Make Up For Ever C503, C506, C600 Artist Rouge Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Make Up For Ever C503 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C503 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C503 Artist Rouge LipstickMake 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. Kat Von D Coven (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Vanity Kills (P, $18.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Urban Decay Shallow (DC, $18.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). LORAC Brunch Queen (LE, $17.00) is more muted (85% similar). Sephora Trippin (50) (P, $8.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Lavender Jade (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Fenty Beauty One of the Boyz (P, $18.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Fluke (P, $7.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Courting Seduction (LE, $20.00) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). Pat McGrath Faux Pas (P, $40.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). MAC Lured In (LE, $20.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Fresh Amour (LE, $19.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C506 Artist Rouge LipstickMake 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. Colour Pop Darling (LE, $7.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Yachting (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Tarte Wet Suit (P, $22.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Hourglass I Hide My (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Marfa (LE, $18.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Rocker Chick (P, $12.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Babes and Balls (LE, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Mosh Pit (P, $18.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Sumac (LE, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Hel's Bells (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Femme Fatale (P, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Aquarius (LE, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Troublemaker (LE, $18.00) is darker (80% similar). Maybelline Berry Bossy (DC, $7.49) is lighter, less glossy (80% similar). Pat McGrath Deep Orchid (P, $40.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Rebel (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever C600 Artist Rouge LipstickMake 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. Kat Von D White Out (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bite Beauty #058 (P, $18.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora In the Clouds (43) (P, $8.00) is warmer (95% similar). Bite Beauty Blanc (DC, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Coconut (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Primary #1 (Vol. 1) (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Wickedly White (DC, $7.49) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Ultra Light (000) (P, $37.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC City Slick (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer (85% 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.

C503

PPermanent. $22.00.
A-
A-
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

C506

PPermanent. $22.00.
A
A
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

C600

PPermanent. $22.00.
C
C
7
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
3
Application
76%
Total
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Make Up For Ever C503 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C503 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C503 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C503 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C503 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C503 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C503 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C503 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C503 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C503 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C503 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C503 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C506 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C506 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C506 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C506 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C506 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C506 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C506 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C506 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C506 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C506 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C506 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C506 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C600 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C600 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C600 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C600 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C600 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C600 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C600 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C600 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C600 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C600 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever C600 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever C600 Artist Rouge Lipstick

92%

Average

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They did such a great job with the all-black shade, and I think it would be awesome if they did something similar with the white one! You can always use less for sheerer coverage!

I will honestly say that the light lavender and the white are not for me. But C506 looks amazing! I’ve got a real weakness for these deep, rich vampy shades, particularly going into fall and winter. I want!

I showcase colors specifically to review them – it’s not about what works on me or not, but thank you for letting me know!

I admire you so much for having the courage to do that – I don’t think I could stand the thought of putting myself on the internet wearing stuff I don’t think I look good in. But, anyway, I think it’s very useful too – we have kinda similar skintones, so it allows me (and a lot of other people too, I suppose) to be able to roughly predict what’s likely to look terrible on me.
In my humble opinion, C506 looks perfectly fine on you in any case. I’m so-so about the other two, but it might just be me. I feel like light lavenders and straight-up whites are just harder to pull off.
I’ll just stop rambling now. Thanks a lot for all your work and I wish you the best !

Ah, well, I think that after awhile, you get used to the nature of the internet (in general) when you post photos/put yourself out there more than the average person. At least, that is how it’s been for me 😉 I do my have my limits, though, haha!

Thank you! 🙂

I think that with the right look, they can work, but some shades work better with certain eyes/lips and others can work with more combinations!

Love C 506. I do have and love MAC Rebel, so I’ll pass on this, at least until I finish Rebel.
I think C 503 is lovely, but I’m not sure I can do such a light lavender. If we get it here I must swatch it. The finish looks so good on both of these.
Pity about the white.

Oh my, C506 is right up my alley but I have 3 of the 4 dupes so not sure I will get this. I do think that it looks a lot more comfortable to wear than my Charlotte Tilbury Hel’s Bells. On me Hel’s Bells becomes uncomfortable after about an hour and I find myself adding a gloss just to save my lips so may have to check this one out while at Sephora in California.

Definitely find these more forgiving on the lips than CT, overall! Particularly the Creams, since they are creamier.

I don’t understand why any makeup company would make such hideous shades as 503 and 600. They flatter no one! And if one wants to change another base shade, I’m sure there are better options. Those two are hideous!

What you might find attractive or unattractive doesn’t mean that someone else wouldn’t love the color. Different strokes for different folks. Please keep in mind that this is a positive community that encourages others to enjoy whatever makeup they want to – whether that is a traditional color or something less common. It’s one thing to state that you don’t find it attractive on yourself, but it’s another to make statements about others in this community.

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