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Make Up For Ever

Artist Rouge Mat Lipstick

0.12 fl. oz. for $ 22.00
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Make Up For Ever's Artist Rouge Mat Lipstick combines long-wearing, opaque coverage with a matte finish for statement lips. Performance varies a bit from shade to shade. Some can feel annoyingly drying and exaggerate rough lip texture (not all that uncommon with matte lip color), whereas others wear more comfortably and are more forgiving with imperfections.

Among its best qualities, Artist Rouge Mat Lipstick easily delivers bold color in a mere swipe. The matte cream texture prevents color from feathering/bleeding and lasts longer than your average lipstick.

In normal Make Up For Ever fashion, there are plenty of shades to choose from, but in the end, this lipstick gets downgraded due to its inconsistent performance and strong floral scent enough that you can almost taste it. Though it eventually dissipates, fragrance can be sensitizing—especially for the thin vulnerable skin of the lips (see More Info).

Pros:
  • Cream matte texture offers opaque coverage and rich pigmentation.
  • Wide gamut of shades.
  • Wears longer than your average lipstick.
Cons:
  • Potentially sensitizing fragrance.
  • Inconsistent performance across shades.
More Info:

Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.

This leads to all kinds of problems, including disruption of skin's healthy appearance, worsening dryness, redness, depletion of vital substances in skin's surface, and generally keeps skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go.

A surprising fact: Even though you can't always see the negative influence of using products that contain fragrance has on skin, the damage will still be taking place even if it's not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see or feel the effects on your skin for your skin to be suffering. This negative impact and the visible damage may not become apparent for a long time.

References for this information:

Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1,410-1,419

Aging, March 2012, pages 166-175

Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77-80

Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821-832

Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446—475

International Journal of Toxicology, 2008, Supplement pages 1-43

Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191-202

American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789-798

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
Now saturated with 25 percent more pigment than the original Rouge Artist, Artist Rouge Lipstick brings bold color impact to lips that make a statement. This extremely pigmented formula not only provides intense, opaque color but boasts an ultra-creamy, non-drying formula that hydrates the lips for ultimate comfort. Its unique, precision shaped bullet allows for easy, defined application while the long wear formula will not bleed or feather.
Octyldodecanol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isodecyl Isononanoate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Polyethylene, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Cera Microcristallina, Synthetic Beeswax, Aluminum Hydroxide, Silica Silylate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance, Dicalcium Phosphate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Mica, Phytosterol Macadamiate, Silica, Limonene, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, BHT, Tin Oxide, Tocopherol. May contain: Red 36, Red 26 Lake, Red 6, Red 7, Red 7 Lake, Yellow 6, Yellow 6 Lake, Yellow 5, Yellow 5 Lake, Blue 1 Lake, Red 21, Red 21 Lake, Red 22 Lake, Red 27, Red 27 Lake, Red 28 Lake, Red 30, Red 30 Lake, Titanium Dioxide, Bismuth Oxychloride, Iron Oxides, Manganese Violet.

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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