Hi, everyone! To say I'm addicted to lipstick is quite the understatement. There are truly few things more satisfying that swiping a brand new bullet of colour across my lips. Makeup heaven! Pretty much any new lipstick release will pique my interest, but when my favourite brands launch something new, I'm in full excitement mode. Last Thursday night I was lucky enough to attend Make Up For Ever's Artist Rouge Lipstick Launch Event, and today I'm here to explore these brand new lippies in a bit more depth!
The Make Up For Ever Artist Rouges** were released online about two weeks ago and made their in-store debut at Sephora over the weekend. They are packaged in glossy black boxes with white and red lettering and the brand's logo (a sexy brush-adorned pair of red lips).
The lipstick tubes are sleek and minimalistic, made of a reflective black lightweight metal. They collect fingerprints fairly easily, but this doesn't bother me too much! The caps are adorned with the MUFE logo and the inside of the tubes feature silver accents with the brand's name.
The lipstick bullets themselves feature a unique teardrop-shaped top with a pointed tip that allows for super precise application in the tightest corners of the lips.
So what do the Artist Rogues have to offer? The line includes an impressive 45 shades that range from classic nude to vivid coral, to pastel blue, pinup red, and black. There are 15 Mattes and 30 Creams in the range, all of which promise long wear and full-on, opaque colour. The Artist Rouges** tout 25% more pigment than the brand's previous lipstick offerings and also promise comfortable, non-drying textures and a bullet for precise application. The tag line for the launch was #GetYourBoldOn because the range offers so many unique, vivid shades and because even the palest nudes in the line are fully bold and opaque.
At the launch event, I was lucky enough to receive two Artist Rouge lipsticks to test. They are both total stunners! The shades are:
C506**- a cream formula, described as a "dark purple". I'd call it a deep berry purple. I find it to be incredibly flattering, despite its vampy hue, and will be perfect for Fall!
C603**- a cream formula, described as a "midnight blue". I'd call it a dark, slightly cool-toned peacock, blueberry blue. I really think it's as flattering as a blue lipstick can get- not too deep and overpowering and neither too light and pastel.
Let's look at some swatches!! Here are C506 and C603 swatched on my inner arm (MAC NC15 skin tone):
|Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipsticks in (L-R): C506 and C603|
As you can see, they are wonderfully pigmented, apply evenly, and have a flattering subtle sheen.
And here they are in the context of a completed makeup look!
|Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C506|
|Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick C603|
So what are my thoughts on these new lippies? It's love! The shade range is impressive and will have something for everyone, especially guys and gals like me who love a vibrant hue. The texture is incredibly creamy and comfortable and, despite the slip in the Cream formula, the wear time is impressive! Colour is totally saturated and bold, so a little goes a long way, and you can also blot them down for more of a stain effect. I also tried one of the Matte lipsticks at the event and was equally impressed. It likewise felt quite comfortable on the lips- not drying at all and equally pigmented. My only nit-picky complaint is that the slip in the Cream formula can make them a touch messy to apply. You have to use a steady hand, a lip brush, or a bit of lip liner beforehand if you want a crisp application. Aside from that, the Make Up For Ever Artist Rouges** are perfection!
You can find the Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge lipsticks at Sephora, here!
What are your favourite lipsticks at the moment? Any faves from Make Up For Ever?
And don't forget about my MAC Lipstick Giveaway, here!
Thanks so much for stopping by! xo