What Are Your Impressions of the Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipsticks?

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Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipsticks
Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipsticks, front row from left: 32, 36, 39, 42 and 21; back row: Moulin Rouge, Mat 1, 17, 28 and 29

Stand tall, my little lipstick soldiers! Paint the clouds with your awesomeness, and shower your pretty pigments down upon the planet like makeup Skittles!


I’ve been meaning to swatch the 10 Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipsticks ($19) I received for placing in the Rouge Artist Contest, but I just keep chickening out, unable to bear the thought of disturbing them in their perfect little tubes.

And then it started raining here yesterday. And raining. And raining. And I thought, “Hmm… I remember those Rouge Artist Intense Lipsticks being awfully pretty and colorful.”

I’m kinda glad I waited to swatch these, because with all the rain today today I really needed a pick-me-up.

Available in a monstrously huge selection of 50 unscented, unflavored colors in matte, pearl and satin finishes, the pigmented, full-coverage Rouge Artist Intense Lipsticks are designed to drench puckers in pure, unadulterated color — opaque after just one swipe. They joined the Make Up For Ever permanent line last fall.

Seriously, 50 colors? With so many to choose from, Make Up For Ever created an an online tool to help you find colors that’ll work with your skin tone and hair color.

To promote the tool, MUFE’s giving away 10 lipsticks each and every day through December 22. See their Facebook page for full details.

Sometimes, like when you’re a lipstick, it’s good to be dense, and these are really, really dense, although the ones with satin and pearly finishes feel a little thinner on my lips than the mattes.

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Swatch 36

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Swatch 42

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Swatch 39

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Swatch 17

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Swatch 29

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Swatch 32

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Swatch 21

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Swatch Moulin Rouge
Moulin Rouge

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Swatch Mat 1
Mat 1

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Swatch 28

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Swatch on back of hand
Top row from left: Mat 1, 28, 32, 29 and 39; Bottom row: 17, 36, 42, 21 and Moulin Rouge


Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense in 29 on Karen of Makeup and Beauty Blog
Wearing 29

Some gals may find these feel too thick on their lips, but their richness, selection and six-hour wear time might still make them worth a closer look.

PRICE: $19
AVAILABILITY: At Sephora stores and sephora.com

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Rae says:

    Oh my good lord D: Those are stunning! Plus, I love the sound of an unscented and unflavoured lipstick.

    Hope the skies clear up soon for you, Karen πŸ™‚

  2. Evelyn says:

    I swatched a bunch of these at Sephora …. love 21 and 42! kinda similar but i want them both!! but all of them are very pretty!

    • Karen says:

      I feel the same way about the reds I have here. The differences are so nuanced, ya know? They’re still pretty though!

      Do you think you might pick one up soon?

  3. Erica says:

    wow – I need to get my hands on 17 and 29 (which, by the way, looks awesome on you Karen!). some of these look sort of moisturizing – did you feel that on your lips?

  4. Number 12 looks gorgeous

    I bought number 48 (deep dark burgundy) because I loved the colour, but I found the lipstick dried out on my lips badly, and the colour wore off quite unattractively. So I returned it and got Chanel Rouge Coco Rouge Noir instead and loved it instantly.

  5. Lucie says:

    Oh man, this post reminded me how much I love the Rouge Artist’s.

    I’ll be honest, I’m a lipstick snob. I like my lippies to come in lovely artistic packaging, and be made by a brand known for it’s luxery products such as Guerlain or Chanel.
    So I almost turned up my nose at the Rouge Artists…but thought I’d give ’em a try just for kicks.
    And I am in LOVE. My favourite lipstick formula second only to Illamasqua’s…some might find them drying, but I like the dense feel and vivid colour. So many lipsticks just seem to slip around too much and come off on everything. These are perfect. I recommend them to anyone who loves bold colour with long wear time!

  6. Solangel says:

    36 *-*…

    I love your swatches because our skin tones are similar and I can definitely see some of these working on me πŸ˜€

  7. Kiya says:

    Hey Karen, I’ve been lurking for a while and finally worked up the nerve to comment πŸ™‚

    I’m looking for a lipstick to use as a base for layering under my NARS lip glosses. I recently ordered NARS lipstick in Napoli, which was a slightly warm, natural looking pinky nude on me. My skin tone leans warm, but I’d like to have something to layer under my cooler lip glosses.

    Do you think any of the MUFE lipsticks (or others you’d recommend) fiit that bill? I’d prefer no sparkle/glitter for flexibility with more glosses.

    Your blog is extremely helpful and Tabs is just adorable, he makes me feel at home!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kiya,

      Yay! Glad you stopped by to say hello! πŸ™‚

      Have you considered using a lip liner? Nude lipsticks are cool for layering, but I find I get the best results when I use a neutral liner to line and fill beneath glosses (the thickness of the liner seems to help the gloss “stick” more on the lips). If you’re open to it let me know and I can jot down a few color recs. Otherwise, consider Mat 1 (pictured above) or NARS Tashkent, Tonkin or Bangkok:


      • Kiya says:

        Thanks a bunch! I’ll swatch those next time I’m at Sephora, and I’m definitely open to any lip pencil suggestions. The reasons I’ve recently been looking for a lipstick for layering are that I’d think a lipstick more moisturizing than a pencil (moved to Chicago, the cold is brutal!), I thought a lipstick I could also wear alone (more bang for my buck), and the amount of product in some lip pencils compared to their prices seem outrageous to me.

        The NARS velvet matte lip pencils look interesting, do you know if those would be suitable?

  8. shontay says:

    You look gorgeous, Karen. I LOVE these lipsticks! I own several and plan to buy more. They are incredibly pigmented, last for hours and the scent doesn’t bother me once I apply it. I want even more colors!

  9. amy says:

    36 and 29 are my favourites so far. If I were to pick one, I would buy 26.
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  10. beth says:

    OMG. I got 36 as a sample from sephora, my lips have been chapping from the weather but if it looks that great on me as it does on you i may have to get the full size. also falling in love with a dozen more colors!
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  11. mill says:

    these are great, i saw them at sephora the other day. but i have my eye on a MUFE lip pencil… its the perfect shade of magenta, much lilke shade 36

  12. Ashley says:

    I was going to list all the ones I wanted but now that I think about it… I’ll take ’em all!
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  13. Stephanie says:

    I like number 28 and 29. At the first picture I thought 39 was the perfect lipstick, to see. But on the swatchpic the lipstick looks very thin and almost as if there is no pigment in it. I also like the redcolors but too bad I’m allergic to red pigment.
    Stephanie recently posted … Haul- My first OPI

  14. Tish says:

    I love love love these! If only these were cheaper in the Philippines! I ordered one during Sephora’s F&F Sale and I’m regretting not getting more than one πŸ™

    They look lovely on you. Lucky you for snagging these, and congratulations for placing in the contest πŸ™‚

  15. Kim says:

    That is definitely a rainbow of (not) fruit flavor! I thought I was going to like the pearls best, but I might actually prefer the satins. Sometimes I love matte, but these made my lips feel dry just looking at them. Then again, everything is making my lips feel dry lately! πŸ™‚ The colors are really pretty, though. And I really like the idea of the online matching to your skin tone tool. I’m going to check that out later!

  16. Ru says:

    Do they last through lunch?

  17. gio says:

    I love these, they look beautiful and pigmented! Plus, I don’t like fragrance in cosmetics that much so I’m glad to hear these are unscented. πŸ™‚
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  18. Nina says:

    OMGOMG i want em all — and im all for unflavored unscented lipsticks.

    i cannot pick just one color to like … they are all stunning!!!

    this coming from a non lipstick person! πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      I think we need to change that, stat! πŸ™‚

      So, did you manage to fix the rearview mirror? And is your forehead doing better?

      • Nina says:

        forehead is okay …. the hubs fixed the mirror for me. apparently, they sell a kit that has a sanding sheet, a tube of glue and other things that help fix rearview mirrors!

        i take it to mean that im not the only person this has happened too.

        ugh i went to the mall at lunch – not a good idea. i just needed to get a pair of jeans from the gap for the hubs: there was no parking and i had no chance to stop @ panera for chai!

  19. Tiffany H. says:

    #17 looks wonderful!
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  20. Wendy says:

    I’m really loving 36, and I’m not normally a hot pink lippie fan! Wow, it is gorgeous! I really love 15 as well but I also have a thing for purple lipsticks…

  21. Amazing swatches Karen!!! I just got Moulin Rouge, my first real red lipstick. I am about NW45 and I can’t wait to try more of the shades!

  22. Inky says:

    I love them and if I didn’t already have so many reds, I’d be all over every single red, but I did buy #17 (gold) to amp up some of my reds! it is a great formulation and terrific staying power.
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  23. kali says:

    I really love 32.

    (Add to cart)

    Too many things to buy and so little time!! =P

  24. goodbadnfab says:

    i just got one in a super brilliant pink! can’t wait to try it this weekend!

    the style and musings of a fashion lawyer living, playing and shopping in LA.

  25. I love these lipsticks! I have Mat #6–a fav, #29 & #32. Sooooo pigmented and a bargain price for so much color!

  26. TJ says:

    MUFE is one of my favorite brands. I had my sights set on a few lipsticks as a gift for myself. I’ll have to add a couple of shades after seeing this post.

  27. UrbanGlamGyrl says:

    #36 is calling my name from afar… I love it!!!

  28. Soo says:

    I forget what color I have, but #17 is on my wishlist!
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  29. applepark says:

    I have three of these, but I seriously want them all. They have such great pigmentation and really last for hours. 29 looks pretty!!! That might be my next one.
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  30. Lauren says:

    Loving 17!!!! its on my shopping list at sephora!!!

  31. Evelyn says:

    I have 32, 34 & 45 (which I bought by accident b/c I had seen a swatch of 44 online and liked it but thought it was 45 when I was in Sephora lol). I love them all, they take a bit of a push to get them on and I use a lip brush for precision but man are they pigmented! And my #45 “mistake” is just my favorite kind of red, I’m so glad I accidentally bought it. I really helps make my teeth look whiter when I wear it.

  32. Britany B. says:

    You should give away 17 >_< AH!

  33. Advah says:

    Damnit. I tried that Facebook thing where they recommend colours suited to skintone and hair colour, and now I want to try on about 25 different lipsticks. πŸ™

    I love lipsticks but I barely use mine because I always feel too made up or they require up keep! If I’ve one NY resolution this year, it’ll be to wear my lipsticks more often. I’ve got a bunch of barely used tubes.

  34. meibaola says:

    My eyes bulged out when I saw 17… awesome!

  35. Tiffany says:

    these look awesome and I have been wanting to try one, but I can never decide on a color!

  36. Katie says:

    I absolutely need 39, coral-goodness <3
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  37. Maggie says:

    Man, I love these so much. 44 immediately became my favorite red lipstick on the face of the planet. I can’t believe how well they wear, too. <3<3<3

  38. Dee says:

    Hey Karen:
    Great post. Was wondering, how do you apply your lipstick,…………..I mean what brush do you normally use? πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Dee,

      I usually just do it from the tube (too lazy to bust out a brush most of the time), but if it’s a tricky color, like a dark red or berry, I’ll take out a brush. I go back and forth between MAC and D&C’s lip brushes, but Sonia Kashuk makes a retractable one that’s good if you’re on a budget:

      Sonia Kashuk Retractable Lip Brush

  39. Tika says:

    Hey. I am looking for a long lasting very pigmented lipstick/lip gloss. I have dry lips so I can’t really wear matte finishes. What lipstick would you suggest. Would mufe intense lipsticks be better or Chanel Imperial Rouge Allure Laque? I like shades similar to 29, 28. Or would you please recommend other brands if you think they would give better pigmentation and at least 4-5 hours of wear?
    [ I am Mac NC45 with really dark pigmented lips]
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  40. Roza says:

    Thanks for the wonderful review! These are my favorite lipsticks, but you are right, they do feel heavy on the lips. I like how they are moisturizing, extremely pigmented, long lasting, and have all the colors you need. I love #32 for a bright pink, #30 for a neutral pink, #23 for a nude lip, and #43 for that vibrant red.

  41. Miss Mercurial says:

    Love these – many products have been ruined for me with their unpleasant scent/taste (NYX glosses, I’m looking at you *shake fist*), sheerness (I have rather pigmented lips), or both (NYX round lippies, anyone?).

    I actually like the “dense”/heavy feel to them. It’s a welcome change from worrying if my lipstick is meandering past my lips or faded.

  42. Rita Hayworth says:

    Love the moulin rouge! I’ll never be without it

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