June 19, 2013

Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge (Summer 2013) Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge Summer 2013 Shades

Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge introduced 16 Fuschia, 17 Bright Orange, 18 Coral, 19 Pomegranate Pink, and 20 Baby Pink in their Summer 2013 Collection. These new shades are really POPPING vibrant colors for your Summer looks.

I think you’ll love them!

Take a look!

Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge ($24) left a lasting impression on me when it was introduced earlier Fall 2012 and continues to impress me with these new Summer shades.

These are a long wear liquid cream lipstick with a smudge-proof, no transfer formula that sets for ALL damn day wear. I typically dislike long wearing lipstick as I feel like they get messy as the day progresses, dry my lips out, and begin to look cracked and flaky as the wear progresses. Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge is possibly the only long wearing lipstick I promote as brilliant.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge Swatches

16 Fuschia, 17 Bright Orange, 18 Coral, 19 Pomegranate Pink, and 20 Baby Pink

Housed in a double ended tube this contains liquid lip color on one end and a transparent gloss on the other. You can apply the liquid lipstick first and follow up with the gloss for a shiny, glossy finish. I do think the gloss is essential to the lipstick looking great. The gloss seems to smooth out the texture and creates a more even finish. Alone the color seems to look a little bit patchy and uneven so the gloss definitely aids in creating a more perfect finish.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge 2

Now it doesn’t budge so be prepared to commit to the shade for your entire day. It’s virtually bulletproof. The only thing that fades would be the gloss but the actual lipstick remains for a good twelve hours even if you’re eating and drinking. To remove it you’ll need some sort of oil based eye and lip remover. Initially during application the satiny matte finish looks a little patchy until gloss is applied but after the gloss is gone the color actually looks fairly even and smooth. I just feel like the gloss makes things look a little smoother. Touching up the gloss is key to the lipstick looking its best as the day progresses. The clear gloss is the a thin texture with a highly glossy shine. It doesn’t set the product for longer wear merely adds a glass-like finish.

Color doesn’t ever look dry even after the gloss has worn away. It has a fresh, smoother appearance which intensity that doesn’t fade with wear. To say these are pigmented is an understatement as they do pack incredible color. Although intense I didn’t have any problems with migration, color stays exactly where I put it and does so for hours on end!

Make Up For Ever  19 Pomegranate Pink Aqua Rouge FOTD

Make Up For Ever  19 Pomegranate Pink Aqua Rouge

19 Pomegranate Pink Aqua Rouge

Make Up For Ever 16 Fuschia Aqua Rouge FOTD

Make Up For Ever 16 Fuschia Aqua Rouge

16 Fuschia

Make Up For Ever 17 Bright Orange Aqua Rouge FOTD

Make Up For Ever 17 Bright Orange Aqua Rouge

17 Bright Orange

Make Up For Ever 18 Coral Aqua Rouge FOTD

Make Up For Ever 18 Coral Aqua Rouge

18 Coral

Make Up For Ever 20 Baby Pink Aqua Rouge FOTD

Make Up For Ever 20 Baby Pink Aqua Rouge

20 Baby Pink

Honestly, these are an excellent way to wear your lipstick from sun up until sun down with very, very little maintenance during the wear (just slick on some clear gloss when it wears away and you’re golden).

They still remain a fond favorite and these new Summer shades are simply stunning!

Available now at Sephora and Sephora.com


This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • nadia

    Thanks for the review Muse!! I wanna try one of these. Which would you say is your favorite color? I love the fuschia one on you the most but you look amazing in all of them 🙂

    • the Muse

      aw thanks nadia you’re too kind my fav is 19 Pomegranate Pink! It’s a shade that works with everything 🙂

  • Aditi

    Okay Muse, that coral shade looks GORGEOUS on you! These could be the ones I’ve been looking for.. can’t wait to try them!

  • Renu

    I only ever use long-wear liquid lippies anyway because I can’t be bothered to reapply, but had trouble with an Aqua Rouge shade that went well with my skintone. I love the look of Coral and Pomegranate Pink and am defo going to get them! Thanks for the info and swatches x

    • the Muse

      my pleasure renu! I had issues with the original shades released as well. I wanted warmer colors 🙂

  • Cindy Ramirez

    Oh I’m in love with Pomegranate Pink and Coral! These are seriously heavy duty stay put kinda lipsticks.

  • amy

    These are all too warm for my liking, but the formula sounds intriguing, so I’ll definitely check out the “original” shades.

  • Majick

    They all look great! My fav is the first pic. I think this type of lippie is particularly great for social functions when you do a lot of kissing. I hate when you ‘go in for the air kiss’ and accidentally put the ‘wrong blush color’ on someone’s cheek. LoL

  • Dee

    These look amazing on you, Muse. You somehow pull off all the shades. I like how the orange looks on you!

  • Mel

    I’m late looking at these 😉 on u, honey, pomegranate pink! Sexy mother pucker 😉 lol

  • Shirley

    how do you remove the lipstick at the end of the day? i heard that even if you wash your teeth, the lipstick is still there

        • Isabella Muse

          my pleasure! thank you you’re too kind! ps keep your mouth closed when removing, lip and eye makeup remover doesn’t taste GOOD ;-D

  • Kimberly

    Wanting a long wear liquid lip product I knew where to come for the best info. Two years after the review it still remains relevant and oh so helpful! Thank you for your always thoughtful and thorough reviews. I honestly couldn’t pick good makeup products often without checking your great blog for direction and guidance and great tips. I am buying two of these colors shown as you helped me narrow down my choices in addition to the iconic red Best regards!

    • Isabella Muse

      OMG thank you Kimberly that means so MUCH to me and I’m deeply flattered you feel that way! I hope you like these. Let me know what you think after trying 🙂