Sunday, August 10, 2014

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows: Review and Swatches

Disclaimer: Product featured was provided for review.
For its 30th Anniversary, Make Up For Ever has released a line of 210 innovative eyeshadows called the Artist Shadow. Earlier in the week, the brand held a intimate launch event in Vancouver where I had the chance to test out some of shadows and make my own customized trio palette.
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At the press event, Make Up For Ever had all of the dazzling shadows on display and I had a blast swatching all the different shades. The 210 shades are divided into five finishes (M for Matte, S for Satin, I for Iridescent, ME for Metallic, and D for Diamond) and eight color families (reds, browns, yellows, greens, blues, blacks, purples, and pinks).
There was a small inspiration board table set up that allowed us to create our own "mood board" so that the makeup artist could better help us build our own palette.
I eventually settled with two matte pinks and one metallic brown. Around 40 of the shades also double as powder blush and because I am a huge fan of matte pink blushes, I just had to get a couple. Here are more info on these shadows:
What it is:
-Highly pigmented shadows with great blendability
-Formulated using the "Pigment Atomization" technology; allows up to 88% pigment content
-Water-blend technology allows even and smooth application
-Five finishes, eight color groups, 210 shades in total

The Artist Shadows can be purchased individually ($25 CAD), as duos ($39), or as trios ($50). The one I have in the photo is a trio. The palette is very thin and sleek and the lid is clear with no mirrors. It's worth noting that these shadows are quite big (1.98g) so they will definitely last a long time.
We were also given a shadow brush to go with our palette and I chose the "Large Precision Blender Brush 236", which is a very soft but dense round blending/smudging brush.
Large Precision Blender Brush 236
The three shades I chose are:
M-806: Antique Pink (Matte)
This one is a dusty baby pink. The formulation is very soft and pigmented and I can totally see this as an every day blush color.
M-860: Powdery Pink (Matte)
Slightly more intense than Antique Pink, Powdery Pink is just as pigmented and smooth. Both mattes have a great formulation, not at all hard or chalky.
ME-614: Graphite Brown (Metallic)
This one is a super pigmented rich metallic brown. For the swatches, I only gently touched the shadow with my ring finger and yet the amount of color that was picked up was astounding!
From left to right: M-806, M-860, ME-614
Using all three shades of shadow.
The pigmentation and texture of all three of these shadows are amazing and I think this collection is perfect for makeup artists and makeup fanatics alike. Because with 210 shades available, you are bound to fall in love with at least a handful of them!

The Artist Shadows are available online at Sephora.