Make Up For Ever S214 is a slightly cool-toned, medium-dark pink with a satin finish. It is a permanent contour that retails for $23.00 and contains 0.17 oz.
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Make Up For Ever S214 Artist Face Color ($23.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had more of a "natural matte" finish where the finish did not appear dry, flat, or truly matte--it looked like "my skin but better." What I liked was that it did not appear to darken on the skin over time, which more matte powders can do as they interact with oils found on the skin.
I suspect this shade, while listed as a Sculpting powder, is designed for draping or using a more blush-like hue to add dimension to the face. For those who admire it as a blush, nothing stops you from using it as such, as the formula felt and worked just like the B-named shades as far as I could tell! The texture was smooth, velvety, and dense, so there was no powderiness in the pan and will require a moderate touch or moderately dense brush to get good color payoff (similar to their eyeshadows but smoother, overall). It had good pigmentation--just shy of truly full coverage--that applied evenly and blended out easily on my skin. It lasted for nine hours on me before fading.
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.
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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.