Are you all matte-liquid-lipsticked out yet? Well too bad, because here’s another that you might just have to splurge on.
The new Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte Lipsticks are the latest release from my favorite high end brand. At a competitive (among comparable brands) price of $20 each, these are the liquid lipsticks that won’t make you compromise. There are eight shades in the initial launch that are mostly neutral with a couple stronger rosy shades. The first thing that I thought of when looking at this collection was bridal. As a bride-to-be myself, I’m constantly on the hunt for long lasting products in timeless shades. So I put them to the test with one question in mind: would I trust these on one of the most important days of my life?
The formula of the Artist Liquid Matte Lipsticks is what sets them apart from the start: thin, yet surprisingly opaque. You don’t need more than one coat to cover your lips in even color. With that said, I would actually advise against layering too many coats, as the product looks best in one thin layer. If you try to build up, it starts to look cakey and accentuate lip lines.
As they dry, you get a true matte finish… however, don’t shy away if you’re afraid of dry lips. You won’t see them anywhere near these. Infused with avocado oil, these liquid lipsticks nourish your lips and keep them soft and comfortable throughout wear. Also included in the formula is beeswax that helps with wear time— they boast up to 20 hours of it! Now as an average person, I’m not sitting here wearing lipstick for 20 hours at a time. I will say, however, that this required no touchups after eating one meal and sipping on water all day. Only minimal touchup was required after a second meal, eight and a half hours after application, and of course it was limited to my innermost lip (the wet area).
Here are the eight shades in the line:
101 Cream Beige
Full disclosure, I don’t think this shade looks great on me since it’s much lighter than my natural lip color. However, for paler beauties, this would be a lovely beige with peach undertones.
103 Warm Beige
This one is definitely my kinda nude, with warmer undertones that look more natural on medium skin tones.
This rosy mauve is a beautiful shade when you ant a little more color than nude while still keeping it subtle.
107 Neutral Beige
I’m totally digging this brown lip. It gives me an updated 90s vibe without being the statement of the whole look.
I like to call this shade a rosy brick color. It’s not quite red, but not pink either. Throw some beige in the mix and that’s what it is.
203 Cold Pink
The most “colorful” shade in the collection, Cold Pink is a great way to add a pop of color that’s still understated.
So I’m just going to get to the point… you’re probably comparing these in your mind to the following products:
- ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips ($6): Drier on the lips, can become uncomfortable several hours into wear. Comparable texture and pigmentation.
- Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20): Less wear time, more prone to breaking down after a meal. Comparable pigmentation.
- City Color Cosmetics Be Matte Liquid Lipsticks ($8): Thicker formula, comparable wear time and pigmentation.
At the higher price point, these are the splurge you want to make when looking for more prestige liquid lipsticks. Oh, and to answer the question: yes, I would trust these on my wedding day… and who knows? You might just see me in Praline on the big day. It’s a contender! 😉 Find the Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte Lipsticks for $20 at Sephora.