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Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick for July 2016

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick

MAKE UP FOR EVER’s ARTIST ROUGE is a new, expertly curated lipstick collection offered in in 45 show-stopping shades. Packaged in new signature packaging, the lipstick is available in two simple, but beautiful finshes – 31 lustrous creams and 14 velvety mattes. The range only features the best reds, nudes, pinks, berries and artistic lipsticks, providing everyone with the most flattering shades for their skin tones.

Availability

Online July 22nd, 2016

The Details

Artist Rouge Lipstick | $22.00 | New, Permanent

  • C-103
  • C-104
  • C-105
  • C-106
  • C-107
  • C-108
  • C-205
  • C-206
  • C-207
  • C-208
  • C-208
  • C-210
  • C-211
  • C-302
  • C-303
  • C-304
  • C-305
  • C-306
  • C-403
  • C-404
  • C-405
  • C-406
  • C-407
  • C-502
  • C-503
  • C-506
  • C-600
  • C-601
  • C-602
  • C-603
  • C-604
  • M-100
  • M-101
  • M-102
  • M-200
  • M-201
  • M-202
  • M-203
  • M-204
  • M-300
  • M-301
  • M-401
  • M-402
  • M-500
  • M-501

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Make Up For Ever Iridescent Artist Shadows (Part 1)

Make Up For Ever I238 Blue Cedar Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever I238 Blue Cedar Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever I112 Chrome Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium, bluish gray with cool undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had rich color payoff with a creamy, moderately dense texture that was smooth and blendable on the skin, while the color adhered well to bare lids. On me, this shade wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing. Too Faced Blueberry Swirl (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Bright Moon (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sephora Be My Bow (LE) is darker (90% similar). Burberry Stone Blue (307) (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Destination (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Sapphire (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Frozen Blue (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Beaugrenelle #4 (P) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Cyber (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Lovey Dovey (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). LORAC Starry Night (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Chanel Tisse Jazz #1 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Heavy, Black and Pendulous (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (80% similar). Makeup Geek Stealth (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Natasha Denona Quick Silver (09M) (P, $29.00) is darker (80% similar). CoverGirl Charcoal (335) (P, $4.99) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Milani Bella Sky (08) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). bareMinerals Mingle (P) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #2 (LE) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever I120 Snow Gray Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright, bluish-white with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It appeared bluer in the pan than swatched, where it ends up looking lighter and brighter overall. The consistency was soft and blendable, while it felt looser in the pan than a lot of the shades in the Artist Shadow formula do, not in a bad way, just that it was noticeably different. When I tested it, the eyeshadow lasted for eight hours. Sephora Early Frost (P, $10.00) is cooler (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Nutcracker (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NYX Frostbite (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Crystal Avalanche (DC, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Metal-ica (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Sugarpill Ice Angel (P, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). theBalm A3 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Flawless Figure (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Starry Night #1 (P) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Anti-Star (LE) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever I204 Sky Blue Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright, light-medium sky blue with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, but the texture was much denser and a little stiffer to work with; this one seemed prone to skipping/applying unevenly for me. It started to crease after eight hours of wear. I also noticed that this shade must have been discontinued since the it came out. MAC Styledriven (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Jade (03) (P, $39.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Grand Large (LE, $28.00) is more muted (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S208 Baby Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #8 (LE) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #1 (LE) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I210 Light Turquoise (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever #25 (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Giorgio Armani Swimming Pool Turquoise (LE) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever I210 Light Turquoise Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright, light-medium blue with subtle, cool undertones and a warmer, more golden sheen. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, dense, and cream-like consistency that applied well to bare skin but didn’t perform as well over primer (didn’t apply as evenly). This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me. NARS Grand Large (LE, $28.00) is more muted (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Swimming Pool Turquoise (LE) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Styledriven (DC, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S208 Baby Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Buxom Schmooze (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Jade (03) (P, $39.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I204 Sky Blue (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #8 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). City Color Breezy (P, $6.99) is darker (85% similar). MAC Divine Blue (LE, $20.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #1 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Dior Rivage #3 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bold, dark navy blue with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a denser, firmer consistency that was harder to apply evenly. I felt like this shade could be built up and diffused with some effort, but it wasn’t as impressive as the majority of this formula has been. Milani Primary #6 (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D222 Night Blue (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Natasha Denona Blue Spruce (02M) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). NARS Cressida (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Diving in Australia (P, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Kimono (P, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Etiquette (DC, $5.00) is more muted (95% similar). Sephora My Boyfriend's Jeans (19) (P, $10.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Sapphire (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Swing (116) (P, $29.50) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Danger (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Evidence (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Cobalt (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). Tarte Dark Seas (P, $14.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Tonight's Temptation #1 (LE, $21.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Dior Rivage #5 (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sephora Aja (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Luckfully (LE, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Blue Envy (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever I238 Blue Cedar Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark bluish-teal with cooler undertones and a satiny sheen. The color payoff was incredibly opaque with a creamy, smooth consistency that applied beautifully to bare skin. The eyeshadow blended out with ease and lasted for eight and a half hours on me. theBalm #43 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I-20 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). L'Oreal Teal Couture (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Clinique Aqua Pop (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, brighter (85% similar). Smashbox Pacific (LE) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Fringe (P) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #3 (LE) is more shimmery (85% similar). Tarina Tarantino Ozma (LE) is more shimmery, brighter (85% similar). theBalm #23 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Mermaid (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS China Seas #1 (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Inglot #413 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Milani Primary #5 (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever I300 Pine Green Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a dark, muted teal with subtle, cooler undertones and a satiny sheen. The consistency was quite dense, though it was smooth and seemed to apply just fine to bare skin. It had opaque pigmentation that blended out nicely. This shade started to crease after eight and a half hours on me. MAC Blue Karma (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Indigogo (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Effect (DC, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Dazzle (P) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora Midnight Swim (16) (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC She's a Model (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Deep Sea (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #7 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sea Mist (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Blue Noir (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Natasha Denona Deep Pacific (03V) (P, $29.00) is darker (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Cleopatra (P, $32.00) is brighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Editor's Pick (LE) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Emeraude (04) (P, $39.00) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a powder eyeshadow available in five distinct finishes: Diamond, Iridescent, Matte, Metallic, and Satin. The texture of all finishes, except the Matte finish, are much denser and more like a cream-powder hybrid. I’ve used traditional eyeshadow brushes (like MAC’s 239, a go-to for me) with these and have hadn’t any issues, but for those who have, I would recommend a firmer, flatter synthetic brush (like MAC 242) to maximize payoff and application. The Diamond and Iridescent finishes have sparkle or micro-glitter, and I have found that the majority of shades have little to no fall out over time for me. The Metallic is the richest, smoothest formula out of the five finishes. The Mattes are soft and silky–much smoother and more finely-milled than the brand’s last formula–but these are sometimes sheerer, though buildable, and can be a little dusty or powdery to work with. The Mattes typically apply well and blend out without issue. The Satin finish feels the firmest of the five finishes but is the most blendable and pigmented; some are closer to metallic and others are more like a natural matte on. I get seven to ten hour wear, depending on the shade, across the range. The eyeshadows are larger than standard (0.08 oz. per the packaging). For the most bang for your buck, consider purchasing two ($32.00) or three at once ($46.00) or watch for seasonal releases of palettes (just be careful if you’ve already bought a few–the brand repeats very often).

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow I112 Chrome
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow I120 Snow Gray
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow I204 Sky Blue
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow I210 Light Turquoise
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow I218 Indigo Blue
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow I238 Blue Cedar
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow I300 Pine Green
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Make Up For Ever M10, M14, D12, M16 Aqua XL Eye Pencils

Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium black with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation in one layer, and the consistency was creamy enough to glide across the skin without skipping or dragging. The color wore well for four hours on my waterline, eight hours on my lower lash line. NARS Black Moon (P, $24.00) is glossier (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black (P) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Black Ice (P, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). Guerlain Black Jack (01) (P, $30.00) is glossier (95% similar). Urban Decay Zero (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Black Walnut (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Black Lace (P, $10.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Cat's Meow (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Engraved (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Black Black (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Skully (P, $18.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Tommy Jet (P, $15.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Midnight (LE, $15.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Squid (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Flourish Me Deep (LE, $18.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Guerlain Noir Volcanique (01) (P, $37.00) is darker (95% similar). Stila Stingray (P, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). Urban Decay Legend (P, $20.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Ardency Inn Black (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M14 Matte Charcoal Grey Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is medium-dark, bluish-gray with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff in one stroke, which was buildable to mostly opaque coverage in two to three layers. The texture wasn’t too soft or too firm, so it applied without being uncomfortable. This shade wore well for two and a half hours on the waterline, and eight hours on the lower lash line. Colour Pop Timber (DC, $6.00)(100% similar). Urban Decay Mood (P, $20.00)(100% similar). Colour Pop Timber (DC, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Madison Ave. (P, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Lure (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS London (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Zinc (LE, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D12 Diamond Black Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a deep black with gold sparkle. It had rich color coverage in one pass–it was one of the most pigmented in the range–with a creamy, denser consistency that glided across the skin with ease. The color wore well for four hours on the waterline, and it lasted better on the lower lash line with eight hours of wear. MAC Black Brilliance (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Black Swan (P, $15.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Night Clubbing (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal Love (P, $10.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Blitz & Glitz (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Rockstar Love (P, $15.00) is cooler (85% similar). Stila Stargazer (P, $22.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M16 Matte White Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a stark white with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one stroke, which was buildable to brighter, more opaque coverage, though it seemed to thicken and emphasize the texture of my lower lash line a little bit. The color lasted for two and a half hours on my waterline, while it did better on my lower lash line with eight-hour wear. Colour Pop Exit (DC, $6.00)(100% similar). MAC Fascinating (P, $16.00)(100% similar). Urban Decay Bump (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Exit (P, $5.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Santa Monica Blvd. (P, $24.00) is brighter (95% similar). Stila Alpine (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Polar Ice (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is supposed to be a “long-wearing,” “waterproof” pencil eyeliner (requires sharpening) with “one swipe color” that will not tug or skip. There is a fair amount of variance between shades with respect to color payoff, texture, wear, and application. They do not, personally, wear well at all on the waterline for me–three to four hours at most and darker shades can get really messy whenever I attempted wearing them on the waterline (they are supposed to “work great in the waterline”). They wear better on the lower lash line, which is about eight hours on average with faint thinning/migration to the outer corner. A lot of the color is intact, and the colors didn’t fade. I found them harder to remove and had to use more makeup remover (on a cotton swab) than average to get them off. I found the texture to be waxier than the prior Aqua Eyes formula for most shades. They were waterproof with respect to actual water, like I could take a shower and not have a smeary mess at the end. I would use some shades again, but it wouldn’t be the first formula I reached for–for me, they’re just not nearly long-wearing or pigmented enough to merit the extra effort for removal.

I’m not sure if it was just my bad luck, but almost every shade’s tip broke off when swatching, which is unusual (usually if I break one, I can fix the pressure to avoid doing so 10 more times!), though I didn’t have any issues with the tips breaking off when applying to my lash line.

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil M10 Matte Black
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil M14 Matte Charcoal Grey
8
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
80%
Total
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil D12 Diamond Black
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil M16 Matte White
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total

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Make Up For Ever Diamond Artist Shadows (Part 3)

Make Up For Ever D850 Nitro Pink Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D850 Nitro Pink Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D750 Frosted Peach Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light-medium, coral-orange with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It had mostly opaque coverage with a soft, blendable consistency that was very smooth but had a dense feel and firmer press. The color wore well for nine hours but had some fall out. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #6 (P) is lighter (95% similar). NYX Golden Peach (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Time Out (LE, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Buxom Glitz Factor (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Flame (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Bouquet Toss (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Freelove (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Smashbox Turned On (P) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #153 (DC, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Summer Sun (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #2 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Cheeky (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Shark Attack (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Inglot #407 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Say, Yeah! (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Sephora Mrs. Baily (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Dior Aurora (825) (LE, $32.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Sun Tweaked (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Intense Gaze (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Lancome Kitten Heel (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D830 Black Rose Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a deep blackened purple with warmer undertones and a satiny sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a very cream-like, dense, buttery texture that applied well to bare skin (I actually think it applies better on bare skin than primer). This shade wore well for nine hours on me. LORAC Licorice (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Boots (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals VIP (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Gilded Night #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #12 (LE, $25.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR #2 (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Miss Sparkles (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 17 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Jardin Zen #4 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). theBalm Stoked (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #2 (P, $33.00) is brighter (85% similar). MAC Brownluxe #5 (P) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Obsessed (P) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Sugared Violet (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Lavender Bubble Bath (LE) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D850 Nitro Pink Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright, medium pink with warmer undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. I originally thought it was a cheek-only color, though it is not listed on Sephora’s “for use on cheeks” section, which is why you’ll see a cheek swatch for this one as well as a skin swatch! The texture was dense and cream-like, but it remained very pigmented and adheres well to the skin. As an eyeshadow, it works well, but as a blush, it is a little harder to get anything less than pretty intense coverage, and it was harder to really diffuse the edges to the degree that I typically do for blush. The texture also emphasized pores on cheeks. Note, since it’s not a cheek color, the rating reflects only its performance as an eyeshadow. Urban Decay Backlash (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Maybelline Pink Rebel (P, $6.99) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Infra-violet (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D914 Crystalline Mauve Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a very light lavender with a strong, white base and an iridescent sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff, which was somewhat buildable, but it is definitely one of the least pigmented shimmery shades in the Artist range. I liked it best to brighten up the inner tearduct or along the lower lash line. The texture was dense but blendable, and the color lasted for eight hours on me. Colour Pop Steele (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Triple Impact (LE, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Smashbox Spectacle (P) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Gravitron (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Vulnerable (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #1 (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Fresh Ice (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Aura #2 (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Touch of Lilac (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Silvermist (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Dior Rosee (141) (LE, $31.00) is darker (85% similar). Chanel Tisse Beverly Hills #1 (P) is darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Candy Mauve (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Girls, Girls! (LE, $22.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Eye Candy (P, $5.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright, medium copper with warm, orange undertones and a frsoted finish. It was richly pigmented with a cream-like, denser consistency that was firm to the touch but very, very smooth and blendable on the skin. The color wore well for nine hours before creasing slightly.
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 13 (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop La-La (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Melonie (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Tan Lines (LE) is lighter (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #7 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Stila Golden Topaz (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Grandstand (P, $9.99) is cooler (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Sunrise (14) (LE, $39.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Divergent Peaceful Shimmer (LE) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Marais (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Maybelline Caramel Cool (100) (LE, $6.99) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Bellini (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Stila Affection (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Adore (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #5 (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Siros (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Bon Bon (Semi-Sweet Palette) (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). City Color Homecoming Queen (P, $6.99) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a powder eyeshadow available in five distinct finishes: Diamond, Iridescent, Matte, Metallic, and Satin. The texture of all finishes, except the Matte finish, are much denser and more like a cream-powder hybrid. I’ve used traditional eyeshadow brushes (like MAC’s 239, a go-to for me) with these and have hadn’t any issues, but for those who have, I would recommend a firmer, flatter synthetic brush (like MAC 242) to maximize payoff and application. The Diamond and Iridescent finishes have sparkle or micro-glitter, and I have found that the majority of shades have little to no fall out over time for me. The Metallic is the richest, smoothest formula out of the five finishes. The Mattes are soft and silky–much smoother and more finely-milled than the brand’s last formula–but these are sometimes sheerer, though buildable, and can be a little dusty or powdery to work with. The Mattes typically apply well and blend out without issue. The Satin finish feels the firmest of the five finishes but is the most blendable and pigmented; some are closer to metallic and others are more like a natural matte on. I get seven to ten hour wear, depending on the shade, across the range. The eyeshadows are larger than standard (0.08 oz. per the packaging). For the most bang for your buck, consider purchasing two ($32.00) or three at once ($46.00) or watch for seasonal releases of palettes (just be careful if you’ve already bought a few–the brand repeats very often).

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow D750 Frosted Peach
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow D830 Black Rose
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow D850 Nitro Pink
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow D914 Crystalline Mauve
7
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
80%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow D712 Creme Brulee
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Make Up For Ever M80, I90, M92, M40 Aqua XL Eye Pencils

Make Up For Ever M80 Matte Plum Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever M80 Matte Plum Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever M80 Matte Plum Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is medium-dark, plummy purple with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had medium coverage in one pass, which was buildable to opaque coverage, likely due to the very smooth, creamy consistency of the product that enabled me to go over the initial layer without issue. The color wore well for five hours on the waterline, eight hours on the lower lash line. Urban Decay Plushie (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Flourish Me Beautiful (LE, $18.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop No Shame (P, $6.00) is darker (80% similar). Colour Pop No Shame (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Makeup Geek Royal (P, $9.00) is lighter, cooler, lower quality (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever I90 Iridescent Pop Purple Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium-dark violet purple with fine pearl. I had a tough time applying this one, as it was stiffer and tended to apply in short chunks–it was almost as if it had dried out, despite being brand new (though it could have dried out while waiting to be sold). It was hard to apply an even layer, and it was harder still to really build-up the color as the color would thicken on itself and appear even more uneven than a single layer looked. On the lower lash line, it wore for eight hours. Kat Von D Roxy (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Ho Ho (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Ransom (LE, $20.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Designer Purple (P, $15.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Buxom Door's Unlocked (P, $17.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Vice (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Pure Purple (240) (P, $8.99) is lighter (90% similar). Milani Perfect Purple (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Regency (P, $7.50) is cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Homie (P, $10.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M92 Matte Pastel Purple Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a light-medium lavender purple with cooler undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage in one pass, which was somewhat buildable to greater coverage, though I found it difficult to get really opaque results even after three passes. The texture was lightly creamy and didn’t drag on my lash line. This shade stayed on the waterline for three hours and on the lower lash line for eight. Colour Pop Cry Baby (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Cry Baby (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Mist Me (P, $25.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M40 Matte Pastel Yellow Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a pale, light-medium yellow with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage in a single stroke, which I didn’t find to be that buildable, so it always had some translucency to it. I would say it works better as a base product with a yellow eyeshadow patted on top to help even and smooth out the overall color. On the waterline, it lasted for four hours; on the lower lash line, it lasted for eight hours. Stila Canary (P, $22.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is supposed to be a “long-wearing,” “waterproof” pencil eyeliner (requires sharpening) with “one swipe color” that will not tug or skip. There is a fair amount of variance between shades with respect to color payoff, texture, wear, and application. They do not, personally, wear well at all on the waterline for me–three to four hours at most and darker shades can get really messy whenever I attempted wearing them on the waterline (they are supposed to “work great in the waterline”). They wear better on the lower lash line, which is about eight hours on average with faint thinning/migration to the outer corner. A lot of the color is intact, and the colors didn’t fade. I found them harder to remove and had to use more makeup remover (on a cotton swab) than average to get them off. I found the texture to be waxier than the prior Aqua Eyes formula for most shades. They were waterproof with respect to actual water, like I could take a shower and not have a smeary mess at the end. I would use some shades again, but it wouldn’t be the first formula I reached for–for me, they’re just not nearly long-wearing or pigmented enough to merit the extra effort for removal.

I’m not sure if it was just my bad luck, but almost every shade’s tip broke off when swatching, which is unusual (usually if I break one, I can fix the pressure to avoid doing so 10 more times!), though I didn’t have any issues with the tips breaking off when applying to my lash line.

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil M80 Matte Plum
8
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
81%
Total
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil I90 Iridescent Pop Purple
6
Product
6
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
3
Application
64%
Total
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil M92 Matte Pastel Purple
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
81%
Total
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil M40 Matte Pastel Yellow
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
79%
Total

Make Up For Ever I36, M60, ME42, S50, D62 Aqua XL Eye Pencils

Make Up For Ever I36 Iridescent Khaki Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever I36 Iridescent Khaki Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever I36 Iridescent Khaki Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is medium-dark olive green with warmer undertones and a satiny sheen. There is very slight sparkle, but it doesn’t seem chunky or noticeable. It had mostly opaque coverage in a single stroke, which was buildable to fully opaque coverage in two passes. The texture was lightly creamy, glided on without tugging on the lower lash line, and lasted for eight hours on me before there was noticeable migration. It lasted for four hours on the waterline, though it has sparkle, I’m not sure if I would use this on the waterline (I didn’t see any notes on Sephora on whether any shades weren’t for the waterline). L'Oreal Green Ivy (270) (P, $8.99) is darker (95% similar). MAC Forever Green (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Snakeskin Dress (17) (DC, $10.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals 10AM (LE, $15.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M60 Matte Dark Brown Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is dark, chocolaty brown with subtly warmer, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one pass, which was buildable to mostly opaque coverage with two layers. The texture was a smidgen drier but still had enough slip not to tug on the lower lash line. It applied well to the waterline as well, though wear only came in at three and a half hours. The color lasted better on the lower lash line at eight hours. Make Up For Ever #25L (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever Gypsy (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Christian Louboutin Beaute Zoulou (P, $40.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Coffee (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Espresso (P, $24.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Seasonally Spicy (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Brown Border (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Call Me (P, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Stomper (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Via de Martelli (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty (Brown)ie (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Tiramisu (P, $10.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Bourbon (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, glossier (90% similar). NARS Mambo (P, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty (Earth)quake (P, $25.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC Duck (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever ME42 Metallic Bronze Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is medium-dark, golden bronze with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable to mostly opaque coverage, though the texture was a little waxier and sometimes caused the first layer to sheer out. The color lasted for eight hours on my lower lash line before it looked faded/worn. MAC El Dorado (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Iskandar (P, $25.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). MAC Handforged (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Going for Gold (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). NARS Campo de' Fiori (P, $24.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Girls Night Out (P, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Antique (04) (LE, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Sun Tan (08) (P, $10.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC $$$ (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Powerline (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever S50 Satiny Taupe Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium-dark taupe-brown with warmer undertones and a cooler, gray overtone. The texture was lightly creamy and applied without skipping or tugging on the skin. It deposited mostly opaque coverage in a single stroke, which was buildable to opaque coverage two layers–and notably, two layers made the grayer tone much more apparent. This shade lasted for four hours on the waterline, eight hours on the lower lash line. Lancome Pluie (P, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Moody (P, $18.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Stray Dog (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC Shoreline (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Zoeva Mute (P, $7.50) is lighter, cooler, glossier (85% similar). Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D62 Diamond Brown Blue Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is dark, chocolaty brown with gold micro-sparkle over a mostly matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one stroke, which didn’t build up beyond semi-opaque–it was always translucent, and that is not something I’ve experienced too often with darker eyeliners like this one. The texture didn’t drag or pull on the lash line, but it just wouldn’t deposit color that well. I didn’t test this on the waterline due to the larger-sized sparkle. It lasted for eight hours on my lower lash line. Zoeva Glance (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Lord It Up (P, $15.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay West (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Brown(out) (54) (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Burberry Midnight Brown (P, $27.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Deliciously Rich (DC, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Deliciously Rich (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Muse (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Orpheus (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Sweet Tooth (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Buxom Come Over (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is supposed to be a “long-wearing,” “waterproof” pencil eyeliner (requires sharpening) with “one swipe color” that will not tug or skip. There is a fair amount of variance between shades with respect to color payoff, texture, wear, and application. They do not, personally, wear well at all on the waterline for me–three to four hours at most and darker shades can get really messy whenever I attempted wearing them on the waterline (they are supposed to “work great in the waterline”). They wear better on the lower lash line, which is about eight hours on average with faint thinning/migration to the outer corner. A lot of the color is intact, and the colors didn’t fade. I found them harder to remove and had to use more makeup remover (on a cotton swab) than average to get them off. I found the texture to be waxier than the prior Aqua Eyes formula for most shades. They were waterproof with respect to actual water, like I could take a shower and not have a smeary mess at the end. I would use some shades again, but it wouldn’t be the first formula I reached for–for me, they’re just not nearly long-wearing or pigmented enough to merit the extra effort for removal.

I’m not sure if it was just my bad luck, but almost every shade’s tip broke off when swatching, which is unusual (usually if I break one, I can fix the pressure to avoid doing so 10 more times!), though I didn’t have any issues with the tips breaking off when applying to my lash line.

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil I36 Iridescent Khaki
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil M60 Matte Dark Brown
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil ME42 Metallic Bronze
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil S50 Satiny Taupe
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil D62 Diamond Brown
6
Product
6
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3
Application
69%
Total

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