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). ColourPop Time Out (LE, $4.50) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Maximum Pleasure (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Buxom Glitz Factor (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). ColourPop Bouquet Toss (LE, $4.50) is lighter (90% similar). Huda Beauty Mauve #2 (PiP, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). ColourPop Over It (P, $4.50) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). ColourPop Outie (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sephora Hippie Girl (223) (P, $9.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Summer Sun (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Sangria (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Freelove (DC, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Smashbox Turned On (PiP, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Huda Beauty Coral #1 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). ColourPop Skinny Latte (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Morphe Little Lady (LE, ) is darker, brighter (90% similar). ColourPop Fairy Godmother (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Rest Stop (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #153 (DC, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Rare Beauty Boost (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (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). 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). 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). 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 #13 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Terra Moons Ruby Stars (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #9 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). ColourPop September (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Lethal Cosmetics Mainframe (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sephora Magenta (PiP, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced New Money (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). ColourPop Follow the Sun (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Backlash (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Terra Moons Fuzzy Flamingo (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Wildheart (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). ColourPop Super Seed (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). ColourPop 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). Sydney Grace Jelly Bean (LE, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). ColourPop Big Sugar (PiP, $4.50)(85% similar). ColourPop Poison Apple (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Hickie (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). ColourPop Tie a Knot (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Maybelline Pink Rebel (P, $6.99) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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. KVD Beauty Gravitron (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia A1 (Norvina Vol. 1) (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (95% similar). MAC Triple Impact (LE, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). ColourPop 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). LORAC Unicorn (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Touch of Lilac (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Cube (DC, $12.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (95% similar). Anastasia A1 (Norvina Mini Vol. 3) (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Mo'rockin Ice (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #1 (DC, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Vulnerable (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). ColourPop Cake Walk (LE, $4.50) is darker (90% similar). MAC Fresh Ice (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler (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). Sydney Grace Mystery (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). ColourPop Feels (PiP, $4.50) is darker, cooler (90% 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). 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). ColourPop La-La (P, $6.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Grandstand (P, $9.99) is cooler (95% similar). ColourPop Djali (LE, $4.50) is darker (90% similar). NARS Silk Road II (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #16 (LE, ) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). ColourPop Fool's Rush (PiP, $4.50) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Sous Le Sable #2 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). ColourPop Mesmer-eyez (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Nude Awakening #10 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Tiger Eye (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (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).

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)

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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Wednesday Avatar

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.

Andrea K Avatar

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.

Wednesday Avatar

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 πŸ˜€
xoxo Chica

Andrea K Avatar

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!

Wednesday Avatar

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!

Andrea K Avatar

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!!!!!!!!

Nancy T Avatar

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. ?

Susan Dowman Nevling Avatar

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.

Susan Dowman Nevling Avatar

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.

StrangeOne Avatar

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.

Christine Avatar

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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