I think I may have found my perfect red and it’s Nars Jungle Red. A pure red, it doesn’t lean too blue nor too warm on me. It’s perfect. It’s also semi-matte so while it gives a similar appearance to a matte lipstick it is much easier to apply and more comfortable to wear.
Jungle Red is packed full of nourishing ingredients, it has orange peel oil, other assorted orange oils, rosewood oil, bergamot oil and flower oils. This gives it a herby smell akin to a lip treatment. The smell doesn’t bother me and it does disappear on application. I find Jungle Red quite moisturising but after a while it can turn drying, nothing major though and not uncomfortable either. I really love the formula of this lipstick. It applies easy, one coat gives full, opaque coverage. It also lasts pretty well on my lips and I’m always doing something with them.
Because Jungle Red is neither too warm or too cold, it’s just right (yeah a Goldie Locks reference for you), it should suit most skin tones; from the very lightest to darkest, yellow and pink. For reference I’m fair with pink undertones and it looks pure red on me.
I’m seriously impressed with this lipstick, it’s not the cheapest but I do think if you’re looking for a good lipstick it’s worth the price. I’ve already got my eye on Trans Europe Express and 413 BLKR.
Have you tried Nars semi-matte lipsticks? What do you think of them?