The fall trends for 2012 are all about lips! Deep, rich lips to be specific. Many runway looks for this season showcase deep reds, wine, and chocolate lip colors in a variety of finishes ranging from matte to high shine. It is best paired with a very soft neutral-colored eye and flawless skin.
I was searching for a long wear formula that would require minimal touching up for fall. I love Make Up Forever products and use their lipsticks, so when I saw that they came out with a long-lasting formula I had to purchase it! I thought I would review it if any of you ladies wanted to try out this stunning look to spice up your makeup routine.
What it is:
Aqua Rouge is a long-lasting lip color that is a lipstick and stain hybrid. This formula is waterproof for extra long wear. It comes in 12 shades: #1 Nude Beige, #2 Rosewood, #4 Chestnut, #5 Beige Brown, #7 Pink Brown, #8 Red, #9 Burgundy, #10 Raspberry, #11 Dark Raspberry, #13 Purple, #14 Light Rosewood, and #15 Pink.
For the best application, I would recommend exfoliating your lips before you apply Aqua Rouge. You can use an old toothbrush or plain sugar to gently buff away dead skin cells. Follow up by applying a lip balm. Apply the lip color in the center of your lips and feather out to the corners of the mouth. Pay close attention to make sure you are creating a clean lip line with the applicator. Each end of tube can be used alone, or together. You can also use a lip liner with this product if you'd like.
It comes in a range of colors, from soft beige to bold burgundy. When I swatched the colors they were all quite true to the color when you look at it, so what you see is what you get. It's insanely, densely pigmented with a super glossy shine. I also tried mixed colors of this formula together to make a custom color, this was probably my favorite thing! It's also easy to apply, smudge-proof, non-transferring, and WATERPROOF! It can be worn alone or with the gloss over the top. You can also layer the product to get a more intense look.
After a few hours of wear, I did find that if I didn't reapply the clear gloss my lips became dry and flaky, so I would recommend being sure you really moisturize your lips before you apply. I also applied the color by itself without the gloss. I was not a fan of the way this felt on my lips; it felt like it wasn't completely set. I did like they way it looked though, it was a very beautiful matte look. When it came time to take the product off, I tried to use a waterproof makeup remover, which did not take off the product. I ended up having to use my Clarisonic with a bit of facial cleanser in order to get it off. I'm not sure if this is a con, but I wanted to share because this is a serious long wear formula! They weren't kidding when they said it’s waterproof!
Price: $24 at Sephora or online at www.makeupforeverusa.com
I purchased #10 Raspberry. It's a very vibrant, beautiful mix that doesn't look too pink, or red. When I applied the Aqua Rouge, it went on smooth and creamy and dried quickly. It was also comfortable to wear on my lips. If you purchase one of the bright colors I would recommend trying to be precise as possible. If you make a mistake with the lip line attend to it immediately or else it will be a pain to remove once it's set. The glossy lacquer finish is absolutely gorgeous, I felt like I was on the runway. They are also not kidding about it not transferring; I barely needed to reapply after eating lunch and drinking water. It's great if you're searching for a vibrant color that won't transfer, or if you want an everyday color that lasts all day. I will definitely be recommending it to brides to keep in their bag.
Images courtesy of: Harpersbazaar.com