstrous carnivorous plant do manage to grab your lashes and separate them well
not extremely volumizing for me; I did find that it had a tendency to grab some lashes and coat them thickly, but not others, so you end up with inconsistent volumization
sorta clumpy; this doesn’t turn my fringe of lashes into 5 fat stumps - it’s not that sort of clumpy. But it does have a tendency to deposit fatter clumps around the tips of your lashes if you try to build up the product a bit, because the nature of the formula and the wand makes NARS Audacious mascara lengthen faster than it can build thickness around each strand. So you sometimes get a slim long lash with a bent “match-stick” bulb at the end. I’d like to know your experience with it, and if you had a different experience!
very black. If you have light lashes, this does a very good job of coating and darkening every strand.
All in all, I would say this is just not mascara designed for layering (unless you actually like clumpy dramatic lashes). It CAN give you pretty good results in a single coat as you can see above. I think it’s a great mascara if you want length and separation with moderate volume. It also holds curl moderately well although I can’t speak for those with stubborn thick lash strands. But if you like to slowly layer, you will need a clean disposable mascara wand to comb out the clumps between coats.
I also find this works better for me if I just pull from root to tips, instead of wiggling back and forth sideways (cos then it becomes clump-central).
Note: with any mascara that you layer and layer, you might also be more prone to flakiness. Flecks of black crumbling onto your cheeks over the day. I didn’t experience that with Audacious mascara wearing just one coat, so I daresay you’ll be fine if you don’t try to get TOO audacious with it.