Not shy to a little drama, you’ll know Make Up For Ever for their array of innovative products that merges makeup artistry with ease of use for the at home beauty lover and everyone in between. Their latest lip addition is the Artist Rouge line in a beautiful array of wearable shades plus a few extra surprises as well – newly formulated, newly packaged and out to impress.
Revamped from the conservative look of their previous best seller, these new tubes have a cool girl vibe with sleek black metal casing, a satisfying weight in your hand and their signature logo on the cap. The twist up mechanism is smooth and the overall feeling is premium which is more than what can be said for a few other high end lippies I own. Available in two formulas; there are 16 mattes and 32 cream finishes (including a few limited edition shades) and cover a good range of approachable colours yet with a few surprises like turquoise blue and peacock green. And if the name Artist Rouge sounds oddly familiar, their original range of lipsticks were called Rouge Artist so perhaps the flip around naming is an alter-ego persona.
The Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge lipsticks are one swipe, long lasting and highly pigmented lip colours that not only offer you satisfaction in singles but also encourages you to mix up your own shades with extra options like black, white and turquoise just to name a few. I like the new design of the bullet and the fact they are easy swipe and go formulas but the cream option lacks in smoothness once applied and just doesn’t enhance the look of my lips. The matte formula however is a stand out choice if you want luxurious colour that’s much more forgiving than a liquid lipstick and that you can pop on in 5 seconds in the car without a liner.
What do you look for in a good lipstick? Smooth application? Rich colour payoff? Comfortable wear time? Well New York Colour, one of the drugstores most affordable brands, is offering all this and more in a one step do it all lipstick. Let’s have a closer look…
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Octyldodecanol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Candelilla Cera/Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Cire De Candelilla, Polyethylene, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Polybutene, Peg-4 Diheptanoate, Peg-8 Beeswax, Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer, Ozokerite, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire D’abeille, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Propylparaben, Serica Powder/Silk Powder/Poudre De Soie, Retinyl Palmitate, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Linalool, Tin Oxide, Dimethicone, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Aqua/Water/Eau, Eugenol, [May Contain/Peutcontenir/+/-:Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), D&C Red No. 7 Calcium Lake (Ci 15850), FD&C Yellow No. 6 Aluminum Lake (Ci 15985), D&C Red No. 27 Aluminum Lake (Ci 45410), D&C Red No. 30 Lake (Ci 73360), D&C Red No. 33 Aluminum Lake (Ci 17200), D&C Red No. 6 Barium Lake (Ci 15850), FD&C Yellow No.5 Aluminum Lake (Ci 19140)].
Personally I loved putting these on for quick trips and even for filming because they have great impact on camera. But while they do have a decent wear time of around 3 hours, I find these a little heavy and reapplication isn’t as comfortable as I’d like. Ideally, you’re better off removing the lipstick all together and putting it on again fresh.
The New York Color Get It All Lipsticks make excellent beginners products and are excellent colour payoff at a drugstore price point. Though not a first choice for dry lips, these can take on a photo-shoot or big event in a pinch and no one would know the difference by how pretty they look. The heart of the N.Y.C. brand has always been young, fun,
vibrant and these lipsticks fit right in. Despite them not being perfect, I still find myself reaching for them quite often and I might even pick up a lighter colour or two.
Product: Saint Wine* (sheer), Pinky Nude Sinner* (matte)
Colours: 20 shades (in both formulas)
Price: $30 CAD
Availability: Scarlet & Julia (online), Nordstrom Canada
With all the ranges that Poppy has put out, her take on the Sinner and Saint combination was a genius concept. Twenty everyday classic shades are offered in Sinner (opaque matte) and Saint (sheer) formulations so you can always have your favourite lipstick to wear however you like. If you’re a bit of an lipstick addict, you know the frustration of finding the right shade but wanting just a little something extra. With this range, I can wear the same colour in sheer for casual makeup and the opaque version for a more done up look – great for a day to night transition for example!
There’s a certain vintage aesthetic to the boxes and the lipsticks come in nicely weighted, slightly rubberized casings. Their slim compact design may look standard here but some of her other ranges have quite striking colour design combinations.
, Synthetic Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (Cera Carnauba/Cire De Carnauba), Calcium Carbonate, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Polyethylene, Phenoxyethanol, Acacia Decurrens/Jojoba/Sunflower Seed Wax/Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Tocopherol, Lauryl PCA, Vanillin, Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Iron Oxides (CI 77491).
“Scarlet & Julia is a unique online beauty destination where women on the go can purchase the items they need with one click. Scarlet & Julia offers La Boutique, which lets members access their favourite products at any time, and limited-time Private Sales featuring the best products at exclusive prices. When you purchase an item on Scarlet & Julia, you support a good cause because we donate 1% of our sales to Look Good Feel Better, an organization that supports women battling cancer.”
I picked up these lipsticks with a gift card courtesy of Scarlet & Julia, a new Canadian online beauty boutique carrying a small curated selection of beauty brands. Hard to find line like Lipstick Queen, Roger and Gallet, Esthederm and Payot are all available. Shipping was quick, well packaged and needs to be signed off upon receiving to make sure you don’t loose your parcel. However, I have heard of customers having issues with discount codes not registering on the site and customer service being slow. A few weeks ago I contacted their PR with an email about their company outlook yet still have not received a response. Scarlet and Julia seems to have put their marketing with a PR firm so I’m undecided if this is an issue with the company itself or the PR firm. Nothing wrong with the products but a little hiccup that’s worth mentioning.
Lipstick Queen products revived what women traditionally loved about lipstick and brought it up to date with our modern taste. I adore the selection of colours from the Saint and Sinner range; there’s something for every occasion and not to mention the entire concept is quite brilliant. The saturation of the colours are amazing and I’m impressed with its long wear ability as well. While I’m not quite completely sold on the Sinner range, I’d highly recommend the Saint formula because it’s just so unique with it’s combination of colour and translucency – it’s like wearing a lighter lipstick without giving up what I love about lipstick. I don’t have lip swatches to show you at the moment since my camera trigger needs some fresh batteries but you must have a try if you ever seem them in person.
The past year has been so good for lipstick lovers. After years of ho-hum products, brands are embracing lips all over again and this time reviving some old formula ideas but in modern textures. Take matte lip colour for example; not a new concept but one that’s taking so many reincarnations lately. My latest experiment? Revlon’s Ultra HD Matte Lipsticks.
Product: Ultra HD Matte Lipstick*
Colours: 8 Shades
Size: 0.2 fl oz. / 5.91ml
Price: $10- 11.50 CAD (approx.)
Would I (re)purchase: Yes! Yes! Yes!
Availability: Drugstores nationwide
INGREDIENTS: Dimethicone, Isohexadecane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Isododecane, Vinyl Dimethicone / Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Silica, C30-50 Alcohols, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Diisostearyl Malate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bis-(C12-14 Alkyl PPG-4) Hexamethylenediurea, Kaolin, Bismuth Oxychloride, Silica Silylate, Parfum (Fragrance), Methicone, Sodium Saccharin, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, BHT, Benzoic Acid, Limonene, Linalool. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 27 (CI 45410), Red 27 Lake (CI 45410), Red 28 (CI 45410), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985).
Now if you’re looking for a truly no-shine, absolutely dry, no funny business matte lip product. Turn around and move on.
These Ultra HD Mattes (an add on to their already well loved Ultra HD Lipsticks – reviewed) are a more forgiving liquid lipstick with a satin to soft matte finish. Essentially these frosted chunky tubed wands are 2016 versions of liquid lipsticks without the awful paint effect of the 90s-2000s or any of that over the top metallic sheen. L’oreal Rouge Pulp anyone?
With a familiar doe foot velvet applicator the formula is smooth and offers very even medium buildable coverage but you’ll probably need two full pumps to really coat your lips in colour. Recall that the Ultra HD is Revlon’s no wax range so these are actually a gel cream texture. Scented with the same sugary candy fragrance as the rest of the original Ultra HD range, I found the consistency very easy to work with (not too runny, not too thick) and it’s rather forgiving if you happen to forget to prep your lips with exfoliation. These do apply with a moist look and takes about 10 minutes before they settle into a satin look and even then it’s not a kiss proof, food proof formula. But there’s also never any colour bleeding around the lips and it easily smoothes over lip lines instead of enhancing them.
Wear time averages about 4-5 which I think is quite good considering how comfortable these are on the lips and I never needed to profusely prep with lip balm prior to putting them on so they are quick and non fussy whenever the mood hits you. Reapplication goes well and it doesn’t crust and crack or peel. The darker shades do leave a stain even after a meal and will hang around until you remove it properly with a makeup cleansing product.
THE FINAL VERDICT
The Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipsticks are an easy, fool proof way to try out the liquid lipstick trend with out being the a slave to dry lips. Everything from the consistency to the application and colours range screams easy to wear, office appropriate and approachable. While these are not the true mattes of what’s available on the market today I really love this style and think its a safe medium point for those who want a few dependable everyday lip options with slightly longer wear time than your average lipstick and an ultra comfortable feel. Great for young lip and more mature lips or the dry season. Take that winter!
If there’s one things to be said about makeup in 2015, it has to be the return of the liquid lipstick. Thankfully, gone are the 90s thick, goopy, frosty styles and in are new creamy, fluid formulations. Starting off with Rimmel, whose Apocolips had me cringing more than swooning by the way (see evidence in this review), they released the sequel Provocalips earlier this year.
Like all products of this type, essentially the colour step forms a film over your lips. At some point if the gloss is worn and the colour layer becomes exposed for a long time, the Provocalips will peel but because of the thinner formulation I did find this to be less noticeable than other film-like lip products.
It is going to be the best option for dry lips? No. At the end of the day, wearing any kind of long lasting or matte colour will require you to prep with a good scrub and a moisturizing balm as part of your regular routine (just remember to blot the balm before applying this) but I’d say this is comparatively a very forgiving formulation.
Rimmel’s Provocalips is a lightweight, saturated and glossy long wearing lipstick that should wear well on almost everyone. The thin formulation doesn’t shy from colour and the top coat creates an amazing vinyl shine that photographs superbly. The application is precise and the non-feathering factor means you can even sneak in an extra millimeter (or 3) around your lip line. Peeling is minimal as long as you stay glossed up and I’d have no worries leaving my mirror behind to head out for lunch in my Provocalips. Great well rounded product at a drugstore price…now only if they’d release a few more colours.
Brand: Etude House
Product: Colour in Liquid Lips (Lipstick)
Colour range: 20 Shades
Price: $11-13 CAD (via eBay)
Availability: eBay, Cosmetic-Love (where I purchased mine) & other e-retailers
Would I repurchase: Undecided.
From just initially seeing the colour chart alone, I loved that all the options were different enough to be distinguishable yet I would not blink an eye at rocking any of them. Of course it features some of the popular Asian lip hues such as orange and fuchsia pink which have been trending for the last few years. No problems there Etude.
This Colour in Liquid Lips Lipstick from Etude House delievers on colour, smoothness and a covetable rainbow of shades. The formula is indeed lightweight and is neither greasy nor uncomfortable to wear however coaxing it to it’s full potential takes some time, prep and effort so it’s not the easiest of formulas to use. I would not recommend this for anyone with very mature skin or if you find lip colours often settle into your lip lines. A very similar product with a slightly different texture but with great shine and much easier to wear, go for NYX’s Xtreme Shine Lip Cream. For those who are fans of products like the Rimmel Apocalips and you love big colour then it may be worth while snagging a few of these Etude lippies. In that case may I recommend PK009 and OR205 for your wearing pleasure.