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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. Charlotte Tilbury Tell Laura (P, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Marlene (P, $32.00) is less glossy, lighter (95% similar). Chanel Rouge Feu (57) (P, $37.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Chilean Sunset (LE, $45.00) is brighter, lighter (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). 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). 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 Tomango (LE, $17.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). MAC Dangerous (P, $17.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia #3 (Vol. 1) (P) is more muted (85% 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). Make Up For Ever C304 (P, $22.00) is glossier, 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. Too Faced Candy Cane (LE, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Dangerously Red (P, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC All Fired Up (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Brooklyn (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia #12 (Vol. 1) (P) is cooler, darker (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). Estee Lauder Jealous (P, $32.00) is glossier (90% similar). Tarte Selfish (P, $20.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M203 (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). Revlon Vivacious (120) (P, $8.99) is glossier, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Jared (P, $35.00) is cooler (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 Firework (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Cheerleader (P, $20.00) is less glossy, cooler (95% similar). MAC Candy Cane (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Rock Steady (P, $18.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Dominic (P, $35.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Ruby Woo (P, $17.00) is lighter (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). MAC Carmine Rouge (LE, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $17.00) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). Maybelline Rich Ruby (P, $7.99) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever Red Ink (LE) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Betty Boop Red (LE, $17.00) 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). 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. Tarte Wet Suit (P, $22.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Makeup Geek Rocker Chick (P, $12.00) is less glossy, lighter (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. Bite Beauty Blanc (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Coconut (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Wickedly White (P, $7.49) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Primary #1 (Vol. 1) (P) is warmer (90% similar). MAC City Slick (LE, $17.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick 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 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). Estee Lauder Pinkberry (P, $32.00) 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 Rush (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Twig (P, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Tampered (P, $17.00) is warmer, darker (85% 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). Bite Beauty Cortado (LE, $24.00) is warmer (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. NARS Julie (P, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Nude Mood (P, $21.00) is cooler, more muted (95% similar). MAC Flavour (LE, $17.00) is less glossy, lighter (90% similar). NARS Brigitte (P, $32.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Fiesta (DC, $5.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Dior Grege 1947 (169) (P, $35.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). Anastasia #1 (Vol. 1) (P) is less glossy, warmer, more muted (85% similar). bareMinerals Kitty (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). Dose of Colors Playdate (P, $16.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Chanel Beige Rose (P, $37.00) is more muted (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). Bite Beauty Gingersnap (P, $26.00) is less glossy, warmer, darker (90% similar). MAC Vegas Volt (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Smarty Pants (P, $12.00) is less glossy, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Wired (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder High Level (P, $32.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Burberry Peach (25) (P, $34.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Chella (LE, $5.00) is brighter, 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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Make Up For Ever M102, M200, M201 Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever M102 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever M102 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever M102 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich, plum-berry with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. This was one of the better shades in the Matte finish; richly pigmented paired with a lightweight, smooth, and velvety consistency that applied easily. The texture didn’t appear dry or unforgiving on the lips, but it didn’t have a strong sheen (though it is not the ultra matte finish of some of the popular liquid lipstick formulas). This shade wore well for over six hours, left behind a fuchsia stain, and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. Urban Decay Nonsense (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Illamasqua Shard (P, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop More Better (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Fashion Revival (LE, $17.00) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia #5 (Vol. 1) (P) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Deliciously Forbidden (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Scrooge (DC, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Vivien (P, $32.00) is glossier, lighter (85% similar). NARS Endangered Red (P, $27.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Acai (LE, $17.00) is cooler (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Love Liberty (P, $32.00) is warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Jam On It (P, $21.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Baewatch (LE, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Estee Lauder Unattainable (P, $30.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Lyin' King (P, $6.00) is warmer, brighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Plum (LE, $24.00) is glossier, darker (80% similar). MAC Babes and Balls (LE, $17.00) is cooler, darker (80% similar). MAC D for Danger (P, $17.00) is warmer, brighter (80% similar). Bite Beauty Beetroot (P, $26.00) is darker (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Velvet Violet (16) (P, $50.00) is cooler, brighter, lighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M200 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium, peony pink with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture had a stronger velvety feel–more like a silicone-based primer–that glided on easily but tended to catch on any imperfections on the lips and emphasized them. It had good color coverage, though it was not fully opaque. On me, this shade wore well for four and a half hours but wore away a bit more noticeably from the center of the lips. I found the formula to be a bit drying as well. Colour Pop Spritz (LE, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Fetch (P, $5.00) is brighter, lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Virgin Rose (P, $50.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Silly (LE, $17.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Brat (P, $18.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). NARS Marisa (P, $32.00) is glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Pink Sugar (P, $7.99) is warmer, brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Proper (P, $15.00) is more muted (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Jolly Molly (220) (P, $30.00) is glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop 1st Base (P, $6.00) is less glossy, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Macaroon (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Just Hit Play (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Possession (Left) (LE) is glossier, warmer, darker (85% similar). MAC Dddevilish (LE, $17.00) is brighter, darker (85% similar). Bite Beauty Lotus (P, $24.00) is lighter (80% similar). Colour Pop Thirsty (LE, $5.00) is darker (80% similar). Make Up For Ever Cold Pink (203) (P, $20.00) is more muted, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M201 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium magenta pink with cool, bluish undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation–which was a surprise, as these bolder shades tend to be rather pigmented–that went on decently, but it looked a little grainy and uneven in places. The color lasted for six hours but was moderately drying. MAC Be Silly (LE, $17.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Kimchi (P, $26.00) is glossier, darker (90% similar). MAC Pink Pigeon (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $20.00) is less glossy, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Sephora Whipped Blush (LE, $14.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC Personal Statement (P, $21.00) is less glossy, brighter (90% similar). MAC Flamboyish (LE, $17.00) is brighter, darker (85% similar). MAC Breathing Fire (LE, $17.00) is warmer, more pigmented, darker (85% similar). MAC Aim for Gorgeous (LE, $17.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Electric Pink (15) (P, $50.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M102
M102
M102
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M200
M200
M200
8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M201
M201
M201
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total

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

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

Make Up For Ever C604 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep black with neutral undertones and a satin finish. There seemed to be very, very fine shimmer that kept it from being a true cream. The consistency was lightly creamy but dense, which yielded full color coverage in a single pass. The lipstick held well to the lips, so it didn’t migrate or move around, but it wasn’t clingy, which made it comfortable to wear. This shade wore for five hours and was lightly hydrating. MAC Stallion (LE, $21.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC In the Spirit (LE, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). NYX Chambord (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Hautecore (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $17.00) is less glossy, cooler, more muted (95% similar). Anastasia Primary #2 (Vol. 1) (P) is less glossy (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #50 (P, $19.00) is glossier (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer (000) (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Naughty (P, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Midnight (P, $20.00) is less glossy (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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

Make Up For Ever M101 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium rose-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly. The texture of this shade was more forgiving than M100, as it wasn’t as clingy, so it glided across the lips with ease but was also easier to wear. This shade stayed on well for closer to five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Half 'n' Half (P, $17.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Burnt Spice (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Time Square (P, $6.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Evan (P, $35.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Spirit (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia #11 (Vol. 1) (P) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Sweet Thing (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Cashew (P, $24.00) is glossier (95% similar). Smashbox Safe Word (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Bestie (LE, $20.00) is glossier, cooler, lighter (85% similar). Burberry Antique Pink (303) (P, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Ludwig (P, $20.00) is less glossy, cooler, lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever C107 (P, $22.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Whirl (P, $17.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Very Victoria (P, $32.00) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Kat Von D Lolita II (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Indecent Proposal (LE, $28.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Maybelline Nude Nuance (P, $7.99) is warmer, darker (80% similar). MAC Dearly Beloved (LE, $17.00) is darker (80% similar). Tarte Beach Bum (P, $22.00) is warmer, darker (80% 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 C604
C604
C604
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M100
M100
M100
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick M101
M101
M101
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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