NARS Heat Wave Lipstick is a bright, red-orange with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single stroke, which adhered evenly to my lips with a touch of separation along my deeper lip lines (not enough that it was noticeable at a normal viewing distance). The texture was denser and firmer, which resulted in some tugging as I tried to apply the lipstick in a fluid motion. The color did adhere strongly, though, so it wore nicely for over six hours, left a stain behind, and felt neither drying nor hydrating over time.
NARS Ravishing Red Lipstick is a deep, coral-red with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was semi-opaque in one layer, which was buildable to full coverage with a second layer. The texture was very thin on my lips, but the bullet itself was firmer and a bit stiff to work with, so it didn’t apply fluidly and tugged on my lips during application. The color applied evenly, though, and lasted well for five and a half hours, but the formula wasn’t hydrating (nor drying).