If I had to choose one color of lipstick to keep in my makeup stash, it would most definitely be red. It’s versatile, it amps up my confidence and it can elevate any style instantly. But which red? Whether you have a fair, morena, or a deep skin tone, the Artist Liquid Matte in 403 from Make Up For Ever is the foolproof choice.
It dons a deep red with a slightly cool undertone that effortlessly matches any skin tone. The formula of this liquid lipstick is creamy upon application but dries down to an ultra-matte finish. The color pay-off and pigmentation is out of this world. It is so opaque that you only need one swipe to get that creamy formula onto your lips.
While some dark-colored liquid matte lipsticks are infamous for having to bleed around the lips, the Artist Liquid Matte in 403, stays in place. You won’t even need a lip liner to make sure your red lip is intact the whole day. The best part is, it’s weightless, it won’t dry out your lips and if in case you have a slight chapped lip, it will not accentuate those dry patches.
If you don’t feel like wearing a bold red lip on a daily basis, you’ll be happy to know that the product is buildable. If you’re looking to have a more diffused look, a matte lip balm and a tiny dot of 403 will do the trick. Simply blend the two products together with your finger for a soft gradient finish. You can also use a lip brush to control the product for a lighter color pay-off in the morning and use the doe-foot applicator to swiftly achieve a vivid red lip for your evening agenda.
In terms of longevity, the product stays put almost the whole day. It only slightly wears off when you eat and the color starts to diffuse from the inner part of your lips. Of course, the more oily your food is, the more it is likely to fade. But other than that, reapplication will not be a problem. The maximum I’ve reapplied throughout the day was only two.
Removal is also not as hard. I know a few formulas that hold the trophy for its staying power but require tenacious rubbing of the lips when it’s time to wash off your make-up. The Artist Liquid Matte can be easily removed using your favorite oil or balm cleanser with no vigorous tugging required.
Make Up For Ever’s Artist Liquid Matte in 403 is simply the best red lip color out there. With its impressive formula, staying power, and pigmentation, it should be a staple in every woman’s make-up stash.
Words by Bianca Alcaide, a resident Beauty Insider Philippines beauty contributor.
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