Saturday, September 13th, 2014

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I’m working my way through reviewing Make Up For Ever’s Artist Shadows ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.), so I thought that while I’m testing, you could at least check out swatches of all the shades with a Metallic finish that I hope to review soon (excluding shades from the 30th Anniversary Palette, click the link for swatches of those)!  :)

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Friday, September 12th, 2014

Make Up For Ever I736 Copper Red Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever I736 Copper Red Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever I736 Copper Red Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bold, brightened, medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones and a golden copper, frosted sheen. Make Up For Ever ME734 Tangerine (P, $21.00) is brighter, more orange. LORAC Nude #5 (LE) is browner. Becca Papaya/Topaz (P, $27.00) is browner. Makeup Geek Goddess (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, slightly browner. MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is more muted, browner. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #9 (P, $9.99) is darker. NARS Taj Mahal (P, $29.00) is lighter, brighter. Make Up For Ever #10 (P, $23.00) is more orange, cream. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It is intensely pigmented, and it’s a blush where a little goes a long way. The creamier, denser texture makes it easier to apply, blend, and diffuse for a softer application if so desired. It can also just as easily be applied at full color coverage for a more dramatic, richer look. Your choice in tools will make a world of difference with a blush as pigmented as this one; I highly recommend a less dense, stippling-type brush (I like MAC’s 159) for applying color, and if you feel like it’s still too bold, you can use a buffing brush to soften further or take a colored setting powder to tone it down (alternatively, I often use my foundation brush to diffuse edges). The finish has more shimmer in it than some of the other blushes in the range, but it didn’t emphasize pores and appears more pearly than shimmery on. As a blush, the color lasted well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly.

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had insanely rich color payoff where a little went a long way. The texture was creamy–almost like a cream eyeshadow–and very smooth, so the color went on evenly but was also blendable. The color wore well for nine hours before fading. Tarte Silk Robe (LE) is a smidgen lighter. Kat Von D Papilio (P) is less red. Too Faced Soleil (P, $16.00) is warmer. MAC Pink Sensibilities #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Too Faced Amaretto (P, $16.00) is lighter. Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE) is more shimmery, warmer. Makeup Geek Blitz (P, $6.99) is lighter. CoverGirl Scorching Cocoa (355) (P, $4.99) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I662 Amber Brown Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark, golden copper with a metallic sheen. It had excellent pigmentation that was fully opaque and went on incredibly smoothly and evenly on the skin (arm and eyelid). The consistency felt creamy, buttery, and rich, while it lasted for nine hours before fading. Ardency Inn Copper (P, $21.00) s slightly brighter. Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever ME654 Cauldron (P, $21.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Amber (P) is lighter. Clarins The Essentials #6 (LE) is browner. Disney by Sephora Drizella (LE) is more muted. Urban Decay Baked (P, $18.00) is similar. NARS Isolde #1 (P, $24.00) is warmer, lighter. bareMinerals Truffle (LE) is similar. Inglot #405 (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME930 Black Purple Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a rich, blackened purple with subtle, warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The color payoff is fantastic with a really rich, buttery texture that goes on so smoothly. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me. This shade was featured in the Artist Palette as well, so I’m able to confirm that the two are equal in quality, which is excellent. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever D868 Crystalline Pink Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a pink-tinged white with iridescent pink and silver flecks of sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a fairly creamy, dense texture. The “Crystalline” shades seem to be more layering ones (think Make Up For Ever’s Star Powders) that transform colors underneath, though they’re brightening on their own, as they’re very sparkly. The sparkle adheres with the base color, but there was some fall out over the eight-hour wear time. Stila Pink Diamond (P) is warmer. Dior Trafalgar #1 (P) is similar. Laura Mercier Diamond Pink (LE, $23.00) is more metallic. Too Faced Coquet (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Instaglam (LE) is less sparkly. MAC Pastelluxe #3 (P) is pinker. MAC Invincible Light (LE, $21.00) is pinker. NARS Cassiopeia (P, $29.00) is less sparkly. Shiseido Mist (WT 901) (P, $25.00) is a cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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I606 Pinky Earth

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

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5/5

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I662 Amber Brown

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10/10

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10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

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5/5

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ME930 Black Purple

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10/10

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10/10

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Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Make Up For Ever I746 Watermelon Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever I746 Watermelon Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a brightened, coral-orange with warm undertones and a soft, golden shimmer-sheen finish. Surratt Beauty Ponceau (P, $32.00) is brighter, pinker. Guerlain Coral Blush (LE) is pinker. Divergent Obscure Coral (LE) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #410 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product, less shimmery. Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is very similar. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, more muted. MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $20.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is lighter. MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $21.00) is more muted, pinker. Dior Coral Glow Blush (LE) is less shimmery. Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Coral (P, $25.00) is a little lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s a very intensely pigmented blush with a soft, creamy, buttery texture that goes on on smoothly and evenly. The finish has a luminous sheen–not shimmery or frosty–so it looks glowing on the skin. The creamier texture makes it really easy to blend on the skin so it doesn’t look splotchy, and it is forgiving, despite the rich color payoff. You can blend it out for sheerer color without a lot of work, though you’ll certainly want to start with a light to moderate hand. On me, the color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading.

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I746 Watermelon

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9.5/10

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10/10

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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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S852 Neon Pink

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9/10

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10/10

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9/10

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9.5/10

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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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8.5/10

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8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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7/10

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7/10

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8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

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4.5/5

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S234 Azure Blue

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9.5/10

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10/10

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10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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