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Sneak Peek: Make Up For Ever Matte Artist Rouge Lipsticks Photos & Swatches

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipsticks
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipsticks ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a new, permanent lipstick range that features 45 shades split into two finishes, Cream and Matte. Here are swatches of all the mattes (reviews to come!).

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipsticks (Matte)

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Sneak Peek: Make Up For Ever Cream Artist Rouge Lipsticks Photos & Swatches

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipsticks
Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipsticks ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a new, permanent lipstick range that features 45 shades split into two finishes, Cream and Matte. Here are swatches of all the creams (reviews to come!).

Make Up For Ever Cream Rouge Lipsticks (Creams)

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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). Chanel Destination (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Frozen Blue (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Beaugrenelle #4 (P) is brighter (90% similar). Viseart Sapphire (P) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Be My Bow (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Bright Moon (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Cyber (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Burberry Stone Blue (307) (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Jazz #1 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Lovey Dovey (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Heavy, Black and Pendulous (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (80% similar). Natasha Denona Quick Silver (09M) (P, $29.00) is darker (80% similar). Makeup Geek Stealth (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). bareMinerals Mingle (P) is lighter, brighter (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). 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, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). NYX Frostbite (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Flawless Figure (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Nutcracker (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm A3 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sugarpill Ice Angel (P) is cooler (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #1 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Metal-ica (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Crystal Avalanche (DC, $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). 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). Make Up For Ever I210 Light Turquoise (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #1 (LE) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Swimming Pool Turquoise (LE) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Make Up For Ever #25 (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (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. MAC Styledriven (DC, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Buxom Schmooze (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Swimming Pool Turquoise (LE) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S208 Baby Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Jade (03) (P, $39.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Dior Blue Lagoon (374) Eyeshadow #1 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #8 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Divine Blue (LE, $20.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I204 Sky Blue (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). City Color Breezy (P, $6.99) is darker (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. NARS Cressida (P, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Danger (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Natasha Denona Blue Spruce (02M) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Chanel Swing (116) (P, $29.50) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Evidence (P, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Stila Sapphire (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D222 Night Blue (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Etiquette (DC, $5.00) is more muted (95% similar). Colour Pop Kimono (P, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora My Boyfriend's Jeans (19) (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Diving in Australia (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Cobalt (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). Milani Primary #6 (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Rivage #5 (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Tonight's Temptation #1 (LE, $21.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). MAC Deep Truth (P, $16.00) is more muted (90% similar). MAC In the Shadows (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Center Stage (P, $9.99) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Ocean Light (122) (LE, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Entombed (P) is more muted (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. Make Up For Ever I-20 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm #43 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Teal Couture (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Fringe (P) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Smashbox Pacific (LE) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). theBalm #23 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarina Tarantino Ozma (LE) is more shimmery, brighter (85% similar). Clinique Aqua Pop (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, brighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #3 (LE) is more shimmery (85% similar). Makeup Geek Mermaid (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). Milani Primary #5 (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Inglot #413 (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). NARS China Seas #1 (P, $25.00) 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. Colour Pop Effect (DC, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Blue Karma (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Indigogo (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Sephora Midnight Swim (16) (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #7 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Deep Sea (LE, $14.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC She's a Model (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Dazzle (P) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sea Mist (P, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Editor's Pick (LE) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Cleopatra (P, $32.00) is brighter (85% similar). Natasha Denona Deep Pacific (03V) (P, $29.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Blue Noir (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (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 Black (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Engraved (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Ardency Inn Black (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Legend (P, $20.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Cat's Meow (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Black Lace (P, $10.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Black Walnut (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Stila Stingray (P, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). Guerlain Noir Volcanique (01) (P, $37.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Zero (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Squid (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Midnight (LE, $15.00) is warmer (95% similar). Guerlain Black Jack (01) (P, $30.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Black Ice (P, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Tommy Jet (P, $15.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Swerve (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Jet (P, $24.00) is warmer (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. Urban Decay Mood (P, $20.00)(100% similar). Colour Pop Timber (DC, $6.00)(100% similar). Urban Decay Lure (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Timber (DC, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Madison Ave. (P, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). NARS London (P, $24.00) 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). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Night Clubbing (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Blitz & Glitz (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal Love (P, $10.00) is more shimmery (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. MAC Fascinating (P, $16.00)(100% similar). Colour Pop Exit (DC, $6.00)(100% similar). Urban Decay Bump (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Exit (P, $5.00) is cooler (95% similar). Stila Alpine (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Santa Monica Blvd. (P, $24.00) is brighter (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

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). Make Up For Ever #153 (DC, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Flame (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NYX Golden Peach (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Freelove (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #2 (P) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Summer Sun (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Intense Gaze (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Buxom Glitz Factor (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Cheeky (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Inglot #407 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Shark Attack (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Bellini (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Sephora Mrs. Baily (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Say, Yeah! (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Clarins Nude #2 (P) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Lancome Kitten Heel (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Expensive Pink (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Sun Tweaked (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Dior Aurora (825) (LE, $32.00) is darker, more muted (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). 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). Too Faced Miss Sparkles (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals VIP (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Jardin Zen #4 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR #2 (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 17 (LE) is less shimmery (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. MAC Triple Impact (LE, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Gravitron (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Vulnerable (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Touch of Lilac (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (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). Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #1 (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Candy Mauve (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Tisse Beverly Hills #1 (P) is darker (85% similar). MAC Girls, Girls! (LE, $22.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Dior Rosee (141) (LE, $31.00) is darker (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.
Stila Golden Topaz (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 13 (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Tan Lines (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Melonie (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop La-La (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #7 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Grandstand (P, $9.99) is cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Adore (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Stila Affection (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Maybelline Caramel Cool (100) (LE, $6.99) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Bellini (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Divergent Peaceful Shimmer (LE) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Marais (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #5 (LE) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Sunrise (14) (LE, $39.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Bon Bon (Semi-Sweet Palette) (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Skin (75S) (P, $29.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Trick (P, $19.00) is darker (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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