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on 12/31/2016 7:23:00 AM
More reviews by yum_yum
Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Other, Other
This a very deep tomato-combined-with-brick red (matte) on my NC42 complexion. The colour is phenomenal, but I don't like NARS's formulations because they tend to be dry and get even drier within a very short period of time - both on the lips and in the tube. If this performed more like MAC mattes, I'd probably give it a 5 lippie rating because the colour is gorgeous, but at this price point I want a lipstick that doesn't go bad in the tube in a relatively short period of time.I don't particularly care for the packaging because I find the rubberized exterior can get sticky / grubby over time.
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on 11/17/2016 8:52:00 PM
More reviews by adh1006
Skin: Sensitive, Tan, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Kinky, Coarse
I am new to NARS Lipstick and couldn't be more satisfied!Shanghai Express is a warm, dark brick red. It's smooth, non-drying, and it has no scent or taste. I am medium toned Black and I love how it looks on me! I have searched for a long time for the right red. This is my new favorite red!I also bought Fire Down Below, and it is fabulous, also! It's a tomato red with a slight hint of bronze mixed in. It's really beautiful and unique. Both colors are gorgeous and I would surely purchase them again.
on 10/14/2014 2:05:00 PM
More reviews by Medlet
Skin: Acne-prone, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
This is the perfect brick red. Can be worn day or evening. Perfect with black eyeliner. You can't go wrong.
on 10/13/2014 1:43:00 AM
More reviews by tinaRUshopping
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
This is the only red that I can find that looks good on me nc20 pigmented lips. It tends to be drying. But the color and staying power are fabulous
2 of 2 people found this helpful.
on 8/30/2014 12:44:00 PM
More reviews by Strawberryyy
Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm
Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium
Need a brick red? You got it with Shanghai Express from NARS. I've always had difficulty finding the perfect brick red color. As a latina, I grew up with Selena as a role model. Her black eyeliner, long locks of black/brown hair, and those brick red lips. As many Selena fans know, Brick by Chanel is discontinued. But this color I believe brings it justice, but I can rave about two other lipsticks that can bring her color justice but I find that Shanghai Express does the job. It can go with almost any skin tone! My dear friend is quite pale, she's Polish, and when I placed this color on her lips, her skin was well complimented with this. I also decided to try this on my sister in law, who is very dark/tan. It made her skin glow and it brought a plumping factor to her lips. I found this lip color very impressive but at the same time, application is important for too much of this color can make you appear clown-ish. Less is more applies in this case but if the necessity for boldness is needed, two or three coats with the use of lipliner and a lip brush will do well. Over all, very beautiful and NARS has outdone themselves once again. I've always adored NARS and their products like their blushes, lipsticks and glosses. I plan to purchase "And when God Created Woman" eyeshadow kit, I shall see the hype on their shadows.
on 8/26/2013 11:21:00 AM
More reviews by LovelyThistle
Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Blond, Curly, Medium
I really wanted to love this soft neutral red. In the store the color looked intense but lovely, not too dark. But...It turned a bright garish hot pink after wearing it for 2 hours. I have no idea what caused this. I have used NARS lipsticks before and never had the color turn like this. I tried it with lip primer and lip liner as well as on bare lips...same results.Either it is just a reaction to my body chemistry or this lipstick shade as some pigment that pulls bright pink rather than red after the initial color wears down.So sad, I really did love this shade.
on 2/3/2013 6:52:00 AM
More reviews by Ashlyn13
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
This undoubtedly is the perfect red for me!(nc30) it's a very sexy brick red. Unfortunately, Shanghai Express is VERY drying on the lips. So I took a couple of lipsticks off. I guess nothing is perfect. Exfoliate and moisturize your lips before putting this on.
3 of 3 people found this helpful.
on 1/21/2013 10:43:00 AM
More reviews by demigod
Skin: Normal, Medium, Not Sure
love love love this color! Though not that long lasting on my lips...Quite expensive as it is 1,000 Philippine Peso..
on 5/20/2012 4:33:00 AM
More reviews by tearupyourphotos
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm
This is a brick red that works wonderfully with my skin tone (NC 25-30 with strong yellow undertones). It is my second favorite red lipstick (after Jungle Red); it is a redder version of Viridiana, which is a dusty rose on me. Like other NARS semi-matte lipsticks, it is scented, rather drying (nothing chapstick and lip liner can't fix!), and lasts a long time but will transfer. I may have to buy this sooner than I thought since my practically new tube is currently MIA...
on 9/16/2012 11:24:00 AM
More reviews by aprilpinkbeauty
Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Cool
Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium
I've been on the look out for a high quality vampy red lipstick for months! I bought a few and they were close but not what I was looking for. I stumbled across this and instantly fell in love! Its PERFECT! Its a deep blue red that looks amazing with my skintone. The matte finish doesn't dry out my lips like most matte lipsticks do and it applies very nicely from the tube or with a lip brush. This lipstick lasts for so long...I wore it for hours - ate, drank and it barely budged. I just touched up to deepen up the colour again. Its a little pricey at $25 but the great quality and the perfect colour makes it totally worth the money. Love NARS packaging - so sleek and simple. I will definitely repurchase!
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