Friday, August 20, 2010

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in #11

When I saw the swatches of the Make Up For Ever The Rouge Artist Intense Lipsticks on The Next Best Thing To Going Shopping Yourself, I knew that out of 50 shades and 3 finishes there might be at least ONE that I could wear. You see, lately I have been very picky about lipstick. I think I might have finally hit lipstick saturation. I have all the colors I could possibly need or want...almost. Some days I think I want a new nude light pink lipstick and realize that I have several. I just need to shop what I have. I am always drawn to red lipsticks but if I buy one more Mr. Sith might have me committed. So I settled for a pretty pink frosty lipstick which I don't have in my collection.

I know what you are thinking: PINK FROST? WTF? It's NOT 1986!
To that I will reply: Maybe Not but I was a lot younger and thinner then so I reject your reality and substitute my own!

So anyway, I purchased Rouge Artist Intense lipstick in # 11. It's a cool pink/mauve (described as rosewood on the Sephora website) color with a heavy frost to it. In this swatch I used a light hand on the right and a heavy hand on the left.

When the lipstick arrived I was in love from first twist. Now I think you all know my fetish for brand new lipstick. There is something so incredibly desirable about a brand new lipstick. The perfection of an unmarred surface, the potential for greatness. the creamy formula captured and held in a solid state and shaped into a perfect slant for caressing your lips with the color hugging formula.....
Oops. I'm getting carried away. Well. Let's just say that I LOVE LOVE brand new lipstick.

ANYhoo! I quickly took pictures, swatched my arm and then applied the lipstick to my lips.

(insert needle being dragged off of a record sound here)

What the heck. This lipstick is dry!
It's so dry that if this lipstick was a fish it would be carrying a canteen.
It's so dry that if this lipstick was a person they would be spittin' cotton
It's so dry that...Oh well you get the idea.

Then I had an epiphany. Which comes quite often when dealing with a product that isn't to my expectations. (epiphany = come up with a justification to make this thing work before I toss it)

What figured out was, these lipsticks are really made for layering. The matte lipsticks layered w/ a gloss, the frost with the satin finishes. You see where I'm going. By layering the lipsticks you get to create your own color palette. You get to create your own unique shade that is personally you!

See? It all makes sense right? So what I really need to do, to combat the dry frost formula is buy ANOTHER Make Up For Ever The Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick to wear underneath the frost! AH HA! Or I could just wear a clear gloss on top, which is what I have been doing for the past 2 days and surprisingly it works nicely! OK. So you don't need to buy 2 lipsticks from MUFE to make this work, but that is the basic premise behind the line. A gloss on top or a balm underneath will work just fine with the drier formulas of the line.

The lipstick is opaque fairly quickly once applied and the scent, while described as "rose" smells nothing like rose to me. It's not offensive and disappears once applied. There is no taste to these lipsticks and holy moly do these wear a long time. Seriously, even with gloss on top I didn't have to reapply my lipstick for a few hours....of course I reapplied after eating or drinking.

The lipsticks cost $19 each and Sephora is an exclusive retailer for the product. Of course if you happen to be in NYC you can pick one or more of these up at the MUFE flagship store.

Do you NEED this? Well maybe not in this color for everyone, but since MUFE has 50 shades and the lipsticks can be layered to create your own custom color, I say YES. I plan to pick up a few more in the Satin formula and play around with layering.

MUFE Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in #11 No lipliner no gloss.

Ingredients for Pearly and Satin Finish: Ricinus Communis Oil (Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil), Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax), Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Methyl, Diisostearyl Malate, Caprylic/Capric/Succinic Triglyceride, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Oryza Sativa Cera (Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax), Nylon-12, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Parfum (Fragrance), Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, StearalkoniumHectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Propyl Gallate, Trihydroxypalmitamidohydroxypropyl Myristyl Ether, BHT, [+/- CI 12085 (Red 36, Red 36 Lake), CI 15850 (Red 6, Red 7, Red 7 Lake), CI 15985 (Yellow 6, Yellow 6 Lake), CI 19140 (Yellow 5, Yellow 5 Lake), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 45370 (Orange 5, Orange 5 Lake), CI 45380 (Red 21, Red 21 Lake, Red 22 Lake), CI 45410 (Red 27 Lake, Red 28 Lake), CI 47005 (Yellow 10, Yellow 10 Lake), CI 73360 (Red 30, Red 30 Lake), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77002 (Aluminum Hydroxide), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet)].


  1. Ooooh. Surprisingly pretty for a pink frost LOL. I think I'll be skipping these though... I wear balm under EVERY one of my lipsticks and to date the LM Stickglosses are the only ones that I can really "get away" with not wearing balm under. My lips are just that dry... ;_;

  2. Your internal justification mechanism deserves battle pay Or maybe mine does as I've just justified a $30 lipstick because it's cheaper than 2 MUFE's. Great Post!

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  4. OMG yeah I had the same "What the hell" moment in Sephora when I was swatching all the colors. I noticed right away how dry the lipsticks are. The only ones that aren't dry are the "Satin" ones they are very creamy. I bought 3 but only from the satin line. I'm actually sad because I liked some of the colors from the matte and pearl line. Don't give up! Try one of the satin finishes.

  5. Hmm I was very let down when I saw the colours IRL at Sephora and so resisted buying one. What you said about layering them makes sense ,but I am still not won over by the shades offered...yet. With make-up, I guess one should never say never; remember those Guerlain $$ lippies? Yah that ban didn't last too long either. LOL

  6. Ooooh I love these. I was just at the MUFE store and I bought some of their new lipglosses (FAB) as well as a lipstick. The lipstick is awesome - I have a satin finish on, number 30 - and it's not so drying, and it lasts forever. Adele

  7. Such a beautiful colour, shame about the dryness. I totally get what you mean about the feeling when you get a new lipstick. :)

  8. I also agree with you about the new lipsticks. I'm afraid I have a terrible addiction to them. I'm sure I have 100+. I'm afraid to count. I'm glad to know about this formulation. I will skip this. I haven't bought many expensive lipsticks. I did by one YSL and was disappointed by the shade. I figured I can layer it. I've skimmed through your blog quite some time ago. I've always admired your application of makeup. I covet your makeup collection!! I read nail blogs and haven't read any makeup blogs in a very long time. Nice to read about lipstick since I love it so much.

  9. I get the layering thing--I just don't want to have to have 2-3 lip products to achieve the look I want. What can I say? I'm stubborn....and cheap!

  10. This looks really nice for a pink frost! I actually like dry lipsticks. I really want to try this in the bright orange shade. :)

  11. I love this lipstick! I mix no. 44 with no. 48 to get the perfect shade of red:). They are both satiny

  12. I tried one yesterday at Sephora. The satin finish did go on nicely but the true test is how my lips feel in the morning and they felt pretty raw (I even had a lip balm on when I went to bed). That said this lipstick is a fail for me which is sad because I loved the color and the price!

  13. The color is very pretty on you, but for me, I need soft texture as I'm as dry as the desert,so no sorry. Have you every tried the Shu Uemura unlimited rouge? They are very very smooth but the problem is they have been discontinuing so many shades it's a real bummer:( For everyday use I like Khiel's glosses(surprisingly pigmented), yeah I know, it's a gloss.

  14. SO DRY!! But I think that gives it staying power. This was the only lipstick I bought (last one too!) # 11 I think if you have fine lines and are prone to feathering this formula is excellent. Just make sure you exfoliate your lips.


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