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Make Up For Ever C403, C404, C405 Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever C403 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C403 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C403 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a satin finish. It was intensely pigmented and had full color coverage after one stroke. The texture was smooth, lightly creamy with enough give to apply without tugging but did not slide around at all–it was less emollient than other shades in the range. It felt like a cross between the Cream and Matte formulas, actually. On me, the color wore well for over six hours and left a stain behind, and the formula felt lightly moisturizing. NYX Pure Red (P, $6.00) is more muted (95% similar). Estee Lauder Chilean Sunset (LE, $45.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Mai Tai (P, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). Estee Lauder Uninhibited (P, $32.00) is glossier (95% similar). Estee Lauder Volatile (P, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Bite Beauty Marmalade (LE, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Sail La Vie (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Habanero (P, $21.00) is glossier (95% similar). Bite Beauty Persimmon (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). NYX Indie Flick (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Tell Laura (P, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cristiano (P, $35.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Bang (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M300 (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop First Class (DC, $6.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Psycho (P, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Cayenne (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Lady Danger (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Lobster (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Free Spirit (P, $12.00) is glossier (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C404 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a sligthly muted, medium-dark red with neutral-to-cool undertones and a natural sheen. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that covered exceptionally well; I felt like the finish made my lips look a bit plumper and smoother overall. The consistency was lightweight, creamy enough to glide on easily but did not move around. This shade lasted for over six hours, did not feather or bleed around the edges, and was lightly hydrating over time. Anastasia Primary #3 (Vol. 1) (P, ) is less glossy (95% similar). NYX Eden (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty #078 (P, $18.00) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Oh Miley (200) (P, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Shiseido Ruby Copper (RD501) (P, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). NYX Perfect Red (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Elegant (P, $15.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Pretty Vulgar Blood Flower (P, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Shiseido Poppy (RD312) (P, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Como La Flor (LE, $17.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Betty Boop Red (LE, $17.00) is brighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C405 (P, $22.00) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). Tarte Juicy (LE, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Dylan (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Russian Doll (P, $35.00) is cooler, glossier (95% similar). Urban Decay Spiderweb (LE, $18.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Smashbox Unzipped (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Spiderweb (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Besame American Beauty 1945 (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C405 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, pinky-red with cool undertones and a satin finish. It’s very similar to C404, but it is noticeably darker and will be more likely to pull cooler on most skin tones (I can see C404 looking closer to neutral at times). The texture was smooth, lightweight, and more satiny, so it didn’t have as much as lip as most of the Cream shades, but it wasn’t clingy or drying. It had nearly opaque pigmentation which covered evenly. This shade wore well for over six hours and was lightly hydrating. Bobbi Brown Imperial Red (P, $35.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Dominic (P, $35.00) is more muted (95% similar). Pretty Vulgar Blood Flower (P, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Como La Flor (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Shiseido Ruby Copper (RD501) (P, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Miami Vice (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Shiseido Poppy (RD312) (P, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Carina's Love (P, $32.00) is less glossy (95% similar). NYX Eden (P, $6.00) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C404 (P, $22.00) is darker, glossier (95% similar). MAC Carmine Rouge (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Brave Red (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Unzipped (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Elegant (P, $15.00) is glossier (95% similar). Estee Lauder Boldface (P, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Rouge Charnel (56) (P, $37.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Betty Boop Red (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Sour Cherry (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Mochi (P, $24.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). MAC Mind Control (LE, $17.00) is lighter (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 C403
C403
C403
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C404
C404
C404
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C405
C405
C405
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Make Up For Ever C304, C305, C306 Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever C304 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C304 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C304 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bold, bright, medium orange with warm, red undertones and a creamy finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation–you can see my lip freckle peeking through the color–and I think this was the result of the consistency being more emollient than other shades, so it didn’t cover as well. There was very subtle streaking, but it wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance (only in the close-up photo). This shade wore well for five and a half hours, left behind a reddish stain, and was nicely hydrating. MAC Fashion Nomad (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). MAC So Chaud (P, $17.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Neon Orange (P, $17.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty #008 (LE, $36.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Clementine (LE, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Indie Flick (P, $6.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Illamasqua Soaked (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Red Square (P, $27.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Atomic Orange (P, $35.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Trafalgar (844) (P, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Warmed Maple (LE, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Quirky (P, $15.00) is lighter, more muted, less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay Bang (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Inglot #103 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Morange (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Milani Sweet Nectar (P, $5.49) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Lana (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba (P, $28.00) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M300 (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy (80% similar). MAC Love Feeling (LE, $20.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C305 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright pop of peony pink with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. The texture was slightly more emollient than most of the Cream shades, but it was also thicker, so it ended up applying just as nicely as other shades. I would even argue that it made my lips appear smoother from the thicker texture (but it wasn’t heavy either). The color lasted for five hours on me and was moderately hydrating over time. Kat Von D Ziggy (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Possession (Left) (LE, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Estee Lauder Ambitious Pink (P, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Goodie-Two-Shoes (P, $12.00) is more muted, less glossy (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Anderson (P, $35.00) is more muted (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Dress Code (515) (LE, $38.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Chatterbox (P, $17.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C306 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark pink-coral with warm undertones and a glossy, creamy finish. The pigmentation was insane! It had totally opaque color coverage in one pass, which applied beautifully: smooth, even color that sat well on the lips. It was still going strong after six hours of wear, and it was hydrating while worn. Tom Ford Beauty Possession (Right) (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Bikini (P, $22.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Party Parrot (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Tahiti Pink (P, $35.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Checkmate (P, $17.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Impassioned (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Love at First Bite (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Saucy Little Darling (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Shiseido Burning Up (RD310) (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild 15 Minutes Aflame (P, $0.99) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Dior Darling (775) (P, $35.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Queen (P, $18.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Dress Code (515) (LE, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte So Fetch (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Alpha (P, $17.00) is darker, less glossy (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 C304
C304
C304
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C305
C305
C305
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C306
C306
C306
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Make Up For Ever C106, C107, C108 Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever C106 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C106 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C106 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, medium pinky-coral with warm undertones and a creamy, natural finish. The texture was smooth, lightweight, and creamy enough to glide on without tugging nor clinging to the lips without sliding around. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that covered evenly and lasted for four and a half hours. It felt hydrating while worn. Estee Lauder Inescapable (P, $32.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Flashy (LE, $24.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Kidman's Kiss (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (95% similar). Bite Beauty Pepper (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Super Cindy (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel La Secrete (61) (LE, $37.00) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Apoline (P, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Infamous (228) (P, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Intriguing (P, $27.00) is darker, less glossy (85% similar). Givenchy Rose d'Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Streak (P, $17.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Hazelnut (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste (P, $34.00) is brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Crunch (DC, $5.00) is warmer (85% similar). NYX Haute Melon (P, $4.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Make Up For Ever C302 (P, $22.00) is lighter (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Eat Cake (150) (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Jiffy (LE, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). NYX Whipped Caviar (P, $6.00) is cooler, less glossy (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C107 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, medium-dark brown with a hint of warm, rosy undertones and a satin finish. The lipstick felt soft and smooth as it applied to the lips, and it delivered even, opaque color payoff in a single pass. On me, the formula was moisturizing and lasted for four and a half hours. Bobbi Brown Uber Nude (P, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). Smashbox Safe Word (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Whirl (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Among the Fireflies (LE, $17.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Angelique (174) (P, $37.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Siesta (P, $21.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop 951 (LE, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Smoked Almond (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M101 (P, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Candid (P, $15.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). Maybelline Nude Nuance (P, $7.99) is darker (85% similar). Bite Beauty Cashew (P, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Evan (P, $35.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Mocha (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Indecent Proposal (LE, $28.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Spirit (P, $17.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Touch (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Molasses (P, $26.00) is darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Grunge (LE, $5.00) is darker (80% similar). Bobbi Brown Bobbi (P, $35.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C108 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It was richly pigmented, while the texture was smooth, lightly creamy, and easy to apply. The color applied evenly and sat well on the lips without feeling clingy, but it still wore for five hours. Colour Pop Frick 'n' Frack (P, $6.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Downtown Plum (P, $35.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Mosh Pit (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Chai (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte 5 O'Clock (P, $21.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). MAC Touch (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Toasted Truffle (P, $7.99) is more muted (90% similar). Kat Von D Lolita II (LE, $21.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Verbena (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Brioche (P, $24.00) is more muted (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Pure Marsala (LE, $18.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Estee Lauder Dangerous (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (85% similar). Shiseido Rose Crush (RD715) (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC So Very Good (DC, $18.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Verve (P, $17.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Hitch Hike (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Dearly Beloved (LE, $17.00) is cooler, less glossy (80% similar). Tarte Beach Bum (P, $22.00) 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 C106
C106
C106
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C107
C107
C107
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C108
C108
C108
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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Make Up For Ever C205, C206, C207 Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever C205 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C205 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C205 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, light-medium cotton candy pink with cool, blue undertones and a natural sheen. It had nearly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. The texture was lightweight, lightly creamy without being slippery, and forgiving on lips as it did not emphasize the natural texture of my lips. This shade lasted well for five hours and was lightly hydrating. Clinique Wow Pop (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Bite Beauty Cotton Candy (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Will You Be With Me? (P, $0.99) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Preston (LE, $35.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Pink Nouveau (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Pink Pop (P, $7.99) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Double Bubble (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Dressed to Thrill (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Summer Breeze (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C209 (P, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever Candy Pink (200) (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Pastry Chef (LE, $18.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Snob (P, $17.00) is more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C206 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium magenta-pink with cooler undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. The texture had more slip to it, and the color slid around on the lips, which caused the color to look uneven, occasionally streaky, and some of the color pulled into lip lines. While it was comfortable to wear, as it was hydrating, it was a more high-maintenance shade that would benefit from a lip primer or lip liner. It had mostly opaque color payoff, which lasted for four and a half hours on me. Bite Beauty #007 (LE, $36.00) is less glossy (95% similar). NARS Angela (P, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Fashion Tide (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Doo Wop (LE, $17.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Maybelline Fuchsia Flash (P, $7.99) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Clinique Wow Pop (P, $18.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop BYOB (DC, $5.00) is more muted (85% similar). MAC Dear Diary (LE, $18.00) is darker, less glossy (85% similar). Urban Decay PDA (P, $17.00) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Savage (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy (80% similar). MAC Pink Nouveau (P, $17.00) is lighter (80% similar). Bite Beauty Cotton Candy (P, $26.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C207 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark fuchsia pink with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. This was less glossy compared to the other two shades in this review, which may have been the result of a slightly thinner, less emollient consistency overall. It applied without tugging on the lips, and it was still comfortable on the lips, as it did not cling or dry them out. This shade had good pigmentation, though it wasn’t fully opaque. On me, this shade wore well for over six hours and left a deep fuchsia stain behind. Maybelline Hot Plum (DC, $7.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kat Von D Crush (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Ambrosial (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (95% similar). Bite Beauty #094 (P, $18.00) is less glossy (95% similar). NARS Stefania (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pretty Boy (P, $18.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). NYX Shocking Pink (P, $6.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). NYX Sweet Pink (P, $6.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty #092 (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter, 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 C205
C205
C205
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C206
C206
C206
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C207
C207
C207
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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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). Kat Von D Babe (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Moonwalk (LE, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Bachelorette (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (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. Tarte Lovespell (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Mars (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Mambo (LE, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC To Matte with Love (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Electric Poppy (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Dangerously Red (P, $17.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced It's Happening (P, $21.00) is lighter, less glossy (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). Colour Pop Cougar (LE, $5.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). MAC A Killing Smile (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M301 (P, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). Anastasia #12 (Vol. 1) (P, ) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Lock Diary (LE, $6.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Chanel La Merveilleuse (347) (LE, $37.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (85% similar). MAC Intoxica (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M204 (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (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). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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). MAC Dangerously Red (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Lovespell (P, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC All Fired Up (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel La Merveilleuse (347) (LE, $37.00) is glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Jared (P, $35.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Electric Poppy (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Candy Cane (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Selfish (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Maybelline All Fired Up (P, $7.99) is lighter, brighter, glossier (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M203 (P, $22.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC A Killing Smile (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M301 (P, $22.00) is lighter (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). Urban Decay Menace (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Sangria (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cooper (LE, $35.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Phone Call (LE, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Bellini (LE, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Girl About Town (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P, $32.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Illamasqua Glissade (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is lighter, 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 Claudia (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Summer Breeze (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Kumquat (LE, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Dddevilish (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Marisa (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Double Bubble (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever Candy Pink (200) (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Villa Lante (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Sweet-Thing (LE, $5.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Will You Be With Me? (P, $0.99) is lighter, cooler (85% 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). Make Up For Ever Cold Pink (203) (P, $20.00) is darker, more muted, less glossy (80% 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). Smashbox Pink Drank (P, $24.00) is darker, glossier (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 Anderson (P, $35.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Kiss (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Possession (Left) (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Tease (03) (P, $50.00) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Dreamer (P, $32.00) is lighter, more muted, less pigmented (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). NYX Couture (P, $6.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (80% similar). Estee Lauder Inescapable (P, $32.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). MAC Medium Rare (P, $21.00) is lighter (80% similar). Smashbox Just Hit Play (P, $21.00) is more muted, cooler (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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