Is it just me or is there another “revolutionary” new makeup product introduced every freaking day?! Just walking into Ulta or Sephora (or even Walgreens!) sends many chicas into fits of hysteria, reaching for the nearest brown bag to regulate their breathing. It’s all so overwhelming.
So how can you know which product – among the sea of thousands – is the best? Which does what you need it to do? Which ones are worth the extra money? Let me help. I don’t know every beauty product out there, but I’ve tested a lot of them and I’ll let you know which are worth the money and which are not.
(Disclaimer: This product was provided to me for review purposes)
What it is: Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense
Why this should be in your bag:
Pigmented lipsticks can really take a look up a notch. Whether it’s a perfect, everyday pink or an sultry red, every girl needs a couple great colors in her arsenal. Make Up For Ever’s new line of Rouge Artist Intense lipsticks are “formulated with 50% more pigment than the traditional lipstick…[and] gives an immediate, true-to-color result.” This means amazing color payoff and a long-wearing look.
With this new line, Make Up For Ever has also introduced a fool-proof method for finding your perfect shades: the Lipstick Shade Finder wheel. Based on your hair color and skin tone, this little baby will output your perfect nudes, reds and pinks from the collection and, trust me, it’s totally on the mark! This tool is available in Sephora stores and if you’re planning on purchasing from the line, I highly recommend using the Shade Finder.
(M5 & S45)
How to use it:
Like I said, this lipstick is PIGMENTED! The pinks and nudes apply fairly good on their own, but with the reds, you definitely want to use a lip brush. If you’re using a matte shade, you’ll also want to exfoliate your lips before application, as I found that they tended to emphasize dryness. For the reds, start by swiping the lip brush lightly on the lipstick and applying the shade to the outline of your lips. Be careful – these reds are super, super pigmented and any excess you get on your face will require makeup remover to take it off. After lining the lips, fill them in, still using the lip brush.
Tip: If you’re using a matte shade, but want to change it up, use a clear or sparkly gloss over top! It totally changes the look!
CC Rating: A-
Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist delivers exactly what it promises: insanely pigmented colors. I was totally pleased with the colors selected for me using the Lipstick Shade Finder, including an illusive perfect red. They are long-wearing and almost feel suctioned to my lips a few minutes after application. However, they require some skill and precision to apply and definitely aren’t “on the go” kinds of lipsticks.
Another great point is that there are 50 shades in the collection and 3 different finishes (matte, satin and pearly). This means that everyone, of every skin tone and hair color, will be able to find a pink, red and nude that suits them. If you’re in the market for a new, holy grail shade, try out the new Rouge Artist Intense! Don’t forget to try out the Shade Finder, too!