Best of Beauty 2014.

Best of Beauty 2014 products in action.

Best of Beauty 2014 products in action.

This past year has proven to be quite an extraordinary time for cosmetics.  Velvety smooth matte lipsticks, hybrid gloss/stain lip products, rich eyeshadow textures and colors, and amazing cream shadows and liners seem to have dominated the industry.  We can only hope 2015 will bring us even more phenomenal creations.  Without further ado, I present my personal highlights from this past year.  I hope you enjoy!

Best of Beauty 2014 Eyes:

Best of Beauty 2014 Face:

  •  Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter is my facial moisturizer during the winter months.  My overly dry skin soaks up this rich cream like a sponge, leaving a feeling of complete hydration for the entirety of the day.
  • Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation is the belle of the ball.  This powder foundation is smooth, hydrating, convenient, and long-lasting.  I cannot think of the last time a foundation has impressed me as much.
  • Dior Star Concealer is hands down the best concealer I have ever used.  The creamy formula glides on the skin and stays in place beautifully throughout the day.

Best of Beauty 2014 Cheeks:

Best of Beauty 2014 Lips:

  • Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint is technically a liquid lipstick, but I use this mainly in place of a lipliner. The smooth non-drying, long-lasting formula makes lips impervious to feathering.  So smitten was I with this formula, the color Demure (review coming soon) became the newest addition to my makeup family.
  • Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks have been praise to no end on this blog.  I cannot think of another matte lipstick that can even match the texture and silky smooth feel of this line.
  • YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats are wonderful matte lipstick formulations.  These babies adhere to the lips instantly and leave the most potent stain behind.
  • Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipsticks came with a promise of hydration, longevity and comfortable wear.  The subtle sheen finish was designed to make lips appear more plump.  Judging by the four tubes in my possession, it is safe to say, I’m sold!
  • Dior Addict Fluid Sticks have been such a wonderful investment.  The lightweight texture and cooling sensation instantly awakens any look, especially when worn over a drying lipstick.
  • Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace is the perfect mauve brown shade.  I love to pair this with Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint for the ultimate sophisticated lip look.

Best of Beauty 2014 Brushes:

Best of Beauty 2014 Brushes: Chikuhodo Z-8, Z-4, Z-5 Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 01, Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush, Billy B #12, Laura Mercier Dual Fiber Eyeshadow, Memebox Eye Brushes.

Best of Beauty 2014 Brushes:
Chikuhodo Z-8, Z-4, Z-5 Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 01, Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush, Billy B #12, Laura Mercier Finishing Eye Brush, Memebox Eye Brushes.

  • Chikuhodo Z-Series brushes are the most exquisite brushes I have ever used.   These brushes are meant to be used with powder products only.  The soft bristles blend the most pigmented powders to professional perfection.
  • Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush is an oldie but a goodie that was resuscitated for use with my Guerlain Powder Foundation.  The soft dense synthetic bristles effectively works powder into the skin, giving flawless results.
  • Wayne Goss Brush 01 is a wonderful brush that works especially well with liquid foundations.  Currently, I use this brush to apply my cream and/or powder highlighter.
  • Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush is used for blush and/or contour  application.  The small dense head is perfect for accurate product placement.
  • Billy B #12 Brush is used everyday for blending out gel liners, powder eyeshadows and for my outer corner color application.  The dual fiber angled design is perfect for hard to reach places.
  • Laura Mercier Finishing Eye Brush has been in my collection for years.  I recently started to utilize this gem to blend out my concealer for amazing results!
  • Memebox Brushes are meant for travel, but the short handles and brush head designs are perfect for everyday use.  In addition, the affordable price makes this set an even more attractive offering.

Best of Beauty 2014 Nails:

Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Pure Color Nail Lacquer with flash.

Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Pure Color Nail Lacquer (with flash).

  • Estee Lauder Insolent Plum Pure Nail Color is my favorite color from 2014.  The cream formula is classic and appropriate for many occasions.  Best of all, the Estee Lauder’s formula removes easily without color bleeding or staining of the nails.
Best of Beauty 2014.

Best of Beauty 2014 products in action.

Best of Beauty 2014 in action:

  • Brows:  Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 2 Wenge Wood.
  • Eyes:  Nars Eyeshadow Primer, Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow 9 Gold, Bobbi Brown Black Scotch, Guerlain 02 Bleu Outremer, MUFE M-600, M-510, Giorgio Armani 5 Vulcano (outer corners) Estee Lauder Crystal Baby (inner corners), Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire and Merle Norman Inner Liner.
  • Face:  Josie Maran Body Butter, Guerlain Powder Foundation, Dior Star Concealer.
  • Cheeks:  Vincent Longo Copper Kiss Bronzer, VL Sandalwood Blush, Estee Lauder Crystal Baby Gelee.
  • Lips:  Girlactik Allure and Demure Matte Lip Paint.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you this has been a fantastic year for cosmetics.  The innovative formulas and colors seem to have come alive this year.  What have been some of your favorites of 2014?  As always, be well, stay safe and be happy.  May you have a Happy and Healthy New Year!

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me, with the exception of Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipsticks and Memebox Brush Set (PR samples).  *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *This post contains store affiliate links. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.

Smokey Eye Tutorial.

Smokey Eye Tutorial using Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano.

Smokey Eye Tutorial using Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow #5 Vulcano.

Traditional, smokey eye tutorials feature brown, gray, and black eyeshadows.  I have found that the aubergine tone of Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow #5 Vulcano is the perfect color to make any eye color pop.  The matte formula and velvet finish of this color, make this smokey eye look quite unique and unforgettable.  I hope you enjoy.  (Please excuse the slight lighting variation; the sun was going in and out on this day.)

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano used with a dampened Meme Angled Brush.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow #5 Vulcano used with a dampened Meme Angled Brush.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano used with a dampened angled brush as an intense eyeliner.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow #5 Vulcano used with a dampened angled brush as an intense eyeliner.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano used with a dampened angled brush as an intense eyeliner.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow #5 Vulcano used with a dampened angled brush as an intense eyeliner.

  • Step 1:  Apply an eyeshadow primer (I used Nars).  Dampen any angled brush (I used my Meme Eyeliner Brush) with water (I use Witch Hazel) and dip the brush into the pan using a good amount of pressure.  You want to saturate the brush tip with an adequate amount of color.  Apply the color thickly along the lash line and create a wing at the ends.  This will act as a guide for the black liquid liner that will be applied later.
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #5 Vulcano smudged on top of the dried liner.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo Eyeshadow #5 Vulcano smudged on top of the dried liner.

  • Step 2:  Use a dry dual ended brush (I used Billy B #12 Brush) or a sponge tip applicator and smudge a light amount of Vulcano over the liner.  I like to stop midway on the lid.  The goal is to create a hazy layer over the darken line to make the eyes appear larger.  This technique will not disrupt the liner, because once Vulcano sets it does not budge.
Make Up For Ever Artist Eyeshadow M-510 with Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Make Up For Ever Artist Eyeshadow M-510 with Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush.

Make Up For Ever M-510 applied to the rest of the mobile lid and on the brow bone.

Make Up For Ever M-510 applied to the rest of the mobile lid and on the brow bone.

  • Step 3:  Apply a matte flesh-colored shadow (I used MUFE M-510) to the rest of the mobile lid using a soft eyeshadow brush (I used Chikuhodo Z-5), blending some color onto the edge of Vulcano.  This lighter color will not only brighten and even out the rest of the lid, but it will also blend out any of Vulcano’s harsh edges.  Apply the same matte flesh color to the brow bone area.
Make Up For Ever Artist Eyeshadow M-600 with Meme Eyeshadow Brush.

Make Up For Ever Artist Eyeshadow M-600 with Meme Eyeshadow Brush.

MUFE M-600 applied to the crease.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow M-600 applied to the crease.

  • Step 4:  To add depth to this look, add a warm brown matte color (I used MUFE M-600) to the crease area using a soft eyeshadow brush (I used Meme Eyeshadow Brush).  The warmth of the crease color perfectly enhances Vulcano’s aubergine tone.
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow I-524 applied to the inner corner of the eye.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow I-524 applied to the inner corner of the eye.

  • Step 5:  Add any brightening pink-based eyeshadow/highlighter (I used MUFE I-524) to the inner corner.  This will open up the eye area and the iridescent texture proved to be an interesting and attractive contrast against all the matte shadows.
Prestige Line & Style Ink Pen applied to the very base of the upper lash line.

Prestige Line & Style Ink Pen applied to the very base of the upper lash line.

Reapplication of Giorgio Armani ETKS #5 Vulcano over the black liquid liner.

Reapplication of Giorgio Armani ETKS #5 Vulcano over the black liquid liner.

  • Step 6:  Apply liquid liner of your choice (I used Presitge Line and Style Ink Pen), using the first layer of Vulcano as a guide; being diligent not to completely cover the line.  Should you become overzealous with you liquid liner and cover too much of the original line, reapply  more Vulcano with your dampened angled brush directly on top of the black line.  The darkened aubergine color against the black liner will give your eyes a doe-like effect and really make them appear larger.
Tightline your upper waterline using Iglot AMC Eyeliner Gel in #90.

Tightline your upper waterline using Iglot AMC Eyeliner Gel in #90.

Sharpen the outer corners of you wing but using a pointed Q-Tip dipped in your lotion.

Sharpen the outer corners of your wing by using a pointed Q-Tip dipped in your lotion.

  • Step 7:  Take your gel liner (I use Ingot #90) and tightline your upper waterline, making sure to cover any gaps in-between the lashes.  Use a pointed Q-Tip dipped in lotion to sharpen and clean up the edges of your wing.
Givenchy #9 Brun Cachemire Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow with Meme Eyeshadow Brush.

Givenchy #9 Brun Cachemire Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow with Meme Eyeshadow Brush.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow I-648 with Meme Eyeshadow Brush.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow I-648 with Meme Eyeshadow Brush.

Givenchy #9 Brun Cachemire and MUFE I-648 applied to the lower lash line.

Givenchy #9 Brun Cachemire and MUFE I-648 applied to the lower lash line.

  • Step 8:  Apply a light bronze color thickly along the lower lash line.  It is my personal belief, using a bronze shade on the lower lash line really accentuates the eyes, more so than using the same color that was applied on the lids.
Finished look with mascara and Givenchy #9 Brun Cachemire added to the lower waterline.

Finished look with mascara and Givenchy #9 Brun Cachemire added to the lower waterline.

Smokey Eye Tutorial Final Look.

Smokey Eye Tutorial Final Look.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you this smokey eye look will make your eyes stand-out.  Use any eyeshadow color or brand of your liking or cream products if you have really oily lids.  Regardless, I hope you found the technique helpful to create your own unique smokey eye.  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me, with the exception of the Meme Brush Set.  *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *This post contains store affiliate links. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.

Things I Have Been Loving.

Things I've Been Loving: Zoya Nail Polish Remover,  Oribe Superfine Strong Hairspray, Rose Mountain Herbs Argan Oil, Crystal Essence Deodorant, YSL 205 Rouge Pur Couture The Mats, Lipstick Queen Entourage, Hourglass Diffused Light, Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-654, M-510, and M-600, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #2 Armani Navy, Rapidlash, Chikuhodo Z-5, Memebox Brushes, Pomellato Nude Ring, Gold Hoop Earrings, and EZsizer Ring Guards.

Things I Have Been Loving:
Zoya Nail Polish Remover, Oribe Superfine Strong Hairspray, Rose Mountain Herbs Argan Oil, Crystal Essence Deodorant, YSL 205 Rouge Pur Couture The Mats, Lipstick Queen Entourage, Hourglass Diffused Light, Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-654, M-510, and M-600, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo #2 Armani Navy, Rapidlash, Chikuhodo Z-5, Memebox Brushes, Pomellato Nude Ring, Gold Hoop Earrings, and EZsizer Ring Guards.

This blog centers around all the things I love.  However, sometimes there are things that are utilized (and loved) that are only mentioned in passing.  I mean really, there is only so much you can say about nail polish remover to excite the masses.  So for this post, I will briefly highlight all the things that have been on constant rotation in my routine as of late.  Don’t be surprised if an odd item makes its way toward the middle or end.  After all, I write in my kitchen with the company/distraction of my children, impending dinner and a perpetually hungry dog circling around me at all times 🙂  I hope you enjoy.

    1. Zoya Nail Polish Remover removes all traces of polish swiftly without drying out the nails or cuticles.  As an added bonus, the smell is so much more pleasant than your average drugstore polish remover.
    2. Oribe Superfine Strong Hairspray smells heavenly and the superfine mist holds the most challenging hair styles in place.  A word of caution, if used in excess the build up can feel heavy and unpleasant.
    3. Mountain Rose Herbs Argan Oil is exactly the same as Josie Maran Argan Oil, without the inflated price tag. I can purchase 8 oz. of MRH Argan Oil for $44 USD as opposed to 2 oz. of Josie Maran Argan Oil for $48.  Both are organic, cold-pressed and unrefined..you be the judge.
    4. Crystal Essence Deodorant is aluminum-free, natural and perfect for the fall/winter season.  The Pomegranate Fragrance is refreshing and non-offensive.  Even my husband and son love this brand.
    5. YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 205 (reviewed here) has been worn on its own and paired with every lipstick in my collection.  The berry tone is beyond suitable for the upcoming cooler weather and the stain left behind is rather potent.
    6. Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Entourage (reviewed here) is the best matte lipstick IMHO.  Do I need to say more?  Nope…I’ll stop gushing now.
    7. Hourglass Diffused Light (compared to Nars here) has been brought out of hibernation for the fall/winter season.  This ambient powder promises to diffuse the look of imperfections…yada, yada, yada….I use it with a dry BeautyBlender and use the press and roll method around the T-Zone area. However, do tread lightly with this beauty…too much will result in photo flashback in flash photography.
    8. Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-654, M-510 and M-600 (reviewed here and here) have been used everyday since their purchase.  The creamy texture is beyond dreamy..try them and see.
    9. Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Solo #2 Armani Navy (reviewed here) is the best matte navy color on the market.  Not even Make Up For Ever has a navy of this caliber in their 210 color line-up.  If you are looking for truly exceptional quality matte colors..GA is your man.
    10. Rapidlash was purchased at the beginning of summer.  My typical coconut/castor oil mixture has served me very well, however, I wanted to see if I could achieve the same results in less time. Ladies this not only works, but it works a little too well, on me (I have to trim my lashes).  In all fairness, I have very long lashes naturally so my goal was to gain volume. Incredibly long lashes have not only been obtained using this serum, but it seems my once-upon-a-time voluminous lashes have magically returned.  Application has now been downsized to every other night, with the continued use of my coconut/castor oil conditioning every night.  Costco now carries this brand for $49 for a pack of two.  Bed, Bath and Beyond also carries this brand and you can use your 20% or $5 off coupons.
    11. Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush (reviewed here) is used everyday.  This beauty applies eyeshadow so quickly and defuses the most pigmented colors perfectly.  If you would like to invest in one quality Chikuhodo Brush, this would be my pick.
    12. Memebox Meme Eyebrow Brush (reviewed here) is used everyday to apply my tight line color, gel liners and/or dampened to apply powder eyeshadows as liner.  This little gem is worth the expense of the whole Meme Brush Set.
    13. Minimal Jewelry is the theme de jour.  I’m enjoying the simplicity of wearing one statement ring (Pomellato Nude Ring) with my plain 2 inch gold hoop earrings, sans necklaces and bracelets.
    14. EZsizer are wonderful ring guards used to protect rings and/or make rings fit more securely.  If you are like me and have enlarged knuckles and thin fingers, then these are a must for you.  I purchase the medium size for winter and the petite size for summer.
    15. Spirulina (read about the health benefits here) is suitable for internal and external use.  This green algae is added everyday in my post workout shake and applied once a week as a detoxifying mask. The idea for this mask came from Olivia from The Unknown Beauty Blog (here); in her wonderful post she outlines all the details to concoct this amazing mask.  Your skin feels so soft after the mask has been removed; frankly, everyone needs to get on the Spirulina bandwagon..That’s right I said it 🙂

 

Things I've Been Loving: Pure Hawaiin Spirulina.  This is the brand I use.

Things I Have Been Loving:
Pure Hawaiin Spirulina. This is the brand I use (photo courtesy of Amazon.com).

Spirulina Facial Mask

Things I Have Been Loving:
Spirulina Facial Mask.

Things I Have Been Loving: Rapidlash has not only given me length and volume, but my lashes seem darker as well.

Things I Have Been Loving:
Rapidlash has not only given me length and volume, but my lashes seem darker as well.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would like to know, “What have you been loving lately?”  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me, with the exception of Lipstick Queen Entourage and the Meme Brush. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *This post contains store affiliate links. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-728, I-804, I-648, and M-510.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-728, I-804 and I-648.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-728, I-804 and I-648.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow M-510.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow M-510.

There is no denying how much I adore Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows.  The pigmentation, cream-like texture, long-lasting wear, color choices and blendability are amazing.  So rather than bore you with repetitious accolades, I decided to simply show you how each of my newest additions wear.  I hope you enjoy 🙂

Swatches L-R: Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-728, I-804, I-648 and M-510.

Swatches L-R:
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-728, I-804, I-648 and M-510.

  • ME-728 is a gorgeous copper with a strong red undertone.  Unfortunately, my camera did not capture the beautiful warm tones that were so evident in-person.  This shade was so pigmented, a very light hand was required during application.  Admittedly, the metallic finish was very distinct against my skin tone; definitely not office appropriate.  As with most of these shadows, the more they are blended the creamier the finish.
  • I-804 is a straight-up golden pink color, very reminiscent of Nars Orgasm.  This gorgeous shade can be used in the crease to add warmth, but my purpose for this shade is to use it as a blush.  I prefer to dip my blush brush in the color and then spray my brush lightly with water and apply the color to my cheeks.  The results yield a beautiful luminous pink hue that is natural without the need for a highlighter (I did not just say that).
  • I-648 is a neutral golden shade that can be used all over the lid for the fastest look ever.  This shade pairs beautifully with most colors.  The smooth non-glaring finish would suit all ages and is completely work appropriate.
  • M-510 is a yellow based vanilla matte shade that applies smoothly without looking chalky.  This shade is used for a brow bone highlight, an all over lid color and to tone down stronger colors.  I can foresee hitting pan on this darling very soon.

** All colors were applied over Nars Eyeshadow Primer.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-728, I-804 , I-648 and M-510.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-728, I-804 , I-648 and M-510.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-728, I-804 , I-648 and M-510.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-728, I-804 , I-648 and M-510.

For the above photos, ME-728 was applied all over the lids with my ring finger.  I-804 was applied directly on top with I-648 placed on the inner ¼ of the eye for a gradient effect.  ME-654 (reviewed here) was used lightly on the outer corners and crease.  As a finishing touch, M-510 was used on the brow bone.  A combination of ME-654 and ME-728 was applied to the lower lash line.  I-804 was used with a dampened brush on the cheeks as a blush.

Wearing Make Up Forever Artist Shadows M-510 with M-600.

Wearing Make Up Forever Artist Shadows M-510 with M-600.

Wearing Make Up Forever Artist Shadows M-510 with M-600.

Wearing Make Up Forever Artist Shadows M-510 with M-600.

For the above photos, M-510 was applied all over the lid and brow bone with my Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush (reviewed here), followed by M-600 (reviewed here) added to the crease.  A combination of ME-654 and I-648 was applied to the lower lash line with YSL 3 Noir Bronze (reviewed here) used for the liner.  I-804 was used dry on the cheeks as a blush.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows I-648, M-600, M510 with I-524.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows I-648, M-600, M510 with I-524.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows M-510, I-648 and M-600.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows M-510, I-648, M-600 and I-524 in the inner corner.

For the above look, I-648 was used all over the lid with M-600 in the crease and M-510 on the brow bone.  A light dab of I-524 (reviewed here) was applied to the inner corner.  I-804 was used dry on the cheeks as a blush.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows M-510, I-648 and M-600.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows I-648, M-510 and M-600.

For this final look, I-648 was applied with my ring finger on the lid with M-510 applied directly on top with a little extra applied to the inner corners.  The effect was luminous without appearing overdone.  To define the eye, I used my Chikuhodo Z-5 Eyeshadow Brush to apply ME-600 to the crease and M-510 on the brow bone.  For the lower lash line, I used my Meme Eyeshadow Brush (reviewed here) to apply ME-654 and I-648.  This look reminded me of something a bride would wear on her wedding day; simple, elegant and polished.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows can be found exclusively at Sephora.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows are amazing.  Enough said!  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

Sephora.com, Inc.

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *This post contains store affiliate links. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-654, I-524 and M-600.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-654, I-524, and M-600.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-654, I-524, and M-600.

Lately, my eye makeup application has been simple and fast.  Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-654, I-524, and M-600 ($44 USD/for a three pan compact 3 x 2.5g) have been my go-to colors.  The creamy texture, amazing blendability and phenomenal lasting power allowed me appear put-together in a matter of minutes.  In fact, there were days where fingers were the only “tools” used to apply these babies.

According to Sephora these shadows:

Effortlessly create endless eye looks that range from beautifully natural to highly artistic with this unique eye shadow palette. With its breakthrough, gel-powder formula blended with ultrafine pigments, Artist Shadow leaves a smooth, even result that gives lids super-saturated, lasting color. An easily-blendable formula that features diamond, iridescent, matte, metallic, and satin finishes, it is an accessible shadow for the professional makeup artist and the everyday woman.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-654, I-524, and M-600.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-654, I-524, and M-600.

  • ME-654 is a warm reddy base bronze color.  This color makes an amazing all over lid color, crease color and outer corner color.  The creamy texture can also be used on the waterline–I simply take my pinky finger and lightly smudge the color on the lower waterline.  The supple texture becomes more evident the more it is blended.
  • I-524 is a beautiful delicate pinky beige color that instantly brightens the eye area.  I can actually wear this color on my lids without looking too ostentatious.  This shade also works very nicely as a facial highlighter; the more it is blended the creamier and smooth the finish.
  • M-600 s a highly pigmented pink-brown color.  The smooth texture glides on the skin without skipping or migrating; the ideal crease and outer “v” color.  I love using my Chikuhodo Eyeshadow Brush (reviewed here) with theses matte shades.  For those days when time is of the essence, this shade works nicely as a stand alone color with some liner and mascara.

Due to the unique creamy gel/powder formula, the satin, iridescent, and metallic shades require a dense firm brush for application.  In my experience, a softer brush collects less product, resulting in a diluted application.  That is why fingers work so well with certain colors.  Due to the lighter/airier texture of the matte colors, any brush can be used to obtain beautiful results.  Shades ME-654 and I-524 reminded me of two shades in the Chanel Mystic Eye Quad, but with better color payoff and longevity.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-654, I-524, M-600 and ME-512 in the inner corner.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-654, I-524, M-600 and ME-512 in the inner corner.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-654, I-524, M-600 and ME-512 in the inner corner.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ME-654, I-524, M-600 and ME-512 in the inner corner with Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope in Entourage.

For the above photos, I-524 was applied on the lids with my ring finger and ME-654 was placed in the crease using my Memebox Eyeshadow Brush (reviewed here).  Utilizing the same brush, M-600 was used to deepen in the outer corner and further define the crease.  I hope you can see how each shade is distinct and blends beautifully into each other, without looking muddy.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows M-600 in the crease, ME-654 in the outer corner and M-512 on the brow bone and I-648 on the inner corners over Josie Maran Beach Sand Eyeshadow.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows M-600 in the crease, ME-654 in the outer corner and M-512 on the brow bone and I-648 on the inner corners over Josie Maran Beach Sand Eyeshadow.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows M-600 in the crease, ME-654 in the outer corner and M-512 on the brow bone and I-648 on the inner corners over Josie Maran Beach Sand Eyeshadow.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows M-600, ME-654, M-510 and I-648 over Josie Maran Beach Sand Eyeshadow.  Lipstick is YSL Rouge Pur Couture Mat in 206.

For the above photos, I applied ME-654 on the otter “v” and waterline with M-600 in the crease, on top of Josie Maran Beach Sand Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow (reviewed here).  M-510 was used on the brow bone and I-648 was used on the inner ¼ of the lid (two shade that will be shown next week).  I love how the upper portion of my eye is free from any shimmer, appearing clean and bright.

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette.

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette.

If I have to dish out one criticism, it would pertain to the packaging.  Even though MUFE designed a small hole behind each eyeshadow pan for interchanging shades, I would have preferred a small divot beside each pan (similar to MAC’s design) to remove the shades easily with fingers rather than relying on a pin.

Make Up For Ever Artist Intense Shadows can be found exclusively at Sephora.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you what it told you the last time (reviewed here)..Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows are wonderful.  If you love creamy, smooth, long-lasting, and pigmented eyeshadows than these beauties are for you.  With 210 shades to choose from I dare you not to fall in love.  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

**BTW, I used Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Encre de Peau Foundation for the second look.  The lightweight coverage was extremely comfortable to wear all day.  The color choices are a bit off and the application was a little tricky.  I will keep you updated, however, worth getting a sample and seeing for yourself.  Definitely, a Sephora F&F contender  🙂

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