Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes eight eyeshadows: #04 (matte black), Jaune (yellow), #91 (apple green), #72 (matte vibrant turquoise), #116 (lilac), #00 (matte white), #17 (matte chocolate brown), and #126 (tan beige shimmer). With the exception of Jaune, the other seven shades are part of the permanent range.

#04 is a rich black with a matte finish and subtle warm undertones. It was soft, applied smoothly, and had good color payoff. It’s similar to other black eyeshadows such as Urban Decay Crave, Le Metier de Beaute Fin, and Urban Decay Blackout.

Jaune is a warm, sunshine yellow with a subtle satiny sheen. It had good color payoff, but it was powdery. NARS Flowers #5 is more pearly. Illamasqua Hype is matte. MAC Goldenrod is darker and matte. Inglot #323 is matte.

#91 is a brightened green with soft, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It was powdery and had so-so color payoff–and my individual version was much smoother and more pigmented. I had a lot of trouble getting this shade to look vibrant on the lid and blend with the other shades. Illamasqua Fledgling is much darker, whereas Illamasqua Pivot is much lighter. MAC Wondergrass a touch darker and shimmery.

#72 is a medium blue with a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff and was a bit powdery. The color stained a little bit when I swatched it, but wearing it over a primer to test wear (because it didn’t work well at all on its own), it didn’t. The original that I have is more intense–so much more pigmented. NARS Mad Mad World is richer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine #3 is darker, less cyan. Inglot #371 is a bit darker and more opaque.

#116 is a darkened lavender with a matte finish. This shade was very powdery and rather sheer; I could not build up color at all.NARS High Society #1 is grayer. Illamasqua Can Can is brighter. Urban Decay Tainted has shimmer.

#00 is a pure white with a matte finish. It had good color payoff and was soft, smooth, and applied well. It is similar to shades like Wet ‘n’ Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine #1, Bobbi Brown White, and Inglot #373.

#17 is a medium-dark brown with warm, tan undertones and a matte finish. This was the best performing shade in the palette–nicely pigmented, smooth, and soft. Dolce & Gabbana Cocoa #3 is lighter and pearly. theBalm Tres Moi is redder and frosted. Inglot #357 is lighter.

#126 is a light beige with warm, peachy undertones and a soft, frosted shimmer-sheen finish. It had good color payoff and applied smoothly, but it was a tiny bit powdery. Urban Decay Broken is similar but less shimmery. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone #1 is less shimmery, more frosted. MAC Ricepaper is more satiny.

I used four of the eight shades in a look, and I opted to go for the brighter shades since I figured those would be the shades that were most eye-catching within the palette.  I expected a quick, easy, and overall fuss-free application, but I had a very opposite experience:  the powderiness present across many of the shades made it difficult to get rich, opaque color payoff and blend the colors at the same time. I would apply #91 and pack it on, then I’d go to blend it, and half of it would disappear into the ether.  I’ve never had this problem with Make Up For Ever’s eyeshadows.  They’re one of my favorite brands for matte eyeshadows, because they aren’t dry and powdery and prone to sheerness.

#116 was the worst offender, followed by #91.  #04 and #17 were the easiest to use out of the eight.  I’m surprised and shocked at the way these applied.  I tried using the same eyeshadows on two separate days, in case maybe my lids just weren’t right for them.  I had to use the eyeshadows over primer to see any color really stick to the lid, and still, I couldn’t get full color payoff on #91.  After the tenth time packing on the color, I threw in the towel (err, brush?).  I think you need to use a creamier, whiter base underneath these to really get them to work well.  Over Make Up For Ever Prime, the eyeshadows lasted eight hours but did look faded, though no creasing.

I have to admit–I’m a bit heartbroken over the outcome.

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

D+
6.5
Product
7
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
3
Application
68%
Total
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Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever #04 Eyeshadow

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever Jaune Eyeshadow

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever #91 Eyeshadow

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever #72 Eyeshadow

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever #116 Eyeshadow

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever #00 Eyeshadow

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever #17 Eyeshadow

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever #126 Eyeshadow

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette
Make Up For Ever Technicolor Eyeshadow Palette

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Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I was tempted by this! I had seen some other bloggers mention they had some issues, so I’m glad I waited. That said, now that I have a full MUFE boutique by my house I look forward to playing with more of their line!

Thank you! I was so excited about this palette and I couldn’t believe how it turned out! Terrible. There’s only one or two quality shades. The regular line of shadows are so much better, so I don’t know what in the world happened here. Heartbreaking.

Did you get a chance to see it in store, Shontay? I was so shocked and utterly confused that I was like, “Maybe it’s a bad dream. Maybe it really IS a one-off bad palette but the rest are great!”

I actually ordered it from Sephora the minute it was available. After testing it, I couldn’t return it fast enough. MUFE is my favorite brand and their shadows are fantastic, but this is a bust. I just don’t know how this made it through their own testing.

OH THANK GOODNESS!!!!

I can’t tell you how relieved to KNOW someone else had such a problem with this. The entire time I photographed this, I was like, “YES! Can’t wait! Brights!” and 🙁 🙁 🙁

Thank you! I’m SO sad that we both experienced the same thing but at least we aren’t alone!

Yesterday I purchased 2 Kiko palettes which are very colourful ( Colours of the World, spring 2013 ), well 16,90 € each and it looks good ! I’ll skip the MUFE one, I already intended to do so before purchasing the beautiful Kiko ones.

I picked this up a few weeks ago and like you, i’ve had trouble with the lilac color. No staying power at all. However, the #17 and #72 i do love. I have to give the other colors a try as well.

Whoooooaa. I’m shocked too. MUFE usually has amazing eyeshadows, especially matte ones (which are hard to find in a sea of shimmer and satin, cough cough Urban Decay…). My experience with them has always been that they’re smooth, creamy and great color payoff.

Sad face 🙁

I had the same issue with the MUFE Smoky palette that was never released in the US. It was such a hassle to get it mailed to me from Europe. I was so disappointed after I played around with the shades since they were dry and lacked pigmentation… What a waste of money. I was wondering if this palette would have poor quality too and I guess is does =(… Thanks always for your great reviews Christine… You just saved me some money. =)

Oh man, I had this on my sephora shopping list too! I don’t own any MUFE, so I thought this would be nice because I don’t have some of the shades offered in the palette in my own collection, and a good way to try out the brand. What a disappointment!

I am honesty so gutted. When I first saw it I thought it would be the perfect bright travel palette the colours looked amazing and vivid. Oh we’ll the quest continues

Ive tried this and it worked for me, the only color that didn’t was the purple! But I do feel like 50$ CAD is too much to pay for Make Up For Ever in my opinion. I’d rather purchase separate colors for 18$ and make my own palette

No joke, I was on Sephora’s website just 5 minutes ago deciding wether to buy this or not. Then wandered over here and Bam, bad review. So sad, MUFE is on of my favorites.

I wonder why their limited edition items always turn out to be disappointing. It’s a shame, because I am an avid MUFE fan on their existing line. Oh well. Thanks for the review and saving us some money, Christine.

When I saw the palette, I went 😀 because MUFE does such great shadows. Then I saw the wall of text that was the review and went D:

Final verdict: 🙁

MUFE is one of my favorite brands, but at their price point, a dud is just outright upsetting.

Wow, amazed that the lavender swatched so patchy…that’s about the easiest kind of purple to make, I’ve got shadows across brands that work well in that tone.

I went back to all your original swatches and can’t believe the difference! I would have thought they were reallt 2 different brands. What a let down, this was on my Sephora shopping list.

Wow! I’m really surprised at the performance of this palette. And I was looking at it online with the intent of buying. Another makeup crisis averted… Thanks for the heads up!

I was surprised by this. I got this to work quite nicely for me as did my friend. I agree the color payoff is a little disapointing given how the colors look in the package. Maybe you got a dud? I would give it a B or B- at the worst

You know, I’m actually relieved to hear that you don’t like this palette. I’ve been lusting after it, but talking myself out of buying it ever since it first came out. I had only swatched it, which it swatches nicely so that can be deceiving. My wallet and I thank you for the review! 🙂

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