Make Up For Ever M226 Abyssal Blue is a moderately cool-toned, medium-dark blue with a matte finish. It is a permanent eyeshadow that retails for $17.00 and contains 0.08 oz.
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Make Up For Ever M226 Abyssal Blue Artist Color Shadow ($17.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark blue with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation that applied fairly evenly to bare skin and blended out easily. Over time, I have found that I prefer more buildable, deeper matte shades like this, but it's certainly not advertised that way. The texture was smooth and velvety to the touch but was a little powdery when I used it. The color stayed on well for nine and a half hours on me.
The new version is completely different--it used to be a satin finish and was a teal, not a straight-up blue hue (see side-by-side comparison).
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview, which is a detailed review of the range as a whole.
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Reveal your inner artist and create your perfect color mix with Artist Color Eye Shadow. Choose your palette size, and then customize it to your needs by mixing and matching your favorite shades. MAKE UP FOR EVER’s artist-grade atomized formula is loaded with pigment for high-impact color in a single swipe. Its smooth, buttery texture allows for superior blendability, and silicon-coated pigments allow for it to stay put for up to 12 hours of wear*. With a range of 121 shades available in an array of finishes, these ultrafine powders can be layered and mixed to create an infinite number of looks.