I was pretty stoked when I learned that Make Up For Ever has reformulated their powder eyeshadows. I wanted to try a few shades but I wasn't thrilled to drop $21 for individual colors. When I saw this Artist Palette online, I jumped at the chance! I mean, 8 eyeshadows for the price of 2 singles? Yes, please! Of course, you do get a smaller amount of each color in the palette but I have never hit pan on any of my shadows anyway, regardless of how small they are. To me, this palette is a really, really good deal! :)
Make Up For Ever Artist Palette (currently Sephora-exclusive) is a very small and compact palette. The outer packaging has a display of all the colors of the shadows inside, which I think is pretty neat (think about how many times we have to open each palette just to see what the colors are inside!). The mirrored palette contains 8 eyeshadows (all permanent) — 1 matte, 2 iridescents, 2 diamonds, and 3 metallics, and 2 mini brushes (a 214P Small Precision Crease Brush and a 226P Medium Eye Shader Brush).
The bristles of the mini brushes are soft and non-scratchy, however, their handles are quite small and thin making it difficult to hold. They are true “palette brushes“, meaning their quality is subpar and is not in any way comparable to the full-sized ones. They will come in handy, though, when you travel, or don't have anything else to use. At least I'm glad they are not double-ended! I seriously do not like double-ended brushes at all because I can't store them upright!
I appreciate that one of the brushes (214P) is a pointed pencil type, because I can never have enough of those. I use them all the time to smudge my liner/eyeshadow along my lower lash line (though this one is supposed to be a “crease” brush).
The shadows in the Artist Palette are buttery soft in texture, and rich and super-saturated in color. Every single one of them is ultra pigmented and requires only a touch of a brush to get a nice color payoff on the skin (even on my medium coloring!). The color range is fantastic! We have neutrals on the left, and bright, divine jewel-toned colors on the right. I am very happy with the color selection here although I do wish there would be a matte off-white, a matte medium brown, and perhaps a matte black included as well. These are my staple shades for almost every eye makeup look I create. I suppose one can use these colors from another palette because they are quite common to find.
The shadows have excellent longevity! Even on unprimed lids, they stay crease-free for several hours! Though for oily lid girls, using an eye primer is the only way to ensure your lid colors stay vibrant throughout the wear!
The breakdown and swatches
- M-536 Milk Tea – a light brown; matte
This shade is very close to my skin tone so I tend to use it as a base color. The texture is super soft, blendable, and does not apply chalky or patchy at all. Truly a matte well done.
- I-524 Pinky Beige – a pink champagne; iridescent
Talk about a beautiful highlighter shade! I like that the iridescent effect is not too bright (because sometimes it can look stark against my skin). While the texture is soft and smooth, I find it to be just a tiny bit dry compared to the other shades. It still performs nicely, though.
- I-550 Olive Gray – a taupe brown; iridescent
I'm not sure why it's called Olive Gray when all I see is brown and taupe. It has a hint of gray, definitely, but not quite olive. This shade applies so beautifully as an all-over color or crease color. It has a really soft and smooth texture and blends like a dream.
- D-652 Celestial Earth – a bronze brown; diamond
A “diamond” finish? I suppose they are basically an iridescent but with chunks of glitter. This one has gold glitter throughout but surprisingly, there is barely any fallout during application. The color is rich and ultra-pigmented with a buttery feel. The application is smooth and does not feel gritty at all.
- ME-728 Copper Red – a metallic coppery gold; metallic
This shade is a superstar! I just love how bright and metallic it is! Such a beautiful lid color. And the color payoff is out of the world! It gives a strong shimmery sheen in one layer but as you pack it on, the sheen becomes more and more metallic! It has the softest texture, too, and applies like a dream.
- ME-230 Peacock Blue – a teal blue; metallic
Another extraordinary shade in the palette! The color is beautiful but I find its texture a little “thin”. It doesn't feel as “creamy” as the other shades, either, but is still very soft. The pigment is rich and it doesn't take much to build to a strong metallic blue. I like how it is very blendable, too, as most blues are not easy to blend.
- D-926 Blueberry – a violet purple; diamond
I think it's too “violet” to be called Blueberry. ;D This is another “diamond” finish in the palette. So it's basically an iridescent with silver and blue purple glitter. Similar to Celestial Earth, Blueberry applies smoothly for a glittery shadow. The texture is also soft and blendable but I find the consistency to be a bit thinner than Celestial Earth. This is a nice purple shade that you can use sheer for a subtle look or build up for a dramatic eye.
- ME-930 Black Purple – a dark eggplant purple; metallic
This one has to be my favorite! I mostly use it as an outer corner and liner shade. I find this color very versatile as it complements any color combination I choose to create. It's supposed to have a metallic finish but to me, it's not really metallic but more of a creamy satin. The color payoff is crazy so start with a small amount! It feels very soft to the touch and blends really well, but is a little powdery, too. I also noticed a major fallout if I don't tap off the excess from my brush before application.
The eye look
I applied Copper Red all over the lid, and Blueberry on the outer lid. I used Celestial Earth as a transition color to the mix of Milk Tea and Pinky Beige under the brow bone. Black Purple was used in the outer corner and down to the outer lower lash line. The inner lower lash line was a mix of Peacock Blue and Blueberry. I finished with Pinky Beige in the inner corner.
I hope you like the look! :)
This palette was a complete happy and easy purchase for me. The jewel tones are actually what sold me on it. I would have totally missed the palette had I not seen it reviewed by Christine (and I would have been really sad. ^_^); doesn't help that she scored every single shade an A, too! #YES I've been creating different looks with this palette since I got it — sometimes I use it alone, other times I supplement with the shades from either the Urban Decay Naked Basics or Chanel Charming palette. I think together, they are quite a perfect travel companion. :)
Do you own any Make Up For Ever eyeshadows? Do you like the new formula?