Make Up For Ever S502 Artist Face ColorMake Up For Ever S502 Artist Face Color ($23.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a deep plum with subtle, cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer and easily built-up to full coverage if desired with not even a full second layer. The texture was smooth and moderately dense in the pan, and though it felt like the majority of the line, it did not blend out as evenly or as easily as other shades have for me. It looked a little patchy on me even after buffing and blending with vigor. It did wear really well at nine hours, but I just wish it was easier to work with on the skin. To make it more even, I would use my foundation brush and buff and blend the edges (though I did not do so when I tested for wear).
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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