Make Up For Ever B218 is a moderately cool-toned, dark fuchsia with a satin finish. It is a permanent blush that retails for $23.00 and contains 0.17 oz.
Make Up For Ever B218 Artist Face Color ($23.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. The pigmentation was intense with full coverage achievable with little product, but the denser consistency gave me a lot of control over the application to avoid going completely overboard with it.
My recommendation for someone who wants sheerer coverage would be to use a smaller, more buffer-like brush so there's good contact with the blush's surface but less area overall, so it can be applied more precisely and then diffused and pulled out from there. It was not difficult to work with at all, but the intense coverage and brightness of the color do require some care during application. I appreciated how blendable the shade was, as that really is a must-have in this type of a color. On me, it stayed on well for nine hours.
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.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview, which is a detailed review of the range as a whole.
Reveal your inner artist and create endless looks with Artist Face Color. Choose your palette size, then customize to your needs by mixing and matching your favorite. Artist Face Color’s unique formula features atomized pigments, which provide intense color payoff while blending and diffusing for a natural, long-lasting finish. The super-fine powder melts into skin while also seamlessly layering for a natural, result. Available in matte, shimmer, and pearl finishes, Artist Face Color provides endless ways to enhance and define your features for your desired result.