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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. Tarte Mai Tai (P, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). Estee Lauder Chilean Sunset (LE, $45.00) is cooler (95% similar). Estee Lauder Volatile (P, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Estee Lauder Uninhibited (P, $32.00) is glossier (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 warmer, 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). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Psycho (P, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M300 (P, $22.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Cayenne (P, $26.00) is cooler, darker (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). MAC Strange Journey (LE, $17.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Chanel Ardente (175) (LE, $37.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Feu (57) (P, $37.00) is warmer, more muted (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunset Orange (P, $35.00) 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). Shiseido Poppy (RD312) (P, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C405 (P, $22.00) is less glossy, lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Oh Miley (200) (P, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Elegant (P, $15.00) is cooler, darker (95% similar). Shiseido Ruby Copper (RD501) (P, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Como La Flor (LE, $17.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Betty Boop Red (LE, $17.00) is brighter (95% similar). Tarte Juicy (LE, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Russian Doll (P, $35.00) is glossier, cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Dylan (P, $35.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Carina's Love (P, $32.00) is less glossy, darker (90% similar). Smashbox Unzipped (P, $21.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Dior Splendor (950) (LE, $38.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Clinique Cherry Pop (P, $18.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Brave Red (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Trophy Wife (P, $12.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Spiderweb (LE, $18.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Spiderweb (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Deadly Catch (LE, $26.00) is glossier, warmer, brighter (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. Tom Ford Beauty Dominic (P, $35.00) is more muted (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Imperial Red (P, $35.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Como La Flor (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Shiseido Ruby Copper (RD501) (P, $28.00) is lighter (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). Make Up For Ever C404 (P, $22.00) is glossier, darker (95% similar). MAC Carmine Rouge (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Unzipped (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Brave Red (P, $17.00) is warmer, darker (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 warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Betty Boop Red (LE, $17.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Sour Cherry (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Mochi (P, $24.00) is warmer, more muted (90% similar). Anastasia Primary #3 (Vol. 1) (P) is less glossy, warmer (90% similar). MAC Mind Control (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC So Good For You (LE, $17.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Spiderweb (LE, $18.00) 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 brighter, lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Bang (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Inglot #103 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC So Chaud (P, $17.00) is less glossy, more muted, darker (90% similar). MAC Neon Orange (P, $17.00) is cooler, more muted (90% similar). Bite Beauty #008 (LE, $36.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Clementine (LE, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Red Square (P, $27.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Illamasqua Soaked (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Quirky (P, $15.00) is less glossy, more muted, lighter (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). NARS Lana (P, $32.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Lady Ruba (P, $26.00) is cooler, more muted (85% similar). MAC Morange (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Milani Sweet Nectar (P, $5.49) is lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M300 (P, $22.00) is less glossy, more muted, darker (80% similar). MAC Love Feeling (LE, $20.00) is more muted, lighter (80% similar). Tarte Mai Tai (P, $22.00) is less glossy, cooler, darker (80% similar). 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. Estee Lauder Ambitious Pink (P, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Possession (Left) (LE) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Goodie-Two-Shoes (P, $12.00) is less glossy, more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Anderson (P, $35.00) is more muted (85% similar). MAC Chatterbox (P, $17.00) is cooler, more muted, darker (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). Urban Decay Checkmate (P, $17.00) is less glossy, lighter (90% similar). MAC Impassioned (P, $17.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Tarte Bikini (P, $22.00) is less glossy, darker (90% similar). MAC Party Parrot (LE, $17.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Tahiti Pink (P, $35.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Saucy Little Darling (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Shiseido Burning Up (RD310) (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Queen (P, $18.00) is glossier, darker (85% similar). Dior Darling (775) (P, $35.00) is more muted, darker (85% similar). Tarte So Fetch (P, $20.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Alpha (P, $17.00) is less glossy, darker (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. Tarte Flashy (LE, $24.00) is cooler, darker (95% similar). Estee Lauder Inescapable (P, $32.00) is cooler (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Kidman's Kiss (P, $32.00) is less glossy, cooler, lighter (95% similar). Chanel La Secrete (61) (LE, $37.00) is brighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Pepper (P, $24.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Super Cindy (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Apoline (P, $32.00) is cooler (90% 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). Marc Jacobs Beauty Infamous (228) (P, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). Givenchy Rose d'Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Streak (P, $17.00) is brighter, darker (85% similar). NYX Haute Melon (P, $4.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Jiffy (LE, $6.00) is cooler, lighter (80% similar). Make Up For Ever C302 (P, $22.00) is lighter (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Eat Cake (150) (P, $30.00) is warmer, lighter (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). MAC Whirl (P, $17.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Safe Word (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Rouge Angelique (174) (P, $37.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). MAC Among the Fireflies (LE, $17.00) is glossier, darker (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 glossier, darker (85% similar). Bite Beauty Cashew (P, $24.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). MAC Spirit (P, $17.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Touch (P, $17.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Evan (P, $35.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Maybelline Nude Nuance (P, $7.99) is darker (85% similar). NARS Indecent Proposal (LE, $28.00) is less glossy, cooler (90% similar). MAC Mocha (P, $17.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Carnal (P, $17.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). Bobbi Brown Bobbi (P, $35.00) is cooler, lighter (80% similar). MAC Double Shot (P, $17.00) is cooler, darker (80% similar). Bite Beauty Molasses (P, $26.00) is darker (80% similar). Bobbi Brown Uber Beige (P, $35.00) is warmer, lighter (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 more muted, darker (85% similar). Bite Beauty Chai (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Downtown Plum (P, $35.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Mosh Pit (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Maybelline Toasted Truffle (P, $7.99) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Touch (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Lolita II (LE, $21.00) is less glossy, lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Verbena (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Brioche (P, $24.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Verve (P, $17.00) is cooler, more muted, darker (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Pure Marsala (LE, $18.00) is warmer, brighter (85% similar). Estee Lauder Dangerous (P, $32.00) is glossier, warmer, darker (85% similar). Shiseido Rose Crush (RD715) (P, $28.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). MAC So Very Good (DC, $18.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Tarte Beach Bum (P, $22.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Dearly Beloved (LE, $17.00) is less glossy, cooler (80% similar). Urban Decay Hitch Hike (P, $17.00) is warmer, brighter, 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 warmer, darker (95% similar). Bite Beauty Cotton Candy (P, $26.00) is warmer, darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Preston (LE, $35.00) is lighter, more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Pink Nouveau (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Double Bubble (P, $22.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Dressed to Thrill (LE, $17.00) is lighter (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 warmer, lighter (85% 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 Doo Wop (LE, $17.00) is less glossy, darker (90% similar). MAC Fashion Tide (LE, $17.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay PDA (P, $17.00) is warmer, more muted (85% similar). Clinique Wow Pop (P, $18.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop BYOB (DC, $5.00) is more muted (85% similar). MAC Dear Diary (LE, $18.00) is less glossy, darker (85% similar). Bite Beauty Cotton Candy (P, $26.00) is lighter (80% similar). Urban Decay Savage (P, $17.00) is less glossy, brighter, lighter (80% similar). MAC Pink Nouveau (P, $17.00) 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 (P, $7.49) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Ambrosial (P, $21.00) is glossier, brighter, lighter (95% similar). NARS Stefania (P, $32.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pretty Boy (P, $18.00) is glossier, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $17.00) is glossier, brighter, lighter (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 brighter, lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Talk to Me (P, $21.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Tickler (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Stupid Love (P, $19.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Sephora Whipped Blush (LE, $14.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora African Violet (LE, $14.00) is warmer, more pigmented, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Bachelorette (P, $12.00) is brighter, lighter (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. Too Faced It's Happening (P, $21.00) is less glossy, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Out of Sync (LE, $5.00) is glossier, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Cougar (LE, $5.00) is glossier, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Lovespell (P, $20.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Mars (P, $6.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC To Matte with Love (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Jared (P, $35.00) is glossier (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Electric Poppy (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Dangerously Red (P, $17.00) is warmer, brighter (90% similar). Chanel La Merveilleuse (347) (LE, $37.00) is glossier, warmer, darker (85% similar). MAC Intoxica (LE, $17.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Anastasia #12 (Vol. 1) (P) is warmer, more muted, darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M204 (P, $22.00) is warmer, more muted, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Lock Diary (LE, $6.00) is cooler, more muted, darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M301 (P, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $17.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). MAC All Fired Up (P, $17.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Candy Cane (LE, $21.00) is warmer (80% similar). Tarte Selfish (P, $20.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (80% similar). Colour Pop Brooklyn (P, $6.00) is warmer, lighter (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). MAC Dangerously Red (P, $17.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Lovespell (P, $20.00) is cooler, lighter (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 cooler, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Electric Poppy (P, $32.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Candy Cane (LE, $21.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Selfish (P, $20.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Maybelline All Fired Up (P, $7.99) is glossier, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M203 (P, $22.00) is cooler, brighter, lighter (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 warmer, darker (90% similar). MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus (LE, $17.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Phone Call (LE, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Bellini (LE, $24.00) is warmer, lighter (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 warmer, brighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Glissade (P, $26.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Romy (462) (P, $37.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Pink Lady (P, $24.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Logan (P, $35.00) is darker, more shimmery (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 brighter, darker (90% similar). NARS Marisa (P, $32.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Double Bubble (P, $22.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). NARS Villa Lante (LE, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Claudia (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Kumquat (LE, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever Candy Pink (200) (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Dddevilish (LE, $17.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). MAC Divine Choice (P, $23.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Sweet-Thing (LE, $5.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever C205 (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever Cold Pink (203) (P, $20.00) is less glossy, more muted, darker (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 cooler, lighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Sorbet (P, $26.00) is more muted, darker (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). Tom Ford Beauty Anderson (P, $35.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Possession (Left) (LE) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Dreamer (P, $32.00) is less pigmented, more muted, lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Kiss (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Nouvelle Vogue (LE, $17.00) is less glossy, cooler, darker (85% similar). Smashbox Primrose (P, $21.00) is more muted, darker (85% similar). Estee Lauder Inescapable (P, $32.00) is more muted, darker (80% similar). MAC Medium Rare (P, $21.00) is lighter (80% similar). Smashbox Just Hit Play (P, $21.00) is cooler, more muted (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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