Would you believe that when I started wearing makeup, I was afraid of lipstick? I thought it made me look like a clown. I think it had to do with being surrounded by people who didn't wear makeup...but these days I just own it! And now, my makeup just doesn't look done to me without a lip product. Even just a dab of gloss can pull a look together and give it that extra bit of polish.
The key is to find the perfect storm of a lipstick formula that is both comfortable and long-wearing. The more comfortable the lipstick, the more slippy it often is, and the more likely it is to rub right off. And I can't even talk about ultra matte or liquid lipsticks. I hate them—I can't stand my lips feeling so dry, and I can't stand the way liquid lipsticks in particular seem to come off in patches. Yuck.
But I digress. There are a few lipstick formulas out there that I truly love. If they look great and feel great, and they still look good a few hours after applying, I'm in! Make Up For Ever's Artist Rouge Lipstick is up there with my favourites—I'd put it solidly in my top three. My other two favourite formulas are NARS Audacious and Charlotte Tilbury (both her matte and KISSING formulas). Marc Jacobs' lip creme is a close fourth.
A big win for Arist Rouge Lipstick is the incredible range of colours it comes in, from wearable to "brave," in both matte and cream formulas (identified in the shade number with an M or a C). The mattes are more of a satiny matte—not too flat or uncomfortable (similar to Charlotte Tilbury's formula but a little thicker). The creams are shiny without being over the top. In other words, I like. A lot.
I also love the Artist Rouge bullet—it comes to a beautiful point that's great for precision application. If only it would last!
Here's a look at the lovely, bold shade range. I have eight colours:
Here are the swatches. These are two swipes each.
Two important notes:
- This formula is VERY pigmented. The swatches left stains on my arms that lasted for two days!
- The formula is VERY soft. I learned this the hard way when I broke not one, but TWO of my bullets as I swatched these. Of course they were my two favourite shades. (*Sob*)
Excuse my first swatch photo. They're surprisingly difficult for me!
Here's what my favourite shades look like on the lips (alas, I couldn't do lip swatches for all of them).
If you're still in search of that perfect lipstick formiula and you like the idea of a unique colour selection, definitely check out Make Up For Ever's new Artist Rouge Lipsticks. I have only eight here, but the entire collection consists of a whopping 45 shades. You can get them at Sephora for C$27 each.
Have you tried any of these? Do you plan to? What shades speak to you the most? Let me know in the comments!
Disclosure: Most of these were provided by PR for my consideration. Opinions are always my own.