Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow

Yesterday, I tweeted Sephora to ask them when the Make Up For Ever pricing discount would be reflected online, and Make Up For Ever responded and said that they were working on it and it would be fixed. I’m happy to announce that it IS fixed and working at Sephora! :) I tested it myself, and I was able to have six eyeshadows + two trios and see a -$40 discount in my basket.

 The pricing discount reflects savings if you purchase more than one eyeshadow with a compact:

  • Single + Mono Compact — $22.00
  • Two Refills + Duo Compact — $34.00 (effectively $17 each)
  • Three Refills + Trio Compact — $44.00 (effectively $14.67 each)

Artist Shadow – Diamond Finish ($21.00) (New, Permanent)

Effortlessly create endless eye looks that range from beautifully natural to highly artistic with this unique eye shadow. With its breakthrough, gel-powder formula blended with ultrafine pigments, Artist Shadow leaves a smooth, even result that gives lids super-saturated, lasting color. Easily-blendable, it is an accessible shadow for the professional makeup artist and the everyday woman.

Availability: Now at Sephora

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Make Up For Ever S742 Tomato Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever S742 Tomato Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever S742 Tomato Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a brightened, orange-red with a very subtle golden sheen. Urban Decay Slowburn (P) is more matte, darker. NARS Exhibit A (P, $29.00) is darker, redder. MAC Out for Fun (LE, $20.00) is a cream product, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes. (Here are some comparison swatches of eyeshadows.)

This is another shade that’s actually labeled as a blush (compared to “eye shadow” on others), though it is listed as part of the Artist Shadow formula and range. The new Artist Shadow formula is described as a “highly-blendable, gel-powder eyeshadow with vivid color payoff” (guess we’ll substitute eyeshadow for blush!). Like I802 Coral Pink, the texture is truly a mix of gel and powder; it has a slightly creamy feel, but it is very dense and applies and looks more like a powder on the skin. It’s intensely pigmented where the slightest bit goes a very, very long way, while the color wore well for nine and a half hours. I just wish that it was slightly more blendable on the skin; it’s not too difficult, but for a shade this bright and richly pigmented, it would have been very much appreciated.

P.S. — These are supposed to have reduced pricing if you purchase more than one, plus a compact, but I haven’t seen this pricing available online. I spoke with the Make Up For Ever Boutique at Valley Fair (CA), and she said that the LA and NY boutiques will ship anywhere. If you live near a boutique, they have the special pricing in effect. If you buy two or more shades, plus the duo compact, it’s $34 ($17/each), and if you purchase three shades with the trio palette, it’s $44 ($14.67/each). The boutique said they were charging $14.33/each after 3. There is also an 18x and 10x palette available for those who want to fill a larger palette.

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Unlike cool-toned browns, there’s no shortage of warm-toned browns (seriously, check out this gallery), but here are a few of my very favorites that you can individually and any time you want. I’d love to hear your warmer brown must-haves!

  1. Make Up For Ever D623 Celestial Earth — a rich, bronzy brown with a frosted finish
  2. NARS Fez — a brightened, reddish-orange brown
  3. Laura Mercier Cafe au Lait — a medium, softly warm-toned brown with a matte finish
  4. Makeup Geek Homecoming — a light-medium bronzy brown
  5. Inglot #422 — a rich bronze

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Make Up For Ever I802 Coral Pink Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever I802 Coral Pink Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever I802 Coral Pink Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light-medium, coral-pink with a soft, frosted finish. Surratt Beauty Ponceau (P, $32.00) is brighter. IT Cosmetics Pretty in Peony (P, $24.00) is pinker. theBalm Crisp is more shimmery. MAC Petal Power (LE, $27.00) is lighter. Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is similar. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $55.00) is warmer. NARS Orgasm (P, $29.00) is more shimmery. MAC Supercontinental (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes. (Here are some comparison swatches of eyeshadows.)

This is technically classified as a blush (see the label on the back of the compact), though it is lumped in with the Artist Shadow formula and range. The new Artist Shadow formula is described as a “highly-blendable, gel-powder eyeshadow with vivid color payoff” (guess we’ll substitute eyeshadow for blush!). The texture is very interesting on this shade; some of the Artist Shadows feel like a regular powder eyeshadow, but some feel more like a firm cream, which this one does. I can take the back of my brush, stab at the eyeshadow, and it creates a dent but doesn’t chip away any product; similarly, I can press and smooth it back out to an even surface. It’s incredibly pigmented with a smooth texture that blends easily on the skin. As an eyeshadow, it lasted for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly, and as a blush, it lasted for eight hours.

Also, I’ve yet to see the special pricing when you buy more than one eyeshadow on Sephora’s website. I spoke with the Make Up For Ever Boutique at Valley Fair (CA), and she said that the LA and NY boutiques will ship anywhere. If you live near a boutique, they have the special pricing in effect. If you buy two or more shades, plus the duo compact, it’s $34 ($17/each), and if you purchase three shades with the trio palette, it’s $44 ($14.67/each). The boutique said they were charging $14.33/each after 3. There is also an 18x and 10x palette available for those who want to fill a larger palette.

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9.5/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Make Up For Ever 30 Years 30 Colors 30 Artists Palette
Make Up For Ever 30 Years 30 Colors 30 Artists Palette

In celebration of their 30th anniversary, MAKE UP FOR EVER partnered with 30 elite makeup artists from all areas of the industry including celebrity, fashion and beauty, TV, film and theater as well as Brand Creator & Artistic Director Dany
Sanz. The brand’s unique story is shared through the eyes of these artists who helped shape it into a cult favorite for professionals and the public.

Makeup artists have been devotees of MAKE UP FOR EVER since its beginning in 1984, when it launched an eye shadow collection featuring 100 shades. Now 30 years later, the brand has revolutionized the product that put it on the map by introducing the new, advanced Artist Shadow. Staying true to its roots, MAKE UP FOR EVER presented the first preview of this new collection to the community that helped bring its name into the spotlight – the professionals.

Curated by these artists, the spectacular limited edition collector’s 30 Years 30 Colors 30 Artists Palette features 30 Artist Shadows inspired by each artist’s unique journey within the industry and personal experience with MAKE UP FOR EVER. The palette is divided into three black trays each carrying 10 shadows in the following 3 categories: smoky, brights, and neutrals. These highly blendable and vivid shadows allow consumers to explore this palette’s endless possibilities by mixing and matching their favorite shades, and experimenting with new bold shadows.

30 Years 30 Colors 30 Artists Palette ($250.00 U.S. / $295.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • M100 (Dany Sanz)
  • D104 (Debbie Zoller)
  • ME310 (Ricky Wilson)
  • D320 (Jackie Gomez)
  • ME108 (Viktorija Bowers)
  • ME624 (Ve Neill)
  • M618 (Craig Lindberg)
  • M930 (Stephen Sollitto)
  • ME654 (Mai Quynh)
  • I606 (Darcy Gilmore)
  • I550 (Greg Wencel)
  • M548 (Pati Dubroff)
  • M536 (Jo Baker)
  • M532 (Joyce Bonelli)
  • ME122 (Anthony Merante)
  • M636 (Roshar)
  • I662 (James Vincent)
  • D640 (Melanie Inglessis)
  • ME512 (Anthony Nguyen)
  • D868 (Charles Porlier)
  • ME400 (Luis Casco)
  • I746 (Angelina Avallone)
  • S852 (Frances Hathaway)
  • S742 (Lottie)
  • I922 (Kabuki)
  • D206 (Eryn Krueger Mekash)
  • I340 (Elizabeth Cohen)
  • ME304 (Merell Hollis)
  • ME230 (Jodi Urichuk)
  • I220 (William Lemon III)

Availability:  September 2nd for VIB Rouges, full release on September 9th at Sephora and September 2nd at Make Up For Ever Boutiques

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Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Yesterday, I shared my favorite cool-toned purple eyeshadows, so I wanted to feature my favorite warm-toned purples, too! I’d love to hear your favorites.

  1. Make Up For Ever D926 Blueberry — a shimmery, frosted medium purple
  2. Sugarpill Hysteric — an ultra-shimmery warm violet
  3. Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister — a warm, medium purple
  4. NARS Phoebe — a shimmering, plummy purple
  5. Makeup Geek Drama Queen — a deepened, warm-toned purple burgundy

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<