Is it a Balm or a Lipstick? Or Both? MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Natural

I think the phrase “go big or go home” applies to Make Up For Ever. When they create something new, they really do it. The brand spanking new MUFE Rouge Artist Natural lipsticks, for example, in 50 shades. That’s right. FIFTY. Sephora currently carries 18 of them. You may recall the Rouge Artist Intense Lipsticks, full of intense color and pigment. Well, the Rouge Artist Natural is a more subdued version. Almost like a balm. The texture is lightweight and shiny. I usually think color intensity when I think Make Up For Ever, so this is a really nice surprise.

What else do these balmy lipsticks boast? Cuapacu Butter, which is rich in essential fatty acids, and Candelilla and Beeswax. Three finishes in total: satin, iridescent and diamond with colors ranging from the palest nude to the deepest berry. I tested the lightest and the darkest, plus a few in-between. And I’ve got to be real… I totally love them. They are the perfect marriage of balm and lipstick.

#50, #9, #1, #31, #34

#N50, Aubergine: The deepest shade in the line. In the tube it looks like a chocolate berry but it doesn’t translate that dark on the lips.

#N9, Copper Pink: Because of the brown hues, this one looks a tad 90s in the tube but reads current on the lips. It’s a total “my lips but better” shade.

#N1, Iridescent Nude: The lightest shade in the spectrum, this goes on very sheer. It’s got a healthy dose of shine, too!

#N31, Soft Fuchsia: Bright but not scary. If you want to wear the bright lips but fear them (it’s OK if you do!), this is what you should be trying.

#N34, Candy Pink: I think this is my favorite. It’s brightening but subtle. I can’t get enough of the texture.

Available now. $19 apiece.

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