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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About Maria Pia

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Comments

  1. Wauw, this looks beautiful. You have gorgeous eyes.
    Love, Felicia

  2. What a lovely duo! I like your look a lot.

  3. Great basic colors you can use all the time. Funny though, I know everyone has been tempted by these but my lemming hasn’t. I don’t know what is wrong with it. I think it needs a really sharp poke! Although, the more I look, the more I am becoming tempted with S556.

    • Hello Olivia,
      These shadows are really different. The description says they are gel/powder, but the cream-like texture really makes these shadows stand-out (tempting you yet?). I don’t know what it is about S-556, but I find myself incorporating it into every look. I love it!
      -Maria

  4. What great basic unassuming shades. I’m really feeling S-556 for facial contouring..I don’t think I would have been able to pick out that color. Thanks for showing the many uses 🙂

  5. Hey Maria, I honestly wouldn’t know how to choose from 210 shades, but it’s an epic line-up so I really should check it out soon!

    It’s interesting how you used that one as a contouring shade. I also love how they layer over Beach Sand!

    • Hello Sunny,
      I would have to agree with you, 210 shades is overwhelming, but how I would love to spend a few hours swatching and testing all those colors 🙂 I chose S-556 for its versatility. I too love it over Beach Sand, the combination had so much dimension.
      -Maria

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