Make Up For Ever M402, M500, M501 Artist Rouge Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Make Up For Ever M402 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever M402 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever M402 Artist Rouge LipstickMake Up For Ever M402 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bold, medium-dark red with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff that applied evenly and smoothly without emphasizing the texture of my lips too much. The color wore well for over six hours and left a stain behind, while the formula felt lightly drying after four and a half hours of wear. Colour Pop TGIF (LE, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Rouge Indiscret (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). NARS Just Push Play (P, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Lee Hi (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Nosferatu (P, $20.00) is warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Chanel Experimente (154) (P, $37.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Retro Rouge (LE, $18.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Vain (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $20.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). NARS Infatuated Red (P, $27.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Viva Glam I (P, $20.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). NARS Shanghai Express (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Besame Cherry Red 1935 (PiP, $22.00) is darker, brighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Studded Kiss (P, $20.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). NARS Mysterious Red (P, $27.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Goldie (P, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Carina's Love (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Vibin' (P, $20.00) is more muted (85% similar). Milani I Am Motivated (P, $6.99) is darker (85% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (DC, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M500 Artist Rouge LipstickMake Up For Ever M500 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep burgundy with subtle, cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had mostly opaque coverage with a lightly velvety consistency that glided on without tugging and distributed color evenly. The formula felt somewhat drying after four and a half hours, while the color lasted for nearly seven hours and left behind a strong, reddish stain. MAC Diva (P, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Rouge Audace (59) (LE, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Sin (P, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Risque (P, $15.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Thousand Percent (LE, $6.00) is lighter, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Chola (LE, $7.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Infinite Best (LE, $6.00) is less glossy (90% similar). Tarte Manbun (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Bohemian (P, $20.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). NARS Chaos (LE, $27.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Anita (DC, $18.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Nightberry (201) (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Chateau (P, $6.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Anastasia Brandy (P, $18.00) is more muted (95% similar). Colour Pop Pencil Me In (LE, $7.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). MAC Double Fudge (P, $20.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Beatrix (LE, $20.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Maybelline Burgundy Blush (P, $7.99) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Illamasqua Growl (P, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop And Chill (P, $6.50) is warmer, less glossy (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M501 Artist Rouge LipstickMake Up For Ever M501 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a dark berry with pinky undertones and a semi-matte finish. Oddly, the lipstick had an iridescent green sheen to it (in the same way some of Urban Decay’s matte Vice lipsticks had!) but doesn’t actually have shimmer. It’s hard to find true matte berry-hued lipsticks, from my experience, as there aren’t too many dupes for this one. It had a smooth, velvety texture that didn’t tug as it applied, and it laid down color evenly. The consistency wasn’t as flat-matte as it could have been, but I think that helped it be more forgiving when applied. This shade wore nicely for over six hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Babes and Balls (LE, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Rocker Chick (P, $12.00) is less pigmented, lower quality (95% similar). Givenchy Violine Retro (P, $37.00) is lighter, cooler, glossier (90% similar). NARS Zipped (LE, $27.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay CSB (PiP, $18.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Doin' Fine (LE, $7.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Toung 'n' Chic (LE, $18.50) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Femme Fatale (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Alchemist (P, $7.50) is lighter (90% similar). Pat McGrath Deep Orchid (P, $40.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Got a Callback (P, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia #10 (Vol. 1) (PiP, ) is lighter (85% similar). Smashbox Jam On It (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Muted Fuchsia (124) (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC High Drama (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Persuasion (LE, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Fallen Angel (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Oh Lady (P, $21.00) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Fashion Revival (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Tarte Acid Wash (P, $20.00) is 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 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.

M402

PPermanent. $22.00.
A-
A-
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

M500

PPermanent. $22.00.
A-
A-
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

M501

PPermanent. $22.00.
A
A
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
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Make Up For Ever M402 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever M402 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever M402 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever M402 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever M402 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever M402 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever M402 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever M402 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever M402 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever M402 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever M402 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever M402 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever M500 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever M500 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever M500 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever M500 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever M500 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever M500 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever M500 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever M500 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever M500 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever M500 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever M500 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever M500 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever M501 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever M501 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever M501 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever M501 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever M501 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever M501 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever M501 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever M501 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever M501 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever M501 Artist Rouge Lipstick

Make Up For Ever M501 Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever M501 Artist Rouge Lipstick

92%

Average

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Oh my goodness, just when you think it can’t get any better, it does! All the brands are killing it with lipsticks this year, BITE, UD, Maybelline, and now MUFE. A lipstick addict doesn’t stand a chance. I’ve been looking for a color like M501 for a while, so it’s going on my must buy list. And M500 is the kind of color that makes me weak in the knees, already have some dupes for it, but it might sneak it’s way into my cart in a moment of weakness.

All 3 look to be very even and well pigmented. M501 and M500 are definitely up my proverbial alley as deep reds and plummy-berry shades tend to be for me. Which has me wondering if I might have something close enough in my stash to skip. I’ll be checking!

These aren’t available at my local Sephora yet, unfortunately; I’d like to swatch before purchasing, but M501 does look like it would be a good color for me, but I won’t like it if it’s very drying; hopefully a primer will take care of that I don’t like the packaging nearly as well as the packaging on the old Rouge Artist lipsticks. I don’t usually care all that much about packaging, but the old Rouge Artist simple, graphic square tubes were favorites of mine. As is the formula. I could do without the scent, though, wish they’d ditched that!

Good thing I decided, what … three or four pages ago?… that I’m going to cull my lipstick and not buy anything else — ever — even remotely similar to what I have. In fact, I’ve narrowed my current list of future purchases down to Bite Beauty’s Kale and Squid Ink, and a number of other unusual choices; despite that, my “to buy” list and still has 16 lipsticks, 2 lip tints, and 4 tinted lip balms on it. [sigh]

And none of them are M501, which breaks my heart a little, but oh well.

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