Make Up For Ever C403, C404, C405 Artist Rouge Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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. Tom Ford Beauty Jagger (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Estee Lauder Chilean Sunset (LE, $45.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Connor (P, $36.00) is glossier (95% similar). Bite Beauty Marmalade (DC, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). NYX Indie Flick (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wild Ginger (P, $55.00) is warmer, less glossy (95% similar). MAC Lady Danger (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). NYX Pure Red (P, $6.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Sail La Vie (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Estee Lauder Uninhibited (P, $32.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Habanero (DC, $21.00) is glossier (95% similar). Guerlain #44 (P, $33.00) is less shimmery, more muted (95% similar). Tarte Mai Tai (P, $22.00) is lighter (95% similar). ColourPop Cruella (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Tell Laura (P, $37.00) is darker (95% similar). Estee Lauder Volatile (P, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cristiano (P, $36.00) is lighter (95% similar). Pat McGrath Obsessed (LE, $38.00) is glossier (95% similar). Bite Beauty #074 (P, $18.00) is more muted, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Cayenne (DC, $26.00) 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. Marc Jacobs Beauty Oh Miley (200) (P, $30.00) is lighter (95% similar). Pretty Vulgar Blood Flower (P, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Tarte Juicy (LE, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Betty Boop Red (LE, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). Chanel No. 02 (LE, $40.00) is lighter (95% similar). ColourPop Hi Striker (P, $7.00) is lighter (95% similar). YSL Le Rouge (1) (PiP, $38.00) is brighter (95% similar). Shiseido Ruby Copper (RD501) (DC, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel No. 01 (LE, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Shiseido Poppy (RD312) (DC, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bite Beauty New York (LE, $26.00) is glossier (95% similar). KVD Beauty Outlaw (P, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). NYX Eden (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C405 (DC, $22.00) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). Makeup Geek Elegant (P, $15.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Chanel No. 5 (LE, $40.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (95% similar). NYX Perfect Red (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Frenesi (LE, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Como La Flor (LE, $19.00) is glossier (95% similar). Make Up For Ever Cherry Muse (406) (P, $23.00) is lighter (95% 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. MAC Carmine Rouge (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Shiseido Ruby Copper (RD501) (DC, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). NYX Eden (P, $6.00) is lighter, less glossy (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Night Porter (P, $55.00) is lighter (95% similar). ColourPop Million Dollar Baby (LE, $7.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Carina's Love (P, $37.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Makeup Geek Elegant (P, $15.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Como La Flor (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). ColourPop Big Bang (P, $8.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Dominic (P, $36.00) is more muted (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Screen Siren (P, $34.00) is lighter (95% similar). Estee Lauder Boldface (P, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel No. 02 (LE, $40.00) is lighter (95% similar). ColourPop On Display (P, $7.00) is warmer (95% similar). ColourPop Let's Vogue (P, $8.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Brave Red (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C404 (DC, $22.00) is darker, glossier (95% similar). Pretty Vulgar Blood Flower (P, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Imperial Red (P, $37.00) is darker (95% similar). Pat McGrath Major Red (DC, $40.00) is lighter, warmer (95% 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 C403 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C403 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C403 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C403 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C403 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C403 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C403 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C403 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C403 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C403 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C403 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C403 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C404 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C404 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C404 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C404 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C404 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C404 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C404 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C404 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C404 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C404 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C404 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C404 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C405 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C405 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C405 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C405 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C405 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C405 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C405 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C405 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C405 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C405 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C405 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C405 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Makeup Look
On face:
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  • Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
  • Marc Jacobs Flesh & Fantasy Air Blush
  • Anastasia Purple Horseshoe Highlighter
On eyes:
  • Shu Uemura Blushing Beige Eyeshadow Palette
  • Zoeva Taupe Eyeliner

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kjh Avatar

Great, all three. I could cheerfully own each, and all their still existing dupes, and not feel a twinge of guilt. That said, I am TRYING to be responsible. Think these mufes need to be seen on, to show them off. I wasn’t that impressed instore with tubes or swatching, but on you, they pop to their best advantage.

AB Avatar

MUFE is really nailing these new shades, aren’t they. I haven’t figured out which I want; I need to try in store. From this batch, am liking C404. Pity that since there are like a million new lipsticks/products coming on the market right now, these aren’t standing out as might have done another time.

Gillian Avatar

These are all absolutely gorgeous and right up my street! I’m really going to have to get a few of these lipsticks but how do choose??? I’d have to order them online so I can’t go to a store to try them out. Thank goodness for Temptalia! ?

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