For Statement Lips That Last (and Last): The Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge Liquid Lip Colors

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make up for ever aqua rouge review

In a way, Make Up For Ever’s 12 new Aqua Rouge liquid lip colors are like Terminators.


Perhaps Kyle Reese said it best: “It [the lip colors] can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop…”

But unlike those metal monsters from the future, these $24 lip colors just want to hang out with you…for a really, really long time.

make up for ever aqua rouge product shot
From the left: #1 Nude Beige, #8 Red, #7 Pink Brown, #10 Raspberry and #15 Pink

make up for ever aqua rouge swatches
Swatches from the left: #1 Nude Beige, #15 Pink, #10 Raspberry, #8 Red, #7 Pink Brown and the clear gloss

They have a creamy liquid lip color with a doe-foot applicator on one end and a clear, non-sticky gloss with a brush on the other. Layered beneath the glosses, the lip colors, which pack full-tilt pigment, maximum opacity and a mirror-like shine, last on me from 4-6 hours, assuming I sip or nibble on something during that time, and a whopping 6-7 hours if I don’t.

make up for ever aqua rouge 8 red
#8 Red

make up for ever aqua rouge 1 nude beige
#1 Nude Beige

make up for ever aqua rouge 10 raspberry
#10 Raspberry

make up for ever aqua rouge 7 pink brown
#7 Pink Brown

The 12 available colors cover the gamut from soft beige to bold berry, and they’re kiss- and waterproof, too, so if you find yourself — oh, I dunno — under a tropical waterfall with Jeremy Renner, you won’t have to worry about your lipstick getting all over his gawgeous face.

But who knows? He might like the faint rose scent and flavor, moisturizing formula and color that slowly fades over time just as much as you do. He is a former makeup artist, after all. πŸ™‚

PRICE: $24 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Make Up For Ever Boutiques, Sephora stores and
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A- (I do wish the clear gloss sides also had a doe foot instead of a brush, but that’s just me picking nits)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



P.S. Whoop-whoop! Time to check Monday off the list. You did a great job today.

Not much going on for me tonight. I’m just sitting back on the couch eating my rabbit food, otherwise known as salad.

I’ve been eating a lot of junk food lately, so now my body’s craving salad…

Other than that, I’m about to fire up the new episode of True Blood. How about you? What are you up to tonight?


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  1. CrystalCandy says:

    You are so right about the gloss side that should have a doe foot instead of a brush! I dunno, the brush is too stiff.

    I’m so happy to see your swatches!

  2. Esther says:

    ooh beautiful colors! I need to make a Sephora run soon, so I’ll definitely check these out while I’m there. for now, I’m about to crawl into bed and hopefully have sweet, makeup-filled dreams πŸ˜›

  3. Tracy says:

    Boy there are a plethora of these long-lasting lippies coming out this fall! These look nice too.
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  4. Angel says:

    Omg! Red and Raspberry look absolutely stunning! Neeeeed them!

  5. Phyrra says:

    I like Raspberry! Pretty πŸ™‚

  6. Rita says:

    That Pink Brown looks great on you, Karen.

    This collections does not seem to have any colours that interest me (nor MUFE in general this fall), but that’s ok. There’s so many other makeup!

  7. Soo Jin says:

    Absolutely love your first photo! You’re so beautiful! I’m assuming that that one is the pink!

  8. I’d have 8, 10, and 15 to go please! Gosh that red is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING on you!!!
    Sunny @ Mostly Sunny recently posted … A Little Sugar for You: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment & Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment SPF15

  9. Diana says:

    Raspberry looks great!

  10. LY says:

    Hi Karen, how would u compare no.8 with MAC’s hey sailor’s Red?

  11. Nina says:

    I am really feeling Pink and Raspberry, but all of these colors look great on you!!!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks, lady! Any progress on figuring out how to get the equipment to Greenland?

      • Nina says:

        The irony of it is — the crew and equipment change has been delayed by 3 weeks so … while ive found the solution to my problem, it turns out, I need not have pressured myself into doing it quickly because hey – I have time now!

  12. Raspberry looks gorgeous. And now I’m craving raspberries…
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  13. Miriam says:

    Red looks stunning on you and I’m so envious of your bright and glowy skin, you look absolutely beautiful πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Miriam,

      Thanks, hon. That’s the NARS tinted moisturizer working it’s magic…

      What foundation are you using/loving these days?

      • Miriam says:

        At the moment I’m using Revlon’s Colorstay in Golden Caramel. I have temporarily given up on finding my perfect foundation because either I’m color matched wrong, the tinted moisturizer/foundation oxidizes, or my t-zone ends up looking like an oil refinery after 30 minutes of application.
        Your skin is flawless and any foundation would look beautiful on you, you lucky lucky duck πŸ™‚

  14. Emily says:

    Wow!! All of those swatches look stunning! some of those I can totally see becoming staples for me!
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  15. Richa says:

    The swatches look great…I like the red shade particularly…Can I ask you which blush you’re wearing?

  16. Mandy says:

    The red is gorgeous!!

  17. That is one gorgeous red lip color! I’ve read somewhere it was created for Madonna and is a universally flattering red!
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  18. Nadege says:

    The raspberry shade is so gorgeous! Pink Brown was not what I expected! Thanks for the swatches!

  19. These look so gorgeous on you especially the raspberry and nude beige. Going to have to try these the next time I’m at Sephora!!
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  20. Rachael says:

    I love love love the raspberry! You mentioned its a moisturizing formula, which is surprising. Usually the long lasting products are like lip pleather. Did you notice any flaking?

  21. Oh my god–those are unreal. They’re so shiny and opaque! I just got the new Guerlain one in Paresse, but now I’m kinda wishing I had gotten this one because it has that clear gloss on the other end…

  22. Crystal says:

    Hi Karen,

    What color are you using for the first picture? It’s really pretty..

  23. kitty says:

    This is a great lip stain ! I bought the #13 which is a dark plum and it lasted all day, another trick is to apply a lighter lipstick over it then put on the gloss. Once the lipstick fades then the stain is still on your lips.

  24. Monique says:

    These achieve SUCH amazing color. I went to Sephora immediately after seeing your post and fell in love with #11 but it’s just too hard for me to get it off my lips πŸ™ Don’t think I could get used to it, but for someone who doesn’t care, these are unreal! I’m trying to bootleg the look with NARS velvet lip pencil in Damned + MAC Ladybug l/s + NARS tribal rouge l/g. It’s pretty close on me, but not identical.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Monique,

      What did you use to remove the product? I had to bring to bring out the big guns, MAC Cleanse-Off Oil, but something like jojoba oil would probably work too.

      • Monique says:

        ohhh… I’m going to have to go back and try oil. Looks like I have lunch break plans! I was just using the Sephora general public make-up remover. An oil remover makes sense. I’ll report back!

  25. Sherry B. says:

    Karen, you look absolutely stunning in that 4th photo wearing the Red shade!

  26. Lenita says:

    wow, #8 red looks STUNNING on you, karen!

  27. Rachel says:

    Hi Karen!
    What shade are you wearing on the very top picture? I love it on you!!

  28. joyce says:

    I must be the only one….I love that the clear side is a brush so that the color won’t stuck on the sponge.

    The most brilliant part to me thought is the gradient black dots on the clear side! It covers up the hint of color the brush picks up!!!! So it looks clean and neat all the time! And the black makes it look super chic!!!!!

    The power of good design that is the perfect example of form and function!

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