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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. Charlotte Tilbury Electric Poppy (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Dangerously Red (P, $17.00) is warmer, brighter (90% similar). 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). Tom Ford Beauty Jared (P, $35.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC To Matte with Love (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Pleasure Bomb (LE, $17.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Chanel La Merveilleuse (347) (LE, $37.00) is glossier, warmer, darker (85% similar). MAC Intoxica (LE, $17.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Lock Diary (LE, $6.00) is cooler, more muted, darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M204 (P, $22.00) is warmer, more muted, darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M301 (P, $22.00) is warmer (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). Colour Pop Brooklyn (P, $6.00) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). Tarte Selfish (P, $20.00) is warmer, brighter, 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). MAC Dddevilish (LE, $17.00) is warmer, 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). Make Up For Ever Candy Pink (200) (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Kumquat (LE, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C205 (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% 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). 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 Anderson (P, $35.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Kiss (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Tease (03) (P, $50.00) 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). 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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Make Up For Ever M300, M301, M401 Artist Rouge Lipsticks

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

Make Up For Ever M300 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bold, medium-dark orange-red with strong, warm red undertones and a matte finish. The texture had a velvety feeling to it, so it glided on with ease and did not tug on the lips during application. However, it was a bit thin and clingy, so it wasn’t the most flattering finish on the lips and tended to accentuate lines and imperfections. I highly recommend exfoliating prior to applying this shade. It had good pigmentation that wore well for six hours, but the formula was a bit drying. NARS Marlene (P, $32.00) is less glossy, lighter (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Tell Laura (P, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). Estee Lauder Chilean Sunset (LE, $45.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C403 (P, $22.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Cayenne (P, $26.00) is glossier, brighter (90% similar). MAC Barbecue (LE, $17.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Mimosa (LE, $24.00) is glossier, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Temper (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Lady Danger (P, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Feu (57) (P, $37.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Craving Coral (P, $7.99) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Orange Danger (P, $7.49) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Lover's Lane (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Tomango (LE, $17.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). MAC Dangerous (P, $17.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever C304 (P, $22.00) is glossier, brighter, lighter (80% similar). Tarte Cray Cray (P, $20.00) is brighter, lighter (80% similar). Bite Beauty Persimmon (P, $26.00) is lighter (80% similar). Kat Von D Countess (P, $21.00) is brighter, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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

Make Up For Ever M401 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark red with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color coverage, though it was not fully opaque (you can see my lip freckle peeking through still). The consistency felt velvety, so it glided across the lips comfortably, but it was thinner overall. This particular shade wasn’t as clingy as some of the other Mattes, which resulted in a more flattering application as it did not emphasize imperfections. The color was still going strong after six hours, left behind a reddish stain, and was a bit drying overall. NARS Rouge Improbable (LE, $28.00)(95% similar). Bite Beauty Mochi (P, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Crimson (P, $18.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (95% similar). MAC Chateau M (LE, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Cheerleader (P, $20.00) is less glossy, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Firework (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Candy Cane (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Dominic (P, $35.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Ruby Woo (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Blood (DC, $5.00) is glossier (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M402 (P, $22.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Ribbon (LE, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Carina's Love (P, $32.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever Red Ink (LE) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $17.00) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). Maybelline Rich Ruby (P, $7.99) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Russian Red (P, $17.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Milani Romance (LE, $8.99) is less glossy, lighter (90% similar). MAC Frank-n-furter (LE, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). Smashbox Unzipped (P, $21.00) is glossier, 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 M300
M300
M300
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M301
M301
M301
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M401
M401
M401
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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

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

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

Make Up For Ever C506 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep berry with subtle, cool undertones and a lightly glossy finish. The texture was very smooth, creamy, and easy to apply as the color went on evenly and smoothly without tugging on the lips. It did feel wetter and more emollient than the majority of the Cream shades, though. I did not experience feathering or bleeding along the edges of my lips, but neither is something that I experience frequently so your mileage may vary. It lasted for over six hours, left behind a pink-hued stain, and was hydrating over time. Makeup Geek Rocker Chick (P, $12.00) is less glossy, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Wet Suit (P, $22.00) is less glossy (90% similar). MAC Babes and Balls (LE, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Smashbox Femme Fatale (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Mosh Pit (P, $17.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Hel's Bells (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Berry Bossy (P, $7.49) is less glossy, lighter (80% similar). MAC Rebel (P, $17.00) is brighter, lighter (80% similar). Urban Decay Troublemaker (LE, $17.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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

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

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

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

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

Make Up For Ever C211 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a subdued, medium-dark rosy mauve with warm undertones and a satin finish. This shade had very nearly opaque pigmentation that applied beautifully–evenly, smoothly, and made lips appear plumper and healthier. It had a creamy, lightweight consistency that glided across lips with ease but did not slide around once on. This shade wore well for five hours on me and was hydrating over time. Makeup Geek Shy (P, $15.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Biscotti (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Fastplay (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Rush (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Twig (P, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Ravenswood (P, $17.00) is glossier, warmer, lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Pepper (P, $26.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Sheer Liar (P, $17.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Shiraz (P, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Finally Free (LE, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Modesty (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Tampered (P, $17.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Bite Beauty Cortado (LE, $24.00) is warmer (80% similar). Maybelline Touch of Spice (P, $7.99) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). Makeup Geek Old Soul (P, $12.00) is cooler, lighter (80% similar). MAC Cosmo (P, $17.00) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C302 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a pop of light-medium, pinky-coral with warm undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. The texture was very creamy, had a moderate amount of slip, but it wasn’t too heavy and didn’t slide beyond the lip line. It had good color payoff that went on evenly for the most part. This shade wore well for four and a half hours and was moisturizing while worn. Smashbox Nude Mood (P, $21.00) is cooler, more muted (95% similar). NARS Julie (P, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Fiesta (DC, $5.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Flavour (LE, $17.00) is less glossy, lighter (90% similar). Dior Grege 1947 (169) (P, $35.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). NARS Brigitte (P, $32.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Dose of Colors Playdate (P, $16.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). bareMinerals Kitty (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever C106 (P, $22.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C303 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium coral with warm, orange undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff with smooth, even coverage that was easy to apply and didn’t slide around too much. The texture was lightweight, creamy, and comfortable to wear over the five hours it lasted. The formula was lightly hydrating overall. Hourglass Explorer (P, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Juliette (P, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Style Surge (P, $23.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Giddy (P, $15.00) is cooler, brighter, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Wired (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Gingersnap (P, $26.00) is less glossy, warmer, darker (90% similar). MAC Vegas Volt (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Smarty Pants (P, $12.00) is less glossy, darker (90% similar). Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Chella (LE, $5.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Burberry Peach (25) (P, $34.00) is cooler, 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 C211
C211
C211
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C302
C302
C302
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C303
C303
C303
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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