If you’re going to make one splurge purchase this month— maybe even this year— I truly hope you choose the Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipsticks.
I tried my first batch of them last week for the first time, and I swear my eyes turned into hearts just like the emoji. With vibrant colors and a long-lasting, creamy formula… these are easily the new most-cherished lipsticks in my collection.
There are currently a whopping 47 shades in the line, you’re bound to find a shade (or twenty), that works for you. I have six of them that I love dearly, two being the new collaboration between the brand and pop duo, Icona Pop.
First of all, the formula is fire. It’s perfect in every way. You get 100% opaque pigmentation in the slightest swipe— seriously the most pigmented lipstick I’ve ever had the pleasure of wearing. But you don’t have to worry about sacrificing comfort for color, because these are super creamy and moisturizing, staying comfortable on the lips even hours after first applying.
When you let the color set, it will last hours and hours. Now, when eating greasy food, it will slip off, but they put in work during a normal day to hang on.
Taupe Violet (C502 – Satin Finish)
Easily my new favorite lipstick shade to rock. This grey toned lavender gives me life! It’s such a unique color that looks great with both neutral or sultry eyes to make a girly-grungy statement.
Grege Beige (C105 – Satin Finish)
A perfect nude for light to medium skin tones, this light pinky beige is great for adding a cherry on top of your look that’s pretty, yet unassuming.
Rose Wood (C211 – Satin Finish)
A beautiful neutral rosy shade, this is great for a subtle pop of color year round.
Dark Purple (C506 – Satin Finish)
This is a plum shade with strong red undertones that creates more of a rich berry shade than it does purple in my eye.
Limited Edition: Hot Red by Icona Pop (M401- Matte Finish)
The first of the two new collab shades, Hot Red lives up to its name— it’s bright, bold, and pops off the lips with a smooth matte finish that makes it very wearable. Its neutral undertones will help all skin tones pull off the shade.
Limited Edition: Midnight Blue by Icona Pop (C603- Satin Finish)
I mean… come on. This blue almost looks metallic when it reflects the light, though it applies a little more teal looking than the bullet suggests.
For such amazing lipsticks, their price is on the lower side for a high-end brand: $22 will get you one of these babies, and yes— it’s totally worth it. While the bullet is designed to taper sharply for extremely precise application, I actually suggest you use a lip brush and work slowly. Since they’re so pigmented, any mistakes are pretty unforgiving on the skin, so this will give you even more control. Using a lip brush will also allow you to use less product, because you really don’t need that much to drench the lips in color.
You can find the Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipsticks for $22 at Sephora.
What’s your favorite shade? Don’t forget to pin it!