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Make Up For Ever M202, M203, M204 Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever M202 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever M202 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever M202 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a vibrant, medium magenta pink with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a velvety texture that didn’t tug, but it seemed to emphasize the texture of my lips and did not apply as evenly as it should have (it’s not as obvious, since the color is bright). It lasted for six hours but was moderately drying on me. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Smashbox Talk to Me (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Stupid Love (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sephora Whipped Blush (LE, $14.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Tickler (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora African Violet (LE, $14.00) is lighter, more pigmented, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M203 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bold, bright, medium-dark raspberry red with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. Like M202, the texture didn’t feel dry or stiff going on, but it looked thin, drier, and unflattering on my lips as it emphasized the texture of my natural lips. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that covered fairly evenly. This shade wore for over six hours and left a stain behind, but it was somewhat drying as well. Colour Pop Cougar (LE, $5.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). MAC To Matte with Love (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Out of Sync (LE, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Jared (P, $35.00) is glossier (90% similar). Too Faced It's Happening (P, $21.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Mars (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Lovespell (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Dangerously Red (P, $17.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Electric Poppy (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Intoxica (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M301 (P, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). Chanel La Merveilleuse (347) (LE, $36.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M204 (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Lock Diary (LE, $6.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC All Fired Up (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Candy Cane (LE, $21.00) is warmer (80% similar). Tarte Selfish (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Brooklyn (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M204 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark raspberry red with very subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation, and it applied evenly. The consistency was velvety but thin, and it felt somewhat clingy on the lips, which seemed to emphasize the texture of my lips. Some of the color gathered in lip lines after two and a half hours of wear, though the color lasted for five and a half hours. The formula was slightly drying to me. MAC Intoxica (LE, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Jared (P, $35.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Dangerously Red (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Chanel La Merveilleuse (347) (LE, $36.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC All Fired Up (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Lovespell (P, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Electric Poppy (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Maybelline All Fired Up (P, $7.99) is lighter, brighter, glossier (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M301 (P, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Selfish (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Candy Cane (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M203 (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be long-wearing, “extremely pigmented,” and hydrating. It is available in two finishes–Cream and Matte, indicated by the C or M in the beginning of each shade’s name. The Cream formula is richly pigmented, lightly creamy without being too emollient or slippery, and go on smoothly and feel good while worn (wear ranges from four to eight hours, depending on the shade). The Matte formula is thinner and clings somewhat to lips, though it goes on nicely and doesn’t tug, and it doesn’t always look flattering on as it can emphasize imperfections on my lips but really depends on the shade, as some look great on. I found the Cream formula to be moderately hydrating, while the Matte formula was slightly to moderately drying. All shades had a slight, rosy scent to them, though I didn’t notice any taste.

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M202
M202
M202
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M203
M203
M203
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M204
M204
M204
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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Make Up For Ever C208, C209, C210 Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever C208 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C208 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C208 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bold, bright, medium-dark fuchsia pink with subtle, blue undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. The consistency was comfortable to wear, as it was lightly creamy but not overly slippery, so it sat well on the lips and didn’t slide around. This shade wore well for over six hours on me and left a stain behind. The formula was nicely hydrating. Smashbox Inspiration (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P, $32.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cooper (LE, $35.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Sangria (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Girl About Town (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Bellini (LE, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Illamasqua Glissade (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Phone Call (LE, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Menace (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Romy (462) (P, $37.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Pink Lady (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Logan (P, $35.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C209 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a pop of light-medium pink with soft, bluish undertones and a natural sheen. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that went on evenly for the most part. This shade seemed to have more slip than other shades, which I think is why it did not apply as richly as a shade like C208. I didn’t have any issues with the color feathering or sliding around much, but the wear time was four and a half hours, which is on the shorter side of the wear spectrum for this formula. It seemed more hydrating, though. MAC Gumball (P, $21.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). NARS Marisa (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Claudia (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Villa Lante (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Dddevilish (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Kumquat (LE, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Double Bubble (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C205 (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Divine Choice (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Sweet-Thing (LE, $5.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C210 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a creamy, lightly shiny finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. The texture was lightweight, moderately creamy, and comfortable to wear over the five hours the lipstick lasted. After three and a half hours of wear, there was a bit of color that had gathered noticeably into my lip lines, though. On the upside, the formula was also hydrating to wear. MAC Sweet Venom (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Bite Beauty Sorbet (P, $26.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Liv It Up (P, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Tease (03) (P, $50.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Kiss (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Anderson (P, $35.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Nouvelle Vogue (LE, $17.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Smashbox Primrose (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Medium Rare (P, $21.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be long-wearing, “extremely pigmented,” and hydrating. It is available in two finishes–Cream and Matte, indicated by the C or M in the beginning of each shade’s name. The Cream formula is richly pigmented, lightly creamy without being too emollient or slippery, and go on smoothly and feel good while worn (wear ranges from four to eight hours, depending on the shade). The Matte formula is thinner and clings somewhat to lips, though it goes on nicely and doesn’t tug, and it doesn’t always look flattering on as it can emphasize imperfections on my lips but really depends on the shade, as some look great on. I found the Cream formula to be moderately hydrating, while the Matte formula was slightly to moderately drying. All shades had a slight, rosy scent to them, though I didn’t notice any taste.

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C208
C208
C208
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C209
C209
C209
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C210
C210
C210
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Make Up For Ever M300, M301, M401 Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever M300 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever M300 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever M300 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bold, medium-dark orange-red with strong, warm red undertones and a matte finish. The texture had a velvety feeling to it, so it glided on with ease and did not tug on the lips during application. However, it was a bit thin and clingy, so it wasn’t the most flattering finish on the lips and tended to accentuate lines and imperfections. I highly recommend exfoliating prior to applying this shade. It had good pigmentation that wore well for six hours, but the formula was a bit drying. Charlotte Tilbury Tell Laura (P, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Marlene (P, $32.00) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). Estee Lauder Chilean Sunset (LE, $45.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Temper (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Lover's Lane (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Orange Danger (P, $7.49) is cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Mimosa (LE, $24.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). MAC Barbecue (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Maybelline Craving Coral (P, $7.99) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Feu (57) (P, $36.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Lady Danger (P, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty Cayenne (P, $26.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C403 (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Tomango (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Dangerous (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Persimmon (P, $26.00) is lighter (80% similar). Tarte Cray Cray (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Make Up For Ever C304 (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (80% similar). Kat Von D Countess (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M301 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark fuchsia-red with warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that applied evenly, though the thinner consistency of the formula tended to emphasize imperfections on my lips. The lipstick had a lightly velvety texture, which made for easier application as it didn’t drag or tug on the lips. This shade lasted for over six hours, was somewhat drying, and left a stain behind. MAC Dangerously Red (P, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Candy Cane (LE, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC All Fired Up (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC To Matte with Love (P, $20.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Intoxica (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Toucan (DC, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). Maybelline All Fired Up (P, $7.99) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Brooklyn (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Greta (P, $32.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Tarte Selfish (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Jealous (P, $30.00) is glossier (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M203 (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). Revlon Vivacious (120) (P, $8.99) is lighter, brighter, glossier (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Jared (P, $35.00) is cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M204 (P, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M401 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark red with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color coverage, though it was not fully opaque (you can see my lip freckle peeking through still). The consistency felt velvety, so it glided across the lips comfortably, but it was thinner overall. This particular shade wasn’t as clingy as some of the other Mattes, which resulted in a more flattering application as it did not emphasize imperfections. The color was still going strong after six hours, left behind a reddish stain, and was a bit drying overall. MAC Chateau M (LE, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bite Beauty Mochi (P, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Dominic (P, $35.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Candy Cane (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Rouge Improbable (LE, $28.00)(95% similar). Tarte Firework (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Ribbon (LE, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Ruby Woo (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M402 (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Frank-n-furter (LE, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). Milani Romance (LE, $8.99) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). MAC So Good For You (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Blood (DC, $5.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Russian Red (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel La Desiree (327) (LE, $36.00) is glossier (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Charnel (56) (P, $36.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever Red Ink (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Rich Ruby (P, $7.99) is lighter (90% similar). MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $17.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Red (P, $32.00) is brighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be long-wearing, “extremely pigmented,” and hydrating. It is available in two finishes–Cream and Matte, indicated by the C or M in the beginning of each shade’s name. The Cream formula is richly pigmented, lightly creamy without being too emollient or slippery, and go on smoothly and feel good while worn (wear ranges from four to eight hours, depending on the shade). The Matte formula is thinner and clings somewhat to lips, though it goes on nicely and doesn’t tug, and it doesn’t always look flattering on as it can emphasize imperfections on my lips but really depends on the shade, as some look great on. I found the Cream formula to be moderately hydrating, while the Matte formula was slightly to moderately drying. All shades had a slight, rosy scent to them, though I didn’t notice any taste.

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M300
M300
M300
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M301
M301
M301
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M401
M401
M401
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Make Up For Ever C503, C506, C600 Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever C503 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C503 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C503 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright pop of medium lavender with subtle, cool undertones and a creamy finish with a light sheen. The texture was lightweight, moderately creamy with noticeable slip, but applied fairly evenly overall–though not as smoothly as other shades in the Cream range. This shade wore well nearly five hours but had some color settled into lip lines, though the formula was lightly hydrating. Urban Decay Vanity Kills (P, $17.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Courting Seduction (LE, $17.00) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). MAC Lavender Jade (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Fresh Amour (LE, $19.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). MAC Lured In (LE, $17.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C506 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep berry with subtle, cool undertones and a lightly glossy finish. The texture was very smooth, creamy, and easy to apply as the color went on evenly and smoothly without tugging on the lips. It did feel wetter and more emollient than the majority of the Cream shades, though. I did not experience feathering or bleeding along the edges of my lips, but neither is something that I experience frequently so your mileage may vary. It lasted for over six hours, left behind a pink-hued stain, and was hydrating over time. Tarte Wet Suit (P, $22.00) is less glossy (90% similar). MAC Babes and Balls (LE, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Smashbox Femme Fatale (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Mosh Pit (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Hel's Bells (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Rebel (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Maybelline Berry Bossy (P, $7.49) is lighter, less glossy (80% similar). Urban Decay Troublemaker (LE, $17.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C600 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light white with cooler undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightweight, creamy consistency that applied unevenly and with noticeable streaks. I was surprised that while the brand nailed their black-hued lipstick, they really left a lot to be desired with this shade. Due to the texture and how it appears alone, it is likely better for mixing and layering than as a standalone shade, so it is not as versatile other shades in the range. The color lasted for four hours and was lightly hydrating, but I noticed some color pulled into lip lines after two and a half hours of wear. Maybelline Wickedly White (P, $7.49) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Coconut (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Blanc (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be long-wearing, “extremely pigmented,” and hydrating. It is available in two finishes–Cream and Matte, indicated by the C or M in the beginning of each shade’s name. The Cream formula is richly pigmented, lightly creamy without being too emollient or slippery, and go on smoothly and feel good while worn (wear ranges from four to eight hours, depending on the shade). The Matte formula is thinner and clings somewhat to lips, though it goes on nicely and doesn’t tug, and it doesn’t always look flattering on as it can emphasize imperfections on my lips but really depends on the shade, as some look great on. I found the Cream formula to be moderately hydrating, while the Matte formula was slightly to moderately drying. All shades had a slight, rosy scent to them, though I didn’t notice any taste.

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C503
C503
C503
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C506
C506
C506
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C600
C600
C600
7
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
3
Application
76%
Total

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Make Up For Ever C211, C302, C303 Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever C211 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C211 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C211 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a subdued, medium-dark rosy mauve with warm undertones and a satin finish. This shade had very nearly opaque pigmentation that applied beautifully–evenly, smoothly, and made lips appear plumper and healthier. It had a creamy, lightweight consistency that glided across lips with ease but did not slide around once on. This shade wore well for five hours on me and was hydrating over time. MAC Twig (P, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Biscotti (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Fastplay (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Rush (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Sheer Liar (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Pepper (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Ravenswood (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (85% similar). MAC Modesty (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Finally Free (LE, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Shiraz (P, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Tampered (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Cosmo (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Maybelline Touch of Spice (P, $7.99) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Bite Beauty Cortado (LE, $24.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C302 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a pop of light-medium, pinky-coral with warm undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. The texture was very creamy, had a moderate amount of slip, but it wasn’t too heavy and didn’t slide beyond the lip line. It had good color payoff that went on evenly for the most part. This shade wore well for four and a half hours and was moisturizing while worn. NARS Julie (P, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Fiesta (DC, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Dior Grege 1947 (169) (P, $35.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Flavour (LE, $17.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). NARS Brigitte (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Dose of Colors Playdate (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals Kitty (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever C106 (P, $22.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C303 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium coral with warm, orange undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff with smooth, even coverage that was easy to apply and didn’t slide around too much. The texture was lightweight, creamy, and comfortable to wear over the five hours it lasted. The formula was lightly hydrating overall. MAC Style Surge (P, $23.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Juliette (P, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Wired (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Gingersnap (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Vegas Volt (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Chella (LE, $5.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be long-wearing, “extremely pigmented,” and hydrating. It is available in two finishes–Cream and Matte, indicated by the C or M in the beginning of each shade’s name. The Cream formula is richly pigmented, lightly creamy without being too emollient or slippery, and go on smoothly and feel good while worn (wear ranges from four to eight hours, depending on the shade). The Matte formula is thinner and clings somewhat to lips, though it goes on nicely and doesn’t tug, and it doesn’t always look flattering on as it can emphasize imperfections on my lips but really depends on the shade, as some look great on. I found the Cream formula to be moderately hydrating, while the Matte formula was slightly to moderately drying. All shades had a slight, rosy scent to them, though I didn’t notice any taste.

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C211
C211
C211
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C302
C302
C302
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C303
C303
C303
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Make Up For Ever M102, M200, M201 Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever M102 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever M102 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever M102 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich, plum-berry with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. This was one of the better shades in the Matte finish; richly pigmented paired with a lightweight, smooth, and velvety consistency that applied easily. The texture didn’t appear dry or unforgiving on the lips, but it didn’t have a strong sheen (though it is not the ultra matte finish of some of the popular liquid lipstick formulas). This shade wore well for over six hours, left behind a fuchsia stain, and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. Illamasqua Shard (P, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Scrooge (DC, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Fashion Revival (LE, $17.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop More Better (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Deliciously Forbidden (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Unattainable (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Baewatch (LE, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Vivien (P, $32.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). Smashbox Jam On It (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Love Liberty (P, $32.00) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Lyin' King (P, $6.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Acai (LE, $17.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Babes and Balls (LE, $17.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Boy Gorgeous (222) (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). Laura Mercier Myth (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Velvet Violet (16) (P, $50.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). NARS Vera (P, $32.00) is lighter, glossier (80% similar). Bite Beauty Beetroot (P, $26.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC D for Danger (P, $17.00) is brighter, warmer (80% similar). Bite Beauty Plum (LE, $24.00) is darker, glossier (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M200 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium, peony pink with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture had a stronger velvety feel–more like a silicone-based primer–that glided on easily but tended to catch on any imperfections on the lips and emphasized them. It had good color coverage, though it was not fully opaque. On me, this shade wore well for four and a half hours but wore away a bit more noticeably from the center of the lips. I found the formula to be a bit drying as well. Colour Pop Spritz (LE, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Fetch (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Virgin Rose (P, $50.00) is glossier (95% similar). Maybelline Pink Sugar (P, $7.99) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Macaroon (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Marisa (P, $32.00) is glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop 1st Base (P, $6.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Silly (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Jolly Molly (220) (P, $30.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Dddevilish (LE, $17.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Lotus (P, $24.00) is lighter (80% similar). Colour Pop Thirsty (LE, $5.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M201 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium magenta pink with cool, bluish undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation–which was a surprise, as these bolder shades tend to be rather pigmented–that went on decently, but it looked a little grainy and uneven in places. The color lasted for six hours but was moderately drying. MAC Personal Statement (P, $20.00) is brighter, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Pink Pigeon (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora Whipped Blush (LE, $14.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Kimchi (P, $26.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Be Silly (LE, $17.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Flamboyish (LE, $17.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Aim for Gorgeous (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Breathing Fire (P, $17.00) is darker, more pigmented, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Electric Pink (15) (P, $50.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be long-wearing, “extremely pigmented,” and hydrating. It is available in two finishes–Cream and Matte, indicated by the C or M in the beginning of each shade’s name. The Cream formula is richly pigmented, lightly creamy without being too emollient or slippery, and go on smoothly and feel good while worn (wear ranges from four to eight hours, depending on the shade). The Matte formula is thinner and clings somewhat to lips, though it goes on nicely and doesn’t tug, and it doesn’t always look flattering on as it can emphasize imperfections on my lips but really depends on the shade, as some look great on. I found the Cream formula to be moderately hydrating, while the Matte formula was slightly to moderately drying. All shades had a slight, rosy scent to them, though I didn’t notice any taste.

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M102
M102
M102
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M200
M200
M200
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M201
M201
M201
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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