Artist Lip Blush
Artist Lip Blush earns standout status due to its velvety-matte finish that creates gorgeous, smooth color for strikingly beautiful lips.
Housed in a retractable "chubby stick" style component (no sharpening needed), the lip crayon consistency is dense, yet not overly heavy. It slightly tugs on the lips, but not so much that it drags it. You can expect feather-proof color that resists transferring throughout wear.
Unlike some matte lipsticks, this one doesn't over-exaggerate lines on the lips. Instead, you just get rich, smooth color. We also appreciate that the formula is fragrance free.
Shade-wise, there are only a few options in rose, tangerine, and burgundy hues. Each is beautiful in its own right, but the "Exalted Rose" shade stands out as universally flattering hue.
The exceptional quality about the matte finish is that it doesn't look flat. Instead, it has an underlying sheen that peeks through so lips don't look dull.
If you can't already tell, we fell pretty hard for Artist Lip Blush and we think you will, too. Pucker up!
- Unique, velvety-matte finish with an underlying sheen that keeps lips from looking dull.
- Rich, smooth color in attractive shades.
- Dense texture holds up well and resists feathering/smudging.
- Fragrance free.
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.
For more information on Make Up For Ever, call (877) 757-5175 or visit www.makeupforever.com.
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