The product: Make Up For Ever Artist Acrylip Lip Paint in 200 Candy Pink, 501 Eggplant, and 600 Dark Purple
I’m really into products with unexpected textures, finishes, or formats, so the Make Up For Ever Artist Acrylip launch is one that I’ve been waiting on for a while.
Make Up For Ever markets their Artist Acrylip line as a “lip paint,” with the “rich intensity of acrylic paint” and a “lightweight, non-sticky formula.” The formula is pigmented with triple ground pigments and synthetic mica.
The Artist Acrylip Lip Paints also feature castor seed oil for comfort and hydration, silica gel for a smooth finish, and clay to keep the texture light but non-greasy. Currently, the range features 10 shades, which I find are mostly cool-toned.
Make Up For Ever Artist Acrylip lip swatches: 200, 200 / 501, 600
Make Up For Ever Artist Acrylip Lip Paint swatches in 200 Candy Pink, 501 Eggplant, and 600 Dark Purple. Indirect sunlight.
I really wanted to love these, but… I just didn’t. It’s a response that I’ve heard from many other beauty bloggers, and as much as I adore the shades that these are available in, I really struggle to wear them.
200 Candy Pink is a very dense, editorial bubblegum pink, but its formula is thick and chalky. I’ve swatched it both heavily and lightly here, but I don’t think my photos do it justice. It caught on every dry bit of skin on my lips, and left me looking like I enjoy making out with silly putty in my spare time.
Make Up For ever Artist Acrylip review – 501 Eggplant
Make Up For ever Artist Acrylip review – 501 Eggplant. See those darker patches?
501 Eggplant is a shade that gives me pause, because I had a lot of difficulties wearing it. It’s a beautiful shade and a relatively comfortable texture, but it also catches on my dry bits. Because it acts like a thin stain, it tints them darker than the rest of my lip, and looks patchy overall.
I love the shade itself, though, and I wore it in February’s makeup look. But even from a distance, you can see the patchiness if you look closely.
Make Up For Ever Artist Acrylip review – 600 Dark Purple
Make Up For Ever Artist Acrylip in 600 Dark Purple
Finally, 600 Dark Purple is a makeup junkie’s dream shade. It’s inky, flattering, and unique, and it acts the most like an actual acrylic paint.
Acrylics aren’t made for the lips, though, and it seems like Dark Purple isn’t, either. While 201 Candy Pink was too thick, this Artist Acrylip is too thin. No matter how much or how little you apply, it pools unevenly on the lips.
The Make Up For Ever Artist Acrylip verdict
As cool as I think the Make Up For Ever Artist Acrylips are, these are one Make Up For Ever product that I can’t recommend. There is enormous variation in the texture of the product by shade, and none of them seem to get it quite right.
If you’re determined to try an Artist Acrylip paint all the same, I would direct you to 501 Eggplant. It may not be my dream texture, but it sure is my dream shade!
Note – as I was writing this post, the Artist Acrylip Lip Paints were marked down from $24 USD/$29 CAD, which is their listed price. No word as of yet on whether the current pricing is permanent.