Review: Make Up For Ever Artist Palette
When I first saw this palette online, I really just loved the colours. Then I kind of forgot about it— until I saw it in store for the first time.
Obviously, I bought it. First impressions: It’s really quite smaller than I expected. It fits comfortably in the palm of my hand. But actually, I kind of like it like that— it’s really portable and fits perfectly in my small makeup bag that I always carry around with me, and it’s compact and diverse enough that I can easily switch from day to evening looks if I have to.
If I’m being honest, it’s really the only palette I’ve been using lately. It’s absolutely beautiful— the colour range on it is impressive for such a small palette, and the actual product amount and quality of the pigments is impressive to me for what seems like a reasonable price ($45 CAD). The formula is new for Make Up For Ever, a brand that has consistently delivered quality products. The Artist Shadows are soft and easily blendable, but wear well. They’ve lasted me a full day WITHOUT primer (as I am too lazy to buy/apply eyeshadow primer because it’s a whole extra step and I just don’t want to), and they don’t crease up that much either. I mean, obviously all shadow creases up if you’re going to be sweating and not wearing primer and not touching up all day, but that’s your own fault. Or my own fault. Whatever.
It comes with two small brushes, but I generally forsake them in favour of my Urban Decay Naked palette brush, which I think applies colour better and is one of my favourite brushes to use. The brushes included are a bit too small and not of the regular MUFE quality— I’m not a big fan of using them.
The only minor qualm I have with this palette is that it’s only got one matte shade— Almost all the shadows have shimmery or frosty finishes. That being said, the lighter ones are easily blendable so the shimmer isn’t that noticeable. I kinda like shimmer shadow so I don’t mind too much, but I wear matte shadow if I want to look like I’m drowning, so sometimes we have a problem.
Straight up, this is one of my favourite palettes right now— I’ve been using it pretty much daily since I got it, and I’ve gone through most of the colours in it. The only one I haven’t really touched is the blue one, because I have green eyes and if I go for coloured shadow I usually make it purple or purple-toned. God, guys. I’m so impressed with the colours on this one. It’s got such a great range, from soft neutrals to a beautiful shimmery gold to a bright purple to a dark purple for those smokey nights.
I haven’t been a big eyeshadow person in the past, but this makes me want to experiment. All of the colours work really well together, and you can create a wide variety of looks with just the eight shades pictures here. I am super into it, really. I think I shared this picture before, but here’s one of the looks I’ve done with it in the recent past.
I’m definitely using two of my favourite colours here: #I524 Pinky Beige and #I550 Olive Gray, which is a gorgeous brown-grey shade that looks just right with any of the colours in the palette. I also often use just that one by itself.
Overall, I’m super stoked on this palette. The size of it makes it perfect for travelling, and the diversity of the shades make it a great day-to-day thing and easy to switch up and try new looks and colour combinations. Would I return this? I would not.
RODARTE FW 2014
I will never get over this
Hair-stories. New Works From Artist Nakeya B.
Matte Black Stiletto Nails
NYX Wicked Lippies
On the website: ”Take a walk on the wicked side with our jewel-toned lippies available in 12 shimmering shades. Velvety smooth with a dazzling metallic finish, these richly pigmented lipsticks will leave your lips with the ultimate spellbinding look.”
I’m going to need to get my hands on Immortal.
Lipstick Lundi: ElleGirl I Say Tint You Say Gloss in Rock Berry 03
On bad days, sometimes I feel like my tubes of lipstick are singing the Friends theme song to me when I pop open my makeup drawer. I got some bad family news today, and that threw me for a loop. I’ll be okay guys. Just send me some good vibes.
On to the product. One of the challenging aspects of the #LBTLipstickChallenge (heh) is finding something to slap on my face on the days where I don’t feel like committing to lipstick. I know that Sofie and I tell you to wear lipstick and give no fucks, but we don’t want to have it on our lips some days. Stains are a welcome compromise. This tube came in my Memebox shipment and I’m surprised by how much I like it. I don’t like traditional gloss textures, but I like applying goop to my lips with a wand. It feels like those first few years of using makeup and I crave that retroactive grown up feeling. The product goes on glossy but it dries into a stain after I rub my lips together. The packaging is quite lovely - both in form and function. There’s an illustration of some generic sassy girl (It me) on the tube and the actual packaging is quite satisfying to use. The opening has a well that catches stray drops so it won’t get all tacky with use. I like screwing the top back on and knowing that it won’t come unhinged in my bag and leak.
I’ll include a photo of my face with it when the sun comes out tomorrow - all of the lighting in my house is skewed yellow right now.
FYI Urban Decay is having a mad sale on their Pulp Fiction palette, both on their website and on Sephora. It comes out to $16 USD or $19 CAD, which is a phenomenal deal. I just ordered one because I’d been staring at it for a while, and, you know, Pulp Fiction. I’ve heard good things about this and $19 with free shipping seems like a not bad price to pay for a few colours. I shall let you know how this goes.
Oh, and thanks to rekhadelrey for the heads up about the sale! Otherwise this would have just slipped me by.