So I had the opportunity to purchase a few items from Sephora at the end of last year and decided to step out of my zone and start building my Make Up For Ever collection.  I also was doing kinda poorly on my red lips beauty resolution and wanted to check out the recently released Rouge Artist Intense lipsticks.

First of all, these are amazing lipsticks! Believe the hype! There are 50 colours, and 3 finishes – matte, satin and pearl.  Really wide array of colours to choose from.  These lipsticks are highly pigmented, long-wearing, and could provide full coverage in one swipe.

I made a beeline to the reds in the collection and tried a few of them and settled for #43 Moulin Rouge.  It’s a limited edition colour that is described by Sephora as “a vibrant red’.  It has a satin finish which is not matte but not high gloss either. Yes this is a bright, bold red but not too blue-toned or orange-toned, pretty neutral.  This is surprisingly, actually a really great red! A red for women of colour!  I think that this would work on a wide variety of skin tones, from pale, light, tan, olive to dark. Black, Latina, Middle Eastern, Indian and any other combination!

Make Up For Ever # 43

Here’s a swatch:

It's bright and beautiful! Doh frighten'!!

I’m about NW45.

Paired with M.A.C. Currant lipliner. One coat.

Lighting not ideal, looks a little darker here, but this is a bright red.

Different lighting, closer to what it looks like. Still with just M.A.C. Currant lipliner.

A twist!

Here I added M.A.C.’s Cult of Cherry lipglass.  Also works well with Venetian lipglass.

Jannelle is about an NC25 and it looks great on her too! <<—Check out this look!

Photo courtesy of Jannelle Cortes

I suggest that you get this one!! And it’s super popular ‘cuz it’s always sold out.  It also comes with a matching Glossy Full Couleur.  For extra staying power, I recommend lining and filling the lips with a waterproof lip liner like MUFE Aqua Lip Waterproof  Lipliner Pencil in Red # 8C.  Of course when wearing reds especially, make sure you exfoliate your lips, apply a bit of lip balm and use a lip pencil for that super smooth application.

Moulin Rouge is available at Make Up Forever boutiques and Sephora.

Have you found it? What do you think? Any other reds to try?

Laters!

NTB

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