Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Make Up For Ever #49 Rouge Artist Lipstick

The Sultry Season: Make Up For Ever #49 Rouge Artist Lipstick

Make Up For Ever #49 Rouge Artist Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a satin blueberry, and though I would never have thought to use the word “blueberry” as a descriptor, it kind of is.  It is very similar to the color of baked blueberries–very dark, a tinge blue, but veering on purple.  This is a rich, intense shade–very vampy.  I felt all, “I vant to suck your blooooood!” when I wore it, but it is sexy in a dark, sultry way.  It is an opaque shade that goes on and feels a bit dry initially, but it’s not actually drying when you wear it for a few hours.  The color clings and hugs lips and this shade gave me five hours of wear, plus a residual stain.  It was scent- and taste-free.

Is this the right vamp for you? Would you wear it?

The Sultry Season is a series of posts featuring deep, rich shades of brown, berry, plum, and wine lipsticks and lipglosses — just right for autumn — that runs through October 2010.

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135 thoughts on “Make Up For Ever #49 Rouge Artist Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Oohh such a rich deep purple! lovely :)

  2. Ashley Marie

    Why are your lips so perfect? I’m jealous.

  3. Lady Di.

    Definitely not for me, this shade is very unflattering.

  4. Ms. Jimmi

    Mmmm, too dark for me. maybe in the 80’s

  5. Kelli

    I love this color and am super excited for this series! Love vampy colors :)

  6. Cherokee

    So pretty. Reminds me of Vamp by Chanel.

  7. Katie

    It’s a little too dark for me. I think it’s gorgeous, but it’s definitely not something I’m brave enough to wear.

  8. Hilana

    What a sexy vampy shade. I love it!!
    Not a shade for everyday wear, but it makes me think of the 1920’s starlets and flapper girls with their bobs, drop waist dresses and pouts.
    Or Morticia Adams…. :) Sexy! :):)

  9. shilpa

    hi christine ..i guess only u can carry this color so beautifully…………..

  10. Tasha

    I’m not sure if I am allowed to request, but if so I love to see one of these on MAC Amorous Lipstick!! :) thanks

  11. I just love that kind of color!

  12. Crissy

    Whoa, I love this! Such a cool color.

  13. stephanie

    i would totally wear this. these colors are right up my alley! looking forward to the whole series.

  14. This looks like a color that’s far out of my league, but it’s so beautiful. I can see this lipstick doing all the talking. I’m NW20, so I’d do a very nude eye… maybe just Orb, lightly dusted all over the lid. Very light or no eyeliner. Light contouring. This lipstick looks like it’s meant to be the centerpiece.

  15. Lyndsay

    Where is the option for “love it but gotta leave it”? lol, I really adore this color, but couldn’t pull it off….so, I’d have to go with leave it, I suppose.

  16. Oh, my god! I love this! It’s so great and vampy; I can totally see myself wearing this in the fall with a neutral smokey eye (not too smokey) and a lighter cheek. *sigh* Your site is making me go broke! Haha!

  17. Violet

    That looks so pretty on you! I doubt I could pull it off lol x

  18. May I ask how this compares to MAC Cyber? I LOVE these tones, but it looks fairly close from these swatches…. I don’t know if i should immediately fall in love, or if i should say I already own it!

    • Cyber seems a little redder – like more of a very dark burgundy, BUT I haven’t swatched it in forever. I *think* I have it in my list of 140 shades to go through for the Sultry Season, though.

  19. baby in a corner

    this is cool, for a pale skinned person its quite editorial, you would be able to see my lips from a mile away! but it could really work on darker skin tones! its a beautiful original colour!

  20. Jess

    Sultry means “hot and humid.” Why are you using that word to describe fall, which is usually dry and cool?

    • I’m using this definition of sultry (taken from directly): characterized by or arousing passion: sultry eyes. There are multiple definitions :)

      But in terms of weather… really depends on where you live! It’s definitely not cool where I am until late October/November!

    • Andrea

      I always think of sultry as meaning dark and sexy, I’m sure most people would associate it with that.

      • SDubois

        I agree sultry (in make up/fashion terms) means dark and sexy. Considering the blogs’s context, I think the title is most appropriate to describe the fall make-up season rather than fall weather.

  21. Hend

    aw that’s really dark
    unless when doing a vampiry look !

  22. Grace

    This really does remind me of a couture blueberry shade… I find it intriguing! Looks great on you!

  23. Evanna

    Hmm, I like it! I think it looks good on you too.
    Though I’m conflicted on one thing:This too mature to go without noticeable eye make-up, but too intense to got with smoky eyes, I figure it would be too gothic. What am I supposed to do for my eyes when I use this?

  24. Kathy

    I’d wear it for costume purposes only. It’s reeeeeaaaaalllllyyyyy dark. lol!

  25. Cara

    I’m loving it, I have no idea if it’d be flattering on me, but one thing (among a MILLION) your site has taught me SO FAR is to go for it. I used to wear one brown shade on my eye, lip gloss, and I had NO idea there were a thousand different shades of peach blush….now I’m rocking blue eyes, smoky greens, YELLOW even…and I don’t care if its not particularly flattering one day, I DID IT! And this is one color I’m getting. Because it’s beautiful and that’s exactly what it’ll make me :)

    Anyway, thanks

  26. Margot

    Sultry ? yes ! Me ? No !
    With my pale skin, it’d probably look too halloween-ish ! I’ll pass on that one :)

  27. AnGeLwInGz

    That color is soooo pretty! It really makes your teeth look white!

  28. maryelle

    i LOVE blueberries, so it’s only natural i love anything that can be compared with the color. the color is absolutely gorgeous, but i have no idea where i would wear this color. unless i was lady gaga, i would totally wear it out.

  29. Thank you for posting this!!! You rock because you care what your readers like and care about!!! :) :)

  30. Diana

    OMG! I swear had a color just like this in ’93..except it was Revlon’s Blackberry. LOL!

  31. lauraaaaaaaa

    omg im in love

  32. Shontay

    Omg, this lipstick is so mine!

  33. Ryan

    omg I need this!!!!!!!!! this is so beautiful!

  34. jessica

    this shade looks very unflattering

    • Sorry you feel that way!

      • anonymous

        fortunately the lipstick is significantly more flattering than the things some people say…

        this would be amazing with very pale skin (flawless foundation of course), a light wash of lilac shadow or a smoky grey liner, mega mascara, a dusting of highlighter (maybe marylou or chez chez) on the cheekbones and cupid’s bow, and a dot of high shine gloss in the center of the lower lip. very minimal look.

        it could probably be worn much more subtley by dotting it on lightly and rubbing lips together lightly as a stain. definitely an amazing color to have on hand. I bet a tiny dot of it could even be smudged on cheeks as blush straight or blended with a bit of moisturizer or primer. There’s only one shade I think I want more (the black for a special look).

        pic is worth 1000 words, so appreciate the on-the-lip photo on something like this Christine.

  35. Lo

    Wowza! this is stunning, I love vampy lip shades! can I justify getting this if I have MAC Night Violet mattene though, or could I get the same effect by using that sheered out with a gloss?

  36. Michou

    oh this is TRULY what I crave when fall hits. Rich deep colors, and this one knocks it right out of the park for me!!!! Just wish I could have more places to wear this!

  37. Cara

    i actually find that color REALLY flattering with your eye color. i have brown eyes that are pretty dark, so i’m excited to see how well it plays out

  38. I LOOOOVE this and might just have to add it to my shopping list with MUFE. I wish I could swatch these against MAC lipsticks though… MUFE isn’t nearly as good about returns as MAC is so if I have an equivelant, once I’ve opened the package I’m stuck with it :/

    And I know you aren’t taking requests, but I’m excited to see if Smoked Purple by MAC makes the list for Fall (I LooOOoOOOooOve that one). LOL!

    • It did. I only *just* started swatching them over the weekend – I have about 25-30 done – and I know I did Smoked Purple already :)

      • Hehe awesome! It’s one of my favorite ones to mix with other colors because it’s SO matte and SO intense! It’s like a dark purple lipliner in a tube 😛

  39. Ceriene

    Such a gorgeous, dark shade. Shame I don’t have the guts to wear it! But I bet it makes for a lovely contrast when worn by girls with very fair skin.

    • Francesca

      Yay eventually someone who says dark lipsticks make cool contrasts with pale skins!!! I so totally agree…I even prefer those deep shades on paler skintones rather than dark ones!

  40. Courtney

    Hot damn, girl! That is one vampy berry!

  41. very pretty! how are you liking the quality?

  42. Vijaya

    I love dark lipsticks!

    I hope Homegirl from Kat Von D makes the list! It’s my very favorite dark purple.

    Thanks for this, by the way; looking through your posts always helps me find products I wind up loving that I never would have looked at otherwise.

  43. Julie

    Wow, I thought Chanel’s Rouge Noir was pretty vampy but this is gorgeous as well!

  44. I LOOOOOVE the new Rouge Artist lipsticks; we just got them in at work. The NUDE is to-die for. Heehee. LOOOVE.

  45. Paige

    I love this series already! Can’t wait til you get to some glosses! I’ve been needing a good dark gloss.

  46. SDubois

    Christine, I love this color!!! Also how do you get the color on your lips so perfectly? I am thinking you used a brush (angled?)…pls do tell your secrets. Also does this lipstick require a liner to prevent bleeding? I just purchased a few new MUFE lipsticks…can’t wait!

    • It’s probably after doing 500-600 lipstick/gloss swatches – I’ve just learned how to maneuver the lipstick in such a way that works well for my lip shape. I don’t use lip brushes or liners when I do lip swatches (just too time consuming — I usually swatch between 5-15 lip products in one sitting), so it’s all about trying to get the color just so.

      I would normally wear this with a liner, just because it is so dark, it might bleed. I don’t have too many issues with lip products bleeding on me (only if they’re creamier or glossier), though!

      Which new ones?

  47. stephanie

    For anyone who says they cannot wear this color, I suggest you can apply a thin coat on the lips and then put a light gloss over it. Put your own spin on this color or any other color dark like this

  48. Roxanne

    Oe la la!

  49. Stefanie

    So beautiful! I can tell I’m going to love this series. I personally would pair this with a sleek winged eye :)

  50. Yumi

    It’s a lovely color but I don’t think I could pull this off…ever!

  51. Ameera

    I love it. Perfect vampy or a fall color. And it’s reasonably priced, too.

  52. Rissy

    I think I’ll leave this… esp since I live in a place where we don’t really have seasons… :) it’s sunny all year round with the exception of showers. Pinks and corals for me. :)

  53. Sammywhammy

    I can’t wait for the 140 swatches!!! I love the sultry season already!

  54. Sue

    hey christine, i was on the macpro site in the lipstick section and jazzed lipstick isn’t marked as a limited color. do you know if it’s part of the permanent line now?

  55. i think the stain from this would look super, like the goth-y lips from the fall fashion shows :)

    maybe a picture of how it looks after awhile? 😉

  56. Cristina

    I love your lips. Every lipstick looks gorgeous on you!

  57. Sara

    not my style but it makes your teeth look very very white! =)

  58. Jocey

    i probably wouldn’t wear this but that doesn’t mean i don’t think it’s gorgeous. I can always appreciate a lovely & unique lipstick :)

  59. Charlene

    Reminds me of MAC faultlessly.

  60. Dini

    Ooooh, I want to marry this lipstick! I just got MAC Smoked Purple so I’m really into this type of color right now. I saw that Smoked Purple made the season list, so I’m excited and will wait (semi-)patiently to see how the two compare. This color is so rich. Love it!

  61. vania

    This looks like mac tribalist!

  62. Lizz M.

    Oh. My. God. Have to have this. I’m ditching this dinner party and getting in my car as we speak…

  63. Ellen

    I love the way these vampy lip colors look on other women, but I would not be able to pull it off at all.

  64. kenneth alan

    I really hate dark lipsticks unless they’re black, but this one appeals to me for some reason.

  65. Oh heeeeeeeelllllll yesssss. This is my kind of colour. 😀

  66. Melisse

    This lipstick makes your teeth look really white!

  67. Ashley

    This is gorgeous.

  68. Stacey M

    I loooooove this.. and I can’t stop staring at it, it looks so good on you. now I need to figure out what to wear it with 😀

  69. Leslie

    I am lusting for this lipstick!!!

  70. Rima

    Wow ! What a sexy color ! Perfect for fun God it makes your eyes pop !

  71. Liz

    This reminds me of media by mac

  72. Vanessa

    That colour looks great on you!

  73. Vale

    I love it, I love it, I looooooove it!!! Yes, finally you have come to a season when you can review lovely colours! No more pinks, no more corals, no more china red… finally gothic make up! Loooooooooooooove it!!! ^^ ^^ ^^ It must be mine 😀

  74. Wauw this is a deep color. I really like the color but I don’t like it as a lipstick. It makes you look a bit pale.
    I really love the way you apply lipsticks, it’s so precise!

  75. why is there no make up forever in austria?! do you think mac media is an alternative?

  76. Melissa

    I don’t think there is a color you can’t wear! This is a crazy color and yet you look good in it:)

  77. Erica

    So sexy and vampy! I don’t know if I’m brave enough to wear it, but I sure do want it.

  78. Shasha

    You got some white teeth, Christine!
    Seriously, with teeth like those you can pull off any shade of lipstick!

    Btw I was drooling over the lipstick, not the teeth. Just thought I’d mention. Yeah, I think I might buy it. The lipstick, not your teeth… You know what: it’s time for me to stop typing and just go to bed.

  79. kcrystal

    i love a good vampy color, but this is way too dark.

  80. the_izzle


    May I have two please?

    I LOVE IT!

  81. Aimee

    I love it! I love all MAKEUPFOREVER But what kind of look would you wear it with, like what on the eyes, cheeks. Recommendation? Thanks

  82. jilian

    omg, it really brings out the color of your eyes, like a warm honey brown, i like it alot

  83. Lana

    This lipstick would look awesome for Halloween or a costume party! But for regular wear, not so much, sorry, if I offend you or anyone on here. >_<

  84. Kimberly

    I think this would look fantastic with a clear gloss and some MAC reflects transparent teal glitter. I’d wear it. :)

  85. nunuiviet

    this looks so ugly, looks like a colour for monsters , vampires, definitly won’t work on people with fair skin

  86. Shanda

    I can’t wait to try the dark lips for fall. In the 90’s they were my staple…. but I think I’m going to have to veer away from the harshness of some lines and go for subtle.

  87. Tamara

    Um I’ll have two please!

  88. Rima

    I was in Sephora yesterday and there is an exact dupe for this by Sephora brand. The color is bewitch me..only 12 bucks

  89. Marina

    Hej, Christine, do you know any dupes for this one? I just LOVE this shade?! But in my country I can’t buy MFE :( But I’ve been longing for this vampylike color! BTW; you have the most perfect shape of lips, the problem is you make me wanna buy each and every lipstick/lipgloss that I saw here :/

  90. anonymous

    major lust….