Swatch Saturday: Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows – Iridescent Finish (Part 2)

The temptation was too strong! I gave into the desire to collect ’em all (I need three more, if my calculations are correct!). Here’s a look at another fifteen shades from the Iridescent finish range of Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows. The post includes a combination of shades I purchased and some press samples (I purchased approximately 185 of the 210 shades).

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Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows

Make Up For Ever S900 Marshmallow Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever S900 Marshmallow Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light-medium, pink-lavender with cool undertones and a soft, satin finish. Makeup Geek Secret Admirer (P, $9.99) is darker, pinker, more matte. MAC Fizzy Rose (LE, $15.00) is darker. Urban Decay X-Rated (LE, $18.00) is a touch darker. NARS Gaiety (P, $29.00) is darker. MAC Feather Pink (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Unconventional (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Full of Joy (P, $21.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Lazy Sunday (LE, $20.00) is a cream product, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Make Up For Ever S900 Marshmallow Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S900 Marshmallow
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
91%

Make Up For Ever D716, I520, I838, I834 Artist Shadows

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.

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Make Up For Ever D716 Crystalline Papaya Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow D716 Crystalline Papaya
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
96%
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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.

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Make Up For Ever Studio Case Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever Holiday 2014 Eye Kit Studio Case
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
93%
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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.

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Make Up For Ever S732 Orange Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S732 Orange
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
99%

Make Up For Ever Holiday 2014 Sets & Kits

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

Availability: Now at Sephora

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