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

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Sunday, February 13th, 2011

An Ode to MAC True Chartreuse

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a really bright look, and of course, I had to go back to one of my favorite color combinations.  MAC True Chartreuse is easily one of my favorite products, because it applies so beautifully and vibrantly.

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249.  With the 239, apply a few drops of mixing medium to dampen the brush, then apply True Chatreuse pigment on the lower lid, blending just above the crease.  Next, apply #159 eyeshadow into the crease with the 222.  Take the 219 and apply #72 eyeshadow into the crease to brighten.  Apply True Chartreuse pigment on the inner lid and brush upwards with the 239 (dry), and then hold the brush horizontally and apply it damp to the lower lash line.  Use #72 eyeshadow on the outer half of the lower lash line using the 219 to smudge.  Bring everything together by applying Perversion liner on the lower water line. Finish by sweeping lashes with Buxom Lash mascara.

For cheeks, apply Echo blush on the apples of the cheeks and pat towards the temple with fingers, then highlight cheekbones with Amber Diamond skin shimmer.

For lips, apply Bare Pink lipstick on lips first, and then dab Soft Coral lipstick to brighten, for a complementing lip.

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Sunday, July 12th, 2009


Make Up For Ever #159 Eyeshadow

More blues?! Indeed!

  • #159 is a deep shade of cobalt blue. It’s almost like a blue meshed with violet. It’s absolutely stunning, and I’d consider it a must-have if you ever have an inkling to venture into blue (or you’re already in love). It’s extremely pigmented, smooth to the touch, and goes like a dream.
  • #167 is a shimmery, water-blue. It’s soft, pigmented, and has a nice sheen. It reminded me a lot of MAC’s Freshwater eyeshadow, actually.
  • #72 is a matte, bright medium blue. Sephora describes it as a turquoise, but I definitely don’t think there’s much turquoise, if *any* in it. It reminded me a lot of MAC’s Electric Eel eyeshadow, but not as bright–a little more toned down.
  • #118 is a light, sky blue. It’s really almost like a robin’s egg blue, actually. It has a matte finish, and it feels smooth and buttery. I’ve always been on the hunt for a good matte sky blue like this one.
  • #150 is a soft, pearly light blue with just a touch of silver sheen to it. It’s like a bluer version of MAC’s Surreal eyeshadow — and a lot less frosty. This is one of the better textures and pay off I’ve had with the brand’s shimmery shadows.

Which of these are your favorites?

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