(Red Lizard, Shanghai Express, Afgan Red, Jungle Red, Scarlet Empress,
Fire Down Below, Viridiana)

I went hunting for a nice Red lipstick and ended up confusing myself !!! With tons of lovely reds available it is not easy to choose just one....
I don't own any of NARS lipsticks, so I am not in position to review any of those. But none of these were drying in texture when I swatched them.


A wide range of captivating shades designed to provide the look and style
the color dictates.

Lipstick available in three formulas:

Satin - moist, longwearing lipstick containing micro-bubble spheres to
continually release lip conditioners which yield creamy, silky color that wears
for hours.

Semi-Matte - A highly pigmented matte, non-drying formula that provides a
longwearing, full-bodied, velvety finish.

Sheer - long lasting color pigments have been suspended in this translucent
formula to provide a sheer, natural tint.

Fashionable colors available in three textures
Exceedingly longwearing
Nourishing and Non-drying, with Vitamin E


  1. These are amazing! Thank you for comparing all at once.

  2. NARS has some lovely red colors! I like to see them all together and compare.
    Thank you again!

  3. Red Lizzard is such an awesome red!! I wonder how you manage such amazing swatches!

  4. I tried viridiana on me it was a beautiful deep rose color, not a red by any means, but it is one of the most gorgeous lipsticks I've tried in my life, I'm olive toned with dark hair so maybe it looks best on my coloring.

    please visit this link and help me out, I need 2500 points in the next 30 days, it's not spam, I just need to advertise and get the points, THANKS !

  5. March yourself back to the store and try Shanghai Express on your lips! (Don't just swatch!) We have very similar skin tones, I think, and until recently I was on the same red-lipstick hunt you're on now--Shanghai E. was my answer.

    Warning, the dark color might visually compress smaller lips--mine are usu. overlarge and clownish with red lipstick on, so the semi-matte and the visual minimizing was a plus for me. If you have smaller lips, gloss or sheer balm on top would do the trick, I think.

    It's a good, rich, dramatic color that isn't too vampish. A mature, polished look--good stuff.

  6. Even vampish both Shanghaï Express and Fire Down Below are really great for everyday wear. If I use Benefit Some Kind a Gorgeous ( Lite ) combined with a light iridescent cheek colour as Well Dressed by M.A.C, it really looks nice.
    Trans Siberian and Trans Europe Express are very beautiful too, red/deep rose and deep/pure rose both are easy to wear too.

  7. Tresj has got it all wrong! red bright lipstick suits full lips, I would hate to have papercut thin lips and look like a bloody cut. Semi and matte odo suit full lips though! I was personally never a glossy person, I (like dita von teese) prefer satin or matte. No gloss.