Thursday, October 27, 2016

Make Up For Ever Flash Palette: Review and Swatches

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Make Up For Ever Flash Palette Review and Swatches
For Halloween 2016, Make Up For Ever has partnered up with Sephora for a pretty spectacular Glam or Ghoul campaign showcasing several Halloween makeup looks you can create using MUFE products. I recreated the "Darling Deer" look on my Instagram account and Make Up For Ever sent over their famous Flash Palette ($110 CAD) to help me create even more looks. This product has actually been on my wish list for years before I started blogging so I am finally able to delve into and play with all the colors.......
Make Up For Ever Flash Palette Review and Swatches
Make Up For Ever Flash Palette in "Artistic"
Packaging:
The Make Up For Ever Flash Palette comes in a really simple clear acrylic tray, with each cream color resting in their own well. The palette actually doesn't come with a cardboard box anymore because I remember eyeing the super cool mixed palette image printed on that box back in the day. Each cream color is 5 grams and you get a total of 12 colors.
Make Up For Ever Flash Palette Review and Swatches
Make Up For Ever Flash Palette in "Artistic"
Make Up For Ever Flash Palette Review and Swatches
Make Up For Ever Flash Palette in "Artistic"











Make Up For Ever Flash Palette Review and Swatches
Make Up For Ever Flash Palette in "Artistic"
Formulation: 
Simply put, the flash palette consists of 12 cream colors that can be used for pretty much anything. The shades are intended to be mixed and blended to create whatever colors you desire and they can be used on the face (as a blush, foundation, bronzer, highlight), lips, eyes, and body. You get a ton of primary and basic colors so you can really create a huge variety of shades. In terms of pigmentation, all the shades are pretty intense, although some are more so than others (I mean look at that red...). The two shimmers are quite packed with micro-particles as well; they are very silky and not at all gritty.
Make Up For Ever Flash Palette Review and Swatches
Make Up For Ever Flash Palette in "Artistic"
The biggest downside of these colors is definitely the wear. They all have a cream finish and they do not set on their own. So in order to ensure a long-lasting wear, you have to top it with a lot of translucent powder. As a result, I think these are really more appropriate for costume or stage makeup. I think I speak for most women when I say that I want lightweight makeup that won't budge throughout the day. So although the flash palette offers a ton of customization and some great pigmentation, its slightly heavy and transfer-prone finish makes it unsuitable for everyday wear. However, if you are a makeup artist or just have a knack for creating crazy makeup looks, this is your go-to. I honestly can't think of another palette on the market that offers the same things.

I have yet to have a chance to create a full look using the Flash Palette but I did incorporate it into a Halloween mermaid makeup I did a few days ago. I used the tiniest bit of the white to make all the dots and lines and mixed in a bit of the gold and the silver on my lips for a sparkly look:

Availability:
Make Up For Ever is available online and in stores at Sephora.
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