I’ve had a few people ask me for red lipstick recommendations for redheads lately: I’m planning a roundup post soon, but for now, here’s my current favourite red – NARS Jungle Red semi-matte lipstick.
When I’m talking about makeup (and lipstick in particular) I tend to make a distinction between what I think of as “daytime looks” and “evening looks”. I’m actually not sure why I continue to do this, because it’s not like I’ve never worn a so-called “daytime” red in the evening, or vice-versa, but when I talk about “daytime” reds, I’m referring to those shades that are a little less high-maintenance, and a little more wearable for everyday use. Red, rather than RED, in other words.
Jungle Red is one of those colours. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still quite bold, but I find it a bit less dramatic than some of the other shades I own, and therefore a little easier to wear. My favourite thing about this shade is that it’s basically the perfect, true red – it’s neither too blue nor too orange, but somewhere in the middle, which makes it suitable for a most skin tones.
The other thing I like about this is the semi-matte formula. It’s not the least bit shiny (Which is good – I don’t get on with shiny lipsticks), but it’s not as matte as something like MAC’s Ruby Woo, either, so it doesn’t feel drying on the lips, and it’s not difficult to apply. It’s actually one of the few red lipsticks which I can apply straight from the tube (I normally use a lip brush), knowing that it won’t drag, and won’t go on too bright, either.
As far as the lasting power goes, well, this is always something I find quite difficult to judge, because I guzzle coffee all day, and I’ve yet to find many lipsticks which are a match for that: I have to re-apply pretty much all of them, and this is no different. With that said, it’s certainly not any worse than other lipsticks, but I can’t say it lasts much longer than any of them either. That, however, is something I’ve come to accept, so it’s not a huge negative for me – I just always make sure I take my lipstick with me when I’m leaving the house!
There is one downside to this product, however, and it’s the price: at £19.50, this definitely isn’t cheap: it usually takes me a long time to use up a lipstick completely, however, and as I’ve been wearing this one every day since I bought it, I guess you could argue that the cost-per-use is pretty good!