I apologise for the lame title but I just couldn't help myself and I blame it on the lipstick! NARS Heatwave is a bright orange toned red that's a must have if you're searching for that perfect retro pin up girl red. It's apparently one of the most used red's on the show Mad Men and you know I had to jump on board the band wagon when I heard that because Christina Hendricks rocks a red lip like no one else. She just oozes old hollywood glamour!
This lipstick is another one of NARS semi matte formulas so it can be a bit drying so always exfoliate and lightly moisturise your lips before applying. It goes on nicely but it has a little bit of resistance to it compared with my creamier lipsticks but I quite like the texture.
I described it as being an orange toned red before but I think it's really more of a corally red as it also has a little bit of pink to it. I think that's why I find it more wearable because I've tried straight out orange reds before and they look quite unflattering on me but I like the way this one looks. You can see that it's super bright and its warm undertones makes it a perfect summer red lip. I can also see it working as an easy lip stain by applying it lightly and then rubbing it into the lips.
I've heard this colour described as a universal red but I'm not going to go that far because I've been disappointed far too many times by red lipsticks that get hyped up in that way. I think it's a nice red and definitely worth checking out but this is one of those shades that I recommend you try before you buy. I think every girl should have at least one great red lipstick in her makeup collection. Maybe NARS Heatwave will be that perfect red for you.