Make Up For Ever Artistic (Holiday 2016) Artist Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Make Up For Ever Artistic (Holiday 2016) Artist Palette
Make Up For Ever Artistic (Holiday 2016) Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever Artistic (Holiday 2016) Artist Palette ($49.00 for 0.45 oz.) includes nine shades of Artist Eyeshadow–all shades are from the permanent range, and if you already have a few of the brand’s pre-made palettes, this is probably redundant. I personally prefer the cardboard palettes they’ve put out before, as they are slimmer and more travel-friendly–the metal case is more substantial but seems rather bulky. The quality of the eyeshadows was consistent with the permanent singles I have, and if you’ve never tried the brand’s formula, this might be a palette to check out. But as many fans of the Artist range have said: with 200 shades to choose from, how is it that they keep pulling from the same 50?

Value

  • Artist Shadow: $21.00 for 0.08 oz. or $262.50/oz.
  • Total Value: $118.13

ME122 Snow is a bright white with cooler undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a creamy, denser consistency that blended out well but is best used with a flatter brush for maximum pickup. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Guerlain Cygne Blanc #2 (LE, ) is more muted (95% similar). Buxom Velvet Snow (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Clarins Garden Escape #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Snow (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Mortal (DC, $25.00) is cooler (95% similar). theBalm #11 (P, $6.50) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Frost (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). LORAC Snow (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC 2x Dare #1 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Dark Energy #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Buxom Sheepdog (P, $18.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Permanent Press #1 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). KVD Beauty Glacier (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #1 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (DC, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #14 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Golden Snow #1 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Stila Moonstone (PiP, ) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Dior Blue Garden #2 (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

S102 Onyx is a deep black with a satin finish. It had intense, opaque color coverage with a smooth, cream-like consistency that applied well to bare skin. Even though it is quite pigmented, I didn’t have any trouble blending and diffusing the edges out. The color started to fade after nine hours of wear. Chanel Rêve d'Orient #4 (LE, )(100% similar). ColourPop Roulette (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Sycorax (P, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Crave (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Blackout (LE, ) is glossier (95% similar). City Color Black Widow (P, $6.99) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). theBalm #9 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). The Estee Edit Mood (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Celebrate in Gold #5 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Viseart Carbon (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Huda Beauty Smokey #1 (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Lovely #5 (DC, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Scandal Eyes (Cream) (PiP, ) is glossier (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Obsidian (01) (DC, $39.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #4 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Tuxedo (PiP, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Ink (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Milani Bella Black (12) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Fashionista (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Cinderblack (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ME108 Steel is a medium-dark gray with a metallic finish and bluer undertones. The pigmentation was great, while the texture was fairly smooth, blendable, and dense. It could have been a touch easier to blend out around the edges. It started to break down on me after eight and a half hours of wear. Sydney Grace Slayed (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Buxom Cool Caviar (P, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Bad Behaviour (DC, $25.00) is warmer (95% similar). Hourglass Graphite #4 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Evening Grey (P, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Fleur de Pierre (106) (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Abracadabra (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Smoky #3 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Jardin Perdu (Left) (DC, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). KVD Beauty Piaf (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Slate (PiP, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Jetsam (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Light of the Silvery Moon (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Tundra (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Night Rhythm (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Synergy (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #3 (DC, ) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Gunmetal (LE, $19.00) is warmer, lower quality (90% similar). Fyrinnae Frostbytes (P, $6.75) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

D552 Crystalline Gray Beige is a very light taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation, though it was not quite opaque, but it was buildable to full coverage with two layers. The texture was soft, a little sparkly, so there were some loose sparkles that came away from the base color as I blended it out on the lid. This shade wore well for eight hours and had minor fall out. Sephora Lunar Eclipse (98) (DC, $10.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Stila Rose Pewter (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Constellation (864) #2 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Beigely (LE, $12.00) is warmer (95% similar). Cle de Peau Pewter Veil #3 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #1 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Cle de Peau Serenity (Right) (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). ColourPop I Heart This (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). KVD Beauty Telepathy (DC, ) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Rock Candy (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Palladium (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Too Good to Be True (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #19 (DC, $33.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Stila Warm Silver (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte C'est La Vie (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Pear (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Hourglass Graphite #5 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Fashion Beat (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Pat McGrath Platinize (LE, $25.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). KVD Beauty Delaney (DC, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ME614 Graphite Brown is a deep brown with subtle, warm, reddish undertones and a satiny sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a cream-like, dense, and smooth texture that applied well to bare skin. I noticed signs of fading after nine hours of wear. Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Hot Fudge (PiP, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). ColourPop Goodbye Cruel World (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). LORAC Dark Roast (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Comfort Zone #2 (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Bracken (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). ColourPop Never Never (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Granite (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Constructivist (DC, $23.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #2 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Buxom Haute Couture (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Steampunk (DC, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Chocolate Bronze (was Mona Lisa) (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Dark Sienna (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay West (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Night Clubbing (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Yule Log (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Unafraid (PiP, $19.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Beautifully Charred (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I220 Sapphire is a rich, navy blue with cool undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. The color payoff was mostly opaque, but the texture was firmer and too dense–it was harder to pick up color and diffuse it around the edges without the color looking draggy around the edges. It wore well for nine hours but stained slightly. Clinique Massively Midnight (P, $17.00) is brighter (95% similar). Chanel Metamorphose (44) #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #3 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Milani Bella Navy (09) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NARS Dark Rite (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Deep (LE, ) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). NARS Sprung (DC, $25.00) is more muted (90% similar). NARS Giove (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). KVD Beauty Estrella (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Arcturus (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #2 (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). MAC Lunar (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Deep Truth (DC, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Moonshadow (DC, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). KVD Beauty Entombed (DC, ) is brighter (85% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #8 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty TFX9 (LE, $36.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Make Up For Ever ME224 Navy Blue (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Evidence (DC, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I220 Sapphire (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

D712 Creme Brulee is a medium copper with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. The pigmentation was fully opaque, while the consistency was soft, smooth, and blendable, despite having a moderate sparkle to it. I felt like most of the sparkle meshed with the base color, so there was very little fall out during application and almost none during the nine hours it wore for. Make Up For Ever D712 Crème Brûlée (P, $17.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). ColourPop La-La (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 13 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Tan Lines (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Melonie (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Fenty Beauty Sunfrost (LE, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Viseart Seduction (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #7 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Tiger's Eye (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Golden Topaz (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Grandstand (P, $9.99) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Kink (DC, $25.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Stila Affection (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Bellini (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Siros (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Hammamet II (PiP, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Caramel Cool (100) (LE, $6.99) is darker (90% similar). MAC PatrickStarrr (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ME302 Peacock is a deep teal with warm, brownish undertones and a cooler overtone paired with a pearly sheen. The color coverage was opaque, but it could have been a bit truer-to-color. The texture was smooth, cream-like, but it was a bit denser than the permanent version, so it wasn’t quite as effortless to apply. It started to crease after nine hours of wear. ColourPop Water Me (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Floss (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME302 Peacock (P, $17.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Coloured Raine Grandeur (LE, $6.99) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Deep Teal (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Deep Blue Green (PiP, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Very Wicked (DC, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Cosmic Clash (LE, $25.00) is more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Damaged (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Fyrinnae Jaguar (DC, $6.75) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Dazzle (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Heartbreaker (DC, $25.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). MAC Woodsmoke (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Loaded (DC, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Throne (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Legendary Lure (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Lounge (DC, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Houdini (P, $9.99) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

ME912 Orchid is a bright, medium purple with warm, pink undertones and a pearly sheen. This is actually a blush, as it is not recommended use on the eyes. The texture was soft, smooth, dense but not stiff, and it blended out well on the cheeks as a blush. It wore well for nine hours on me. Urban Decay Fishnet (DC, $19.00) is more muted (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME912 Orchid (P, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Orchid (LE, ) is more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay 1985 (DC, $19.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Rage (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NYX Volatile (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Power Boosted (LE, $17.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Anastasia Punch Fuchsia (LE, $12.00) is more muted (90% similar). Makeup Geek Masquerade (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Stars 'n' Rockets (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Fyrinnae Superstar (P, $6.75) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Ardency Inn Orchid (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Lethal Cosmetics Enigma (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Maybelline Pink Rebel (P, $6.99) is lighter (85% similar). ColourPop Ripple (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). ColourPop Starchild (P, $4.50) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Spitfire (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). ColourPop Do or Dough (PiP, $4.50) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever ME910 Electric Magenta (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Viseart Interstellar (GPV2 #25) (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever Artistic Palette Holiday 2016 Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever Artistic Palette Holiday 2016 Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever Artistic Palette Holiday 2016 Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever Artistic Palette Holiday 2016 Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever Artistic Palette Holiday 2016 Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever Artistic Palette Holiday 2016 Artist Palette

Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow Artist Shadow (Discontinued)

Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow Artist Shadow (Discontinued)

Make Up For Ever S102 Onyx Artist Shadow (Discontinued)

Make Up For Ever S102 Onyx Artist Shadow (Discontinued)

Make Up For Ever ME108 Steel Artist Shadow (Discontinued)

Make Up For Ever ME108 Steel Artist Shadow (Discontinued)

Make Up For Ever D552 Crystalline Gray Beige Artist Shadow (Discontinued)

Make Up For Ever D552 Crystalline Gray Beige Artist Shadow (Discontinued)

Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown Artist Shadow (Discontinued)

Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown Artist Shadow (Discontinued)

Make Up For Ever I220 Sapphire Artist Shadow (Discontinued)

Make Up For Ever I220 Sapphire Artist Shadow (Discontinued)

Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee Artist Shadow (Discontinued)

Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee Artist Shadow (Discontinued)

Make Up For Ever ME302 Peacock Artist Shadow (Discontinued)

Make Up For Ever ME302 Peacock Artist Shadow (Discontinued)

Make Up For Ever ME912 Orchid Artist Shadow (Discontinued)

Make Up For Ever ME912 Orchid Artist Shadow (Discontinued)

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AB Avatar

Always happy to see when MUFE gets good reviews, as on the whole I like the brand. However, this is a pass for me; only one of the shades interests me. Pretty container.

kjh Avatar

The only one you don’t have already? I never think I have enough mufe, until they issue a new palette, and I realize I have to stick with trios to get something different. Kind of sad, actually.

Fran Avatar

This has several of my favorite colors in it — so of course I already have them! I’m curious about whether or not the pans come out with a magnet, though…

It makes sense to me that MUFE puts out this type of palette to try to get people to try the formula, but I wish they’d put out a second one with some more unusual shades for their die-hard fans (like me). Getting a new palette is just fun, and the quality on these shadows is almost always good — I’d love a new MUFE palette more than probably anything available this holiday season, but I don’t need this one!

Marie-Estelle Avatar

I am so disappointed with MUFE ”s holiday palette this year :(. I only have S102 from the nude palette but the packaging is too bulky for my taste and the selection of colour really not inspiring. Last year palette was such a beauty… For this year it seems that they gathered a bunch of shadow, nothing more :(. Easy pass! I’ll wait for their next artist palette instead.

Rachel R. Avatar

I have most of these shades already, so I’ll pass. I really wish MUFE didn’t repeat colors so often, consider they don’t put out many palettes. This packaging seems too bulky to me. If I got this, I’d depot the shadows and use the tin for something else (that’s what a had to do with the artist case a couple years back).

Maria Bravo Avatar

Weird. I’ve seen some other reviews where people said it had NO pigmentation and that the shade were super dry. So I’d crossed it off my list. But these swatches look beautiful! Not a fan of the yin though.

Jet Avatar

I didn’t realise ME108 Steel and 302 Peacock were so stunning! Might have to buy singles, not impressed with the others. As you and others have said, it would be nice to have a palette from them with more exciting colours. If I see one more palette with a blue and/ or purple (on the purple side even like the Orchid above) – even though both of these are lovely- I think I’ll start tearing my hair out! Where’s all the lovely deep reds, wines, oranges? Something to get excited about! ⚡️Jet

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