Friday, October 28th, 2011

NARS Joyous Red Lipstick

NARS Holiday 2011: Joyous Red Lipstick

Described as an “amber red,” NARS Joyous Red Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is an opaque, orange-red; it’s almost more of a coral-orange than it is a genuine take on red. MAC Drive Me Wild has a more apparent golden sheen, as does Lancome Groupie.

The finish has a very subtle shimmer and sheen, but it’s barely noticeable–but it is there, very fine gold micro-shimmer that catches light beautifully. Joyous Red has a creamy consistency that glides on easily and deposits rich, even color in a single pass. NARS lipsticks are scent- and taste-free, and Joyous Red wore for five hours on me before it started to fade (and needed reapplication after six hours, including a meal).

The Glossover


Joyous Red

Beautiful color coverage, finish, and formula--it's so easy to apply and comfortable to wear, plus it wears for five to six hours!











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NARS Joyous Red Lipstick

NARS Joyous Red Lipstick

NARS Joyous Red Lipstick

NARS Joyous Red Lipstick

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Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

NARS, $24.

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Any dupes?

MAC Drive Me Wild has a more apparent golden sheen, as does Lancome Groupie.

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41 thoughts on “NARS Joyous Red Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Lize

    Wow, what a pretty and unique color! Wish we had NARS products here in the Netherlands!

  2. Very nice colour. Great for Fall!

  3. This is such an interesting red! Do you think it would look too orange on NC44?

  4. Jasmijn

    Wauwh christine this looks gorgeous on you!
    What eyeliner are you wearing on your lower lashline?

  5. Carrie Ann


  6. Christine

    Gorge! This might be the red I need.

  7. I love this. It’s very wearable and pretty. :)

  8. It looks lovely on you and the wear time sounds impressive, but I really don’t need another coral – red lipstick as I have quite a few similar already. Must resist!

  9. It’s funny, because this sort of colour seemed so rare and yet this season, NARS came out with this one and Guerlain came out with Gardner Rouge G, which is like the deeper, redder cousin. Both are beautiful. I already snagged Guerlain’s version, but your review is making me think I need this one as well!

  10. You make every lip color look nice -____-. I can’t use bold red colors.. I don’t know whether it’s my complexion or what but I look like a drag queen. Or a little kid trying on her mother’s lipstick.

  11. Lucy

    I’m so glad I ordered this! The color was irresistable and with and A review on your website, it’s a keeper! Thanks for reviewing. I can’t wait for it to come in!

  12. Carrie

    This reminds me of Morgana Cryptoria’s “Cat’s Pajamas” — which is also vegan and like half the price of NARS. :) I just got a tube of it yesterday, so it’s on my mind!

  13. Katrina

    i bought this when it first came out. its my first red lipstick and I LOVE IT! i read somewhere that nars lipsticks go bad faster than regular lipsticks. i hope thats not true bc i plaon ordering a back up of this lipstick very soon.

  14. Amanda

    Since it’s a coral-y red, how would would you say it compares to MAC Cyndi?

  15. alisha in wi

    Christine what foundation/base to you have on in this pic? Something about it looks different than usual…maybe more glowy? Do you usually use MUFE HD for pics?

    • It’s a really sheer layer of Make Up For Ever Lift. There is nothing I usually use – I use whatever I’m testing or is nearby if I’m not testing something in particular.

  16. Alexis

    This looks absolutely gorgeous on you!!!!! Beautiful color!!

  17. Veronica

    It’s a great color, but looking at it, I think it’s a little too warm for my cooler skin tone. It looks very good on you, though!

  18. Mabel

    how would you compare to Chanel lipstick? Which one is better in terms of longwear and color?
    thanks, love your review :)

  19. Emily

    Love NARS lipsticks!

  20. Ryan

    Personally not my color but still pretty. Although I have a feeling this will look good over my pale skin…

  21. Deneuve

    hi christine, how does this compare to Chanel Rouge Allure in ardent?

  22. It is such a gorgeous warm shade….lovely!!

  23. Cait

    Pretty! Though since I am a bit paler on you (though warm in tone) I know that would pull to orange on me ~ Gorgeous colour though <3

  24. This shade actually looks a lot like NYX Round Lipstick in Herades


    This could be great for those neesing a cheaper dupe. :)

  25. Does it feel drying, or moisturizing? I really like the color, but I dislike the way some lipsticks instantly dries out my lips..

  26. Erin

    I’ve got fair skin (with cool undertones), and yet I tried this on in Sephora and was amazed. It isn’t too orange for me, and brings out my blue eyes. It also goes on fairly sheer, and can build into a deeper shade. I often just dab it on with my finger for a tinted look.

  27. I love the shade, it’s a great red. Unfortunately, it’s staying power on me is very short, it lasts for about 2 hours withouth having any meal. Still think it’s a must-have for the season.

  28. I got it yesterday and wear it today. Love it!!

  29. Lauren

    mine does the same thing! and im left with an awkward ring  around my lips. its the most perfect everyday red though, I wish i bought a backup:(