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Make Up For Ever #01 and #02 Pro Light Fusion Highlighters

Make Up For Ever #01 Pro Light Fusion Highlighter
Make Up For Ever #01 Pro Light Fusion Highlighter

Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter ($39.00 for 0.30 oz.) is supposed to “naturally enhance and highlight” with a “silky-smooth” “ge-powder” formula. The powder has a soft, very lightly dusty texture that was smooth, blendable, and easy to work with on the skin as it diffused well and applied evenly. Both shades were pigmented, but they were controllable so one could use a lighter touch or a less dense brush for sheerer coverage. They both highlighted where they were applied without emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. Both shades lasted eight hours on me.

The formula is in the same type as MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish, Estee Lauder Illuminating Gelee, NARS Dual Intensity Blush, and so forth.

Make Up For Ever #01 Pro Light Fusion Highlighter ($39.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a very light pink with warm undertones and a luminous, lightly metallic finish. It was nicely pigmented with a soft, smooth, and lightly dusty texture that applied easily to the skin and did not emphasize my pores or natural texture. The highlighter wore well for eight hours before fading. NARS Devotee (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Gleam (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $44.00) is darker (95% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Upgrade (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Spellbound Glow (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior #002 (P, $56.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Stunner (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Starburst (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Jouer Rose Quartz (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Scrumptious (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Softly Does It (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented (90% similar). Maybelline Iridescent (100) (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Milani Afterglow (P, $10.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Stunner (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 2 Pink Beige (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever #02 Pro Light Fusion Highlighter ($39.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a bright, medium gold with warm, coppery-brown undertones and a metallic sheen. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the consistency was soft, fairly smooth, and blendable. The product spread evenly across the skin and edges were easily diffused for a gradual blend. I did not find the finish emphasized my skin’s natural texture. It lasted for eight hours on me before starting to fade. Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew You (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar). Dior #003 (P, $56.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Looxi Beauty Luxe (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Salé (-, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #17 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Frosted (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Bigger and Better (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). The Estee Edit 14K Glow (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is cooler (95% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Heat Wave (LE, $45.00)(100% similar). MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Navagio Beach (LE, $39.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Dose of Colors Gold is the New Black (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Lancome Amber Lights (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter #01
#01
#01
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter #02
#02
#02
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Make Up For Ever Holiday 2016 Launches Now Available

Make Up For Ever Holiday 2016 Launches
Make Up For Ever Holiday 2016 Launches

Here are new kits for the holidays from Make Up For Ever!

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The Details

Artistic Aqua XL Eye Pencil Collection, $250.00 ($420 Value) (Limited Edition)

A must-have for eyeliner lovers, Artistic Aqua XL Eye Pencil Collection features full-size Aqua XL pencils—an artist-favorite liner that’s a long-wearing, waterproof eye pencil that pairs ultra-creamy glide with instant color intensity. Its innovative formula blends intense, long-wear, and rich color with a super-gliding texture that will not smudge, crease, or fade until you remove it. This versatile liner smoothly and effortlessly glides onto lids without skipping or tugging. Perfect for creating a tight line or smudging for a shadow effect, this must-have collection features an array of shades that range from everyday neutrals to bright pastel pops.

  • M-10 Matte Black
  • D-12 Diamond Black
  • M-14 Matte Charcoal Grey
  • M-16 Matte White
  • S-20 Satiny Navy Blue
  • M-22 Matte Majorelle Blue
  • I-24 Iridescent Blue
  • M-26 Matte Pastel Blue
  • M-30 Matte Pastel Green
  • I-32 Iridescent Lagoon Green
  • I-34 Iridescent Pop Green
  • I-36 Iridescent Khaki
  • M-40 Matte Pastel Yellow
  • ME-42 Metallic Bronze
  • S-50 Satiny Taupe
  • M-60 Matte Dark Brown
  • D-62 Diamond Brown
  • M-80 Matte Plum
  • I-90 Iridescent Pop Purple
  • M-92 Matte Pastel Purple

Artistic Artist Shadow Palette, $49.00 (Limited Edition)

Let your eyes stand out this holiday seasons with the Artistic Shadow Palette. It features MAKE UP FOR EVER’s coveted, easy-to-use Artist Shadow formula for endless eye looks that range from beautifully natural to dramatically smoky. Its advanced gel-powder formula is blended with ultrafine pigments so that each shade leaves a smooth, even finish. Lids are left looking ultra-saturated with highly-blendable, lasting color. This palette includes illustrated, step-by-step application techniques by MAKE UP FOR EVER’s founder and creative director, Dany Sanz, to help you effortlessly sweep on a number of eye-catching looks.

  • S-102
  • D-552
  • I-220
  • ME-302
  • ME-122
  • ME-108
  • ME-614
  • D-712
  • ME-912

Artistic Brush Set, $86.00 (Limited Edition)

Get the same quality and effect as MAKE UP FOR EVER’s full-size brushes, now available in these portable versions. The Artistic Brush Set features four brushes for on-the-go, artist favorite makeup brushes for the most professional application. This travel-friendly collection features top quality, hand-crafted favorites for the eyes, cheeks, and face, including the #106 Medium Foundation Brush, #152 Medium Highlighter Brush, #226 Medium Eye Shadow Brush, and #172 Precision Corrector Brush. Now, you can have the pro brushes you need to be your own makeup artist—wherever you go.

  • Medium Foundation Brush in #106
  • Medium Highlighter Brush in #152
  • Medium Eye Shadow Brush in #226
  • Precision Corrector Brush #172

Artistic Smoky Eye Kit, $20.00 (Limited Edition)

Featuring two Aqua XL Eye Pencils and an Excessive Lash Arresting Volume Mascara, this kit lets eyes take center stage this holiday season. Line and define eyes with the Aqua XL Eye Pencil M-10 Matte Black and M-60 Matte Dark Brown. With must-have shades for a smoky eye, this artist-favorite liner is a long-wearing, waterproof eye pencil that pairs ultra-creamy glide with instant color intensity. Finish off your look with Excessive Lash Arresting Volume Mascara. This volumizing mascara creates arresting volume and rebellious definition that instantly enhances lash looks that are perfect for any holiday occasion.

  • 1 x 0.15 oz/ 4.5 mL Excessive Lash Arresting Volume Mascara
  • 2 x 0.02 oz/ 0.8 g Aqua XL Eye Pencil in M-10 Matte Black, M-60 Matte Dark Brown

Round-up: Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick | Top 25 Shades+ Overview

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipsticks
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipsticks

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.

I’ve now finished reviewing all of the shades! Hurray! Here are the top 25 of the range, but you can see the full list here. I was impressed with the range overall, and I liked that they had both more typically wearable shades as well as non-traditional colors. If you’ve tried the formula, I hope you’ll consider writing a review or quickly rating your experience as a reader! 🙂

01

Make Up For Ever C208

PPermanent. $22.00/0.12 oz.

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. Read full review.

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Vanity
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
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02. Make Up For Ever C108

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. Read full review.

A+

03. Make Up For Ever C306

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. Read full review.

A

04. Make Up For Ever C403

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. Read full review.

A

05. Make Up For Ever C404

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. Read full review.

A

06. Make Up For Ever M102

Make Up For Ever M102 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich, plum-berry with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. Read full review.

A

07. Make Up For Ever C211

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. Read full review.

A

08. Make Up For Ever C405

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. Read full review.

A

09. Make Up For Ever C506

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. Read full review.

A

10. Make Up For Ever C604

Make Up For Ever C604 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep black with neutral undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

A

11. Make Up For Ever C104

Make Up For Ever C104 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy peach with warm undertones and a creamy, lightly shiny finish. Read full review.

A

12. Make Up For Ever C105

Make Up For Ever C105 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, light-medium rosy pink with warmer undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

A

13. Make Up For Ever C107

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. Read full review.

A

14. Make Up For Ever C303

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. Read full review.

A

15. Make Up For Ever C305

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. Read full review.

A

16. Make Up For Ever C304

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. Read full review.

A

17. Make Up For Ever M401

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. Read full review.

A

18. Make Up For Ever C106

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. Read full review.

A

19. Make Up For Ever C205

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. Read full review.

A

20. Make Up For Ever C406

Make Up For Ever C406 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark red with warm, brown undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

A

21. Make Up For Ever C502

Make Up For Ever C502 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, light-medium grayed lavender with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

A

22. Make Up For Ever M101

Make Up For Ever M101 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium rose-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. Read full review.

A

23. Make Up For Ever M501

Make Up For Ever M501 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a dark berry with pinky undertones and a semi-matte finish. Read full review.

A

24. Make Up For Ever C207

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. Read full review.

A-

25. Make Up For Ever C210

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. Read full review.

A-

Glossover Breakdown

92%

Average Score
A
33
B
11
C
1
D
0
F
0
Glossover Averages
product
9
pigmentation
9.5
texture
9
longevity
9.5
application
5
Total
92%
product
9
pigmentation
9.5
texture
9
longevity
9.5
application
5
Total
92%

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The In-Between: Highly Pigmented (2), Buildable (1), Thick (1), Non-sticky (1)

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The In-Between: Highly Pigmented (2), Buildable (1), Thick (1), Non-sticky (1)

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Make Up For Ever C406, C407, C502 Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever C406 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C406 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C406 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark red with warm, brown undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was creamy, lightweight, and very smooth, which resulted in even, nearly opaque pigmentation that was comfortable to wear. It stayed in place for five and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. MAC Retro Rouge (LE, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Fire Down Below (P, $28.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Lee Hi (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Habit Rouge (P, $37.00) is warmer (95% similar). Besame Red Velvet 1946 (P, $22.00) is brighter (95% similar). Guerlain Luxure (P, $49.50) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Bad Blood (P, $17.00) is darker, glossier (95% similar). NARS Codie (LE, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Rouge Indiscret (LE, $28.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Colour Pop Lost (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Bad Blood (DC, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Just Push Play (P, $26.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Dubonnet (P, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Majella (P, $25.00) is brighter (95% similar). NARS Shirley (P, $32.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). NARS Sandra (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Olivia (P, $32.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Fearless Red (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C407 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, burgundy-brown with warm undertones and a creamy finish. The texture had moderate slip, and while I did not experience feathering or bleeding myself, it is a shade that makes me wary that it may on those who are more prone to feathering lip color as it does slide around on the lips. It was intensely pigmented, and it applied exceptionally well–very even, despite the slip and intense color. It wore well for five hours on me and was moisturizing while worn. MAC Double Fudge (LE, $21.00) is glossier (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Saboteur (Right) (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Burberry Black Cherry (57) (P, $34.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever Eggplant (501) (P, $24.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Prim (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Disturbed (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Cherries (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (95% similar). MAC Lingering Kiss (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Frenemy (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Pat McGrath McMenamy (LE, $38.00) is cooler (90% similar). Besame Noir Red 1930 (P, $22.00) is cooler, less glossy (95% similar). MAC Living Legend (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Liquorice (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte High Dive (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C502 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, light-medium grayed lavender with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. The pigmentation was totally opaque, while the texture had a light creaminess to it that made it easy to work with and glide across the lips. The downside was that I had some color settle into lip lines after two and a half hours of wear, though the color lasted for closer to five hours overall, but it’s one that would wear better with a lip liner or primer, I think. MAC Galaxy Grey (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Brunch Queen (LE, $18.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Fresh Amour (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Evening Buzz (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Zero (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Clover (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Plum Princess (LE, $17.00) is warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Vanity Kills (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Twitch (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (80% similar). Dior Cloudy Matte (380) (LE, $35.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). MAC Lured In (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (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 C406
C406
C406
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C407
C407
C407
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C502
C502
C502
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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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). Bite Beauty Persimmon (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Estee Lauder Chilean Sunset (LE, $45.00) is cooler (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Tell Laura (P, $34.00) is darker (95% similar). Estee Lauder Uninhibited (P, $32.00) is glossier (95% similar). Tarte Mai Tai (P, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Habanero (P, $21.00) is glossier (95% similar). Estee Lauder Volatile (P, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Pat McGrath Obsessed (LE, $38.00) is glossier (95% similar). NYX Indie Flick (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bite Beauty Marmalade (LE, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Sail La Vie (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cristiano (P, $35.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Strange Journey (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M300 (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Augmented Reality (LE, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunset Orange (P, $35.00) is glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Bang (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Lobster (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop First Class (DC, $6.00) is darker, cooler (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). NYX Eden (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C405 (P, $22.00) is lighter, less glossy (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). 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). Pat McGrath Elson (LE, $38.00) is brighter (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 cooler, glossier (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Dylan (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Mind Control (LE, $17.00) is glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay 69 (P, $17.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Smashbox Unzipped (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Carina's Love (P, $34.00) is darker, less glossy (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. Charlotte Tilbury Carina's Love (P, $34.00) is less glossy (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). MAC Brave Red (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Tarte Miami Vice (P, $21.00) is warmer (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). Bobbi Brown Imperial Red (P, $35.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Carmine Rouge (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Burberry Ruby (434) (P, $35.00) is lighter (95% similar). Shiseido Ruby Copper (RD501) (P, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Unzipped (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Elegant (P, $15.00) is glossier (95% similar). Shiseido Poppy (RD312) (P, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Estee Lauder Boldface (P, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Rouge Charnel (56) (P, $37.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Spiderweb (LE, $18.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Russian Doll (P, $35.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Betty Boop Red (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

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

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick 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). Bite Beauty Clementine (LE, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Nearly Neon Orange (LE, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Soaked (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Indie Flick (P, $6.00) is cooler, 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). NARS Red Square (P, $27.00) is 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). Makeup Geek Quirky (P, $15.00) is lighter, more muted, less glossy (90% 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). 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). 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). Bite Beauty Éclair (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (80% 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). 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 Party Parrot (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (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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