How can something so murky in the tube, a color that resembles a creamed tomato sauce, be so clear and gorgeous on the lips?
NARS Lip Gloss in Bad Education ($24) is described as a sheer crimson red. My bluish lips turn it into a blue-based berry red that rivals Ellis Faas Lip Glaze L303, which is a hint more pigmented and has a nicer texture. The NARS gloss is sheer enough to wear as a daytime red, it's moisturizing, it doesn't migrate or smear or tingle or sparkle. It's just sheer, shiny red goodness with a very smooth, gel-like texture.
The tube has a doefoot applicator and at first smells a little plasticky, which dissipates quickly. The color does not fade overly fast for a non-sticky gloss; I'd say it stays put for a solid hour, which is decent. Best of all, the product does not leak, and leakage (whether oily or pigmented) is a total dealbreaker for any lip gloss.
There is the barest whisper of gold shimmer, but that only comes out in direct sunlight.
The only thing that keeps me from giving this item a rave review is that if I wear it the way I would wear lipstick all day, the corners of my mouth become irritated. I guess that, deep down, I am (and always will be) a lipstick girl, not a lip gloss girl. The other negative is NARS is no longer claiming to sell gluten-free products.
Bottom line: Very good sheer, daytime red--especially for the red phobic.
All photos mine, except for the last one, which is from narscosmetics.com.