Make Up For Ever Diamond Artist Shadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 3)

Make Up For Ever D850 Nitro Pink Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D850 Nitro Pink Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D750 Frosted Peach Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light-medium, coral-orange with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It had mostly opaque coverage with a soft, blendable consistency that was very smooth but had a dense feel and firmer press. The color wore well for nine hours but had some fall out. Sephora Peach (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Time Out (LE, $4.50) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Freelove (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Morphe Little Lady (LE, ) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Huda Beauty Coral #1 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Skinny Latte (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Rest Stop (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Fairy Godmother (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Buxom White Russian with a Twist (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #153 (DC, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Sugared Strawberry (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sephora Satin (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #2 (DC, ) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Flame (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Hopeless Romantix (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D750 Frosted Peach (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Supernova (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #4 (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Coy #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NYX Golden Peach (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D830 Black Rose Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a deep blackened purple with warmer undertones and a satiny sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a very cream-like, dense, buttery texture that applied well to bare skin (I actually think it applies better on bare skin than primer). This shade wore well for nine hours on me. Make Up For Ever D830 Black Rose (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Boots (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Licorice (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Jardin Zen #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Gilded Night #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #12 (DC, $25.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Lavender Bubble Bath (LE, ) is lighter (80% similar). Too Faced Miss Sparkles (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Debauched (Right) (DC, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 17 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Stoked (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #2 (DC, $33.00) is brighter (85% similar). MAC Brownluxe #5 (PiP, ) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Obsessed (PiP, ) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Sugared Violet (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals VIP (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR #2 (DC, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D850 Nitro Pink Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright, medium pink with warmer undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. I originally thought it was a cheek-only color, though it is not listed on Sephora’s “for use on cheeks” section, which is why you’ll see a cheek swatch for this one as well as a skin swatch! The texture was dense and cream-like, but it remained very pigmented and adheres well to the skin. As an eyeshadow, it works well, but as a blush, it is a little harder to get anything less than pretty intense coverage, and it was harder to really diffuse the edges to the degree that I typically do for blush. The texture also emphasized pores on cheeks. Note, since it’s not a cheek color, the rating reflects only its performance as an eyeshadow. BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #9 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop September (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Backlash (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Sephora Magenta (PiP, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced New Money (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Wildheart (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #13 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Pink Rebel (P, $6.99) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Poison Apple (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Hickie (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Reality Star (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Party Shop (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop No Rest for the Vivid (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Flock Party #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Big Sugar (PiP, $4.50)(85% similar). Huda Beauty Neon Orange #4 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Opulent (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC Infra-violet (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D914 Crystalline Mauve Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a very light lavender with a strong, white base and an iridescent sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff, which was somewhat buildable, but it is definitely one of the least pigmented shimmery shades in the Artist range. I liked it best to brighten up the inner tearduct or along the lower lash line. The texture was dense but blendable, and the color lasted for eight hours on me. Kat Von D Gravitron (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia A1 (Norvina Vol. 1) (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Steele (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Dew Drop (PiP, ) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Smashbox Spectacle (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Triple Impact (LE, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Unicorn (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Vulnerable (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Cake Walk (LE, $4.50) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Touch of Lilac (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Haedus (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Humblebrag (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Sydney Grace Red Mist (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #1 (DC, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sydney Grace Mystery (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Feels (PiP, $4.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Au Fil des Fleurs #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). MAC Fresh Ice (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Sydney Grace Baby Cheeks (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Cube (DC, $12.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright, medium copper with warm, orange undertones and a frsoted finish. It was richly pigmented with a cream-like, denser consistency that was firm to the touch but very, very smooth and blendable on the skin. The color wore well for nine hours before creasing slightly.
Make Up For Ever D712 Crème Brûlée (P, $17.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Fenty Beauty Sunfrost (LE, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Viseart Seduction (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Golden Topaz (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Tiger's Eye (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Tan Lines (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop La-La (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #7 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 13 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Viseart Melonie (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Grandstand (P, $9.99) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Sous Le Sable #2 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Fool's Rush (PiP, $4.50) is darker (90% similar). Stila Affection (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Mesmer-eyez (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Caramel Cool (100) (LE, $6.99) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Marais (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #5 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Nude Awakening #10 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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 D750 Frosted Peach Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D750 Frosted Peach Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D750 Frosted Peach Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D750 Frosted Peach Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D750 Frosted Peach Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D750 Frosted Peach Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D830 Black Rose Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D830 Black Rose Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D830 Black Rose Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D830 Black Rose Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D830 Black Rose Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D830 Black Rose Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D850 Nitro Pink Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D850 Nitro Pink Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D850 Nitro Pink Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D850 Nitro Pink Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D850 Nitro Pink Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D850 Nitro Pink Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D914 Crystalline Mauve Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D914 Crystalline Mauve Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D914 Crystalline Mauve Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D914 Crystalline Mauve Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D914 Crystalline Mauve Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D914 Crystalline Mauve Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever Artist Look
Make Up For Ever Artist Look: S314, I238, ME302, S228, M650, M810, I918, D914, Marc Jacobs Beauty Ody(sea) Eyeliner

Make Up For Ever Artist Look
Make Up For Ever Artist Look: S314, I238, ME302, S228, M650, M810, I918, D914, Marc Jacobs Beauty Ody(sea) Eyeliner

Make Up For Ever Artist Look
Make Up For Ever Artist Look: I412, D712, I538, M630, Marc Jacobs Beauty Intro(vert)

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Make Up For Ever Artist Look: I412, D712, I538, M630, Marc Jacobs Beauty Intro(vert)

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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“Temptalia Recommends” is for things I personally really love and use (or would use, if I had more time to use non-testing stuff!), and while it’s amazing, it’s not a color I wear a ton 🙂

That Nitro pink colour rocks! It certainly wouldn’t be a typical choice for me, but it’s really gorg.

Black Rose has become my new ‘black’. Instead of using black, I use this shadow. It works well with hazel or green eyes and is far less stark on aging eyes. I’m wearing a little tiny amount of it on the extreme outer corner today.. just to deepen my look a touch.

This whole line deserves some warm hugs and respect. It’s become a favourite.

I could totally see that! It is softer but still intense like a black – and I bet the subtle warmth really works well with hazel/green in particular.

You deserve hugs and respect!

Bah, for some reason these eyeshadows do not work so well on me. I love them but they just leave me feeling meh.

Clearly you are not holding your mouth right when applying.. ?

They only work on people who sit in front of their mirror holding their mouth slightly agape..somewhat similar to a sleeping carp. I don’t actually know if carp sleep with their mouths open, but for illustrative and humour purposes, let’s make that assumption..m’kay?

Have you tried the shade Tree Hugger? It’s my fav..

Gotta jump in shower..just finished cutting 3 acres of lawn and I’m so grimy and filthy. Hairball’s 90 year old Oma is over from the Motherland and coming for his Birthday this Friday. I got sh*t to do and a cake to make 😀
xoxo Chica

Now it makes sense… I am not doing the mouth trick! Gotta try it again.
The truth is I invest a ton of time in my complexion lately. Skincare rutine that is getting beyond absurd, but is giving me magic results (the rep from Caudalie has taught me a ton!), foundation, perfecting emulsions and so forth, so by the time I have to do my eyes I rather use any cream eyeshadow and be done with the whole thing.
Btw… Becca Snapdragon blush has taken my heart completely. I dont ever touch Oasis or Sin anymore.
Hey, send the Tennis Pro a big hug from Caramel Macciato.
Take it easy my dear friend and just try to enjoy yourself this weekend.
Love. A.
PS: stay tuned to the launch in two weeks of these magic drops from Cover Fx. Light and dew in a bottle, with no shimmer or mica. I cant wait!

You still at the big ‘S’?

Cover Fx light and dew: sounds a bit like the armani Maestro glow without the shimmer?

Tell me, do you switch hit from caramel macchiato to caramel frappucino during the hot months? The Tennis pro’s whispered mantra while I’m running errands in town: bring back frappucino!

Yes, still enjoying the gifts of an over estrogenized circus. Seriously!
Well the Maestro Glow is a foundation, no? These are just drops to twik with the sheen of your foundation. I am still happy using my Kevyn Aucoin liquid whatever the name is, but really have wanted to get the Maestro Glow, but apparently they have no shade suitable gor my pale yellow complexion. Wrote to my NM contact guru, but that only confused me further. Did you get it? The Maestro Glow? Which shade?
Well, to be honest and in all shame, I changed it for Red Bull Blueberry. How awful, I know, but dudette, I cannot deal with the all over the place hours, plus all the bs otherwise. Though now that you mention, I really crave for a frappucino.
Hey, i was told how things work at the big S in Toronto… Feel like transfering!!!!!!!!

Oooh, I really like Frosted Peach! Then again, I do have a thing for peachy and copper eyeshadows along with my purple/plum/teal addiction! ?
I do have Black Rose in my 15 Artist Shadow Palette, but I have had a difficult time not over blending it into a murky purplish black? Yet , because I love the shade so much in swatches and in its pan, I keep trying to work with it. ?

I’ve mostly used a compact flat shadow brush because it works well for detail work when I don’t want to use a color over a large area. It’s animal hair, I think, but definitely not goat hair.

Hm, that sounds like the right type of brush then! I use MAC 239s and the like with mine, but flatter/denser brushes are often easier to use with this formula if regular ones don’t seem to get the right coverage/finish.

It may be the primer I was using, too, I think. Even though I love WnW Fergie primer, when I ran out, I began to use the one by e.l.f., which does a pretty great job, usually. But not with some sparkly shades it seems. Or perhaps in blending it, I swept away all the sparkly bits?

I adore the Artist Shadows. If I could afford it, I would convert my entire collection of colors to the Artist Shadows. Nitro Pink and the Frosted Peach are both on my wish list!

Love all of these colors. You’ve created gorgeous looks with them. Did you noticed that the gouge in the Creme Brulee pan looked like a tiny footprint?
also agree that these dark colors or off blacks are a gentler look for older eyes.

I smiled when I saw it. Liked your comment too. Maybe gouge wasn’t the best noun but I couldn’t think of others. If only there was brain makeup to make it work younger.

I just bought frosted peach a few days ago, and I love it! I have quite a collection of mute artist shadows and I love them all!

They all look so good. I once got a MUFE palette and unfortunately it was terrible. Creased the moment it got on my lids with primer. That’s why I’ll never take the plunge again. I don’t know whether the quality was just off or the formula is not suited to my eyes. I can wear colourpop without primer so it was really disappointing.

Oh no! It sounds like maybe it’s not suitable? I have heard that it creases on some, though I think the most common complaint I see is that some have struggled getting the right brush/tool to apply them with (since the texture is denser). I have personally found that the formula wears longer without primer most of the time – thicker, denser bases like MAC Paint Pots seem to do just fine but thinner ones like UDPP/NARS Smudge Proof seem to inhibit them rather than help!

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