I have a makeup phobia: Bright lipstick on myself. I can admire it on someone else, but I've always felt like it's the cosmetic equivalent of a loud shirt or a skirt that could double as a tube top. And in my modesty, that doesn't work.
Oddly, when Make Up For Ever released its Rouge Artist Intense line, I was drawn in like a moth to the flame. The line is known for dense pigmentation, similar to how the brand is known. The colors range from perhaps the most well-known shade, Moulin Rouge (a deep red), all the way down the color spectrum to peachy nudes.
Make Up For Ever generously donated a lipstick for me to review: It's number 36, Satin Fuchsia. The first time I opened the package, it was stunning. Literally. This colors in this line are like the colors we know, but they're all taken up a few notches in intensity.
Since the lipstick line is already highly pigmented, a bright shade could be blinding. The following are images of the shade. The first two images are of the color without any altering. Lauren, the model, can carry this color much better than I could. After the photos were taken, the photographer asked that I tone down the shade a bit. I added a swipe of a neutral lipstick on top and created two muted shades out of this color.
The lipsticks can look dry in the tube, but they're moisturizing on the lips and apply smoothly and evenly. The finish is matte, richly pigmented, and carries an element of glamour. I've since bought lighter shades that are very wearable. The lipsticks retail at $19 and can be purchased at Sephora.
Photos by Rebecca Brown Photographer