Make Up For Ever H104 Artist Face Color (Highlighter) Review, Photos, Swatches

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Make Up For Ever H104 Artist Face Color - Highlighter
Make Up For Ever H104 Artist Face Color - Highlighter
Make Up For Ever H104 Artist Face Color - Highlighter
Make Up For Ever H104 Artist Face Color - Highlighter
Make Up For Ever H104 Artist Face Color - Highlighter
Make Up For Ever H104 Artist Face Color - Highlighter
Make Up For Ever H104 Artist Face Color - Highlighter
Make Up For Ever H104 Artist Face Color - Highlighter
Make Up For Ever H104 Artist Face Color - Highlighter
Make Up For Ever H104 Artist Face Color - Highlighter
Make Up For Ever H104 Artist Face Color - Highlighter
Make Up For Ever H104 Artist Face Color - Highlighter
Make Up For Ever H104 Artist Face Color - Highlighter
Make Up For Ever H104 Artist Face Color - Highlighter
Make Up For Ever H104 Artist Face Color - Highlighter
Make Up For Ever H104 Artist Face Color - Highlighter
Make Up For Ever H104 Artist Face Color - Highlighter
Make Up For Ever H104 Artist Face Color - Highlighter

H104

Make Up For Ever H104 Artist Face Color ($23.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a very light beige with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It brightened without looking particularly chalky or ashy on me, but it was still a much starker shade against my skin tone; it would work better paired with blush or contour or on fairer complexions. It had good pigmentation paired with a moderately dense, very smooth texture that blended out nicely on the skin and had a natural finish. I could really see someone who likes very subtle illuminators enjoying this as it definitely reflected light but without using a lot of shimmer. On me, the highlighter wore well for eight hours.

Overview of the Formula

The formula is supposed to have “intense color payoff” with a “long-lasting finish.” The range is split into three types–Highlighters, Sculpting Powders, and Blushes–that is easy to determine by the first letter of the shade name (H for Highlighter, S for Sculpting, and B for Blush). There are three finishes–matte, shimmer, and pearl but was less obvious. In fact, the majority of the “matte” shades were more like semi-matte or natural matte where there were no distinctive shimmer particles but they seemed to take on the natural finish of the skin, which gave the “mattes” a particularly seamless finish on the skin but might be dewier on oilier skin types than desired. None of the 34 shades available were frosted or metallic except three of the highlighters (H100, H106, H312).

The pigmentation ranged from medium to opaque, depending largely on the shade, though they were always buildable if they were not opaque in a single layer. Some of the deeper, more matte shades were less forgiving and took more effort to diffuse and blend, even when I used a lighter hand or a more feathery brush. The texture was smooth, velvety, and moderately dense without any powderiness or dustiness in the pan. The formula has lasted between eight and ten hours on me.

You can view swatches of all of the blushes, all of the highlighters, and all of the sculpting powders in the Swatch Gallery.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$23.00/0.17 oz. - $135.29 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have "intense color payoff" with a "long-lasting finish." The range is split into three types--Highlighters, Sculpting Powders, and Blushes--that is easy to determine by the first letter of the shade name (H for Highlighter, S for Sculpting, and B for Blush). There are three finishes--matte, shimmer, and pearl but was less obvious. In fact, the majority of the "matte" shades were more like semi-matte or natural matte where there were no distinctive shimmer particles but they seemed to take on the natural finish of the skin, which gave the "mattes" a particularly seamless finish on the skin but might be dewier on oilier skin types than desired. None of the 34 shades available were frosted or metallic except three of the highlighters (H100, H106, H312).

The pigmentation ranged from medium to opaque, depending largely on the shade, though they were always buildable if they were not opaque in a single layer. Some of the deeper, more matte shades were less forgiving and took more effort to diffuse and blend, even when I used a lighter hand or a more feathery brush. The texture was smooth, velvety, and moderately dense without any powderiness or dustiness in the pan. The formula has lasted between eight and ten hours on me.

You can view swatches of all of the blushes, all of the highlighters, and all of the sculpting powders in the Swatch Gallery.

Browse all of our Make Up For Ever Artist Face Color - Highlighter swatches.

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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset Eyeshadow Palette
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Grape(vine)
On lips:
  • Hourglass I've Kissed Confession Lipstick
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Reviewer

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).

Learn more about her review process here.

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That this has a satin finish as opposed to a flat matte finish, I think makes this one very useful for subtle highlighting, like you said. Probably far too light and cool-toned for my skintone. Hopefully, there’s one like this that is more golden/warm-toned coming up that does just as nicely!

These really need to be instore for proper assessment. Your choice of the word stark is both true and unexpected. Some of that may have to do with expectations. We expect highlighter to have shimmer. When it doesn’t, somehow it’s more noticeable. Whether you are wearing ROTS or Guerlain, your skin looks wonderfully perfected, but like skin. This highlighter makes the foundation look like foundation, rather than skin, if that makes any sense at all. With so many choices in these mufes, it is pretty difficult to get what is optimal for one personally, despite the fab Temptalia swatches. The more I see here, the less inclined I am to want to order online.

I like this a lot! Sometimes I would really like a not shimmery/glittery highlight and NARS Nico is a bit flat, I think, though I do like it. This would probably be perfect for those more understated days. Am adding it to my wishlist.

I’ll have to test it on me, it might be worth it if it’s light enough. Honestly, the pan kinda looks like a powder foundation for my skin tone, lol.

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