Greetings from the shadows, my fellow rogues!
It might be a little harder than usual to see me – today I’m wearing a particularly dark and gorgeous purple listick, perfect for adding a little shadowy camouflage (or drama – dramouflage?) to your adventuring toolkit.
Make Up Forever Rouge Artist Intense #49 (a.k.a. Satin Blueberry) is a richly pigmented, opaque, satin finish listick in a deep, warm, blackened purple. It applies smoothly and evenly, and has a cloaking, slightly hydrating feel on the lips. The wear time is excellent on me – I find that this one will still be keeping me in the shadows even after clearing a medium sized dungeon (or 4-5 hours).
I stated previously that lipliner is something I find more tedious than trying to trim all the heads off a hydra (although admittedly less dangerous), but this lipstick may actually require it. I don’t bother, generally, but by the end of those 4 or 5 hours, the edges have started to feather a tiny bit. This is particularly noticeable on me, as I have the paleness you might expect of someone who spends most of their time in pitch darkness. If you need it to look perfect for a long time, however, you might wish to line your lips with a matching or colourless liner first.
Speaking of perfection and wear time, I find that sometimes, with dark/bright lipsticks, they fade from the inside of my lower lip first, giving a rather vampiric look to the centre of my mouth (potentially not a bad thing, if you’re trying to infiltrate a vampire lair). If this happens to you, or the lipstick won’t even apply nicely to that area in the first place, I suggest going over the lips with a good lip balm first. This will help even out the lip texture/moisture and help the lipstick to apply more evenly. You can probably do this with lipliner as well.
I acquired this lipstick in the village near the fortress of Carcassonne, and traveling constraints meant I had to dispose of the packaging. As such, I cannot give you a snapshot of the list of ingredients right at the moment. The website for the product does indicate that it is ‘paraben free’, for which they receive a massive eyeroll. The packaging is simple and classic, even a bit functional, almost as if someone mated a medicinal product with a Chanel lipstick tube. It shuts with a satisfying and solid click and the bullet moves smoothly and cleanly in the tube.
The product has a light, pleasant violet scent and no particular taste (that isn’t related to the fragrance)
The verdict: An excellent, long-wearing, opaque, intense dark purple lipstick. Perfect for the rogue who wants to try and stand out while they melt into the shadows (no mean feat!).
The practicalities: Make Up Forever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in #49 (Satin Blueberry) costs EUR 20.50 for 3.5 g/0.12 oz, is permanent, and may be acquired, with the rest of the MUFE line, from assorted Spehoras around the globe (although the available colours are highly variable, in my experience).
Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!
I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided!