Recently, Sephora had their 15% off coupon, and I decided that I absolutely needed to kill the urge to buy the item I'd been pining over for years. I was telling myself, "Just buy it already!" I marched into the store, went straight to the NARS section, I found Shanghai Express,
Then I saw Fire Down Below right beside it, and it looked so dark and vampy, and just beautiful. I had to swatch it too. Shanghai Express is truly a brick red, but I think I enjoyed the darker warm red tone of Fire Down Below even more, so once again, I skipped out on my first NARS lipstick love and bought Fire Down Below instead.
I think that when I first had the obsession for Shanghai Express, I probably didn't think that I could pull off a darker color than that, but since I've experimented more with makeup, I know what works for me and what doesn't work. Fire Down Below just ended up being a color more unique to me and one I wanted more in my collection.
Shanghai Express--I will come for you eventually, so don't worry!
|With flash--looks so dramatic!|
The one on the left is Napoleon Perdis Aphrodite.
The one on the right is Smashbox Mandarin.
NP Aphrodite is a rich red color with a slight blue lean, and Smashbox Mandarin is true to its name, a mandarin red color with orange hues.
|With flash: You can really see the true undertones here.|
On the arm swatches, NP Aphrodite is on the bottom, and Smashbox Mandarin is on the top.
|With flash, different angle|
As with any dark color, the lips should be properly exfoliated and hydrated before application. It's especially important for this particular color because you need to apply multiple layers of this lipstick, so the color will cling to dry patches. This is also a lipstick that will pair well with a coordinating lip liner.
Since it is a semi-matte formula, it'll last longer than a regular creme lipstick--not that it advertises long-wearing qualities. The absolute best thing about this lipstick is that it doesn't dry out my lips! Usually any type of matte lipstick makes my lips flake off, but I don't find that problem at all with this formula, as long as I prep my lips well. It is a very comfortable formula to wear.
NARS Fire Down below is a beautiful, vampy color. Although we're getting into spring and summer, I still think a color like this could be worn on a classy night out. If you haven't, you should definitely give it a swatch.
You can find NARS Fire Down Below for $26 here.
Until next time!