Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Make Up For Ever S852 Neon Pink Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever S852 Neon Pink Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever S852 Neon Pink Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a vibrant, neon fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satiny finish. It appears more matte when applied heavily, but as it is blended and sheered out, the satin finish becomes more apparent. Make Up For Ever ME910 Electric Magenta (P, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery. Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner (P, $32.00) is lighter. Sleek MakeUP Acid #9 (P, $9.99) is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Savage (P) is very similar. NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $29.00) is darker. Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.80) is more shimmery. NARS Desire (P, $29.00) is similar. Milani Shocking Pink (P, $5.99) is cooler-toned. MAC Magenta Madness (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Florida (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. Sugarpill Dollipop (P, $12.00) is less magenta. Make Up For Ever #26 (DC, $20.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s an incredibly bold, bright, and off-the-charts pigmented blush. A little goes a long a way, and I highly recommend using a stippling brush and building up the color to your desired intensity as it is extremely rich in color. The finish gets more luminous as it is blended and buffed into the skin, so used as a blush, you can really appreciate the subltly of the finish. If you were to use it in its fully opaque form, it appears mostly matte. The texture is smooth, lightly creamy–like a cross between cream and powdery, and is fairly blendable (but it could be somewhat easier to even out on the skin). It wore well for nine hours on me, and I didn’t have any staining when I removed it, but if applied more heavily, it may stain. This is another shade that’s part of the Artist Shadow line but is labeled “Blush” on the packaging and product as it is not considered eye safe in the U.S.  Sephora is now showing which shades are really blushes under “How to Use.”

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Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright white with a blue iridescent shimmer-sheen. It had an overall frosted finish with fairly good color payoff. The texture was soft, buttery, and blendable on the lid. It lasted for eight hours on me before creasing slightly. Disney by Sephora Sick of Swimmin’ (LE) is similar. Maybelline Waves of White (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. Sugarpill Lumi (P, $12.00) is greener. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever D206 Celestial Blue Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a brightened, sky blue with subtle aqua tones (making it a “warmer” blue) with a sparkly, frosted finish. It had so-so color payoff–definitely one of the weaker shades I’ve tested so far. The consistency was creamy and smooth with a wet-like feeling. It lasted for eight hours with minor fall out over time. Too Faced Joy (LE, $16.00) is lighter, less sparkly. theBalm B2 (LE, $16.00) is greener, less sparkly. CoverGirl Turquoise Glow (325) (LE, $4.99) is warmer. L’Oreal Endless Sea (P, $7.99) is darker. Make Up For Ever #150 (DC, $20.00) is a lot lighter, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever S234 Azure Blue Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bold, brightened, medium-dark blue-teal with a satin-matte finish. It was intensely pigmented with a soft, smooth texture that felt more like a cream than a powder. The color lasted for nine hours before fading slightly. It did lightly stain the skin but went away after a few hours. Make Up For Ever I-20 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, cream. Maybelline Never Fade Jade (P, $6.99) is darker. Fyrinnae Gender Bent (P, $6.80) is more shimmery. MAC Cool Heat (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I220 Sapphire Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a navy blue with a subtle, pearly sheen. It had nice color payoff that went on evenly and smoothly. The creamier, more buttery consistency made blending really easy, despite how rich and pigmented the shade was. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly. Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $18.00) is lighter, more shimmery. Kat Von D Entombed (P) is brighter. Clinique Massively Midnight (P, $17.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #3 (P) is a touch lighter. Chanel Metamorphose (44) #4 (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Evidence (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. NARS Dark Rite (P, $24.00) is a cream product. Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit #3 (LE) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a rich, deep dark black with silver sparkle. It was incredibly rich in pigment–a little goes a very long way!–and the sparkle actually binds with the underlying color, so the majority of it applies to the lid and stays in place while worn. There is minor fall out but not really noticeable unless I went looking for it. The color lasted for eight and a half hours before showing signs of wear. Too Faced Starry Night (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. Too Faced Pure Glam (LE, $16.00) is less sparkly. CoverGirl Molten Black (300) (P, $4.99) is cooler-toned. Sephora Collection Animal Instinct (01) (P, $13.00) is less sparkly. Urban Decay Oil Slick (P, $18.00) is less sparkly. MAC Jet Couture (P, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Cinderfella (P, $21.00) is similar. Lancome The New Black (P, $19.00) is similar. Chanel Mirifique (P, $36.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise

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Saturday, September 6th, 2014

I have a very soft spot in my beauty-lovin’ heart for all things teal, and I thought this would be a good weekend to share with you some of my favorites! :) I’d love to hear about your favorites!

  1. Make Up For Ever S234 Azure Blue — a bold, satiny teal
  2. Fyrinnae Gender Bent — a shimmery, bluish-teal
  3. Make Up For Ever D236 Lagoon Blue — a bold, bright, sparkling teal
  4. Urban Decay Deep End — a muted, shimmery blue-teal
  5. Inglot #338 — a matte blue-teal

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Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Make Up For Ever I922 Electric Purple Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever I922 Electric Purple Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever I922 Electric Purple Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a vibrant, violet purple with cool, pink undertones and a satiny sheen. Ardency Inn Royal (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler-toned. Urban Decay Urban (P) is slightly more shimmery, a touch darker. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #5 (LE) is more muted. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory (DC, $8.25) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Of all the shades in Make Up For Ever’s massive (original) eyeshadow range, #92 was iconic. It was that bold, bright, deep purple with a matte finish that so many people had to have (myself included), so it was a real surprise to see how much they changed it in the new formula. I had asked specifically what shade replaced #92 in the new range, and the answer was consistently I922. The finish is obviously different, as the new one has a satiny, pearly sheen and the original had a matte finish. The original was also darker overall, so they’re not too similar in color or finish. I don’t remember if #92 was actually eye safe or not, but I922 is listed as a “Blush” rather than an eyeshadow, even though it is lumped with all of the eyeshadows.

It was intensely pigmented with a soft, lightly creamy (but it is more powder than cream) consistency that blends fairly easily on the skin. Applied with a lighter hand, it takes on a pinky-lavender coloring rather than the richer violet you see in the heavy swatch. As a blush, the color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading slightly.

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Friday, September 5th, 2014

Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a muted, golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff, and it had a creamy, buttery texture that was easy to work with on the skin. The color lasted well for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly. Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is lighter. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is darker. Tarte Golden Locket (LE) is darker. Divergent Golden Honesty (LE) is warmer. theBalm #41 (P, $6.50) is more beige. MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Lily White (2014) (LE, $21.00) is brighter. Tarina Tarantino Taurella (LE) is more beige. Disney by Sephora Sand in the Glass (LE) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever M548 Pink Gray Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark, warm taupe brown with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, and while the texture was soft, silky, and blendable, it was on the powdery side. It applied decently over bare skin, but it’s the type of matte finish that would be best over a primer (or if you have oilier lids, it should be okay). On me, it lasted for eight hours before fading. Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach (P, $5.99) is more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Eyeshadow #2 (LE) is darker, cooler-toned. Givenchy Taupe Velours (5) (P, $23.00) is darker, cream. Tarte View from the Taupe (LE) is lighter. Laura Mercier Café au Lait (P, $23.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Renholder (P) is a touch lighter.See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I550 Olive Gray Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark, warm brown with just a smidgen of gray and a pearly sheen. It seems to be more of a brown than taupe. It had fantastic pigmentation that went on so smoothly! The texture was equally lovely: buttery, smooth, and blendable. On the lid, the color stayed didn’t show signs of fading for eight and a half hours. This shade is part of the Artist Palette. Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #3 (LE) is warmer. LORAC Chrome (P) is darker. Maybelline Sleek & Spice (95) (LE, $6.99) is warmer, cream. Urban Decay Mugshot (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer. LORAC Pewter (P) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever M636 Cappuccino Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, velvety texture that was just a smidgen powdery. It was very blendable and lasted for eight hours. LORAC Unspoken (P) is a little lighter. Makeup Geek Mocha (P, $5.99) is darker. Laura Mercier Truffle (P, $23.00) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild To Muse and Carouse #2 (LE, $2.29) is similar. Urban Decay Beware (LE, $18.00) is similar. Inglot #357 (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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M548 Pink Gray

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8.5/10

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8/10

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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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