Make Up For Ever has recently relaunched their Artist Rouge range which features 45 shades and two finishes: a lustrous cream and a velvet matte. The lipsticks are supposed to pack a punch in the pigmentation department and they feature a nice range of oils and waxes to help nourish the lips and provide outstanding wear.
The packaging got a complete upgrade for this range, the lipstick cases are now all metallic and the cap covers the majority of the tube. The product definitely has a cool feel and look to it but I personally can’t help but I can’t say I am the biggest fan of that metal on metal feel and sound the tube has when putting on and removing the cap.
The first thing I noticed about the new formula is the fact that it doesn’t smell as strong as the previous formula which is a great thing. I got the pleasure of getting a sneak peek at the new range at the Make Up For Ever HQs as well as played with the shades I was sent and across the board the formula is winning in my books.
The lipsticks are all nice and rich and creamy and the pigmentation is out of this world. The formula is creamy and not slippery, it has a stiffness to it which helps deliver that rich pigment while being incredibly luxurious feeling and creamy on the lips. While some lipsticks have that slippery feel to them which help carry the pigment but leaves them dry and flat on the lips, these lipsticks feature one of the most moisturizing formulas I have played with in a long time. They just feel right on the lips, they are comfortable and plumping and have a healthy sheen that add dimension and richness to the color. The cream formulas are, as you can imagine, the most hydrating, creamy and an absolute delight to wear. The wax in the formula helps fix the color and minimize feathering and bleeding while looking incredibly rich and luscious on the lips. The matte finish lipsticks have less of a shiny finish to them and less of that rich, moisturizing feel. I found the matte lipsticks go on with more of a sheen that gradually mattifies as you wear it. The formula feels smooth and slick on the lips and is one of the best matte traditional lipsticks that I’ve tried. The formula glides on the lips and never found it emphasized lines or felt dry, which is a common issue with matte formulas in general. I mean, if anyone can master a comfortable matte formula on a lipstick it would be Make Up For Ever.
Across the board the formula is outstanding and the pigmentation is spot on. In general, the lipsticks all wore incredibly well, the formula grabs on to the lips and stays put and the creaminess of the formulas make it an absolute pleasure to wear.
The color scheme is divided in Light, Medium, Tan and Dark, the shades are also divided in Nude, Red, Pink, Berry and Artistic.
I have six shades to share with you today (L-R):
C105 is a light nude with a cream finish
C211 is a mauvey pink with a cream finish
C506 is a deep berry and a cream finish
M402 is a warm red with a matte finish
M401 is a cool red with a matte finish
C603 is a dark blend of blue and green (to my eye) with a cream finish.
C603 has the trickiest formula, the pigment can be patchy and needs to be built, the formula is very moisturizing and rich which I found interferes with the pigment application and requires a bit more work when applying. All the other shades applied and performed spectacularly.
*Products provided for consideration. All reviews and opinions are my own