Looking back at some of my older posts, I've noticed how I've gone from being a neutral lip kind of gal to actually preferring statement lips. Don't get me wrong, when it comes to my personal style I am still all about the greys, beiges and black (something I should probably branch out of a bit), but I guess my pop of colour could come in the form of bright or super deep lips instead of a yellow blazer or red pants. Call me basic for my sense of fashion, but my lip shades of choice are anything but! Speaking of vibrant and fun shades, Make Up For Ever has just come out with their Artist Acrylip Lip Paints* as part of their year-long collaboration with British singer Jessie J, and if you are familiar with the brand's lip products, you know they rarely disappoint! I received three out of the ten shades in the range to try out, and I'll be giving you all the details without further ado!
The packaging of the Artist Acrylips features a squeeze tube with a cushion applicator, similar to the Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks. There is a tiny hole at the center which dispenses just a bit of product at a time. Make Up For Ever recommends applying three to four drops at the center of your bottom lip and then blending, but I've found it also works well when pressing the applicator to my lips and then gently squeezing while moving my hand left and right to the outer corners.
The formula is creamy, matte and opaque when swatched on the arm, but buildable and slightly glossy on the lips. I've found some shades require a bit more layering to achieve the colour you see on the packaging. This liquid lip paint is not transfer proof or waterproof - something to keep in mind - but will last a good 4-5 hours on my lips if I'm not eating or drinking. I like that the Artist Acrylips don't leave my lips feeling sticky and that I am still able to get a precise application without necessarily having to reach for a lip brush or having to line my lips with a lip liner beforehand.
As soon as I swatched the Artist Acrylip in 200 Candy Pink, the first thing that came to my mind was Barbie pink! I have never owned a similar pastel pink shade, so when I first saw my reflection I wasn't sure if I was pulling it off or not with my light skin tone. My mom actually saw me wearing it and commented that it suited me, so I've been convinced that it's a winner! This is the shade that requires the most layering out of the three, as with only one swipe it looks quite splotchy.
The Artist Acrylip in 301 Poppy Orange would have to be my fave of the bunch because I have been a fan of the orange lip trend for quite a few years now and the good news is that it's not going anywhere! Years ago I tried the Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lipstick in Electric Orange and it's been love ever since. Poppy Orange has a bit more of a coral tint to it, and I actually prefer it to Electric Orange. I really enjoy wearing shades that "go" with the seasons, so I know I will be reaching for this one a lot come spring and summer.
Worthy of its name, the Artist Acrylip in 401 Raspberry Red appears slightly punchier on the lips than on the packaging. As you can see, this one feathers a bit on me on the outer corners, something I could have fixed with a lip brush but I wanted to show you how it looks without any touch ups, and it's still passable in my opinion. Worth mentioning is that you can also create your own custom colour by mixing two or more shades, something I will have to experiment with!
Below you can see what these three shades look like when swatched on my arm:
|Left to Right | Make Up For Ever Artist Acrylip in 200, 301, 401|
Will you be picking up any of these shades?
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