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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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Make Up For Ever C604, M100, M101 Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever C604 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C604 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C604 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep black with neutral undertones and a satin finish. There seemed to be very, very fine shimmer that kept it from being a true cream. The consistency was lightly creamy but dense, which yielded full color coverage in a single pass. The lipstick held well to the lips, so it didn’t migrate or move around, but it wasn’t clingy, which made it comfortable to wear. This shade wore for five hours and was lightly hydrating. MAC Stallion (LE, $21.00) is glossier (95% similar). NYX Chambord (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #50 (P, $19.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC In the Spirit (P, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer (000) (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $17.00) is more muted, cooler, less glossy (95% similar). Tarte Naughty (P, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Hautecore (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Midnight (P, $20.00) is less glossy (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M100 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium, pinky-peach with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had a velvety consistency that was comfortable to apply, as it didn’t tug and glided smoothly over the lips, but it was thin and clulng to lips a bit–not the most flattering of finishes! I found that this one faded unevenly over time, so there was less product along the center of the lips and a stronger, noticeable edge. The color lasted for four hours and was lightly drying. Tarte Namaste (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Unicorn (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Maybelline Daringly Nude (P, $7.99) is warmer (95% similar). Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Peach Tart (LE, $14.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Antonio's Girls (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Sorry Not Sorry (P, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Pure Hollywood (P, $20.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Echo Park (P, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Button (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Bite Beauty Leche (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Tarte Skinny Dip (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M101 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium rose-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. The texture of this shade was more forgiving than M100, as it wasn’t as clingy, so it glided across the lips with ease but was also easier to wear. This shade stayed on well for closer to five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Half 'n' Half (P, $17.00) is glossier (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Evan (P, $35.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Time Square (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Spirit (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Cashew (P, $24.00) is glossier (95% similar). Burberry Antique Pink (303) (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C107 (P, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). Smashbox Safe Word (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Bestie (LE, $20.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier (85% similar). NARS Indecent Proposal (LE, $28.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Very Victoria (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Lolita II (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Mocha (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC So Select (P, $17.00) is darker (80% similar). Maybelline Nude Nuance (P, $7.99) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Tarte Beach Bum (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Whirl (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Negligee (LE, $50.00) is darker, warmer (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 C604
C604
C604
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M100
M100
M100
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M101
M101
M101
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation

Make Up For Ever Water Blend Face & Body Foundation
Make Up For Ever Water Blend Face & Body Foundation

Make Up For Ever Water Blend Face & Body Foundation ($43.00 for 1.69 fl. oz.) is a new formula that offers “sheer to buildable coverage” with a “dewy glow and flawless finish” using a “water-gel” texture, and it is supposed to be waterproof and transfer-proof. This formula comes in 20 shades, which is decent but not as impressive as the Ultra HD Liquid range, but the numbering system used for Water Blend is the same as Ultra HD (though I haven’t personally seen all the shades, so there may be differences – I expect shade mismatching to be more forgiving, as this is a sheerer formula). It is an updated version of the brand’s previous Face & Body formula (which I recall being a smidgen thicker but not by much).

I tried two shades–Y305 and Y315–and as you might guess, I ended up mixing them together when I was trying out the new formula. I find Y305 to be darker and yellower than Y315, which is a smidgen lighter and more neutral-to-warm and has a more peach undertone than true yellow (this is closer to my skin tone). If someone likes sheer, weightless coverage that is just enough to even out very minor variations with decent wear and a natural sheen, you might like this. It’s almost undetectable to me when applied, and it sat well on the skin without emphasizing pores, clinging to dryness/flakes (I had a wee bit of dryness around my nose). The wear was modest–seven to eight hours without primer or powder–but the nice part is the sheerer coverage makes it look less obvious as the foundation starts to wear down as it always looked very skin-like. Worth noting, it seemed to have a very faint, floral scent to it, which I noticed for the first hour or so of wear but not later in the day.

The texture was very water-like; it felt wet, thin, and ran easily when I put a pump on the back of my hand. It spread well, but it could get streaky if I wasn’t careful. I preferred using a dense foundation brush (like Real Techniques Expert Face) for initial application and then using a damp Beautyblender to buff and blend the remainder in. If I used a Beautyblender first, it absorbed a lot of the product and made it harder to spread out the actual product evenly. I also liked applying and blending out with fingertips, which helped avoid streakiness and made the process faster overall than using a brush and then a sponge.

It’s a very, very sheer foundation with one to two pumps of product, while two to three pumps yielded sheer to light coverage. I didn’t feel like I could really build it up beyond light coverage, as applying more than two to three layers seemed to make the underlying layers lift and shift, which made the texture appear more uneven. I think the coverage seems mostly in line with how it’s described, as it is buildable from very sheer to sheer to light coverage. It dries down to a mostly non-tacky finish that doesn’t transfer easily for most of the wear (it had slight transfer after six hours of wear). It seemed waterproof in the sense that a splash of water didn’t cause the foundation to separate or run, but if I splashed water on my face and then patted my face with a towel, the product did come off.

I have normal-to-dry skin (leaning normal) with minimal dryness at the moment. It was hard to judge if it was hydrating or not, because I don’t normally see signs of dryness coming through with most foundations or during the day (with no foundation), and the best I could judge was that it didn’t seem to emphasize the lines or texture of my under eye area, which I find to be the least forgiving area on my face. I’d love to hear from others with drier skin types to see if they find this a particularly hydrating foundation.

The foundation was comfortable to wear and wasn’t a fussy foundation to wear all day; it didn’t break down in such a way that it looked awful at any point (I think that’s mostly due to the coverage level!), and it didn’t transfer easily, so I didn’t worry about clothes or scratching my nose or blotting around the corners of my mouth with a napkin after a meal. I think it delivers on being ultra-lightweight, sheer, and natural; I think it looks a lot like my skin-but-better and manages to mask some of the natural pink tones I have in my cheeks and chin area. I personally prefer light-medium to medium coverage, so I don’t think you’ll see me reaching or wearing this, but if I wanted sheerer coverage, this would definitely be one I’d consider.

Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation Y305
Y305
Y305
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation Y315
Y315
Y315
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Make Up For Ever C601, C602, C603 Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever C601 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C601 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C601 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium mint green with subtle, warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that went on somewhat evenly, but it did pull into lip lines, and there were a few patchy places. For the type of color it is, the application was still better than usual, but this needs a primer or lip liner underneath to help it apply better. The texture was lightweight, creamy, and felt hydrating over the four and a half hours it lasted. Dior Clover Matte (400) (LE, $35.00) is darker, more muted, lower quality (95% similar). Colour Pop Charm (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Whatever (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C602 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, cyan blue with cool undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It was moderately creamy, and I was surprised to find it still applied rather well, as this type of color paired with so much slip is usually a total disaster! That being said, there was a bit of color that sunk into lip lines, which worsened as the lipstick wore on. I would recommend lightly blotting the shine down with a tissue or the back of your hand, which helps to minimize settling over time. On me, this shade wore well for four and a half hours and was hydrating. It did leave a very subtle bluish stain behind. MAC Dreampot (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Mr. Blonde (LE, $6.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). NYX Blue Velvet (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pool Boy (P, $18.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C603 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, navy blue with subtle, cool undertones and a glossy finish. The texture was moderately creamy but had more slip–it felt wetter and looked that way applied–but went on relatively evenly and with semi-opaque coverage. I think a lip liner underneath this one would help amplify the coverage while minimizing the slip. On me, this shade lasted for four and a half hours but moved around more than ideal, though I did not personally experience feathering/bleeding around the edges, it is something that might be more of a concern for someone who is prone to either. Bite Beauty Squid Ink (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Vain (P, $18.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Illamasqua Disciple (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, less glossy (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 C601
C601
C601
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
83%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C602
C602
C602
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C603
C603
C603
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Make Up For Ever M402, M500, M501 Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever M402 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever M402 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever M402 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bold, medium-dark red with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff that applied evenly and smoothly without emphasizing the texture of my lips too much. The color wore well for over six hours and left a stain behind, while the formula felt lightly drying after four and a half hours of wear. Colour Pop TGIF (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Besame Red Velvet 1946 (P, $22.00) is brighter (95% similar). NARS Mysterious Red (P, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Rouge Indiscret (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Viva Glam I (P, $17.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M401 (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Nosferatu (P, $20.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Besame Cherry Red 1935 (P, $22.00) is darker, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Chanel Experimente (154) (P, $37.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Infatuated Red (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $17.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Carina's Love (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Studded Kiss (P, $17.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). MAC Retro Rouge (LE, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Consuming Red (P, $25.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). NARS VIP Red (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Swamp Family (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Avenue (P, $6.00) is darker, less glossy (85% similar). Milani Romance (LE, $8.99) is lighter (85% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M500 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep burgundy with subtle, cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had mostly opaque coverage with a lightly velvety consistency that glided on without tugging and distributed color evenly. The formula felt somewhat drying after four and a half hours, while the color lasted for nearly seven hours and left behind a strong, reddish stain. Chanel Rouge Audace (59) (LE, $36.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Manbun (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sin (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Anita (P, $18.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Chateau (P, $5.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Maybelline Burgundy Blush (P, $7.99) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Diva (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Illamasqua Growl (P, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). Besame Noir Red 1930 (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M501 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a dark berry with pinky undertones and a semi-matte finish. Oddly, the lipstick had an iridescent green sheen to it (in the same way some of Urban Decay’s matte Vice lipsticks had!) but doesn’t actually have shimmer. It’s hard to find true matte berry-hued lipsticks, from my experience, as there aren’t too many dupes for this one. It had a smooth, velvety texture that didn’t tug as it applied, and it laid down color evenly. The consistency wasn’t as flat-matte as it could have been, but I think that helped it be more forgiving when applied. This shade wore nicely for over six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Babes and Balls (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Femme Fatale (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Jam On It (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Oh Lady (P, $20.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Fashion Revival (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Notion (P, $6.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). MAC Acai (LE, $17.00) 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 M402
M402
M402
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M500
M500
M500
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M501
M501
M501
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Make Up For Ever C103, C104, C105 Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever C103 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C103 Artist Rouge Lipstick

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 C103 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a very light, pink-tinged beige with a creamy, lightly shiny finish. It had nearly opaque color payoff, but the real feat here was how evenly it applied, despite being a very light shade. The consistency was creamy, comfortable, and felt hydrating over the four hours it lasted. I did have a little bit of the color gather in my lip lines over time. MAC Angel's Kiss (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty A/W '16 (Lip Color) (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Peach Beige (LE, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). NYX Mirage (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty A/W '16 (Lip Shaper) (LE) is more shimmery, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Desert Sun (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Bit of Bubbly (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Fleshpot (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Addict (DC, $5.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Nude Thrill (P, $7.49) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Melted Sugar (P, $21.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Myth (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics John Doe (P, $18.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C104 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy peach with warm undertones and a creamy, lightly shiny finish. It had great pigmentation that applied with smooth, even coverage and sat well on the lips. The consistency was creamy enough to glide on and fill in lip lines to give the illusion of healthier lips while not being too emollient and sliding around. It wore well for four and a half hours and was nicely hydrating. Marc Jacobs Beauty Fawn Over Me (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Skinny Dip (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Sand (P, $35.00) is brighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Dream Big (LE, $20.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Chanel Adrienne (402) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, darker, less pigmented (90% similar). Maybelline Daringly Nude (P, $7.99) is more muted, less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay Unicorn (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Amaretto (P, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). Givenchy Beige Plume (102) (P, $36.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Button (P, $5.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (80% similar). MAC Real Redhead (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, more muted, cooler (80% similar). Bite Beauty Leche (P, $24.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). MAC Oxblood (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C105 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, light-medium rosy pink with warmer undertones and a satin finish. The color coverage was opaque, while the texture was smooth, lightly creamy, and comfortable to wear. It applied evenly and didn’t cling to the lips. This shade wore well for just over four hours on me and was lightly hydrating over time. Bobbi Brown Pale Mauve (P, $35.00) is cooler (95% similar). NYX French Kiss (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Desirable (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Addison (P, $35.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Love Happens (LE, $17.00) is lighter, more muted, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Naked Dream (LE, $17.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Pretty Natural (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Hype Girl (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Weirdo (P, $17.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Boca (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Viva Glam II (P, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Modesty (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). NARS Vanessa (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C103
C103
C103
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C104
C104
C104
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C105
C105
C105
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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