Make Up For Ever Diamond Artist Shadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

Make Up For Ever D118 Platinum Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D118 Platinum Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D118 Platinum Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light-medium silver with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, though it wasn’t fully opaque, paired with a smooth, blendable texture that adhered well to bare lids and lasted for eight and a half hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty In Doubt (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Nimbus Cloude (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Parisian Sky #3 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #3 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Moonshine (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Chrome Angel (P, $18.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Sterling (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Flask (P, $14.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Spoonful of Sugar (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Midnight Snow (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Starry Night #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Treasure Me (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Glacier (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Guise (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NYX Tin (P, $6.00) is brighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Chromatic (04M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Architectonic #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S114 Pearl Gray (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #11 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright, shimmering white with a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and buttery texture that applied and blended out nicely. The color wore well for eight hours. Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #8 (LE, ) is more shimmery, more muted (95% similar). Too Faced Frost (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Sterling (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Smoky Black Friday #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Iced (LE, $22.00) is more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Vapor (LE, $19.00) is more muted (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Clarins Garden Escape #1 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). MAC White (P, $21.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Lapisluxe #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Unicorn (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Guerlain Les Nuees #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Mortal (LE, $25.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Holy, Holy (LE, $22.00) is more muted (95% similar). Guerlain Cygne Blanc #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). theBalm Sassy (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, more muted (95% similar). Burberry Optic White (000) (P, $29.00) is brighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I120 Snow Gray (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Jazz #2 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D222 Night Blue Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark navy blue with a pearly sheen and fine silver micro-sparkle. It had intense pigmentation with a cream-like, smooth, and dense texture that applied well to bare skin. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me. LORAC Cobalt (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Gamma Ray (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Chanel Swing (116) (P, $29.50) is more muted, lower quality (95% similar). Colour Pop Etiquette (DC, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). MAC Moon is Blue (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay 501 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Cressida (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Nightfall (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). bareMinerals Climax (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Estrella (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Stila Sapphire (LE, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Danger (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sephora Diving in Australia (P, $10.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Lunar (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Prussian Blue (P, $12.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Buxom Backstage Pass (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Center Stage (P, $9.99) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Azure (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D236 Lagoon Blue Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark teal with subtle, green leanings and a pearly sheen that had a light amount of micro-sparkle. It was richly pigmented with a creamy, smooth, and dense texture that was easy to work with. On me, the color lasted for nine hours. Urban Decay Arctic (LE, $19.00) is lighter, more muted (95% similar). Colour Pop Ibiza (DC, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Too Glam (LE, $16.00) is more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Amp (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (90% similar). theBalm Open to Offers Olwen (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Fyrinnae Gender Bent (P, $6.75) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Tiny Tangerines (LE, $5.00) is more muted (90% similar). Milani Teal the Truth (P, $6.99) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Fringe (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #26 (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC Colourful Life (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Edgy Emerald (P, $6.99) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarina Tarantino Ozma (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Fringe (DC, $19.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Urban Decay Junkie (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Sequin (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Banana Daiquiri (LE, $5.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Midnight Sea (Eye Color) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D308 Aquatic Khaki Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a blackened olive green with fine bluish-teal micro-sparkle. The pigmentation was fantastic with full coverage easily achieved as the consistency was soft, smooth, and blendable. It wore well for nine hours on me before creasing slightly. Chanel Codes Subtils #4 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I328 Bronze (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Smoky Emerald (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Fyrinnae Boot Season (P, $6.75) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Midnight (DC, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Veruschka (P, $32.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Jardin #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Vintage Coin (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Color Field #5 (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Vortex (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Raw Jade (Right) (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Stila Seaweed (LE, $18.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Gabon (LE, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Covenant (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Stash (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D316 Crystalline Pinky Green Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright, light-medium chartreuse green with strong, yellow tones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a dense, smooth, and blendable texture. The texture is a bit firmer compared to other Diamond shades, but it didn’t pose any issues when applying for me. It wore well for eight and a half hours for me. Make Up For Ever I318 Linen Khaki (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Dior Rose Garden #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Acid Rain (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Raw Jade (Left) (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). CoverGirl Lime Light (310) (LE, $4.99) is darker (80% similar). Kat Von D Birdcage (LE, ) is darker (80% similar). MAC Green Clean #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Nest Egg (LE, ) is darker, more muted (80% similar). Colour Pop Game Changer (DC, $5.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a powder eyeshadow available in five distinct finishes: Diamond, Iridescent, Matte, Metallic, and Satin. The texture of all finishes, except the Matte finish, are much denser and more like a cream-powder hybrid. I’ve used traditional eyeshadow brushes (like MAC’s 239, a go-to for me) with these and have hadn’t any issues, but for those who have, I would recommend a firmer, flatter synthetic brush (like MAC 242) to maximize payoff and application. The Diamond and Iridescent finishes have sparkle or micro-glitter, and I have found that the majority of shades have little to no fall out over time for me. The Metallic is the richest, smoothest formula out of the five finishes. The Mattes are soft and silky–much smoother and more finely-milled than the brand’s last formula–but these are sometimes sheerer, though buildable, and can be a little dusty or powdery to work with. The Mattes typically apply well and blend out without issue. The Satin finish feels the firmest of the five finishes but is the most blendable and pigmented; some are closer to metallic and others are more like a natural matte on. I get seven to ten hour wear, depending on the shade, across the range. The eyeshadows are larger than standard (0.08 oz. per the packaging). For the most bang for your buck, consider purchasing two ($32.00) or three at once ($46.00) or watch for seasonal releases of palettes (just be careful if you’ve already bought a few–the brand repeats very often).

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Make Up For Ever D118 Platinum Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D118 Platinum Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D118 Platinum Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D118 Platinum Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D118 Platinum Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D118 Platinum Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D222 Night Blue Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D222 Night Blue Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D222 Night Blue Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D222 Night Blue Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D222 Night Blue Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D222 Night Blue Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D236 Lagoon Blue Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D236 Lagoon Blue Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D236 Lagoon Blue Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D236 Lagoon Blue Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D236 Lagoon Blue Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D236 Lagoon Blue Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D308 Aquatic Khaki Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D308 Aquatic Khaki Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D308 Aquatic Khaki Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D308 Aquatic Khaki Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D308 Aquatic Khaki Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D308 Aquatic Khaki Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D316 Crystalline Pinky Green Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D316 Crystalline Pinky Green Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D316 Crystalline Pinky Green Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D316 Crystalline Pinky Green Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D316 Crystalline Pinky Green Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D316 Crystalline Pinky Green Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever Artist Look
Make Up For Ever Artist Look: S102, D308, ME224, ME202, D124, Sephora Sailor Suit Eyeliner

Make Up For Ever Artist Look
Make Up For Ever Artist Look: S102, D308, ME224, ME202, D124, Sephora Sailor Suit Eyeliner