Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette
Make Up For Ever Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette ($42.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains an assortment of eyeshadows from peach to blue-teal to purple. There are eight eyeshadows (each is 0.03 oz.) in the brand’s new Artist Shadow formula. The Artist Shadow retails for $21.00/0.08 oz. ($262.50/oz.), so this palette contains a total of $63 worth of eyeshadow, but what’s particularly nice is you get to try eight shades for the price of two full-sized ones. Make Up For Ever’s eyeshadows are larger than the average eyeshadow (which is usually 0.05 oz.). The quality of the shades in the palette is very good, but you have to love your shimmer finishes, as all but one is rather shimmery/frosted. They wore well on me–eight hours or longer–and had good color payoff and soft, smooth textures. All eight shades part of the permanent range, so you could also purchase them individually. The included brushes are lower quality than Make Up For Ever’s full-sized brushes (not as soft, less dense, overly springy).

#M536 Milk Tea is a light-medium, warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and silky without being powdery. The color wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

#I524 Pinky Beige is a light-medium, warm-toned peach with a pearly sheen. It had nice p igmentation with a soft, buttery texture that was silky and blendable. The color lasted well for eight and a half hours before starting to fade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

#I550 Olive Gray is a medium-dark, warm brown with just a smidgen of gray and a pearly sheen. It seems to be more of a brown than taupe. It had fantastic pigmentation that went on so smoothly! The texture was equally lovely: buttery, smooth, and blendable. On the lid, the color stayed didn’t show signs of fading for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

#D652 Celestial Earth is a medium-dark, copper-brown with a frosted finish. It was intensely pigmented with a very soft, buttery texture that was a dream to apply as it blended and adhered well to bare skin. The color wore well for eight and a half hours when I tested it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

#ME728 Copper Red is a brightened, metallic copper. It had rich color payoff with a very soft and buttery texture that applied very smoothly. The color didn’t start to fade for almost nine hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

#ME230 Peacock Blue is a medium-dark, slightly muted, blue with a hint of green and teal shimmer over a frosted sheen. It is a lot less metallic compared to ME728 Copper Red (which has the same finish, technically). The color payoff was good, and while the texture was very soft to the touch, it didn’t seem to stick as well to the skin so it didn’t look as intense applied as it did in the pan. On me, the color wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

#D926 Blueberry is a medium, violet purple with subtle warm, pink undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had a more sparkly texture, so it was a slightly thicker, denser texture that can be pressed into the skin for a smoother, more metallic finish. It had good color payoff, and it wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

#ME930 Black Purple is a deep, dark rich eggplant burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation and went on so smoothly. The texture was soft, buttery, and dense. The color stayed on well for eight and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Make Up For Ever Artist Palette
Make Up For Ever Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette
Make Up For Ever Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette
Make Up For Ever Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette
Make Up For Ever Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette
Make Up For Ever Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette
Make Up For Ever Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette
Make Up For Ever Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever #M536 Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever #M536 Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever #M536 Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever #M536 Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever #I524 Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever #I524 Artist Shadow

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Make Up For Ever #I550 Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever #I550 Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever #I550 Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever #I550 Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever #D652 Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever #D652 Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever #D652 Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever #D652 Artist Shadow

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Make Up For Ever #ME728 Artist Shadow

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Make Up For Ever #ME230 Artist Shadow
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Make Up For Ever #D926 Artist Shadow
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Make Up For Ever #ME930 Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever #ME930 Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette
Make Up For Ever Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette
D652 CElestial Earth (inner lid), ME728 Copper Red (middle of lid),
ME230 Peacock Blue (outer lid), M536 Milk Tea (crease), I524 Pinky Beige (brow bone),
Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy/Urban Decay Scorch Eyeliners

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette
D652 CElestial Earth (inner lid), ME728 Copper Red (middle of lid),
ME230 Peacock Blue (outer lid), M536 Milk Tea (crease), I524 Pinky Beige (brow bone),
Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy/Urban Decay Scorch Eyeliners

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette
D926 Blueberry (inner lid), I550 Olive Gray (middle of lid), ME930 Black Purple (outer lid/crease),
I524 Pinky Beige (brow bone), Tarina Tarantino Cute Robot Eyeliner

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette
D926 Blueberry (inner lid), I550 Olive Gray (middle of lid), ME930 Black Purple (outer lid/crease),
I524 Pinky Beige (brow bone), Tarina Tarantino Cute Robot Eyeliner

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Hi Dana,

Yes, those are the included brushes. They’re really small and difficult to use for me – the quality is maybe a 6 (out of 10) in terms of softness.

Oh, I was hoping this wouldn’t be any good – I love the colours, but it’s LE and I can afford it right now.

I like the mix of teal and copper eyeliner under your eye btw!

I am sure a lot of people are going to line up at the store to get it! Its beautiful..perfect shades perfect finish! 🙂 I like the first eye look you did.. STUNNING! copper and green just go so well with each other!

This palette is beautiful and I want it but I feel like the shades are not very original and I def have more than enough similar shades…

I’m glad to see MUFE finally acing one of their palettes! Up until now, their palettes just don’t seem very impressive. I’m really digging this one though! Good quality and good color combo! I especially like the purple look you created!

Oh geez, this or MAC’s a Novel Romance, I just don’t know. The blues and purples in here are gorgeous, I need to figure out if my Stila In The Light palette has any dupes for MAC. Guess I need to see them in person. Any thoughts on the two Christine – which one do you personally prefer? Thanks once again for getting all these reviews up so quickly!!

I prefer softer shadows like these, so I would go for this easily. Which would you use more? This an interesting palette, but it’s one that I would probably end up wanting to use other shades with (rather than just this palette) due to the heavy shimmer finishes.

Breathtaking! Every single color… Why is all of this fall makeup so pretty?? Its either going to kill my pocketbook, or leave me longing!

Yay! Thank you Christine! I was looking forward to your review on this one. MUFE palettes are either a hit or a miss for me. This looks really good. I will be picking this one up!!!

Hey, you didn’t comment on the brushes. What were they like?
Also, I was wondering why you don’t like using the Mac 217 brush to apply eyeshadow all over the lid. I have the 239 and love it, but so many people praise the 217, so I was curious why you don’t like it for that purpose.

They’re throwaway brushes to me – small, not very dense, somewhat scratchy.

I’ve only heard of most people using the 217 for blending? It’s not a brush that I think works well for applying color to the lid unless you’re aiming for a really soft, diffused look (sheer wash of color or something) – more of a blending brush or applying a soft crease color. I’m not very familiar with people using it in place of the 239, to be honest, as I’ve always seen people using it to blend!

Oh that’s disappointing, given their new artisan line.

Hmm. I’ve seen a few british bloggers like essiebutton and other bloggers here and there use the “fluffy” brush 217 for overall application. Because I haven’t seen anyone talk of it as a crease brush, I assumed that was the general use. Anyway, I don’t think it would be that great for all over application either. Wouldn’t it cause fallout, given the fluffiness?

It definitely could! It should hold the powder fairly well since it is natural hair, but if you load it up too much, you definitely could! I usually reach for it to do extra blending or apply eyeshadow to the brow bone to highlight – even for crease work, I usually prefer a crease brush (more precise), but the 217 works for that if you’re going for a softer/more diffused placement.

That makes sense. I usually just do everything with the 239, haha, but if I want to be proper, I’ll use a flatter, more precise crease brush (bullet crease, I think they’re called?) and blend with the 239 and the blending brush in Naked2. It works really well! I recently discovered that layering a nude-ish eyeshadow in the crease really helps in softening the edges.

That’s me, too 😉 I used to only have a single 239, so I just made it work for everything – even now, if I am lazy, I will just use one!

One thing I often do is apply a medium-dark shade on the outer lid and crease, blend it beyond the crease, and then I take a dark shade for the actual crease, but that medium-dark shade takes away half the work. I also like to layer the brow bone highlight shade slightly over the edge as it always seems easier to blend a light color into a darker one!

This is going on my back to school list LOL! It’s hard to justify spending $42 for this palette but I guess since it comes with 2 Brushes It’s sort of a good deal. I never tried MUFE brushes or eyeshadow so this is great. Thanks for the review.

The brushes are lower in quality compared to their actual brushes – they feel like your standard included brushes – not horrible but not better than a full-sized, standalone brush.

So glad you did a review on this and so fast!!! I was eyeing it but then read comments about MUFE being inconsistent. This might beat out that MAC purple palette coming out on the 14th. More colors. And it looks beautiful! Thanks!

How beautifullllll the palette is 🙂
i can see this making to top 10 list of 2014 🙂 such neat swatches and eye looks Christine 🙂 totally in love with colors 🙂

Hi Christine, how does Pinky beige compare to MAC’s Hey eye shadow? Hey is my all time favourite eye shadow but unfortunately, it’s a limited edition colour.

I *love* how the palette actually consists of permanent range shades! I wish that happened more often actually, that brands marketed ‘edited’ palettes. i think all of these paricular colours are beautiful (wish we had MUFE here!), but I especially loke that copper/teal look. The lower lash combo needs to happen on my eyes ASAP! 😀

Me too! I think it was really great timing, too, with them redoing their whole eyeshadow formula… $21 isn’t for an individual shade and with 210 shades… well, there are a lot that can appeal but who knows in reality!

Well I just got back from Sephora and I bought it. I had to get them to get it for me from the back and I actually gasped when I saw it. UNBELIEVABLE!!! Stunning. I almost feel like putting it on a chain and wearing it around my neck it’s so pretty lol!!! My dream of a gorgeous Fall palette has been answered big time!!!

The eyeshadow looks are absolutely beautiful! Would you recommend this palette over the Sleek one? I know Sleek has more shades (and more bang for your buck!) but this is seriously stunning

That’s tough! The quality of this palette is better, period, but Sleek’s so much cheaper and has some really, really great shades (I think it was two or three misses, so 9/12 were really good). I would probably go Sleek, just because it is limited edition, really affordable, and nice overall. Make Up For Ever’s palette is fantastic, and it’s about the right price for the brand (it’s never going to be as cheap as Sleek), but you just save so much going Sleek and still get some really awesome eyeshadows.

Both are lovely palettes. I would honestly go with the one that you feel you’d use the most, because a $12 palette you use once vs. a $42 palette you’d use a dozen times – the latter will give *you* better value. I usually look at a palette and think about what color combinations I’d create, and the one with more is the winner.

Two more in the long row of pretty looks!
This is a nice palette, and quite good value. However I’d need to use some mattes with it, so I’m not sure I’ll get this. I also think I have at least some similar enough eyeshadows. Some money saved, it seems 🙂

I definitely hear ya! It’s a very shimmery palette…. which is fine in one way, but obviously not as versatile if you’re only trying to use the shades in the palette.

The colors weren’t for me, but it was enough of an impetus to go to the local MUFE store and pick up a trio! The quality on the colors is fab, and the $1 palette that it comes with feels nice and sturdy, much more so than the usual giveaways! It’s super easy to take the pan out of the packaging and add into the palette. Can’t say the same for the other way around, but it’s a super minor quibble given how long it’d take to use any of them up. I miss the old price, but when it’s basically Buy 2 get 1 free at the trio price, I’m happy!

Oh, nice! They gave you the right pricing at the boutique? I called one up last week, and they didn’t know anything about the trio pricing 🙁

They did, but mentioned they just put them out “the other day” so it could be that you called them before they got the information! The rep helping me even had to show another coworker how to ring in the discount. So I wonder when the stores actually got all the details.

Yeah, she had me hold while she got the information, but I double inquired about the pricing, LOL! $21 is STEEP when the refills were $15 previously. Before, $21 got you the eyeshadow in its compact (so now that’s $22 – and $1 more is something we can rationalize as inflation, lol), but at least you could get the $15 refills if you called a boutique!

I was also curious how the pricing worked out if you bought the larger palettes as well.

Beautiful palette and I love the finish! I almost ordered it from Sephora the other day but after looking at the swatches, I feel like I have similar shades. Glad I skipped.

Similar to Kat Von D’s Ladybird? That one is all mattes, but similar colors. If you got her Monarch palette too you definitely don’t need this one. Love the coppery color on the lid, its my favorite look as a redhead. That’s why I bought doubles of the Sharon Osbourne Duchess palette from MAC this summer, the coppery, golden browns were perfect for me I was hoping UD’s Naked 3 would have a bunch of colors like these but only one coppery peach was in it (loved that color but returned palette, too pink for me). Lorac’s Unzipped has a lot of the coppery colors, but none of the Jewel tones to mix with. What a great idea. I probably have a lot of single colors, and I have Ladybird, but this is so tempting. I agree with you though, the shimmer will limit its use as a stand alone palette. You will need a matte base and maybe a matte crease color so the shimmer colors can stand out. I can live without it, but it is gorgeous!

I wouldn’t say so, I guess, since Ladybird is so much more matte! Plus Ladybird lacks the brighter pops of color from this one, I think. (http://www.temptalia.com/kat-von-d-ladybird-true-romance-eyeshadow-palette-review-photos-swatches)

If you’re using it at home, you can easily add in shades with more matte/satin finishes, but if you want one palette for travel, this may be limiting.

I better stay out of Sephora (esp as Sun is a ‘rouge event’). This one is calling everyone’s name. If I don’t see it live + keep reminding myself of the dupes I’ve got….OMG, how can I stay out of there until this is sold out???? Great quality, great shades. Repeat to self: not needed. Not needed. not… oops, ‘wanted’ slipped in there.

And you’re reminding us how great the TT liners are…nowhere live in Boston, though…only her website. As usual, you look great.

I miss Tarina Tarantino being more readily available 🙁 It’s harder to recommend the brand’s products knowing they’re harder to get!

Oh, my – I am in trouble now! I really want to do a “no buy” with the exception of Nars Jardin Perdu and that MAC pencil in Water Willow. But seeing this palette – YIKES, I want it SO MUCH!!! So, “No Buy – good-bye!” until September and then I’m really going to give it all I have to stick it for a month!

How similar is this palette to the Kat Von D, Chrysalis and Monarch? The shades look awesome, but I wonder if I would just be duplicating?

It’s closer to Monarch than Chrysalis (which doesn’t really have dupes, IMO!). There is a fair amount of overlap with the warmer, more copper/bronze shades.

Thanks Christine for doing this review! I was very hesitant to purchase without a review, given that the last two palettes didn’t work out so well for me! I am definitely going to purchase, thank you! 😀

I prefer this one in terms of portability, but both are high quality – so it would come down which one had shades you’d use!

I got this palette after reading your review and I think it’s great! The gel-to-powder formula is definitely noticeably different than my regular eyeshadows, though. While I usually use a fluffier natural hair brush for eyeshadow I think these work best with a stiffer synthetic brush (like the ones that come in the Naked palettes- I love using those with this!) For some reason I feel like this would be great for someone who doesn’t have a whole ton of makeup and wants some basics for everyday and some fun shades in a palette they can throw in their purse. But, of course it’s great for us makeup junkies too. 🙂 I love how the dark purple is neutral enough that you can use it to darken the crease and still have a very natural everyday look.

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