Make Up For Ever S300 Artist Face ColorMake Up For Ever S300 Artist Face Color ($23.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a light-medium peach with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It seemed more like a true peach to me–a little pink, a little orange but neither dominating. I could see it leaning cooler or warmer depending on one’s undertones. It had excellent pigmentation that applied well to bare skin, sat on the skin naturally and never looked dry, and was easy to blend out and diffuse along the edges. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable with a slightly denser texture overall, but I had no trouble picking up product with a typical blush brush. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).
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$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.
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