Make Up For Ever 110 Foundation Kabuki Brush Does It All.

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Make Up For Ever 110 Foundation Kabuki Brush.

So much time, energy and money is spent on searching for the right foundation, bronzer, blush and highlighter.  Undoubtably, these are essential in achieving a beautiful complexion, but the brushes used to apply these products are just as important.  Make Up For Ever 110 Foundation Kabuki Brush ($48 USD) is the one artisan tool that can truly do it all.  Ladies, put all your other cosmetic brushes aside and make way for one of the most useful makeup tools you will ever encounter.  🙂

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Make Up For Ever 110 Foundation Kabuki Brush.

The Pros to Make Up For Ever 110 Foundation Kabuki Brush:

  1. Incredibly soft dense bristles.
  2. Tapered shape is perfect for distributing product under the eyes and around hard to reach areas.
  3. Longer metal handle is substantially weighted for comfortable hold during use.
  4. Hand-crafted by 30 artisans using a 25 step process.
  5. 100% synthetic straight fibers are easy to clean and can be used with liquid, powder and cream products.
  6. Fibers are bunched tightly to ensure zero shedding.
  7. Long fibers do not absorbed liquid foundation.  Minimal product is needed to achieve even and flawless results.
  8. Perfectly shaped for contour/bronzer application.
  9. Tapered sides also allows for precise highlighter application.
  10. Powder foundation can be built-up with ease for impeccable results.
  11. Compact kabuki design is ideal for travel.
  12. Lettering will not rub off easily, they seem to be etched on the metal.
  13. Manufactured by renowned brush maker Raphaël (here) on the island of Mauritius (Africa).
  14. 76 brushes in the Artisan Line:
  • 100s = complexion
    200s = eyes
    300s = lips
    400s = artistic specially designed for professionals.

The Cons to Make Up For Ever 110 Foundation Kabuki Brush:

  1. Beautiful brush does not come with an accompanying pouch, like their old kabuki brush.
  2. Due to the dense composition, dry time ranges between 12-15 hours.
  3. Seriously, no other cons…this is a fantastic all-in-one brush.
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Make Up For Ever 110 Foundation Kabuki Brush.

Comparison Kabuki Brushes:

Kabuki Brushes

Kabuki Brush Comparisons:
Make Up For Ever Buffer Kabuki (5 years old), Make Up For Ever 110 Foundation Kabuki Brush, Edward Bess Kabuki Brush, Dior Mini Kabuki.

  • Make Up For Ever Buffer Kabuki has been in my collection for five years.  The synthetic bristles are so soft, but the handle’s outer plastic covering cracked within the first month of ownership.  I barely use this brush, simply because the bristles are too splayed for my liking.
  • Make Up For Ever 110 Foundation Kabuki Brush is rather dense compared to all the rest.  The closely-packed synthetic fibers and tapered head work well with a variety of formulations.  In addition, the longer metal handle really fits the contours of the hand perfectly.
  • Edward Bess Kabuki Brush is not really a favorite.  The natural fibers are too scratchy for my liking. In addition, the lettering on the outer casing are prone to rubbing off–hence the clear polish on the name.
  • Dior Mini Kabuki came with my Dior Nude Bronzer.  The natural hair bristles are surprisingly soft and fantastic for any powder application.  However, this little guy lacks the versatility found in his synthetic competitor.

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Make Up For Ever 110 Foundation Kabuki Brush.

Finished Look using Make Up For Ever 110 Foundation Kabuki Brush.

The above photo shows how well Make Up For Ever 110 Foundation Kabuki Brush applied my liquid foundation, bronzer and highlighter.  This brush could have easily handled powder blush, but instead I opted to apply Kjaer Weis Abundance Blush with my fingers (review coming soon).  Should this beauty seem too overwhelming for some of you, MUFE also offers the 102 Small Foundation Kabuki, (here).  FYI, ignore the gray hairs…a clear sign of wisdom, not age.  🙂    

Make Up For Ever 110 Foundation Kabuki Brush

Make Up For Ever 110 Foundation Kabuki Brush housed in my old MUFE Kabuki pouch.

My newest little friend is housed in my old MUFE Kabuki Brush pouch.  For the price, I really wish MUFE would have included a pouch…regardless, my little guy is as snug as a bug in his little makeshift bed, raising a bristle saying, “Peace-out Peeps.”  🙂

**Make Up For Ever 110 Foundation Kabuki Brush can be purchased at Sephora and Amazon.com.**

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

Makeup would tell you Make Up For Ever 110 Foundation Kabuki Brush is a do-it-all wonder.  The soft densely packed synthetic bristles, sturdy metal handle, hand-crafted tapered shape and compact style make this brush a must-have.  Will this mean the end of my Tom Ford, Wayne Goss and Chikuhodo Brushes?  NO…but, honestly speaking the fantastic quality of these MUFE brushes is making me wonder if I really needed……STOP MARIA!!! Don’t even think about finishing that sentence.  🙂  Check-out the video below and see if this brush is right for you.  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial.

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The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce.
(photo courtesy of funny-pictures.picphotos.net)

There was a time when I dismissed The Vampire Diaries as just another young teen drama–that was until saucy Vampire Katherine Pierce entered the scene.  I mean look at her, how can anyone resist her charms, be it by compulsion or otherwise?  What sets Katherine apart from her virtuous Doppelgänger Elena, is her inflated ego, a cut-throat demeanor, impeccable style and fierce makeup 🙂  Her distinct cut-crease eye makeup is present in almost every scene.  So for this post, I bring you my rendition of Katherine Pierce’s eye makeup…now if only I could live forever, be forever young and feast on lasagna instead of resorting to exsanguination 🙂 One can dream…

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial.

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial.

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial Products:
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo, Cargo Waterproof Bronzer, Merle Norman Inner Liner, L’Oreal Infallible Pencil Liner, and Prestige Liner Pen.

  • **Nars eyeshadow base was used as an eyeshadow primer.  Apologies for the slight lighting variations; the perils of photographing in front of a window, dependant on natural lighting. 🙂
The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:
Outline your desired shape with a cool tone brown.

  • Start by choosing a cool tone brown eyeshadow.  Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo 4 Wood Eyeshadow (reviewed here) was applied using an angled brush (Memebox Meme Angled Brush) to outline the upper lash line and draw a line above my natural crease.  This method opens-up the eye area and gives the illusion of a larger lid space.
The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:
Take a blending brush to blend out the harsh line.

  • Take any densely packed blending brush (Memebox Meme Eyeshadow Brush) and blend out the crease line, picking up color as you see fit.  Be mindful not to let any of the color seep on the lid area–Katherine loves a defined crease with a brightening lighter color on the lid.
The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:
Take a softer brush to add a warmer transition color over the edge of your cool brown shade.

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:
Apply a matte flesh-colored eyeshadow to highlight the brow bone.

  • Apply a matte flesh-colored eyeshadow (MUFE M-510) to blend out the edges of your transition shade and to highlight the brow bone area.
The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:
Take a golden shade and apply the color to the middle of the moblie lid.

  • Apply a golden/champagne shimmer shade to the mobile lid area (a combination of MUFE ME-512 and I-648 was used).  The contrasting eyeshadow finishes are quite distinct and really makes eyes stand-out.
The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:
Apply any black liquid liner to the upper lash line.

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:
Trace the liquid line with a deep black pencil liner.

  • Next, a liquid liner (Prestige Line & Style Ink Pen) was applied as a preliminary guide for my pencil liner (L’Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner), being mindful not to cover the cool brown eyeshadow that was initially placed along the lash line.  This step can be omitted if you have a steady hand with your pencil liner; however, I find the two formulas produce a truly deep black color that is unbeatable.
The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:
Tight line the upper waterline with your gel liner of choice.

  • Tightline the upper waterline with any gel formula of your choosing (Inglot AMC Gel Liner #90).  Omitting this step would be a cardinal sin…gaps between the lashes is so not Katherine 🙂
The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:
Sharpen the edge of your winged liner with an angled Q-Tip.

  • Sharpen the edge of your winged liner with an angled Q-Tip dipped in lotion.  This step is essential in creating a gap between the upper and lower portion of the eye.
The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:
Apply a flesh-colored pencil to the lower waterline right to the edge of the eye, extending the color under the winged liner.

  • Next, is the quintessential Katherine makeup trick.  A flesh-colored pencil (Merle Norman Inner Liner) was applied on the waterline and extended outwards under the winged liner. Applying the color at the inner cusp, where the upper and lower lids meet, gives the illusion of a more youthful and lifted eye.
The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:
Blend-out the flesh color under the winged liner.

  • Blend out the flesh color pencil thoroughly, with a small eyeshadow brush (Meme Liner Brush).  To ensure the pencil base stays in place, I like to add an accompanying eyeshadow color on top (MUFE M-510).
The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:
Apply the cool tone brown to the lower lash line.

  • Take your angled eyeliner brush and pick up some of the cool brown color (GA #4 Wood).  Line the lower lash line ¼ of the way, concentrating the color at the edge.  Following the natural curvature of your lower lashes, extend the color away from the eye.  This technique was very popular in the 60’s and 70’s and if you look closely, Katherine employs this method for all of her looks.
The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:
Add a bronze color over the cool tone brown.

  • Add a bronze colored eyeshadow (Cargo Waterproof Bronzer) directly on top of the cool brown color on the lower lash line.  This step is optional, but as I have stated in the past, I believe adding a bronze hue on the lower lash line is very flattering.
The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial: Finished look with mascara.

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:
Finished look with mascara.

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial: Finished look with mascara.

The Vampire Diaries Katherine Pierce Inspired Eye Makeup Tutorial:
Full face finished look.

The Vampire Diaries airs on the CW Network on Thursday 8/7c.

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

Makeup would tell you this Katherine Pierce inspired makeup look has proven to be quite a hit.  I have worn this look many times and on each occasion, random people felt “compelled” to compliment my eye makeup.  Won’t you try it and see for yourself.  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

 

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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  🙂

*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 Shadow review and photos.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ME-512 and S-556.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ME-512 and S-556.

If you have been with me for a while, you would have noticed the lack of eyeshadow palette reviews.  My preference lies with selecting single shadows that suit my needs, skin tone and lifestyle.   Inevitably, prefabricated palettes always house one or two shades that never get utilized.  So when Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows ($21 USD/ 2.5g) appeared on the scene, I immediately sought an opportunity to indulge.  After all, I had to celebrate the end of summer vacation some how 🙂

According to Sephora:

With its breakthrough, gel-powder formula blended with ultrafine pigments, Artist Shadow leaves a smooth, even result that gives lids super-saturated, lasting color.

“I wanted to combine intense color payoff with super-blendability—and this breakthrough shadow has both!”—Dany Sanz, MAKE UP FOR EVER founder.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ME-512 and S-556.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ME-512 and S-556.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ME-512 and S-556.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ME-512 and S-556.

The Pros to Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows:

  1. Amazing color selection, 210 colors available.
  2. Sold in refillable pans to be added to a magnetized compact.
  3. Comes in 5 finishes: matte (M), metallic (ME), satin (S), diamond (D), iridescent (I).
  4. Texture is smooth and buildable.
  5. ME-512 Golden Beige is one of those shadows that appears creamier the more it is blended. Great as an inner corner highlight, brow bone highlight and facial highlighter.
  6. S-556 Taupe Gray is a muted gray with a lavender undertone.  Can be used as a main lid color, blend out color, crease color and contour for the face (my favorite).
  7. Both ME-512 and S-556 applied without any fallout.
  8. ME-512 has amazing texture and color payoff when applied with brushes, sponge applicator or fingers.
  9. Slightly heavier texture (possibly due to Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate) allows the pigment to adhere to the skin seamlessly for long-lasting results.
  10. Lasted 10 hours+ with a primer.
  11. Sephora has a great system 1 eyeshadow with the compact cost $22, 2 eyeshadows with the compact cost $34, or 3 eyeshadows with the compact cost $44.  I say go for the three pan compact.
  12. Sturdy plastic thin compact with clear top is travel friendly and allows you to see exactly what colors are housed in the compact.
  13. Each eyeshadow is stamped with its number at the bottom of the pan.
  14. Formulated without parabens or mineral oil, however loaded with silicones.
  15. Made in Italy.

The Cons to Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows:

  1. The S-556 satin formula is packed firmly into the pan and requires extra pressure to get the pigment to adhere to a brush or fingers.
  2. S-556 layers beautifully over any cream shadow, but requires multiple layers when used as a sole lid color (fingers are best used for maximum color impact).  I think this shade is designed to be a supporting character rather than the main attraction.
  3. A dampened brush cannot be dipped directly into the pan, otherwise a hard surface develops on the eyeshadow.
  4. Sephora does not carry the full line of 210 shades in-store (online only).  In addition, not all Sephora locations carry the same selection of shadows.
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 on the lid with ME-512 in the inner corner and as a brow bone highlight.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 on the lid and hallows of the cheeks with ME-512 in the inner corner, on the brow bone highlight and cheeks at 10 am.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 and ME-512 after six hours at the beach.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 and ME-512 after four hours at the beach at 7pm.(sorry for the dim lighting, I took this shot in the car).

For the above photos, S-556 was applied on the lids (with my finger) over Nars Primer (reviewed here) with ME-512 applied to the inner corners, brow bone and cheek bones (my window light is filtering the effect).  This combo lasted all day without any creasing, fading or color transfer to the crease.  MUFE Artist Shadows survived a 10 hour day with 4 of those hours spent on a hot beach.  I was beyond impressed and my husband really loved this minimal eye look.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 used as a facial contour color.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 used as a facial contour color.

As soon as I saw S-556 I was hoping it would be a suitable dupe for Chanel Joues Contraste in Notorious, and to my eye, it was pretty darn close.  I used my Chikuhodo Z-2 Highlighter Brush to apply S-556 to the hollows of the cheeks after my bronzer, but before my blush.  Oddly enough, despite its sheer texture, S-556 applied quite vibrantly on the face with very little pressure.  The results were quite natural and I am happy to report the color did not budge or fade throughout the day.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 and ME-512 over Josie Maran Beach Sand.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 and ME-512 over Josie Maran Beach Sand.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 and ME-512 over Josie Maran Beach Sand.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 and ME-512 over Josie Maran Beach Sand.

For the above photos I applied S-556 to the outer corners on top of Josie Maran Beach Sand (reviewed here).  ME-512 was applied to the inner corners and brow bone.  I found S-556 to be the perfect shade to tone down the metallic effect of the base.  The resulting hue was filled with complexity and appeal.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 over Givenchy 7 Gris Organza Cream Shadow with ME-512 in the inner corner and brow bone.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow S-556 over Givenchy 7 Gris Organza Cream Shadow with ME-512 in the inner corner and brow bone.

For the above photo, I wanted to see how well MUFE Artist Shadow S-556 would layer on top of my beloved Givenchy 7 Gris Organza (reviewed here);  the results were just as durable and smooth as all other instances.

Ingredients for Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows:

Mica,Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Talc, Dimethicone, Koolin, Zinc Stearate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate 2, Cetyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbitain Sesquioleate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, [+/-CI77289 (Chromium Hydroxide Green), CI77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI77499 (Iron Oxide), CI1140 (Yellow 5 Lake), CI77742 (Manganese Violet), CI77007 (Ultramarines), CI77491 (Iron Oxides), CI77492 (Iron Oxides), CI77288 (Chromium Oxide Green), CI75470 (Carmine), CI42090 (Blue 1 Lake), AI5402/01

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 a wonderful investment.  The option of choosing your own colors and finishes out of the 210 colors available, makes this launch a complete success.  My purpose for selecting these two shades was to form a small contour kit and I am beyond happy with the results.  My only regret is that I did not invest in the three pan option to add a “bronzer” like color to my little creation.  Oh well, I will have to rectify that oversight on the next visit 🙂  What color(s) are  you eyeing?  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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