I am very pale (ghostlike, in fact) with red hair, and have found I can wear this color. I was afraid it would look too dark on me and wash my skin tone out even more, but it doesn't seem to have that effect. In fact, when I wear red, it's a flattering complimentary shade. I sometimes add a little sparkle with some silver or gold eyeshadow since I'm not the biggest fan of matte colors, but it has good staying power. I had lunch earlier and the color mostly stayed put. It's very hard to find a red lipstick that works for me, but I definitely like this one. I would purchase it again.
This is quite likely the darkest that a makeup company could go in creating "The Darkest of Rosy-Reds." (Am I right, Mr. Nars?)
I don't see "vamp" or "vampire"--or much brown (if any!)--when I wear this. I just see super-dark rosy-red.
But this is why I like it. I bought it thinking "I want vamp!" but I got what I have been looking for for a long time anyways, a very dark rosy-red that is hard to find without also getting a lot of purple/plum tones--now those drain me and make me (a cool/blue-undertoned, pale golden olive, ruddy-cheeked girl) look like a vampire.
I am a nude kind of girl when it comes to lips and even though I love the darker colors I never really feel like I can pull it off. When I have tried to wear red I felt more like Bozo the Clown than anything that resembled sexy. I read about Fire Down Below and went and tried it on about 6 months ago. I walked around the mall with it on and just decided it was too much for me (even though I loved the color) and didn't buy. Yesterday I was planning on going out and wanted a different look so I stopped by Sephora and ran in to get this. I was a little nervous because once you put it on you are really committed to this color for the night but the shade is perfect and it looked fantastic so I went with it. I got a ton of compliments and one friend even said that she couldn't believe how well it was staying on. I had it on for about 7 hours and I touched it up one time. We were having drinks and snacking and it never smudged or got on my teeth. It goes on really easily, I forgot to get a liner so I just used it by itself and had no problems. I didn't use a brush either, I probably should have but it was fine without. It is definitely drying but I just felt dry it didn't look dry and since it lasts so long and stays put so well the dryness is a sacrifice I am willing to make.
I love this color so much that I think I will be sporting red lips a lot more often.. This was also my first time wearing a NARS lipstick ($28! EEEK) but if they all are this awesome and long lasting I can see myself purchasing more in the future!
Holy HG Batman. The most beautiful shade of red I have ever found - inimitable, cannot be duped, must be seen to be believed. Even men who have a strong aversion to red lipstick on women tell me that this shade is a knockout. For reference, I am platinum blonde hair, very fair cool skin, blue eyes. The formula is long lasting, with gradual even fading -- I prefer to wear it with a flawless face (no blush but a bit of highlighter, preferably MAC Soft and Gentle MSF, NARS Copacabana multiple or illuminator, or Benefit Watt's Up), a tiny bit of black eyeliner on my upper lids, and heavy pinup girl style mascara.
Because it's so long lasting, Fire Down Below is not the most moisturizing formula in the world, but any balm applied under or over this lipstick will prevent dryness. I'd recommend this shade to any woman of any skin tone, fair or dark, warm or cool.
I do agree with others that sometimes this shade is a bit drying, and on me sometimes I feel it goes on patchy, or comes out patchy after a few hours, but I love this red lipstick. It is my darkest red, and I love that effect! It just suits me so perfectly. I will definitely re purchase once I run out!
I have been searching for years to find the perfect shade of red lipstick. Everything I have ever tried has either been too pink, too orange, too bright, too dark, too brown...you get the idea. Fire Down Below showed up on my Pinterest a few days ago and people seemed to be raving about it. I immediately thought "$24 for a lipstick? REALLY?!" but I resigned myself to at least go try it on.
I went into the store thinking there was no way I would justify paying so much for a lipstick when so many had already failed. One swipe of the shade, however, and I was sold. It felt great going on, and it was the PERFECT shade of red that I have been looking for! I happily paid the $24 and bought a liner pencil to match and this is now my go-to lipstick for everyday wear (light swipe from a lip brush for a light stained look) or nighttime wear (a heavier application for a lucious "va va voom!" look). If you are at all hesitant, go try it on. I am definitely not disappointed and I am praying they don't do away with this color for a long time.
FINALLY! I found the perfect dark blood red shade that doesn't turn fuchsia on my lips! It's not too dark (my lips are on the thinner side so I can't wear anything super dark; otherwise they disappear) and not too brown. I did give this a four out of five though because the formula isn't so great - my lips feel as dry as the Sahara within minutes of application. It definitely seems drier than other NARS lipsticks, which are on the dry side to begin with. But for me the texture is worth it because I have searched everywhere and couldn't find this exact shade, plus the color lasts pretty well (and your lips don't LOOK dry, they just feel parched), so I'm willing to put up with it.
Gorgeous matte bloody red lipstick. Just beautiful. I'm an NC25 and it is flattering on me.
I really like this color, it's a true red, dark, resembling blood. It has incredible lasting power and really stains the lips. It lasts about 8 hours. After that it fades noticeably. Reds tend to turn fuschia or pink on me, but this one is really the truest dark red ive ever found. This is my HG lipstick, and I've been wearing this almost every day for the past month.
Update: seriously lasted about 8 hours, the color stayed most true with finishing powder dusted over it. Perfect!
I wouldn't say this is universal. It was one of my worst fuchsia offenders when I tried it on. Too much blue/cool-toned.