Recently I attended the launch of Make Up For Ever’s new lipstick line, Rouge Artist Natural.
A few years ago, they brought out Rouge Artist Intense, a 50+ collection of amazing, heavily pigmented lipsticks. This time around, for Spring 2012, they are releasing another 50 lipsticks, which are supposed to provide a softer effect on the lips. These lipsticks are more moisturizing, and have a glossy sheen to them, as if they were mixed with a little lip gloss.
So I decided to pick up one colour for starters, N28.
This is a beautiful magenta colour that reminds me of M.A.C.’s Rebel lipstick or NYX lip gloss in African Queen (without the duochrome shimmer).
It is a little more blue based than red based, which makes it more cool toned, but it will look great on all skin tones, particularly light and darker ones. I was instantly drawn to this colour, bypassing even reds!! It applies very smoothly, the texture is very creamy, and does not have any shimmer. Great pigmentation, but it is not as heavily pigmented as the Rouge Artist Intense so it gives a less dramatic effect. I think these lipsticks would be great paired with more dramatic eyes and definitely suitable to wear to work everyday. I bet that these would look amazing in photographs or on video. I really liked this lipstick, as it provided a pop of colour without looking overdone. I got about 6 hours of wear before I had to reapply and my lips felt moisturized. I would still apply lip balm before, but it was not drying on my lips.
I cannot wait to pick up more of these lipsticks and I might actually be able to find a great nude for darker skin!!
As far as I know, these lipsticks are available exclusively at the Make Up For Ever boutiques until March were they would be available at Sephora. They cost US $19.
Overall Grade: A
Great formula and a wide variety of colours. So far, I can’t complain about anything.