Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Make Up For Ever D716 Crystalline Papaya Artist Shadow
D716 Crystalline Papaya (inner lid), I520 Pinky Sand (middle of lid), I838 Slate Pink (outer lid),
I834 Grape (crease), Urban Decay Rockstar Eyeliner

Make Up For Ever D716 Crystalline Papaya Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a sparkling, golden beige with a frosted sheen. It’s really dazzling in person–when I swatched it, I could see why it had been out of stock for so long!–and is great for brightening the inner corner. It had good color payoff, and the texture was very smooth and felt more like a cream-powder hybrid. The color itself wore well for almost ten hours, and there was slight (but surprisingly little) fall out over time. See comparison swatches/ view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a gold-shimmered peach with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation that went on smoothly and blended beautifully. The color lasted well for nearly ten hours before fading slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever I838 Slate Pink Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a dusty, medium-dark pink-mauve with a soft, frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation, while the powder’s texture was soft to the touch, easy to apply and blend out, and went on smoothly. The color didn’t show any signs of fading until after ten hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever I834 Grape Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a dark purple with warm, reddish-brown undertones and a pearly finish. It had fantastic color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. It wore well for ten hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Make Up For Ever Studio Case Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever Studio Case Eyeshadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Studio Case Eyeshadow Palette ($59.50 for 0.298 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows and an eyeliner. The eyeshadows all had good color payoff or better with soft, blendable textures that were easy to use. When the weakest performers come in at B+, you’re in good shape. I’m a big fan of the Artist Shadow formula, and in general, only the mattes have any issues (some are lovely, some could use improvement). They can be so soft that they turn powdery, which makes them harder to apply on bare skin or the color payoff is just weaker, but many of them are good, just not perfect. That was the case with the two mattes here–good but not great–and the rest were quite nice. Most of the shades wore between eight and nine hours.

They are pretty consistent with the permanent versions I have, and I524 performed better in this palette than in my other palette (though that one isn’t full-sized). For those who picked up the Artist Palette, there are two overlapping shades in this set (I524 and D926). For those who nabbed the 30th Anniversary Palette, you’ll find these repeats: M100, ME108, and ME122.

The eyeshadows are 0.024 oz. each, which makes them a little larger than a dime, for a total value of $75.60. The eyeliner is full-sized, so it’s worth $19. The total value of the set is $94.60 for the actual products. It comes in a small, but substantial, “traincase” that unlatches to reveal a large mirror and a removable tray of eyeshadows. Underneath is a compartment that could hold whatever made sense to you–it’s about an inch and a half in height–so it could fit blush, lip colors, eyeliner, primers, and even some bottles of foundation (depends on the size of yours). This would only be travel friendly if you used the space underneath the eyeshadows, otherwise it is bulky and unnecessarily large. I would have rather a slim, travel-friendly palette with just the eyeshadows myself. (In which case, you might consider the Artist Palette, which is $42 for 8 eyeshadows in a very travel-friendly format.) Edited to add: You can actually take a pair of tweezers and grab the edge of each pan to remove. They don’t seem glued in, and the bottom of the foam insert may be slightly magnetic, as they pull back in slightly.

M530 Eggshell is a soft white with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had decent to good color payoff with a slightly powdery consistency but was blendable. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

S516 Sand is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a really soft, smooth consistency. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I544 Pink Granite is a medium-dark taupe brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was incredibly rich, while the texture was really smooth and applied evenly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ME122 Snow is a bright, cool-toned white with a metallic sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was smooth and blendable, but it was a little thinner than other metallic finishes in the range.
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ME108 Steel is a dark, cool-toned gray with a frosted finish. It had fantastic pigmentation that went on smooth as butter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

M100 Black is a dark black with a matte finish. The color payoff was decent to good, and the texture was soft without being powdery. It blended out well. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

D236 Lagoon Blue is a medium-dark, brightened blue-teal with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation that went on smoothly, as the texture felt creamy and blendable. The permanent version of this seemed slightly richer overall. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

D926 Blueberry is a brightened violet purple with subtle, cool undertones and a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. The color payoff was nice, but the texture wasn’t perfectly smooth compared to other shades. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I218 Indigo Blue is a brightened, dark blue with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, though not perfect, with a soft, blendable texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I524 Pinky Beige is a light peach with a hint of pink and a soft, frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation that went on easily and evenly due to the soft, smooth texture. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

D826 Fig is a medium-dark plum with warm, brown undertones and a sparkly, metallic finish. The consistency was smooth but there were noticeable sparkles in it. Most of the sparkles stayed on the lid, but there were a couple of stray sparkles at the end of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ME828 Garnet Black is a deepened brown with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was amazing with really rich, smooth results that glided on evenly and easily. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

M10 Matte Black is a medium-dark black with a satin finish. The formula is lightly creamy, so it goes on without tugging at the lash line, and it lays down a fair amount of pigment in one stroke. It was fully opaque after two layers. On me, it lasted for eight hours without smudging. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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M530 Eggshell

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9/10

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S516 Sand

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Make Up For Ever S732 Orange Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever S732 Orange Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright pop of yellowed tangerine–mostly orange with very strong yellow undertones–and a satin finish. Surratt Beauty Cantaloup (P, $32.00) is lighter. Guerlain Orange Blush (LE) is more muted. NARS Puerto Vallarta (LE, $39.00) is darker. NARS Taj Mahal (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, redder. MAC Fresh Honey (LE, $27.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture is so smooth–it feels like a cream more than a powder, but it definitely acts and plays more like a powder than a cream on a brush, on the skin, and so forth. With the satin finish, there’s enough sheen to give the skin a light glow that’s natural without being frosted or metallic (and therefore, it doesn’t emphasize pores at all). At this point, it comes as no surprise that it is incredibly rich in pigment, so a little goes a long way, but that smooth, buttery texture makes it easy to blend on the skin. It is also denser, so there’s no excess product being kicked up, and I felt like I didn’t have to worry about how much (or little) I was getting on the brush a lot. On my skin, it wore well for nine hours before fading slightly.

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S732 Orange

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Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Make Up For Ever Holiday 2014 Sets & Kits
Make Up For Ever Holiday 2014 Sets & Kits

Studio Case ($59.50) ($93 Value) (Limited Edition)

Amp up your holiday look when you add drama with this Studio Case’s vivid color. This limited-edition palette features 12 Artists Shadows, infused with an innovative formula that provides both superior color pay-off and smooth blendability. The shadows are arranged in complementary trios as a guide for creating four specific eye looks: The everyday Natural, sultry Smoky, daring Bold, and sophisticated Chic. Top off your eye look with the rich black Artist Liner, perfect for precisely lining and defining, and the step-by-step guide helps you to create each signature look—all housed in a reusable signature makeup kit.

  • 12 x 0.024 oz Artist Shadows in Natural (M-530, S-516, I-544), Smoky (M-122, ME-108, M-100), Bold (D-236, D-926, I-218), Chic (I-524, D-826, ME-828)
  • 0.01 oz Artist Liner in Matte Black (M-10)
  • Step-by-step guide

Makeup Station ($300.00) ($362.00 Value) (Limited Edition)

This ultimate Makeup Artist’s collection lets you create infinite looks for the holidays—and beyond. Featuring 30 professional must-haves for the makeup love, this set lets any artist explore and indulge in all the backstage essentials. Housed in a reusable, professional backstage Makeup Artist’s Case, this set includes primers, powders, eye, cheek and lip favorites, and Artisan Brushes.

  • 0.5 oz Travel HD Primer
  • 0.07 oz Travel HD Pressed Powder
  • 0.09 oz HD Blush in #210 Cool Pink
  • 1.01 oz Travel Mist & Fix setting spray
  • 12 x 0.07 oz Artist Shadows eye shadows in M-500, I-544; ME-108, I-414, D-320, M-100, D-236, ME-216, I-922, S-748, ME728, M-630
  • 2 x 0.04 oz Aqua Eyes eyeliner in #21L, 25L
  • 0.23 oz Smoky Extravagant mascara
  • 0.40 oz Aqua Seal makeup sealer
  • 0.09 oz Star Powder highlighter #926
  • 0.14 oz Glitter #3
  • Faux Lashes
  • 2 x 0.04 oz Aqua Lip lipliner in 8C, 14C
  • 2 x 0.08 oz Aqua Rouge lip color #14
  • 0.12 oz Rouge Artist lipstick in Intense 43

Beauty Kit ($39.00) ($66.00 Value) (Limited Edition)

Get a festive glow with this ultimate holiday Beauty Kit from MAKE UP FOR EVER. This limited-edition collection offers backstage must-haves for any makeup artist. The HD Primer achieves seamless makeup application, and eyes can get sultry, long-wear looks with deep black Aqua Eyes and Smoky Extravagant Mascara. Add a flash of holiday red with the bold Rouge Artist Intense lip color and Aqua Lip Liner. Top off the look with HD Powder Loose—all stowed away in a reusable signature makeup kit.

  • 0.16 oz HD Primer
  • 0.035 oz HD Powder
  • 0.018 oz Aqua Eyes in Matte Black
  • 0.13 oz Smoky Extravagant Mascara in Black
  • 0.018 oz Aqua lip color in Red
  • 0.12 oz Rouge Artist Intense lip color in 43 Moulin Rouge

Travel Brush Set ($65.00) ($111.00 Value) (Limited Edition)

This professional-quality brush set includes four must-have eye and cheek brushes for the most flawless, professional application. Perfectly portable, they’re handcrafted to give you extraordinary professional makeup application. Featuring the #150 Precision Blush Brush, #216 Precision Eye Blender Brush, #228 Precision Shader Brush and #172 Precision Corrector Brush, they are packaged in the MAKE UP FOR EVER signature pouch so you can be your own makeup artist.

  • Travel-size Artisan brush #150
  • Travel-size Artisan brush #172
  • Travel-size Artisan brush #216
  • Travel-size Artisan brush #228

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Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Make Up For Ever ME734 Tangerine Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever ME734 Tangerine Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bold, bright, in-your-face orange-red with a golden orange frosted shimmer. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #4 (P, $9.99) is brighter, lighter. Sugarpill Asteria (LE, $12.00) is darker, redder. NARS Taj Mahal (P, $29.00) is very similar. MAC Fresh Daily (LE, $15.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Despite the more metallic finish, once blended out on the skin, it didn’t seem to emphasize pores, which was a happy surprise. It seems to diffuse and become a smoother, more luminous glow than an overt frost when applied as a blush. The color payoff is crazily intense–a little goes a very long way–but the dense, creamy consistency plays well with a stippling brush so that it isn’t difficult to adjust the amount of product. It has an almost gel-cream-powder feeling, so it’s not quite like a powder, but it’s not a cream product either. From that standpoint, I find it easier to use than NARS Taj Mahal, which is very similar and just as intense. On me, this shade lasted for nine hours before fading slightly.

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ME734 Tangerine

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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9.5/10

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Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark brown with just a hint of gray and a high-frost finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, creamy, and extremely blendable. It wore well for nine hours on me. Ardency Inn Rose Gold (P, $21.00) is more mauve. Makeup Geek Night Life (P, $6.99) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #3 (LE) is a touch lighter. Chanel Tisse Rivoli #1 (P) is darker, cooler-toned. YSL Saharienne #4 (P) is less shimmery, cooler-toned. Ulta Taupe (P, $10.00) is less shimmery. Laura Mercier Bamboo (P, $23.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Shakedown (LE, $18.00) is less frosted. Urban Decay Lost (P, $18.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever M842 Wine Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium, muted berry with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a silky, finely-milled texture that was slightly powdery. Of all of Make Up For Ever’s finishes, the mattes feel the most like your traditional powder eyeshadow and the most like their original formula (but I think their mattes are smoother and silkier). Wine has some trouble adhering to bare skin, though plenty of pigment lifts off the surface–it just doesn’t stick. On me, it wears seven and a half hours before looking slightly faded. Sleek MakeUP Valley of Diamonds (LE, $9.99) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Honeymoon in Hollywood (LE, $9.99) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m Seeing Triples Eyelid (LE, $2.29) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Sha La La (LE) is brighter. MAC Dynamic Duo 1 #2 (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches
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Make Up For Ever S616 Chocolate Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, creamy consistency that was blendable and never powdery. The finish is really nice, as it has a barely-there shimmer that just keeps it from looking too flat on the skin, but it doesn’t look shimmery applied. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly. bareMinerals Yes Please (P) is lighter. Tarte Chocolate Kisses (LE) is darker. Urban Decay Vengeance (LE, $18.00) is a touch lighter. Make Up For Ever S-60 (P, $21.00) is a cream product, more shimmery. MAC A Harvest of Greens #4 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. Kat Von D Cry Later (LE) is more shimmery. MAC Texture (P, $15.00) is warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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