A few years ago, I tried my first NARS lipstick. It was okay formula wise, but had this horrid plasticky smell. Thinking that I got a bad tube or batch, I exchanged it for another. Same problem. Since that time I've avoided NARS lipsticks, except for the Pure Matte, which didn't smell plasticky.
With the launch of NARS Holiday 2011 a new lipstick was introduced - Joyous Red. Since viewing the promo photo on the official press release, I was interested. I'd been looking for a red, that just wasn't quite red. A brick that wasn't quite brick. With maybe a hint of orange. The Sephora VIB 20% off sale had me venturing into a store for a swatch and sniff fest. I walked out happy as a lamb and one lipstick richer.
(light swatch, heavy swatch)
Joyous Red is a demure bloody brick red. I don't have any lip balm under the lip swatch photo, so I was happy to see the lippie wasn't drying or stinky ;) This lipstick wore as a regular lipstick would, a few hours sans eating and drinking. I think that this shade would be wearable for just about everyone, it seemed to swatch on the cool side, but wear on the warm side.
NARS Lipsticks retail for $24 and are available at Sephora, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and narscosmetics.com. Joyous Red is Limited Edition for Holiday 2011.