Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows

Here are the remaining Diamond finish shades of Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows, so now the gallery is complete with photos and swatches! :) 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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Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows

Here are all the remaining 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). A lot of the shades in this set are technically blushes. Now, you are covered for photos and swatches of all the shades from this finish! :) Happy viewing!

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Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows

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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Friday, October 24th, 2014

Cle de Peau Stardust (302) Eyeshadow Quad
Cle de Peau Stardust (302) Eyeshadow Quad

Cle de Peau Stardust (302) Eyeshadow Quad ($55.00 for 0.21 oz.) includes shades of beige, warm green, brown, and murky green. Cle de Peau’ sells their eyeshadows as refills (which is just a plastic pan with the four shades), and you can elect to purchase a plastic compact to put them in for an additional $25. I put mine in a Z-palette by attaching a small magnetic to the bottom of the pan. It’s an interesting mix of shades if you like your beige and greens together, but I didn’t end up loving the way the colors worked together, partially because the warmer green shade doesn’t look as intense on the lid as it does swatched or in the pan, so it loses contrast on the lid.

Stardust #1 is a soft, muted beige with very subtle warm undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was very soft and blendable, though a little powdery initially. It had good color payoff and was easy to use. It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stardust #2 is a medium-dark, warm-toned olive green with a soft, frosted finish. It had really nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft–almost creamy–and effortless to blend. The only thing I noticed was that it seemed to apply slightly more mutedly than it swatched. On the lid, the color stayed on well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stardust #3 is a muted, medium brown with subtle, warm, yellow-ish undertones and a lightly frosted finish–almost a combination of frost and satin to me, because there is very fine shimmer to it. It might be harder to tell against my skin tone, but it did have good pigmentation that was mostly opaque. The texture was a little powdery, though it was incredibly easy to blend on the lid without losing intensity. It lasted well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stardust #4 is a dark, dirty green with subtle, warm olive undertones and a golden-green metallic sheen. It had nice color payoff, and the texture was very smooth and finely-milled, but there was a slight dryness to it. The color showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Make Up For Ever D716 Crystalline Papaya Artist Shadow
D716 Crystalline Papaya (inner lid), I520 Pinky Sand (middle of lid), I838 Slate Pink (outer lid),
I834 Grape (crease), Urban Decay Rockstar Eyeliner

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.

Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a gold-shimmered peach with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation that went on smoothly and blended beautifully. The color lasted well for nearly ten hours before fading slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever I838 Slate Pink Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a dusty, medium-dark pink-mauve with a soft, frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation, while the powder’s texture was soft to the touch, easy to apply and blend out, and went on smoothly. The color didn’t show any signs of fading until after ten hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever I834 Grape Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a dark purple with warm, reddish-brown undertones and a pearly finish. It had fantastic color payoff, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. It wore well for ten hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Quartet
Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Quartet

Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Quartet ($38.00 for 0.12 oz.) includes four, miniature cream eyeshadow pencils. The quartet is/was exclusive to Sephora, and they’re completely sold out online (but it’s possible it’s still available in stores), but just about every other retailer that carries the brand has a six-piece set available. The six-piece set has all four of these shades, plus Copper and Khaki. I really regret not getting the six set now! Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks normally retail for $28/0.05 oz. (or $560/oz.), so the four-piece set is a total value of $67.20, and the six-piece set is a total value of $100.80 (each of these is 0.03 oz.). The formula is touted as “long-wearing, transfer- and crease-resistant” with “rich color payoff.” I really liked this set of four; they worked really well together, but they were creamy, opaque, blendable, and long-wearing. I could actually wear them together as a look, which isn’t always easily achieved with jumbo pencils like these (they often dry down too quickly or work better as sheer washes or eyeshadow bases). All four shades wore well for nine hours before creasing slightly. The only downside is that the kit is pretty warm, and the colors are similar enough that while they blend seamlessly into each other, there isn’t a lot of contrast.

Rosegold is described as a “dirty pink with golden shimmer.” It’s a golden copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was fully opaque in one stroke and was easy to blend the edges or blend out for a sheerer wash of color. It wore well for nine hours before creasing. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Moonlight is described as a “pewter.” It’s a golden bronze with a hint of khaki in the undertone. It had a frosted, slightly metallic finish. It had mostly opaque color payoff in a single pass, and the consistency was easily blended on the skin. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Amethyst is described as a “soft mauve with pearl.” It’s a subtly warm-toned, medium-dark taupe brown with a frosted sheen. It had rich color payoff in one go, while the texture was creamy and glided on beautifully but remained blendable long enough to work with it–yet it didn’t settle into creases either. The color stayed on well for nine hours. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Cocoa is described as a “chocolate brown.” It’s a dark, yellow-toned brown with very fine bronze pearl, but it has more of a semi-matte finish applied. It had nice pigmentation in one stroke, and it went on evenly. With a deeper shade like this, the ability to blend it out is so important, and I had no issues blending and using it in the crease. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

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