Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows: #04 (matte black), Jaune (yellow), #91 (apple green), #72 (matte vibrant turquoise), #116 (lilac), #00 (matte white), #17 (matte chocolate brown), and #126 (tan beige shimmer). With the exception of Jaune, the other seven shades are part of the permanent range.

#04 is a rich black with a matte finish and subtle warm undertones. It was soft, applied smoothly, and had good color payoff. It’s similar to other black eyeshadows such as Urban Decay Crave, Le Metier de Beaute Fin, and Urban Decay Blackout.

Jaune is a warm, sunshine yellow with a subtle satiny sheen. It had good color payoff, but it was powdery. NARS Flowers #5 is more pearly. Illamasqua Hype is matte. MAC Goldenrod is darker and matte. Inglot #323 is matte.

#91 is a brightened green with soft, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It was powdery and had so-so color payoff–and my individual version was much smoother and more pigmented. I had a lot of trouble getting this shade to look vibrant on the lid and blend with the other shades. Illamasqua Fledgling is much darker, whereas Illamasqua Pivot is much lighter. MAC Wondergrass a touch darker and shimmery.

#72 is a medium blue with a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff and was a bit powdery. The color stained a little bit when I swatched it, but wearing it over a primer to test wear (because it didn’t work well at all on its own), it didn’t. The original that I have is more intense–so much more pigmented. NARS Mad Mad World is richer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine #3 is darker, less cyan. Inglot #371 is a bit darker and more opaque.

#116 is a darkened lavender with a matte finish. This shade was very powdery and rather sheer; I could not build up color at all.NARS High Society #1 is grayer. Illamasqua Can Can is brighter. Urban Decay Tainted has shimmer.

#00 is a pure white with a matte finish. It had good color payoff and was soft, smooth, and applied well. It is similar to shades like Wet ‘n’ Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine #1, Bobbi Brown White, and Inglot #373.

#17 is a medium-dark brown with warm, tan undertones and a matte finish. This was the best performing shade in the palette–nicely pigmented, smooth, and soft. Dolce & Gabbana Cocoa #3 is lighter and pearly. theBalm Tres Moi is redder and frosted. Inglot #357 is lighter.

#126 is a light beige with warm, peachy undertones and a soft, frosted shimmer-sheen finish. It had good color payoff and applied smoothly, but it was a tiny bit powdery. Urban Decay Broken is similar but less shimmery. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone #1 is less shimmery, more frosted. MAC Ricepaper is more satiny.

I used four of the eight shades in a look, and I opted to go for the brighter shades since I figured those would be the shades that were most eye-catching within the palette.  I expected a quick, easy, and overall fuss-free application, but I had a very opposite experience:  the powderiness present across many of the shades made it difficult to get rich, opaque color payoff and blend the colors at the same time. I would apply #91 and pack it on, then I’d go to blend it, and half of it would disappear into the ether.  I’ve never had this problem with Make Up For Ever’s eyeshadows.  They’re one of my favorite brands for matte eyeshadows, because they aren’t dry and powdery and prone to sheerness.

#116 was the worst offender, followed by #91.  #04 and #17 were the easiest to use out of the eight.  I’m surprised and shocked at the way these applied.  I tried using the same eyeshadows on two separate days, in case maybe my lids just weren’t right for them.  I had to use the eyeshadows over primer to see any color really stick to the lid, and still, I couldn’t get full color payoff on #91.  After the tenth time packing on the color, I threw in the towel (err, brush?).  I think you need to use a creamier, whiter base underneath these to really get them to work well.  Over Make Up For Ever Prime, the eyeshadows lasted eight hours but did look faded, though no creasing.

I have to admit–I’m a bit heartbroken over the outcome.

The Glossover

palette

Technicolor

D+

I've never had this problem with Make Up For Ever's eyeshadows. They're one of my favorite brands for matte eyeshadows, because they aren't dry and powdery and prone to sheerness. I have to admit--I'm a bit heartbroken over the outcome.

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

3/5

Results
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Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever #04 Eyeshadow

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever Jaune Eyeshadow

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever #91 Eyeshadow

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever #72 Eyeshadow

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever #116 Eyeshadow

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever #00 Eyeshadow

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever #17 Eyeshadow

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever #126 Eyeshadow

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette

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Sephora, $45.00.

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Yes.

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56 thoughts on “Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Carrie

    I was tempted by this! I had seen some other bloggers mention they had some issues, so I’m glad I waited. That said, now that I have a full MUFE boutique by my house I look forward to playing with more of their line!

  2. I’m curious what happened to the quality from the original pans to this palette.

  3. Avatar of Icequeen Icequeen81

    what a pigmentation pay , but too bold for me

  4. Avatar of Shontay shontay

    Thank you! I was so excited about this palette and I couldn’t believe how it turned out! Terrible. There’s only one or two quality shades. The regular line of shadows are so much better, so I don’t know what in the world happened here. Heartbreaking.

    • Did you get a chance to see it in store, Shontay? I was so shocked and utterly confused that I was like, “Maybe it’s a bad dream. Maybe it really IS a one-off bad palette but the rest are great!”

      • Avatar of Shontay shontay

        I actually ordered it from Sephora the minute it was available. After testing it, I couldn’t return it fast enough. MUFE is my favorite brand and their shadows are fantastic, but this is a bust. I just don’t know how this made it through their own testing.

        • OH THANK GOODNESS!!!!

          I can’t tell you how relieved to KNOW someone else had such a problem with this. The entire time I photographed this, I was like, “YES! Can’t wait! Brights!” and :( :( :(

          Thank you! I’m SO sad that we both experienced the same thing but at least we aren’t alone!

        • Avatar of Melissa divinem (Melissa)

          I feel the same way. How could Dany release something so poorly executed?

  5. Wow I’m so disappointed, I wish they were the same quality than the regular eyeshadows. :(

  6. Avatar of Dominique Dominique

    Yesterday I purchased 2 Kiko palettes which are very colourful ( Colours of the World, spring 2013 ), well 16,90 € each and it looks good ! I’ll skip the MUFE one, I already intended to do so before purchasing the beautiful Kiko ones.

  7. Alex M

    I picked this up a few weeks ago and like you, i’ve had trouble with the lilac color. No staying power at all. However, the #17 and #72 i do love. I have to give the other colors a try as well.

  8. Avatar of KaseyCannuck KaseyCannuck

    I saw this on Sephora’s website and was hmming and hawing. Now I’m just hoing and humming. I’m glad I passed it up.

  9. Sarah

    Whoooooaa. I’m shocked too. MUFE usually has amazing eyeshadows, especially matte ones (which are hard to find in a sea of shimmer and satin, cough cough Urban Decay…). My experience with them has always been that they’re smooth, creamy and great color payoff.

    Sad face :(

  10. Nina

    I had the same issue with the MUFE Smoky palette that was never released in the US. It was such a hassle to get it mailed to me from Europe. I was so disappointed after I played around with the shades since they were dry and lacked pigmentation… What a waste of money. I was wondering if this palette would have poor quality too and I guess is does =(… Thanks always for your great reviews Christine… You just saved me some money. =)

  11. Avatar of Gabriella Gabriella

    Oh man, I had this on my sephora shopping list too! I don’t own any MUFE, so I thought this would be nice because I don’t have some of the shades offered in the palette in my own collection, and a good way to try out the brand. What a disappointment!

  12. Avatar of Emily 18thCenturyFox

    Oh boy! And I almost just ordered this one last night because- who thinks MUFE will underperform?

  13. Avatar of Dee GUSnail

    Ugh, how disappointing! MUFE is one of may favorite brands, partially becuase I’ve found them to have consistent high quality.

  14. Aww, it sucks that the quality of this palette is so poor. D; I saw the pictures and immediately thought “I WANT IT.” But then I saw the D+. D;

  15. Laurence

    That’s disappointing! I would get a lot of use from a palette like that, were the payoff more worth the price!

  16. Frizzy locks

    I am honesty so gutted. When I first saw it I thought it would be the perfect bright travel palette the colours looked amazing and vivid. Oh we’ll the quest continues

  17. Stephanie TP

    Ive tried this and it worked for me, the only color that didn’t was the purple! But I do feel like 50$ CAD is too much to pay for Make Up For Ever in my opinion. I’d rather purchase separate colors for 18$ and make my own palette

  18. Avatar of Jessica Jessica

    What a shame!

  19. Avatar of Ellie Ellie

    I saw this palette yesterday. I was tempted to get it, but the moment I touched it I saw how powdery it was and left it there.

  20. Caroline

    I’m not keen on the random hotch-potch of colours which seem to swamp one another instead of being complementary :(

  21. Elizabeth Morales

    No joke, I was on Sephora’s website just 5 minutes ago deciding wether to buy this or not. Then wandered over here and Bam, bad review. So sad, MUFE is on of my favorites.

  22. This saddens me. I would have gotten it.

  23. Avatar of Kathryn KEG

    What a shame- I expected much more from them. I don’t think i have ever bought an inferior item from MUFE. Thanks for your review.

  24. Avatar of Melissa divinem (Melissa)

    I wonder why their limited edition items always turn out to be disappointing. It’s a shame, because I am an avid MUFE fan on their existing line. Oh well. Thanks for the review and saving us some money, Christine.

    • Monica!

      You reminded me of the Tango palette released last year, LE as well. Lovely colors, but a pain to use. I returned mine.

      • Avatar of Emily 18thCenturyFox

        I was looking at purchasing the Tango one last night as well! Didn’t realize it was a pain…

  25. Heather

    Bummer! I really wanted this palette, but I don’t think I could justify the price with this review.

  26. WOW that eye look is amazing, I wish I had the guts to wear that! I’d be so worried it would just smudge during the day!

  27. Avatar of Veronica Veronica

    When I saw the palette, I went :D because MUFE does such great shadows. Then I saw the wall of text that was the review and went D:

    Final verdict: :(

    MUFE is one of my favorite brands, but at their price point, a dud is just outright upsetting.

  28. I’m surprised at the quality of the shades. The MUFE shadows that I HAVE tried are usually silky smooth and super pigmented! Too bad, this palette looks like it could’ve been a lot of fun for makeup lovers!

  29. Amy

    I work at Sephora, and when this came in I was unbelievably excited! But you’re right, it’s not worth it… I am so unhappy :(

  30. Daniella

    I’m so glad I didn’t see this last night while browsing…I would have bought it! Thanks :)

  31. Kat

    That’s a shame because the colors are so cool! I love Jaune!

  32. Avatar of Gina Gina

    This is so sad! I love Make Up For Ever so much, and everything they make is usually amazing :(

  33. Avatar of Kimberly Kimberly

    What a let down! But there are a few let downs in even the best brands

  34. Avatar of Quinctia Quinctia

    Wow, amazed that the lavender swatched so patchy…that’s about the easiest kind of purple to make, I’ve got shadows across brands that work well in that tone.

  35. Very disappointing, it doesn’t live up to Make Up Forever’s usually very high standards.

  36. Ohhh… what happened to the quality of MUFE?? Expect two shades all are Terrible and cost is also not worthy .. disappointing !!

  37. ReneeP

    I went back to all your original swatches and can’t believe the difference! I would have thought they were reallt 2 different brands. What a let down, this was on my Sephora shopping list.

  38. Avatar of Hillary Hilly

    I tested it at the store last night and boy, what a POS! Chalky and gross!

  39. Wow! I’m really surprised at the performance of this palette. And I was looking at it online with the intent of buying. Another makeup crisis averted… Thanks for the heads up!

  40. Scarlett

    I just bought this palette online and just got it. I haven’t tested it yet. If I test it can I return it back to sephora?

  41. I was surprised by this. I got this to work quite nicely for me as did my friend. I agree the color payoff is a little disapointing given how the colors look in the package. Maybe you got a dud? I would give it a B or B- at the worst

  42. I love the look you created. It’s so summery! Too bad about the color payoff.

  43. You know, I’m actually relieved to hear that you don’t like this palette. I’ve been lusting after it, but talking myself out of buying it ever since it first came out. I had only swatched it, which it swatches nicely so that can be deceiving. My wallet and I thank you for the review! :)