Make Up For Ever M501 is a slightly cool-toned, dark berry with a matte finish. It is a permanent lipstick that retails for $22.00 and contains 0.12 oz.
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Make 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). MAC High Drama (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Alchemist (P, $7.50) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Femme Fatale (P, $21.00) is cooler (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). Chanel Muted Fuchsia (124) (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). Smashbox Jam On It (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (85% 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). Pat McGrath Deep Orchid (P, $40.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Anastasia #10 (Vol. 1) (PiP, ) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Acid Wash (P, $20.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Fashion Revival (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Darling (LE, $7.00) is more muted (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
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Now saturated with 25 percent more pigment than the original Rouge Artist, Artist Rouge Lipstick brings bold color impact to lips that make a statement. This extremely pigmented formula not only provides intense, opaque color but boasts an ultra-creamy, non-drying formula that hydrates the lips for ultimate comfort. Its unique, precision shaped bullet allows for easy, defined application while the long wear formula will not bleed or feather. Artist Rouge is a bold collection that is professionally curated to include the most flattering shades across all color families—with a perfect match for each and every skintone. It features two finishes: a matte for an ultra-matte yet velvety finish that won't feel dry and a cream for intense color with a natural-looking, creamy finish.