In an effort to wear more lipstick this year, I’ve gone through my stash and realized one thing… I LOVE Make Up For Ever’s Artist Rouge lipstick formula. And when you think about it, I’ve tried probably over 100 different formulas, but this is one that truly stands out.
These lipsticks come in two finishes: satin (31 shades) and matte (15 shades). You may remember the original Artist Rouge lipstick, which in itself was amazing, but they have actually improved on the formula to make it bolder and more pigmented.
The Cream finish feels like putting a buttery gel on your lips. It doesn’t sink in, it just glides on and leaves behind an opaque glossy lacquer finish. The Matte finish feels like soft velvet but has a more matte finish than most. It doesn’t feel too drying or tight either, like a lot of ultra mattes.
The tubes are black metal with silver bands. There is a Make Up For Ever logo engraved into the silver base of each one, and I swear every time I pick these up the metal feels cool which may or may not help keep the lipsticks from melting (who knows).
C105 is a “Grege” Beige shade. It’s a warmish nude that leans a bit yellowish (on me).
No streaking or patchiness. This shade was the first I tried from the line and I was really impressed with the pigmentation and texture.
C211 Rose Wood aka my new obsession. This deep pink has a hint of brown in it. Reminds me of a 90s deep pink.
This shade and formula is perfection. I’ve been rocking this shade for weeks!
C502 Taupe Purple is one of those shades you wish you could wear every day, but I’ll just save this for when I’m playing dress up.
Now I’ve tried light lilac purples before and they are usually a disaster to even out, but I found this to be pleasant, and I only needed two thin coats.
C506 Dark Purple is a beautiful berry-stained wine. It really does remind me of a red wine glass stain.
The darker the shade, the more the glossy vinyl finish shows up. I was amazed at how even this went out while still staying glossy. Plus, no feathering!
C603 Midnight Blue is almost a warm dark blue that is bold and beautiful.
Again, I was really impressed with how glossy the finish was on this, plus the fact that I got it even in seconds was a treat. This did feather a bit on me after about an hour though (but I have 39-year-old lips so…)
M401 Hot Red is a vibrant, neutral red matte that would probably look good on just about anyone.
This matte formula is one of my faves! It goes on really smooth with heavy pigmentation and it stays soft and flexible with a velvet texture all day. BUT this is not transfer-proof and if you have chapped lips like me, you may want to balm it up underneath.
These are all medium-firm single swatches. Pretty impressive, right? The blue is probably the only one that looks a bit patchy, but it was fine when applied to the lips.
You can grab the Make Up Forever Artist Rouge lipsticks for $27 CAD a pop.