Sneak Peek: Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Glosses Photos & Swatches

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss ($19.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is a new, permanent formula available in a slew of shades from clear to black. (You can get more information from the launch post here.) I bought nine shades to review, and I thought I’d share swatches sooner rather than later in case you were considering picking up any during the ongoing sale at Sephora (15% off with code ROUGELOVE, VIBLOVE, ends 4/21; 10% off with code BILOVE, ends 4/20).

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Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever 205P Pearly Rose Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever 205P Pearly Rose Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever 205P Pearly Rose Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever 205P Pearly Rose Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever 205P Pearly Rose Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever 205P Pearly Rose Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever 302P Golden Coral Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever 302P Golden Coral Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever 302P Golden Coral Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever 302P Golden Coral Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever 302P Golden Coral Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever 302P Golden Coral Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever 207 Candy Pink Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever 207 Candy Pink Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever 207 Candy Pink Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever 207 Candy Pink Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever 207 Candy Pink Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever 207 Candy Pink Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever 500 Lilac Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever 500 Lilac Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever 500 Lilac Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever 500 Lilac Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever 500 Lilac Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever 500 Lilac Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever 501 Purple Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever 501 Purple Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever 501 Purple Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever 501 Purple Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever 501 Purple Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever 501 Purple Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever 405P Pearly Plum Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever 405P Pearly Plum Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever 405P Pearly Plum Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever 405P Pearly Plum Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever 405P Pearly Plum Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever 405P Pearly Plum Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever 502P Beetle Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever 502P Beetle Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever 502P Beetle Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever 502P Beetle Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever 502P Beetle Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever 502P Beetle Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever 503 Black Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever 503 Black Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever 503 Black Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever 503 Black Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever 503 Black Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever 503 Black Artist Plexi-Gloss

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Fie on you, MUFE! Lots of duds. The better ones are dupable + the unique ones, dreadful. IDK how lilac can look acceptable + purple so poor, when they are fairly close. + there’s no excuse for the settle-in-the-lininess of the highly dupable coral. Big mess, I mean MISS. And so many ordered beetle sight unseen. With you, we are warned.

A lot of people are hating on Beetle but I think it looks good as is. I think when you get the crazy lip colors, it is expected that they will be sheer in order to make them wearable. A perfect example of this was Hello Sailor by Lipstick Queen, or Frog Prince, also by LQ. I remember back in 1999 or 2000 I had a periwinkle blue lipstick with glitter in it from Prescriptives, and it looked frightening in the tube, but very wearable on the lips. If it was opaque, it wouldn’t be layerable, and I don’t think there’s a large enough segment of consumers who wants a blue-black glitter lip gloss. As a transparent color it can breathe new life into your pre-existing lipstick wardrobe.

The thing is that it should be as described – that’s really all there is to it – so if MUFE said “this is sheer” then cool, but if they said they were richly pigmented, then it’s not quite there (they described these as “vivid color”). If someone prefers it sheer, that’s totally cool, but I know I had to majorly adjust expectations after applying.

I think the last two colors probably look best layered on top of other colors to deepen them. On their own they actually look pretty unimpressive. 🙁 Bummer.

Beetle looks like such a cool layering color!

Just depends on how thick/stick they are. Unfortunately I can’t stand the texture of most glosses. I wish OCC would release a color like that in their stained glosses.

They’re supposed to be non-sticky, I think, from MUFE’s description (I could be confusing it with something else), but I haven’t worn any of these for a real length of time (swatching doesn’t count–so many glosses turn tacky!).

Christine, how could you?! I was going to refrain from purchasing these because I hadn’t seen swatches yet, and let’s face it, I NEVER wear lip products… let alone purple lip colors. But you did it. You went and swatched the colors that I’m most interested in and now the “I want it!” impulse is too strong to resist!

These seem to have some application issues overall, with the exception of some of the rosy shades. But an irrational part of me is still really curious about Beetle. It isn’t anything special when applied, but it’s just so pretty in the tube and swatch. I shouldn’t buy a lipgloss I wouldn’t have any use for!

My initial thought was it’d be so pretty layered over black, then I thought blue would be even better! Then, I imagined it over green, purple, dark brown… I’m trying to resist any more lip products, but I don’t think I’ll be able to pass up Beetle…

Uh oh. Pearly Plum looks great, but the others don’t look good (settle into lines, patchy, too sheer), or look like total disasters (Beetle and Black Artist) . How disappointing 🙁

Glad I skipped 503. I figured it would be one of those colors that applied splotchy. I got Beetle expecting it to be similar but good to layer over another lipstick.

I was definitely hoping for more opacity than your swatch shows for Beetle but I think it could still work out well layered or maybe a second coat could help. I just wouldn’t want to feel like I had to pile it on in order to make it look good alone. I just knew Black would disappoint although I was hoping that I would be wrong. Purple was the only other one you swatched that I ordered…that one looks more along the lines like I expected. Hoping the others in my order don’t disappoint.

I don’t think you can layer much more on, only because these get allllll over your teeth if you overdo it, and so they seem to pool along the inner lip when overapplied.

Keep me posted about the other ones you got – which shades are you trying, Kesha? I tried to go for some easy shades (corals, pinks) and of course, the harder ones, like Beetle and Black.

I only ordered 5 to start off with: 204, 104, 306, 501, and 502P. I didn’t want to over do it if the formula ended up being too disappointing. I went with Beetle because it seemed like it had a lot of promise for being unique. I went with the purple 501 because it’s purple lol and I thought it would garner a lot of interest just on how the shade looks in the tube. The others I chose for ease…feeling like they were colors that most could easily wear.

Thank you for the swatches! I had high hopes for Beetle but looks like the blue doesn’t really show when put on the lips. It looks like such a nice rich dark blue in the tube.

Everything looked lovely up until Beetle and Black. I think Beetle could be salvageable layered over something else, but that black…yeesh.

A good black gloss is a rare find, and the best I’ve tried was by Rimmel. That said, it’s nothing layering over a liner won’t fix, and when layered over a deep burgundy, it’s actually more “wearable”. Also, the sheerness of most black glosses lend to the versatility of using them with more colors!

Armour Beauty has a black gloss called “Femme Fatale” and Illamasqua has one called “Repulse”, though I don’t know how they perform. Google image doesn’t provide very many customer swatches :P. Oh and OCC’s “little black dress”, though that might have been LE. Black gloss is a cool concept!

I didn’t know Rimmel had one. I’ll have to look for it. I like OCC’s Stained Gloss in Little Black Dress. E.l.f. also makes a really good one, but it only makes an appearence in their Halloween beauty books, unfortunately.

MUFE seriously dropped the ball on these. Epic disastrous FAIL. With the exception of Pearly Plum an Rose, which are very common, easily duped shades. Pitiful. Although I do thank you for these swatches because they just saved me $$$’s!

Christine! Thank you, thank you, thank you for swatching these!!!!! I’m guessing Beetle and Black were intended to be used as toppers rather than on their own. Originally I was hoping they would appear more opaque on the lips, but now that I think about it, I think the translucency will make them more flexible to use. Super excited… and now super bummed, because they contain an ingredient that irritates my skin. 🙁 I may purchase Beetle anyway, if only to admire its beauty.

What is the ingredient that irritates your skin? I have particularly sensitive skin and especially lips, so I’m always worried to try new lip products.

Hmm, at first I thought I might check out the purple but now I’m thinking if I do end up getting one it will be one of the nude shades…

502P Beetle reminds me of Giorgio Armani’s Flash Lip Lacquer in #701, but deeper and more pigmented. Actually, the packaging is familiar too…

Pearly Plum is gorgeous. I was hoping Beetle would be more pigmented, but I still like it. I can see myself layering it over black, blue and purple, or using it to vamp up other colors. I had hoped black would be more opaque and black vinyl looking. It would be good for making other shades vampier.

why beetle and black artist, why can’t you be opaque? i’m sure they would look great over something, but i’d have to see them in person first…i usually hate gloss-i’ve purged all the ones i had.

My guess is these won’t change your mind if you hate gloss, lol! I am sure you had a host of formulas. It’s still a gloss (it’s not that much of a deviation from gloss).

Three words, ladies. Black. Lip. Liner! Hope is not lost for Beetle and Black, so don’t despair. It’s way more comfortable than using eyeliner–trust me–and yes, it does exist lol. I still want Beetle, because over lip liner, it’ll be amazing. I just wish there was more blue-shift/glitter concentration on the lips like in the swatch, make it really stellar looking.

I don’t see it as a “fix”, rather it’s a sheer gloss, which is what I expect when I see/hear the word “gloss”. For me, the whole purpose of buying a gloss isto change the look of other lip products, so the sheerness is actually a plus, as I can find more uses/looks!

We’ll have to agree to disagree, as I interpret “vivid color” as something different from sheer. There is definitely a such thing as opaque lipgloss in my experience so not all gloss is sheer 🙂 There’s nothing wrong with it if you like it sheer, my only point is that I don’t think they’re marketing it as such.

Beetle is soooo not a color I would wear, but I was so tempted to get it. Now with your swatch, not so much! Wishing it were more opaque, like you said. HOWEVER, I might still consider it for layering. It’s so not a me color though! If it was at drugstore prices, I might consider it. As it is, I DID order Golden Coral on Friday, which is a me/summer color. So glad I like the swatch! Order is getting here today, so hopefully I like it!

I am reading the comments complaining about Beetle, but I actually love the way it looks applied. I personally would never reach for a deep blue lip color, though I respect those that do. The lip swatch looks totally wearable and beautiful IMO. I guess I can understand the disappointment that it doesn’t look like it does in the tube, though.

Based on what MUFE was advertising, it definitely seems like it’s not as pigmented as it should be, but I have to really go through the description to double check.

Lilac is so lovely, my kind of color. I need it in my life. Thanks Christine, looking forward for your reviews of these (more swatches too)

OK so I’m majorly disappointed. After their awesome eyeshadows, I was expecting awesome pigmented lip glosses…

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