Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Make Up For Ever ME400 Buttercup Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever ME400 Buttercup Artist Shadow

Some of the first eyeshadows I had to try from the Make Up For Ever 30th Anniversary Palette were the brights. I really love their new eyeshadow formula, because everything is so much more pigmented, blendable, long-wearing, and just all-around easy to use. The texture of some of the shades really borders on a cream or gel eyeshadow, as they feel quite creamy but really look and perform much like traditional powder eyeshadow. They feel very different from their previous range, with the exception of the mattes, which are more finely-milled and velvety, though at times they can be a little powdery.

Make Up For Ever ME400 Buttercup Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright, sunshine yellow with a frosted sheen. It had excellent full color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. The color lasted for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly. Chanel Admiration (114) (P, $29.50) is a cream product, more muted. MAC Ever So Yellow (LE, $21.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Lemon Drop (P, $5.99) is similar. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #5 (P, $9.99) is warmer, more golden. Fyrinnae Banana Mochi (P, $6.80) is lighter, less shimmery. NARS Flowers 1 #5 (LE, $24.00) is darker. NARS Corcovado (P, $24.00) is a cream product. MAC Double Feature #1 #1 (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Sunny Outlook (P, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Bright Sunshine (P, $15.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I340 Lime Green Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright, yellowed chartreuse with a pearly sheen and warm undertones. It was intensely pigmented with a creamy, soft texture that applied evenly and smoothly. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me before creasing slightly. MAC Lisa’s Spikes (LE, $15.00) is more muted. Make Up For Ever I-30 (P, $21.00) is a cream product. Urban Decay Thrash (P) is more matte. NARS Rated R #1 (P, $24.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME304 Emerald Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a cool-toned green-teal with a soft, frosted finish. It had really good color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable while feeling almost cream-like. It wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing, and it just barely stained the lid (I couldn’t really tell except when I looked for it, and it was gone by morning). MAC Green Room (LE, $15.00) is darker, more muted, less shimmery. Sephora Collection Picnic in the Park (07) (P, $13.00) is greener, brighter. Make Up For Ever #52 (LE, $23.00) is warmer, cream product. NYX Seafoam Green (P, $4.50) is more muted. NARS Misfit #2 (P, $24.00) is darker, more matte. Maybelline Edgy Emerald (P, $6.99) is lighter, cream. MAC Surf USA (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. Sugarpill Midori (P, $12.00) is greener, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME230 Peacock Blue Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark blue with a frosted finish. It had great color payoff and had a soft, smooth texture that applied evenly. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly. This shade is also in the Artist Palette, and I found this one to be slightly creamier in consistency. Stila Sapphire (P) is brighter. Giorgio Armani #18 (P, $32.00) is darker. Urban Decay Madness (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Friend Like Me (LE) is more muted. Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #3 (LE) is warmer, brighter. Urban Decay Unhinged (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Haight (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Pre-Packaged (LE, $15.00) is darker. Guerlain Les Aquas #3 (P) is similar. Sugarpill Magpie (P, $12.00) is darker, more shimmery. bareMinerals Controversy (LE) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

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

Make Up For Ever 30 Years 30 Colors 30 Artists Eyeshadow Palette ($250.00 for 30 x 0.08 oz.) is a limited edition palette to commemorate Make Up For Ever’s 30th anniversary. It’s available online through Sephora for VIB Rouges now (yesterday, it just said VIBs… today it says VIB Rogues) and will open up to everyone on the 9th. I pre-ordered and purchased mine from a Make Up For Ever boutique. Stock in boutiques is really low–the one I went to had 10 (all spoken for) and that was “a lot” of stock relative to other boutiques around the country, so your best bet is likely through Sephora (and probably online).

First, I plan to review all of the shades in the set, but I will likely review a few at a time so that reviews can come out sooner rather later (30 will take awhile to test for wear), so this post is to share photos and swatches of all of the shades included. Now, a few notes/observations:

  1. All of the shades included in the palette are part of the permanent Artist Shadow range, so you can purchase any of the shades individually/separately from this palette.
  2. Each eyeshadow is full-sized, and the cheapest a non-Pro person can purchase the Artist Shadows for is $14.33 each (excluding palettes/compacts), which makes the palette at least a value of $429.90. If you just take the price of each individual shade ($21, excluding compact), it would be $630. For me, this was the most budget-friendly way to get Make Up For Ever’s new eyeshadows to put in the Swatch Gallery for future reference. If you like more than 18 eyeshadows, then you would get your money’s worth.
  3. Each shade is removable, so you could always rearrange or move to other palettes/storage solutions.
  4. If you purchased the Artist Palette, there are several repeats here: M536 Milk Tea, I550 Olive Gray, ME230 Peacock Blue, ME930 Black Purple.

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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

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

Make Up For Ever’s 30th Anniversary Palette was curated by 30 elite makeup artists to bring together 30 rare palette shades that are inspired by each artist’s unique journey within the industry. Separated into individual palettes of smoky, neutral, and artistic shades, this extensive collection features a vast range of shades with five different finishes, and it includes a collectible pamphlet with tips and tricks from each of the 30 elite artists. Its innovative, gel-powder formula has super-saturated pigments that provide intense color payoff with superior blendability. Mix and match your favorite shadows create your own unique eye looks.

Availability:  Now available at Sephora for VIBs! September 9th for Beauty Insiders/non-BIs.

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:  Now available at Sephora for VIBs! September 9th for Beauty Insiders/non-BIs.

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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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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

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