Make Up For Ever launched their new Artist Rouge lipsticks earlier this month. The lipsticks have been reformulated, redesigned and comes in a new sleek and sturdy packaging. The Artist Rouge lipsticks retail for $22 USD and $27 CND and can be purchased from Sephora and Makeupforever.com. Today I will be sharing 6 shades that I received at the launch party (see vlog here) and purchased.
The full line comprises of 45 different shades from a wide range of reds, pinks, nudes, berries and some bolder shades in cream (satin) and matte formulas. Which include 31 satin and 14 matte finishes. The lipsticks contain macadamia and mallow oil to soothe and nourish the lips. As well as sunflower, carnauba and microcrystalline wax to extend long wear. Icona Pop also released two limited edition shades in this collection and the packaging features her signature.
These lipsticks are said to be twenty five percent more pigmented than the original Artist Rouges’ with a creamy non-drying formula. The pointy precision shaped bullet allows for an easy application. I love that each shade was professionally curated to match each skin tone. There is a perfect match for everyone (light, medium, tan, and dark). Refer to the pic below to see the colour grid.
C302 - Beige Coral
C305 - Intense Coral
C502 - Taupe Violet
C506 – Dark Purple
M100 – Cream Beige
M204 – Raspberry Pink
Here is a lip swatch video featuring the above mentioned lipsticks.
The new Artist Rouge Lipsticks glide on easily however it took a few applications with the lighter shades (C302, C502, and M100) to get a full coverage on my pigmented lips. I didn’t have this problem with the darker shades. The matte formulas were very comfortable to wear and weren't drying. The pointy tip takes some getting use to. I felt myself being extra careful while trying to outline my lips with the tip but it was tricky getting into the corner of my lips and perfecting my cupid's bow. It may just be me but I usually apply my lipstick more quickly and messy and these took time to get the perfect outline around my lips. I found if I used a lip liner it was better than trying to use the lipstick's tear drop tip as a liner. I personally like C305 and M204 the most while C502 is my least favourite because it’s far out of my comfort zone. I recommend picking a shade from the photo grid to find the right shade to match your skin tone.