NARS Jungle Red Semi Matte Lipstick Review

Hello all,

Having read quite a few positive reviews of NARS lipsticks, I took the plunge and decided to try out a few shades from their range. I recently reviewed the shade “Fire Down Below” and today, I am reviewing the shade “Jungle Red.” So, read on to find out more about this shade.
NARS Jungle Red Semi Matte Lipstick

Lipstick bullet

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.

Ingredients list

Shade name

My Experience with NARS Jungle Red 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.
Lipstick packaging

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The packaging is simple yet elegant. One downside is that the packaging does attract a fair amount of dust.
Open lipstick bullet

Shade/Pigmentation: “Jungle Red” is a pure red shade. It is a bright bold shade which will look good on all skin tones. NARS describes this shade as a bright red color from the 1950’s silver screen. And indeed, this is a shade which will suit the stars!
NARS jungle red

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:  The texture of the lipstick is not too creamy and there is a slight tug while applying the lipstick. For a lipstick that is worth 28$, I expected a smoother application. 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 semi-matte and it has a slight sheen to it which prevents it from looking flat.  As is expected from a matte lipstick, the staying power is pretty good. It does transfer but only minimally and it pretty much stays put for 7-8 hours and survives meals and drinks. Though this is a deep shade, there is no feathering or migrating.
Red lips

Pros of NARS Jungle Red Semi Matte Lipstick:

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

Cons of NARS Jungle Red Semi Matte Lipstick:

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

IMBB Rating:

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

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