Make Up For Ever C406, C407, C502 Artist Rouge Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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

Make Up For Ever C406 Artist Rouge LipstickMake 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). Hourglass At Night (P, $34.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Fire Down Below (DC, $28.00) is less glossy (95% similar). NARS Delphine (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (95% similar). MAC Lee Hi (LE, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Habit Rouge (DC, $37.00) is warmer (95% similar). Guerlain Luxure (DC, $49.50) is darker (95% similar). NARS Codie (LE, $34.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Rouge Indiscret (LE, $28.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Colour Pop Lost (P, $7.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Dubonnet (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Bad Blood (DC, $22.00) is brighter (90% similar). Sephora After Hours (23) (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). YSL Cacao Bounce (2) (LE, $38.00) is lighter, less pigmented, cooler (90% similar). NARS Just Push Play (P, $26.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Liquid Courage (P, $7.00) is darker (90% similar). YSL Lale's Red (126) (LE, $38.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Margot (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Immortal Red (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Lee (LE, $34.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C407 Artist Rouge LipstickMake 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. 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, $7.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Disturbed (P, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Chocolate Cherries (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer, glossier (95% similar). Guerlain #555 (P, $33.00) is cooler, glossier (90% similar). Sephora Malt Shake (29) (P, $8.00) is glossier (90% similar). Tarte Frenemy (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Motorhead (P, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Shiseido Noble Plum (224) (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Besame Noir Red 1930 (PiP, $22.00) is cooler, less glossy (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Mahogany (601) (P, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Double Fudge (DC, $21.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Living Legend (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Lingering Kiss (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Pat McGrath McMenamy (LE, $40.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Liquorice (DC, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte High Dive (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Double Fudge (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C502 Artist Rouge LipstickMake 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 Evening Buzz (LE, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Galaxy Grey (DC, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Brunch Queen (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Fresh Amour (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Zero (LE, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Clover (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Plum Princess (LE, $20.00) is warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Vanity Kills (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Twitch (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (80% similar). Dior Cloudy Matte (380) (LE, $35.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). MAC Lured In (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge LipstickMake 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.

C406

PPermanent. $22.00.
A
A
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

C407

PPermanent. $22.00.
A-
A-
8.8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.3
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

C502

PPermanent. $22.00.
A
A
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
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Make Up For Ever C406 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C406 Artist Rouge Lipstick

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

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

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

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

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

Make Up For Ever C407 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C407 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C407 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C407 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C407 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C407 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C407 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C407 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C407 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C407 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C407 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C407 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C502 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C502 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C502 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C502 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C502 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C502 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C502 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C502 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C502 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C502 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C502 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C502 Artist Rouge Lipstick

92%

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I’m so glad C502 got a good rating because It’s one my wishlist for IMATS. *_*

I’m sort of glad that the C407 has a dupe in UD’s DISTURBED as I plan to get the Vice lipstick palette in Junkie.

Hit it out of the park, mufe! Too many dupes for 406, but 07, haven’t scored disturbed yet. Plum Princess is more drabbed and better for us elders, IMO. Covered. 502 called a little too much attention to itself, when tried on. Love darks, probably there. better stash shop first.

I think I’m all duped out, or about to be! UD Bad Blood, MAC VG I (even though not listed), soon to have UD Disturbed, do have MAC Deep Love, and CP Marshmallow reminds me quite a bit of this grayed lavender, with Vanity Kills coming in the Junkie Lip Palette I’m planning on getting; WHEW! See what I mean?

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