|Would buy this product again.||81%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Dark Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I....Love...This...Lipstick!! As a woman of color, I usually try to stay with blue-based reds like Ruby Woo (which I love, by the way), but this is actually a non blue-based that looks absolutely amazing on me. It's certainly red, but it has more of a deep tone to it. Very sexy. Even with the high price point, I'd definitely repurchase a tube of this when I run out.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Olive Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine Eyes: Brown
This is one of the only reds that I've ever encountered which works with my skin tone--and virtually any other looks absolutely garish. Having dry lips I do have to make sure to constantly moisturize, but after that I have no problem with the application/staying power. The matte look is not really everyone's cup of tea (personally though, I love it), but for this intense red a glossy or slick finish would be way ott for my coloring (not to mention for any professional setting). Definitely would buy again!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
LOVE!!! This is perfect! Especially with Sugar's lip balm underneath. Perfect everyday red for me. I am fair skinned with yellow undertones just like one of the other reviewers and this is a good color. Most Chanel and Lancome colors look too pink on me and MAC colors look just ok on me. My lips are pretty pail so that could be a factor. Nonetheless, I LOVE this color. A little goes a long way so well worth the $25 price tag. I had tried dolce vita years ago and hated the color on me. Glad I took a chance on Shanghai Express!!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine Eyes: Brown
This is a great red for warm or golden skin tones. I tried it in the store next to Fire Down Below and Red Lizard. Red Lizard went fuschia and Fire Down Below turned very brown, but Shanghai Express came out perfectly red. It's a darker, classic red, so even though the color is strong it isn't very bright. If you're after an old Hollywood look or a mid-century retro Madmen look then this is a good color. If you want something brighter, more candy-colored 80's, then I think Heatwave is probably the way to go (for warm skin tones).
I find that it's really tough to find reds that work for people with warm undertones, so Nars range of reds is nice. I didn't really like the reds that MAC had to offer-too blue or not neutral or warm enough or something. Chanel's red tend kind of blue too I feel.
As far as texture, it is very matte, no shine at all, and is also a little bit drying, but it has good staying power if used with a lip balm and a lip liner underneath. It's not a "swipe and go" color, you do need to take care when applying (or at least I do, or else I have red lipstick all over myself). It's totally worth the price and the trouble for a classic red that works with my complexion.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Other
This is a very special red lipstick, it really looks good with my NC 25-30 warm skin, I actually don't know how to describe it but there some reds that make my face and skin look very bad (like Fore down below) but this has a very nice effect and a nice bright. I recommend it, another good thing about it is that is lasts so mucho on your lips, so you don't have to touch up many times.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
This is my first NARS red lipstick and I love it. A deep red, similar to MAC Dubbonet, but with less brown. The formula is moisturizing but neither matte nor glossy - it's hard to describe but leaves a really pretty finish. My only complaint is the packaging feels cheap, and it creaks when I'm applying the lipstick. I'm worried the lipstick will break off!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
I saw it on an Asian girl in Starbucks and asked her for the lipstick name... went to Sephora and bought it on the spot. After such a long search for the perfect red lipstick for me, I found it. It looks dramatic but not old/clownish on my very fair, yellow-toned skin. It does require mixing with lip balm for extra moisture, but at least it doesn't smudge.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair, Warm Hair: Red, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
This is My Red lipstick. My skin is very fair, with yellow undertones, and this red is perfect. Russian red is way too cool, and Fire down below is too dark. Ruby Woo and Red lizard I don't have, and I think they are too cool anyway. Good staying power, must have with reds. Shanghai express is recommended for ladies with fair-yellow skintone.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Very Oily, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
Update: This is still HG for me! I LOVE it!! Will buy this shade forever!
My HG!! I now have 3 HG Lipsticks!! Fire Down Below, Shanghi Red, and Lizard Red--all by Nars!! These sexy, deep neutral reds have changed my life! I get long wear from them, and it's BECAUSE of their consistency!! I always place a drop of jojoba oil on my lips and let it soak in for about 5 mins before applying ANY lipstick. I use a lipbrush to get the perfect coverage. Total strangers have asked me 'what gorgeous color are you wearing', and my male friends perked up and took notice (that's an accomplishment!!)!!
These lipsticks have NO fragrance, and NO seaseme/nut oils (important for those of us with severe allergies)!! It costs LESS to invest in these 3 AMAZING shades (yes, $24 a pop), than to pay $3 - 12 a pop on INFINITE other products that give me allergic reactions and/or just plain suck!! Life is SHORT! Buy the RIGHT lipstick and just ENJOY all those admiring looks!! BTW, for MAC-only girls, Dubonnay (sp) is a very close match; I first bought Dubonnay (sp), but it had seaseme oil, and I ended up having to use my Epi-Pen and have a hospital visit.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Black Eyes: Black
Ugh this lipstick is all about application, my dears!! For everyone who said this is drying, it IS true because it's matte. But it will last a lot longer when applied correctly. I would advise to put on lipbalm first (exfoliate first if lips are chapped), line lips with a matching lipliner, blot with tissue and then apply color. Good application is more important that convenience of just swiping on ESPECIALLY for the stunning and put-together look of a more dramatic red!
Anyway, it's a lovely lipcolor with a hefty price tag. But a great investment. xx