Rouge Artist Intense
Last Updated:04.01.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is a lipstick lover’s dream in terms of selection, but before you dive in to the 50 shades offered, you’ll want to arm yourself with this vital info: The lipstick is offered in four finishes: Matte, Cream, Pearl, and Satin. We’re sad to report that the Matte is terrible with a capital “T.” This is the type of matte lipstick that causes women to never want to try another matte formula again. It’s dry, difficult to apply evenly, and stubborn when it comes time to remove it, because, basically, it stains your lips.

The Cream and Satin formulas fare much better. Each has a classic creamy texture that’s slightly on the dry side, but they still have good movement during application. Once on, you’ll enjoy full coverage and lasting color with a cream finish. The Pearl formula is nearly identical to that of the Cream, but each Pearl shade has a glittering shine rather than a glossy or dimensional finish. The big deal with all of these finishes is the intense pigmentation—and the colors really do have impressive staying power. The shade selection runs the gamut and offers several winners, especially for pinks, reds, and all manner of coral.

The Best Product rating applies to the Cream and Pearl finishes only; we do not recommend the Matte formula.

Note: The Cream finish is described as Satin on Sephora’s Web site, but it’s listed as Cream in their stores.


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, Stearalkonium Hectorite, 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)].

NOTE: Ingredients may vary by shade from the above listing.

Brand Overview

Make Up For Ever At-A-Glance

Strengths: Wonderful foundations; impressive options (and shade ranges) for powders, powder blush, and powder eyeshadow; some extraordinary lip glosses and lipstick/lip color options (and again, the shade ranges are remarkable); a few formidable mascaras; good shimmer options.

Weaknesses:Can be expensive; a few formulas contain needlessly high amounts of fragrance.

This Paris-based makeup collection traces its roots to theatrical and fashion makeup, building on the concept that a professional makeup artist not only desires, but also needs, every conceivable color and texture to create the broadest range of looks. Since 1984, Make Up For Ever creators Dany Sanz and Jacques Waneph have been doing their best to meet these criteria. Through the years, this line has gone from offering a tremendous array of colors in their own European boutiques to a more streamlined, "everyday" collection of products in select department stores and (primarily) Sephora, whose parent company, LVMH, has owned Make Up For Ever since 1999.

The color line presents an intriguing blend of classic, workable shades positioned next to some truly unique hues and finishes that only those involved with theater or the most flamboyant "anything goes" makeup artist (or diva) would covet. A major plus for this line is that many of the colors are densely pigmented, working beautifully on medium to deep skin tones. The drawback is that fair and lighter skin tones may find their choices more limited in a few areas of the brands’ ranges. However, for those who want it all when it comes to possible shades, this line more than delivers what it takes to please.

An interesting aspect of this line is that, category to category, there are mostly exceptional choices, with products that we found to be average—certainly falling short of what we know Make Up For Ever to be capable of. However, if you are cautious of those few pitfalls (fortunately, there are an abundance of testers to experiment with at Sephora or the brand’s standalone boutiques) you will undoubtedly be pleased with those products that Make Up For Ever does best.

For more information on Make Up For Ever, call (877) 757-5175 or visit www.makeupforever.com.

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matte is wonderful, too!

I inadvertently purchased the matte and am not disappointed in it at all. The color is wonderful. I am fair complexion and finding a nude that is not pink or left me washed out was hard. This line had marvelous options. The staying power is not as long as the Kat Von D painted lipstick, but it is still longer than most. Highly recommend it.

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