The Color of the Year 2014 from Pantone is Radiant Orchid and Make Up For Ever has you covered, with lots of lovely products in the shade from their permanent collection for your lips and eyes. I’m featuring featuring my first lipstick from the brand, Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural N29*, or “Diamond Plum”, which is a pretty good name for it as it is fairly plummy and also very sparkly. The MUFE Artist Natural formula is fairly sheer, although N29 is still one of the less pigmented shades in the range. If you are looking for a more intense, matte, formula, there is also an Artist Intense range and the shades 11 & 12 are both great for Radiant Orchid looks.
The packaging for Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural N29 is pretty sleek and light and although it’s not the fanciest lipstick packaging, I still think it is stylish and functional.
In terms of the product, I really love lipsticks that apply with the ease of a lip balm and don’t require a mirror, and Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural N29 fits that perfectly as it just provides a sheer wash of colour and a lot of sparkle. The sparkles themselves are blue and white and help give it that Radiant Orchid look. You can also build it up for a bit more pigmentation, and below I’ve swiped it once, and then more heavily, to show that.
Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural N29 has a sheer tint and sparkle, but it’s definitely the kind of lipstick you could layer if you wanted to, either by building it up on its own, or over another lipstick or stain you wanted to glam up a bit. On its own, I actually found it super wearable which surprised me for such a glittery shade. During the daytime it just looked like something a bit special on my lips, most noticeable in the light, and I especially enjoy wearing it on days when I don’t have a lot of time to do much other makeup.
The only issue I had with the lipstick was that if you rub your lips together, you may feel the glitter in it at bit, which I didn’t like and found a bit itchy. I don’t own any other glittery lipsticks but I think that them being a bit gritty is probably how glitter – instead of shimmer – works and it may or may not be annoying to you depending on your sensitivity.
Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural N29 lasted 1 to 2 hours on my lips, which seemed pretty reasonable given that it’s not really a pigmented shade. It’s also super easy to reapply. It also applies really smoothly on the lips, is quite moisturizing, and has no noticeable scent or flavour to me. Overall, I think Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural N29 is a great way to test out Radiant Orchid without going for a full on purple lip, and although I don’t like the feel of glitter, I really like the look of the lipstick and the hydrating formula, so I would love to try out more MUFE Rouge Artist lipsticks in the future– there are a ton of gorgeous shades!
Have you tried out any Radiant Orchid products? Let me know what you think of Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural N29!