Your Ultimate Guide to Make Up For Ever's New Artist Rouge Lipsticks

As you've probably heard, Make Up For Ever has reformulated, repackaged, and reintroduced its line of Artist Rouge Lipsticks ($22 each) this summer—and this month, the new-and-improved line of the brand's pigment-packed lip colors hits Sephora stores. With 45 shades in cream and matte finishes, it's likely you'll want to visit your local store to get up close and personal with the wide range. But before you go on your lipstick shopping spree, we've got some helpful pointers to help you narrow down which colors to add to your makeup stash. 

First things first: Yes, there are 45 lipsticks, and they're split into 31 cream finishes and 14 mattes. The collection also has an Icona Pop collab within it. The two musicians each chose a color to represent them—a bright red matte and a bold midnight-blue in a cream finish—and are distinguished by their unique lids. Speaking of packaging, it's quite a departure from the previous Artist Rouge Intense collection. The sleek pointed lipstick bullets, which boast an elongated teardrop shape and a sharp point made to resemble a lip brush, are encased in a matte tube with a silver ring around the base.

When it comes to color selection, you won't be disappointed. This line features a huge selection of wearable classics like reds, pinks, and nudes, but it also has a curated lineup of bold artistic colors as well. We've come to expect only the best of the best regarding formulation from Make Up For Ever, and you can bet these lipsticks meet our standards. The new formula has 25% more pigment than the previous line's formula and is completely opaque with as little as one swipe. The wear is incredibly long-lasting, as in 10 hours long for creams and eight for the mattes. The two textures are equally hydrating, made with soothing macadamia oils and sunflower seed waxes for comfortable wear. Matte lipsticks get a bad rap for flaking and dryness, but this formula is a standout, with zero flaking or feathering.

Now that you've had a taste of what to expect, we've broken down all the shades and finishes into categories and listed suggestions for every skin tone based on each color family, from nude to bold. Keep scrolling to read all about the incredible shade selection in the new Artist Rouge Lipstick collection, straight from our Q&A with Lijha Stewart, Make Up For Ever's director of education and artistry.

Have you tried the Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge lipsticks yet? Which color do you love most? Tell us in the comments!