Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Make Up For Ever #2 Colors You Crave Artist Palette
Make Up For Ever #2 Colors You Crave Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever #2 Colors You Crave Artist Palette ($42.00 for 0.54 oz.) contains eight eyeshadows and two blushes–yes, two shades are technically blushes–in an assortment of colors tempered by lighter neutrals and deeper, richer hues. I would only consider three of the ten shades to be truly bright, and two of those are the blushes. Four are more neutral, and then two shades are darker colors, but the depth makes them smokier and intense but muted. I think the palette is less intimidating for someone who isn’t as used to bright eyeshadows. The two blush shades are actually the two weakest performers in the palette, with one being a little under-performing and the other being unimpressive. The eight eyeshadows are very good, with four receiving perfect scores. That purple blush almost made me withhold my recommendation, but the other shades are that good.

I wish Make Up For Ever had included two other, vibrant eyeshadows rather than two blushes, though–perhaps two of these: ME338 Acidic Green, ME304 Emerald, I238 Blue Cedar, or D826 Fig. They could have also used a different neutral than ME512 Golden Beige, as it is also in the Nudes You Need palette, and they have plenty of golden-beige kind of shades to choose from. I would have also liked to see one or two more mattes/satins included here–7 of the 10 are of the metallic family.

The value of the palette is $141.75 based on $21/0.08 oz., though Make Up For Ever has a discounting system if you buy two or three (plus the coordinating case) individuals at a time. Based on that, you could get three for $44 or $44/0.24 oz., which would give the palette a value of $99. Another way to look at it is the cost of purchasing all nine individually, and presuming you buy in trios to maximize your discount, you would spend $132. As long as you’d use at least three shades in it, then you’ll pay less than purchasing the three as singles (you would get more product, but a little goes a long way with these).

I872 Pearly Pink is a very light, pinky-white with a pearly sheen–just shy of a truly metallic finish. It had rich color payoff with a really smooth, buttery texture that was incredibly easy to use on the skin. The color wore well for nine hours before creasing very slightly. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

D552 Crystalline Gray Beige is a warm-toned, golden pewter with a sparkling, metallic finish. There is very slight sparkle to it, but the texture is dense enough to support the sparkle and actually keep it adhered to the skin with the most minimal fall out, even after nine hours of wear (like two sparkles). It was nicely pigmented with a creamy, blendable texture. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ME512 Golden Beige is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had great pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and creamy texture that just applied so well to the lid. It wore well for nine and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ME910 Electric Magenta is a bright, fuchsia-magenta with cool, blue undertones and an iridescent violet sheen. It had good pigmentation, but it wasn’t as rich as the average Artist Shadow, and the texture felt thinner and less blendable as a result. The texture of my individual pan seemed better with a creamier, easier-to-use texture. It still wore well as a blush for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ME232 Turquoise Blue is a brightened, medium aqua-blue with a hint of warmer green undertones and a frosted finish. It was intensely pigmented with a beautifully blendable, buttery texture. It wore well for nine and a half hours before creasing very slightly. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ME700 Amber is a golden copper with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. The color payoff was fantastic with rich, full color coverage. The texture felt creamy, dense, and remained very blendable on the eyelid. It wore well for nine and a half hours before fading a bit. This is an incredibly dupable color, though this version is excellent. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

S924 Purple is a brightened, medium-dark purple with warm, pink undertones and a satin-matte finish. The texture was thinner and drier, and it was harder to really apply this one evenly as a blush, as it didn’t blend easily. It had semi-opaque color coverage, which was noticeably weaker than the individual I have of it. My single of this shade was also more blendable, though it wasn’t the best Artist Shadow for blendability that I’ve tried. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ME302 Peacock is a blackened, brown-black with green-teal frost. The texture is incredibly cream-like, despite being a powder eyeshadow, and goes on as such: blendable, fully pigmented, and smooth. It wore well for ten hours before creasing. This shade was more pigmented and has a stronger bluish tone to its shimmer than my single, though when I blended the one in the palette out more, it appeared slightly greener. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ME930 Black Purple is a blackened purple with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had fully opaque color coverage with a cream-like, buttery texture. It felt creamier in the palette than when it released in the Artist Palette of it feels with a smoother sheen–almost as if the base is stronger and covers the shimmer a bit more–but it is more comparable to my single, though the palette version seems creamier still. It wore well for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Make Up For Ever #1 (Nudes You Need) Artist Palette
Make Up For Ever #1 (Nudes You Need) Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever #1 (Nudes You Need) Artist Palette ($42.00 for 0.54 oz.) contains nine Artist Shadows in neutral hues. I absolutely love this palette, and it’s so refreshing to see a brand put out a palette of their existing products that actually maintains the quality across the two. The pans are slightly smaller (24mm) than your typical eyeshadow pan (26mm, like MAC/Urban Decay), but I suspect they are deeper, as the full-sized eyeshadows are noticeably larger but only contain 0.02 oz. more (full-sized is 0.08 oz. each, and each in the palette is 0.06 oz.). The Artist Shadows have a few different finishes, and I find all of them to have a similar except the mattes; all the other finishes feel like a powder and cream hybrid, as they’re denser, creamier and have really rich, color payoff that adheres well to bare skin. The matte finish is more like a traditional powder eyeshadow, though Make Up For Ever’s version is nice: silky, smooth, finely-milled, and pigmented.

This is an excellent palette if you enjoy neutrals, love (or want to buy more) Artist Shadows, and don’t mind that there aren’t any mattes in it. If you only like palettes with a variety of finishes, including mattes, you might find this one a miss. I think the quality is extremely high, and it would easily pair with your favorite neutral mattes that you might already have, but for travel, I can see this not working for those who like to incorporate a few mattes into their look. This is the major downside to the palette (they could have definitely popped in a matte and/or another matte/satin), and one minor downside is that–unlike the holiday palette–the shadows aren’t removable. I am sure you could depot it with the right tools, but they don’t lift right out. The other minor downside is that the palette is on the heavier side (and had the bottom been magnetic and the eyeshadows removable, I would have understood).

The value of the palette is $141.75 based on $21/0.08 oz., though Make Up For Ever has a discounting system if you buy two or three (plus the coordinating case) individuals at a time. Based on that, you could get three for $44 or $44/0.24 oz., which would give the palette a value of $99. Another way to look at it is the cost of purchasing all nine individually, and presuming you buy in trios to maximize your discount, you would spend $132. As long as you’d use at least three shades in it, then you’ll pay less than purchasing the three as singles (you would get more product, but a little goes a long way with these).

I528 Pearl is a brightened, pink-tinged white with cool undertones and a metallic sheen. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a smooth, creamy consistency that worked well on the skin. It wore well for nine hours. For me, this one seemed brighter and more white-based than my single of it (which is almost like a pale warm pink). I don’t notice the difference as much applied to the lid, so it might just be a mix of the shimmer catching more/less light. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

I514 Pink Ivory is a light beige with warm, creamy yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a creamy, blendable texture that worked well on bare skin and wore well for nine hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ME512 Golden Beige is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had great pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and creamy texture that just applied so well to the lid. It wore well for nine and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

S556 Taupe Gray is a cool-toned taupe with a hint of gray-purple and a semi-matte finish. The satin finish is more apparent if you really sheer and blend it out, but if you wear it as a mostly opaque color, it has more of a matte look. It had good color payoff, while the texture was blendable and easy to apply. It wore well for nine hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

D562 Taupe Platinum is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a subtle gray-ish cast in its metallic finish. It was richly pigmented with a creamy, smooth texture. On the lid, it was easily blended and stayed on well for nine hours. The palette version seemed smoother and as a result, more reflective giving it a slightly lighter color in certain lighting. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

ME644 Iced Brown is a medium-dark, bronzy brown with warm, reddish undertones and a metallic sheen. It was intensely pigmented with an incredibly smooth, creamy consistency that went on beautifully. It wore well for nine and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

S102 Onyx is an inky, deep dark black with a satin finish. It appears more matte on the lid; I don’t get a lot of sheen, but the satiny texture helps make it easy to blend. It had rich, fully opaque color coverage with a smooth texture. The color lasted for nine and a half hours before creasing on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

I544 Pink Granite is a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe with a pearly sheen. The color payoff was fully opaque, while the texture was smooth, blendable, and cream-like. It wore well for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

D652 Celestial Earth is a deepened bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had intense color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly due to its very soft, creamy texture. It lasted for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Make Up For Ever 203P Golden Pink Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever 203P Golden Pink Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever 203P Golden Pink Artist Plexi-Gloss ($19.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a gloss with “vivid color and high-shine” that will wear for “five hours” with a non-sticky texture. It’s not a bad gloss formula, as far as glosses go, but it doesn’t really deliver on its promises of “vivid color,” as many of shades I’ve tried (nine) are more semi-sheer to semi-opaque. I haven’t worn all of them yet, but I have tested these three, which I found to be longer-wearing than the average gloss, but they are tacky with a light-medium weight to them. I felt like not enough product was pulled onto the applicator each time the wand was pulled out of the tube, and the applicator is interesting, but I don’t think it applied better (or worse) than the traditional doe-foot. The split-tipped applicator is more spongy and pliable, so those with more curved lips may find it easier to use than traditional applicators. I didn’t notice any scent or taste with this formula.

Make Up For Ever 203P Golden Pink Artist Plexi-Gloss ($19.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and gold pearl. The gloss had semi-sheer color coverage that lightened, brightened, and added a gold sparkle to my natural lip color, but it may be less noticeable on those with darker natural lip color. It wore well for four hours on me and was moderately tacky. It was a little hydrating over time and comfortable to wear overall, but there was slight settling into lip lines. Marc Jacobs Beauty Some Girls (328) (P, $28.00) is darker. Buxom Trixie (P, $19.00) is warmer. Buxom Sophia (P, $19.00) is less shimmery. NARS Sweet Revenge (P, $26.00) is warmer. NARS Orgasm (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter. NARS Super Orgasm (P, $26.00) is similar. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Rosace (87) (LE, $27.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Flare for Fantasy (LE, $20.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Heartbreaker (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Heart Shaped (308) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery. MAC It’s a Wow (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Pink Gold (P, $24.00) is lighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever 205P Pearly Rose Artist Plexi-Gloss ($19.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is a muted, coral-red with pink and silver shimmer. This shade had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that went on somewhat evenly, but it could have looked smoother and more even. It wore well for five hours, was tacky, and slightly moisturizing. Maybelline Pearlescent Peach (520) (P, $8.99) is lighter. Gucci Beauty Crushed Coral (P, $32.00) is warmer. NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is lighter. Revlon Kiss Me Coral (P, $7.99) is warmer, darker. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is pinker. Guerlain Candy Stripe (P, $30.00) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever 302P Golden Coral Artist Plexi-Gloss ($19.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is a light-medium orange-coral with gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but as it was a milkier color, it did pull into lip lines even from the beginning. It wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating. The texture was light-medium in thickness and noticeably sticky. Revlon HD Amber (555) (P, $8.99) is more shimmery. Chanel Exotique (12) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, more orange. MAC Artful (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. NARS Greek Holiday (P, $26.00) is sheerer. MAC Flare for Fantasy (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery. MAC Imperial Light (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, sheerer. MAC Dynasty at Dusk (P, $20.00) is sheerer, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette for Summer 2015
Make Up For Ever Artist Palette for Summer 2015

MAKE UP FOR EVER introduces 2 collectible new Artist Palettes, each featuring 9 complimentary shades of its iconic Artist Shadow gel-powder formula. Artist Palette Vol. 1—Nudes You Need delivers a selection of MAKE UP FOR EVER’s most universally flattering neutrals, while Artist Palette Vol. 2—Colors You Crave offers nine colorful Artist Shadows to achieve more vibrant looks.

Electric Palette ($42.00) (Limited Edition)

These are existing shades, and you can see swatches here.

  • I-872 Pearly Pink
  • ME-910 Electric Magenta
  • S-924 Purple
  • D-552 Crystalline Gray Beige
  • ME-232 Turquoise Blue
  • ME-302 Peacock
  • ME-512 Golden Beige
  • ME-700 Amber
  • ME-930 Black Purple

Nude Artist Palette ($42.00) (Limited Edition)

These are existing shades, and you can see swatches here.

  • I-528 Pearl
  • S-556 Taupe Gray
  • S-102 Onyx
  • I-514 Pink Ivory
  • D-562 Taupe Platinum
  • I-544 Pink Granite
  • ME-512 Golden Beige
  • ME-644 Iced Brown
  • D-652 Celestial Earth

Availability: Now at Sephora

P.S. — According to Sephora, each shade is 0.06 oz., which means the palette contains 0.54 oz. worth of Artist Shadows. Full-sized Artist Shadows contain 0.08 oz. and retail for $21 each (individually). The palette’s value is then $141.75. And don’t forget! VIB/VIB Rouges can get 15% off still (4/21) with code ROUGELOVE/VIBLOVE! :)

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Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss ($19.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is a new, permanent formula available in a slew of shades from clear to black. (You can get more information from the launch post here.) I bought nine shades to review, and I thought I’d share swatches sooner rather than later in case you were considering picking up any during the ongoing sale at Sephora (15% off with code ROUGELOVE, VIBLOVE, ends 4/21; 10% off with code BILOVE, ends 4/20).

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss
Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss

Artist Plexi-Gloss ($19.00) (New, Permanent)

Impart vivid color and stunning shine with this innovative gloss formula. This non-sticky formula goes on smoothly, and its pigments are packed with Plexi Color Technology, delivering five-hour color impact while 360-degree, reflective shine beads maximize shine. The exclusive, artist-designed Superflex Applicator features a lip-hugging shape that allows for precision and control, and the super-loaded split-tip has a unique contour to sweep on the ideal amount of lip lacquer in pearly and non-pearly finishes.

  • 0 Transparent
  • 100P Light Beige
  • 101 Nude Beige
  • 102P Sweet Beige
  • 103 Beige Pink
  • 104 Brown Beige
  • 105P Pearly Beige
  • 200 Nude Pink
  • 201 Light Rose
  • 202 Sweet Pink
  • 203P Golden Pink
  • 204 Old Pink
  • 205P Pearly Rose
  • 206 Pop Pink
  • 207 Candy Pink
  • 208P Lilac Pink
  • 209 Fuchsia Pink
  • 300P Golden Pink Coral
  • 301P Nude Coral
  • 302P Golden Coral
  • 303P Pearly Coral
  • 304 Red Coral
  • 305 Orange Coral
  • 306 Orange
  • 400 Orange Red
  • 401P Pearly Red
  • 402P Golden Red
  • 403 Red
  • 404 Raspberry Red
  • 405P Pearly Plum
  • 406 Burgundy
  • 500 Lilac
  • 501 Purple
  • 502P Beetle
  • 503 Black

Availability: April 2015 at Sephora (will be a VIB Rouge/VIB exclusive first)

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