Make Up For Ever S400 Artist Face Color (Sculpting) Review, Photos, Swatches

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Make Up For Ever S400 Artist Face Color - Sculpting
Make Up For Ever S400 Artist Face Color - Sculpting
Make Up For Ever S400 Artist Face Color - Sculpting
Make Up For Ever S400 Artist Face Color - Sculpting
Make Up For Ever S400 Artist Face Color - Sculpting
Make Up For Ever S400 Artist Face Color - Sculpting
Make Up For Ever S400 Artist Face Color - Sculpting
Make Up For Ever S400 Artist Face Color - Sculpting
Make Up For Ever S400 Artist Face Color - Sculpting
Make Up For Ever S400 Artist Face Color - Sculpting
Make Up For Ever S400 Artist Face Color - Sculpting
Make Up For Ever S400 Artist Face Color - Sculpting
Make Up For Ever S400 Artist Face Color - Sculpting
Make Up For Ever S400 Artist Face Color - Sculpting
Make Up For Ever S400 Artist Face Color - Sculpting
Make Up For Ever S400 Artist Face Color - Sculpting
Make Up For Ever S400 Artist Face Color - Sculpting
Make Up For Ever S400 Artist Face Color - Sculpting

S400

Make Up For Ever S400 Artist Face Color ($23.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had the type of matte finish that seemed to take on the finish of the skin itself, so it appeared more like a “natural matte” to my eye than a flat matte finish. There was mostly opaque color payoff but was forgiving that it could be applied with a lighter hand or diffused a lot for sheerer coverage. The consistency was dense but smooth, blendable and worked best with a moderately dense blush or contour brush. It’s a sculpting shade but could surely be used as a blush if desired. The color lasted well for almost nine hours on me.

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.

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

Ingredients

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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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Mariella Avatar

Christine, is there a chance that, with the Sculpting powders, you could do a pic showing them used to contour, rather than as blushes? For someone like moi, who struggles with contouring, it would be helpful (even if it doesn’t show up really intensely) to see the Sculpting shades used to sculpt (geez, “sculpt” is a hard word to type – my fingers want to go in a different pattern, putting the P before the L). Also, what is the blush shade you used on the right hand side of the photo?

Christine Avatar

Hi Mariella,

I did not as some shades do not show up well against my skin tone for sculpting, so it was easier to show the color and tone on the cheek (as a blush) rather than a contour, so for consistency I wanted it to be the same across all shades! This was especially true as some shades read more as a typical blush than a typical contour.

I don’t keep track of what was on the other side when I save the photos, just what is featured, unfortunately, so I’m not sure!

Anne Avatar

On my monitor, the MUFE looks to be more matte and darkened a bit with a little brown. I really like this one a lot. It might be #2 in my palette. (The colors are always off on my lap top. Ugh!)

kjh Avatar

Like this one. It looks cooler or redder than my existing dupes. Satin Love comes out sandy coral, and La Rosee barely shows in summer. Love that refined thing Surratt has going on, but you would like to see it! This prob would dupe neither on me. How I wish they’d bring these instore, even if a limited selection, like the AS.

Matt C Avatar

Will you be reviewing the contouring shades (medium shadow and deep shadow)? Your reviews are amazingly thorough and I get nervous ordering things you haven’t reviewed.

LindaP Avatar

For the life of me, this collection of products has me completely baffled. What? Why? What difference does it offer?

I know I’ve been busy at work lately and distracted, but I am not drawn to, nor do I understand the niche, any one of these products. Hasn’t this been done a bazillion times.

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