Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Make Up For Ever #303 Holodiam Powder
Make Up For Ever #303 Holodiam Powder

Glitter and Spice and Everything Nice

Make Up For Ever #303 Holodiam Powder ($25.00 for 0.035 oz.) is described as “white with blue, green, and gold highlights.” When applied to the skin alone, it looks like a mix of lavender, violet, green-gold, and silver. Patted over black eyeliner, it looked blue and gold at one angle, then green and teal at the next. It’s somewhat like Illamasqua Beguile. I suspect MAC Reflects Transparent Teal would also be a bit similar.

Make Up For Ever’s Holodiam Powder is a new and limited edition loose powder for the holidays that’s described as an “extremely fine loose powder with a pearlescent finish.” It can be used on eyes and cheeks, wet or dry, as desired. Β On its own, it doesn’t stay put well, so my best advice is to use an adhesive base, cream eyeshadow, fixing spray/seal, or patted onto some makeup base before it’s had time to dry (foundation, eyeliner, etc.). Β It’s fine micro-glitter, and I think it works well on the eyes–so thank goodness it’s safe for the eyes–but on the cheeks, it felt a little sand-like. Β You might opt for one of the brand’s Star Powders for something finer.

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Make Up For Ever #303 Holodiam Powder
Make Up For Ever #303 Holodiam Powder

Make Up For Ever #303 Holodiam Powder
Make Up For Ever #303 Holodiam Powder

Make Up For Ever #303 Holodiam Powder
Make Up For Ever #303 Holodiam Powder

Make Up For Ever #303 Holodiam Powder
Make Up For Ever #303 Holodiam Powder

Make Up For Ever #303 Holodiam Powder
Make Up For Ever #303 Holodiam Powder

Make Up For Ever #303 Holodiam Powder
Make Up For Ever #303 Holodiam Powder

Make Up For Ever #303 Holodiam Powder
Make Up For Ever #303 Holodiam Powder

Make Up For Ever #303 Holodiam Powder
Make Up For Ever #303 Holodiam Powder

Make Up For Ever #303 Holodiam Powder
Make Up For Ever #303 Holodiam Powder

Make Up For Ever #303 Holodiam Powder
Make Up For Ever #303 Holodiam Powder

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41 thoughts on “Make Up For Ever #303 Holodiam Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Sophie Grimm

    This reminds me a lot of Sugarpill’s Lumi Loose Eyeshadow, very pretty over a black base :)

  2. I’m dying a little bit right now, this one is absolutely gorgoues. I have to find a way to get my hands on this!

  3. Miss J

    I am so glad you reviewed this item! I was wondering what you’d think about it, and if you’d think it was similar to the reflects glitters from MAC. And now I know! :) I’m still debating between this product or the Lorac 3D Liquid Lustre. I think this is prettier, but the Lorac seems so much more convenient. Both? *grin*

    • xamyx

      The LORAC 3D Liquid Lustre is *gorgeous*, and it’s very smooth. If you do buy it, keep in mind a (very) little goes a looooong way, and it’s very easy to over do it. On the upside, the glitters are so fine that if it does migrate a bit, it’s not OTT; the downside is it’s a bit difficult to remove it 100%, and you may find some stray bits lingering for a few days.

  4. I bet it would look gorgeous on the nails, on top of BestGlueEver πŸ˜‰

  5. Oh wow, that looks so cool πŸ˜€

  6. Amy

    I think Tarina Tarantino’s Sparklicity Powder in Opal looks similar.

    • Agree about that just missing the cool blue tone. πŸ˜‰

      • Christina

        I have both, and yes, Tarina Tarantino’s is similar. I would say MUFE’s is finer, though, and doesn’t have that white base that TT’s has. I actually like MUFE’s better, despite its ridiculous price tag.

  7. Helen

    This was on my list of things I plan to check out at Sephora this Friday. Thanks for reviewing it. I’m so excited to see it in real life!

  8. Lulee

    i want this soooooo badly but the price is outrageous in my opinion! $25 for 1 gram vs mac reflects which are $21 (whoa when did that price increase happen? weren’t they just $19?) for 4.5 grams!!

    • MAC has always been very, VERY generous compared to every other high-end brand re: loose powders. Even with their price increase/quantity decrease. However, keep in mind that MAC Reflects are NOT eye safe.

  9. I’m not a glitter gal, normally. However my ears perk up at any mention of “holo.” I’m definitely going to swatch this when I go holiday shopping this weekend. Just the idea of FRICKIN LASERS on my eyelids makes me smile.

  10. Kathleen

    I have this, bought it maybe a month ago, and it’s not horrible but not my favorite. It’s pretty blue and cool almost icy. Even with glitter glue it doesn’t last me 10 hours. Although I don’t expect it to it would be nice to not have to reapply on my lunch break.

    On top of other eye makeup I still prefer my lustre dops (wearing it today) but actually look forward to playing with this with nothing under it to get that snow angel look. I’m going to do 30 days of glitter in the December. Might as well enjoy glitter while it’s still in style (not that I follow trends religiously)

  11. Alejandra

    I’m completely sold on this product.Wow.Thanks Christine, for always introducing us to new products.

  12. I was excited to try these out During IMATS Toronto. But I was sisappoint in the size for the price on the 4 of these. :( They reflex type glitter alright. You get a lot more product from MAC and Lit Cosmetics.

  13. I got the plum one, and I am IN LOVE. The only gripe I have is that it gets a little less pronounced at the five/six hour mark. Less of a glittery shimmer, more like a duochrome effect.

  14. Kafka

    For those who aren’t a fan of micro-glitter, sand-like texture, or who want a bit less fuss in application, I highly recommend the NARS Duo in Iceland. It’s essentially the exact same thing, minus the glitter, the chunks and the sand-like or obvious effect. One side is an iridescent white lavender, the other an iridescent white green. Both are extremely finely milled, sheer powder. On a black base, one side turns it into the most spectacular peacock turquoise, emerald, teal…. it’s so multi-faceted that it’s hard to describe. The other side can turn a black base into a sort of intense blue silver…. something. On a green base, one of them turns it into a gold… something. Again, it’s hard to describe. Also, I’ve put the more gold-like yellow one on red lipstick and it creates a super holiday effect that’s very unusual. I think trying to do that with the MUFE would be a bit gritty.

    Iceland does cost a bit more, but for more product and with 2 diff. effects, in essence. It’s $34 for 0.14 oz, instead of $25 for 0.035 oz. Like much of NARS’ extensive permanent collection (64 eyeshadow duos, for example), it’s not always carried by every Sephora but it’s available online at a ton of places from NARS to Nordstrom to Barneys and more. It looks like this:,default,pd.html

  15. I saw these in Sephora last month and I ALMOST purchased both colors, but I decided I was being frugal at that moment and I put them back. I have been regretting it ever since…and these photos aren’t helping! lol

  16. katie

    Ooh! I like it!!

  17. Wow that is SO pretty over the black liner!!! It’s been awhile since I bought a product for fun like this, but I really want this Holodium powder!!! πŸ˜€

  18. WOW amazed. Love love love this. Just… ahhhh! So pretty! OK there’s my very eloquent & intellectual input πŸ˜‰

  19. kisha

    i skipped this becuz i just got the tarantino powder “pure opal” on sale at sephora

  20. Thoroughly impressed πŸ˜€ Nice job again MUFE! I will definitely pick this baby up!

  21. BooBooNinja

    I really like how you incorporated the Holodiam into your look, Christine.

  22. Kim

    What pencil did you use in your waterline?

  23. stephanie

    This really reminds me of the Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Pure powders. Her Pure Opal reflects gold/teal/green kind of like this.

  24. Annie Chang

    Which eyeliner did you use for your water line?

  25. really pretty, but I can just imagine it migrating all over my face, lol…that’s my least favorite thing about pretty glitters.

  26. Rae

    Reminds me of the Lise Watier holiday collection from last year.

  27. Vee

    I bought this and wore it to work over a silver base. I got compliments all day!

  28. Silvia

    Hi, Christine!

    I love your eye make- up. Could you please tell me which eyeshadows are you using in this look? Specially the purple one.

    Thanks :)