Aqua Rouge Waterproof Liquid Lip Color
Make Up For Ever's Aqua Rouge Waterproof Liquid Lip Color is an average take on an idea that's been around for a while now. Housed in a single tube are a long-lasting liquid lip color on one end, and a clear gloss top coat on the other—think CoverGirl Outlast or the original Max Factor Lipfinity lip paint and top coat and you have the idea.
The lip color itself is very rich – it only takes one or two swipes of the sponge applicator to get a full coat of color. It dries quickly to a semi-matte finish, at which point you're supposed to put on the glossy top coat. The top coat is a simple, clear gloss that's not too thick or goopy, and provides a high-shine finish as advertised.
The problem is that the gloss only stays shiny for about 20 minutes, and has a tendency to migrate to other areas (some of it wound up on this reviewer's chin, and it was definitely not applied there!). As for the long-wearing lip color, it barely lasted three hours, and faded badly after a single meal. Worse yet is that it doesn't fade into a single, uniform stain if you eat – instead, you're left with next to no color around the center of the mouth, with more color at the edges. Instead of taking your chances with this one, have a look at our list of Best Lip Gloss.
- Lipstick provides rich, full-coverage color.
- Glossy topcoat is not overly thick or goopy.
- Glossy top coat migrates to other areas of the face.
- Top coat only stays glossy for about 20 minutes.
- Lip color doesn't last as long as it should, and fades unevenly.
- Pricey for what you get.
Make Up For Ever At-A-Glance
Strengths: Wonderful foundations; impressive options (and shade ranges) for powders, powder blush, and powder eyeshadow; some extraordinary lip glosses and lipstick/lip color options (and again, the shade ranges are remarkable); a few formidable mascaras; good shimmer options.
Weaknesses:Can be expensive; a few formulas contain needlessly high amounts of fragrance.
This Paris-based makeup collection traces its roots to theatrical and fashion makeup, building on the concept that a professional makeup artist not only desires, but also needs, every conceivable color and texture to create the broadest range of looks. Since 1984, Make Up For Ever creators Dany Sanz and Jacques Waneph have been doing their best to meet these criteria. Through the years, this line has gone from offering a tremendous array of colors in their own European boutiques to a more streamlined, "everyday" collection of products in select department stores and (primarily) Sephora, whose parent company, LVMH, has owned Make Up For Ever since 1999.
The color line presents an intriguing blend of classic, workable shades positioned next to some truly unique hues and finishes that only those involved with theater or the most flamboyant "anything goes" makeup artist (or diva) would covet. A major plus for this line is that many of the colors are densely pigmented, working beautifully on medium to deep skin tones. The drawback is that fair and lighter skin tones may find their choices more limited in a few areas of the brands ranges. However, for those who want it all when it comes to possible shades, this line more than delivers what it takes to please.
An interesting aspect of this line is that, category to category, there are mostly exceptional choices, with products that we found to be averagecertainly falling short of what we know Make Up For Ever to be capable of. However, if you are cautious of those few pitfalls (fortunately, there are an abundance of testers to experiment with at Sephora or the brands standalone boutiques) you will undoubtedly be pleased with those products that Make Up For Ever does best.
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