NARS Semi Matte Lipstick – Heat Wave Review

NARS Semi Matte Lipstick – Heat Wave Review

NARS semi matte lipstick heat wave

Product Description:

A modern semi-matte lipstick that provides full-bodied, velvety color in a highly pigmented and non-drying formula.  Best Overall Lipstick” 2011 InStyle “Best Beauty Buys.”

  • 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.

Shade Description:

Bright orange-red.


USD 26

Available in 16 shades.

NARS semi matte lipstick heat wave

My Experience with NARS Semi Matte Lipstick – Heat Wave:

This is my second NARS lipstick, the first one is Funny Face, which I have reviewed earlier. Heat Wave is a nice reddish orange, or orange-red colour, but not “in-your-face” shocking orange. I was slightly reminded of MAC’s lipstick Lady Danger, though Lady Danger is more bold and louder than this one. Heat Wave is in a semi-matte finish; it’s not too creamy neither too dry, it feels soft to the touch and glides smoothly onto the lips without pulling or tugging, and feels very comfortable. Having pink undertones to my skin, I was wondering whether I should stick to my comfort zone of pinks, but I got fed up of so many pinks, and wanted to try out something different.

NARS semi matte lipstick heat wave

I have tried orange lipsticks before, but I felt they dulled my complexion down a lot and made my teeth look yellow, but not Heat Wave. It brightened up my entire face and I can wear this as a statement lipstick for my makeup look, coupled with light coral blush and beige eyeshadow and black eyeliner on upper and lower lash lines, finishing off with lots of jet black mascara.  It looks gorgeous with black outfits and I wore it with a green outfit the other day, and I received loads of compliments (no kidding!).

NARS semi matte lipstick heat wave

NARS semi matte lipstick heat wave

Now, I want a bag in this colour!! NARS lipsticks come in a black, long, square, matte rubberized case with NARS inscription all round the cover, and a black outer cardboard box with white printing. They appear to be fragrance-free and didn’t make my dry lips feel stretchy.  Also, the colour lasted on me for ages, right through the evening, dinner and some soft drinks and water too, and I had to use makeup remover to remove it before bedtime. I would recommend it to all complexions to wear/try.

NARS semi matte lipstick heat wave

NARS semi matte lipstick heat wave

Pros of NARS Semi Matte Lipstick – Heat Wave:

  • A stunning orange-reddish shade in a semi-matte formula.
  • Gives full coverage.
  • Smooth, rich texture.
  • Does not tug or pull the lips during application.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Lasts the whole day with minimal touch-ups, and would last through an entire evening too.
  • Elegant, smart packaging.
  • Wide choice of shades in this range.
  • Does not make teeth look dull or yellow.
  • Brightens up the complexion/overall makeup look.

Cons of NARS Semi Matte Lipstick – Heat Wave:

  • I have no cons, except that NARS products are not available in India.

IMBB Rating:


Would I Repurchase NARS Semi Matte Lipstick – Heat Wave?

Yes, I would, and I want more shades from this awesome finish and range.

Stay beautiful, everyone, and thanks for reading!

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