NARS Fire Down Below Semi Matte Lipstick Review

Hello all,

Lipsticks are my favorite makeup product and I feel I can never have enough of them. Having come across quite a few positive reviews of NARS lipsticks, I decided to give them a try as well and picked up a few shades. Today, I am reviewing the shade “Fire Down Below,” which is a semi-matte lipstick from this range. So, read on to find out more about this shade.
NARS Fire Down Below Semi Matte Lipstick


Product Description:
A modern, semi-matte lipstick that provides full-bodied, velvety color.  Long-wearing, full-coverage finish.  Rich, vivid shade range from neutrals to high-fashion hues.  Patented blend of conditioners and antioxidants hydrate, nourish and protect lips.


My Experience with NARS Fire Down Below Semi Matte Lipstick:

Packaging: This lipstick comes in a cute square black packaging with a rubberized matte finish. It has NARS written on the cap. The cap shuts tight and there is no danger of the cap coming off loose. The packaging is simple yet elegant. One downside is that the packaging does attract a fair amount of dust.

Shade/Pigmentation:  “Fire Down Below” is a gorgeous brick red. NARS describes it as a pure blood red with no blue or orange and I feel that describes the shade perfectly. It appears leaning more towards brown in the bullet but transforms into a beautiful shade of red on the lips. Also, it is a shade which will look good on all skin tones.
NARS fire down below

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The pigmentation of the lipstick is quite strong. One swipe is enough to cover the lips, but I do prefer two swipes to get an even finish. Multiple swipes does not make the application patchy.

Texture/Finish/Staying Power:  I found the texture of the lipstick to be slightly disappointing as it is not exactly creamy. Don’t get me wrong; this is a good formula for a matte lipstick, but we have seen so many brands do the whole creamy texture, matte finish thing and hence this seems to fall below the expectations. You definitely need to apply slight pressure while applying the lipstick.
NARS lipstick

It definitely helps if you exfoliate and moisturize your lips prior to application. This lipstick is not exactly moisturizing and starts to feel dry towards the end of the day. Dry lipped beauties are advised to wear a lip balm underneath.
Swatch on hands

The finish of the lipstick is matte, but it has a slight sheen to it which prevents it from looking flat.  Now coming to the best part about this lipstick, which is its staying power. There is minimal transfer and the lipstick pretty much stays put for 7-8 hours and survives meals and drinks and everything in between. Though this is a dark shade, there is no feathering or migrating.
Lip swatches

Pros of NARS Fire Down Below Semi Matte Lipstick:

  • Gorgeous brick red shade.
  • Nice matte finish.
  • Strong pigmentation.
  • Amazing staying power – around 7-8 hours.
  • Elegant packaging.

Cons of NARS Fire Down Below Semi Matte Lipstick:

  • There is a slight tug during application.
  • Lipstick feels slightly drying.
  • Expensive.

IMBB Rating:

Would I Repurchase/Recommend NARS Fire Down Below Semi Matte Lipstick?
This is a good lipstick if you are on the lookout for a long-lasting matte brick red.  I will not repurchase the exact same shade but do possess other shades from this range.

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