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MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadows Take Pigmentation to a Whole New Level

October 21, 2014

For years, MAKE UP FOR EVER is known to be at the forefront in their colour cosmetics, particularly their eyeshadows.  So to celebrate the brand's 30th anniversary, they released the range MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadows (CA $24 / US $21).


3 years of developments, 88% concentrated pigment, 210 eyeshadows and 5 different finishes—these numbers represented how truly amazing this new range of eyeshadows are.  It took MAKE UP FOR EVER Creative and Artistic Director, Dany Sanz to create this current formula.  They're said to deliver up to 88% concentrated pigment in their eyeshadows, which is the highest in the market (the average on the market is way below this number).  These highly pigmented eyeshadows are available in 210 shades in 5 different finishes—Matte, Satin, Metal, Iridescent, and Diamond.

It all sounds good on paper, but how does it live up to its name?

Well, spoiler alert, it's freaking awesome.


On first swatch, I was already going OMG.  Whenever I swatch things, I have a tendency to go at it 3 times to get the colour payoff I want.  These shadows, however, you only need 1 swipe to get a pigmented layer.  It translate really well from an eyeshadow brush to your eyes as well.  They are so pigmented, so it really takes some times to get used to (to not apply too much lol).  So I would suggest to really to use a light hand.

I got to test out 3 different colours in different finishes: M-540 Matte Grey Beige, S-560 Satin Taupe, and ME-302 Metallic Peacock.  I absolutely love the metallic finished eyeshadows.  So I created a look with Metallic Peacock as the main shade.  This shade is a duo chrome finish too, so you can see some brown undertone in it with a shimmery peacock green layer.  Anywho, I can use this one shade for the entire look, but I did use all of them.  Here's how to do it...
First, apply the peacock shade with a dome shaped brush from lash line to crease, all over the lid but leave a bit of space close to the tear duct area.  Start with a small amount of colour and build it up, that way, you can get the desire amount of green.  Then, blend the taupe colour along the crease to feather out the edges.  To further soften the edges, use the grey beige colour on top of the taupe shade.  To highlight, use any shimmery white eyeshadow on the inner corner and the brow bone.  Finish off with your favourite mascara and gel eyeliner (a deep green is used here).

Tip: The grey beige colour is also a great contour shade for light to medium skin tone.  It was used as the contour in this look (along the side of the nose and under the cheek bones).

Rest of the face:  Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation, It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer, Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Loose Finish Powder, L'Oréal Paris Super Liner Brow Artist, Benefit Gimme Brow, NARS Eye Paint in Snake Eyes, Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette (Dim Light & Incandescent Light), and Tarte Power Pigment in Exposed


Back to the metallic shades, I swatched a couple other than this one as well, and they're the most creamy out of all finishes, but the other ones are buttery as well.  They are very easy to apply and blend.  I do think pigmentation varies among finishes, with Metallic being the most pigmented, then Satin, Diamond, Matte, and then Iridescent.  But even if I rank them that way, I still think that they all give pretty good, if not superb, colour payoff.

But seriously, if you were to try one colour, no matter what colour you pick, it has got to be a Metallic finish, because it is just so good.  Also, fun fact, this finish is new to the MAKE UP FOR EVER eyeshadows!  For those of you who might get more than one, note that if you get a single it's $24, a duo will be $39 and a trio is going to cost $50 (Canadian prices), so if you're getting 2, you might as well just get 3!  Also, their cases are actually very affordable, only a loonie!  These get a Big Fat A+.  The only thing I would wish is that they come in a smaller size and a lower price point, but they're too good to not get an A+.

Until next time,


x Rica


*Disclosure: Products mentioned in this post were provided to The Office Chic for review consideration.  As always, all the opinions expressed here are my own and are in no way influenced by any advertiser, affiliate, public relations firm or brands.

68 comments

  1. wow! ME302 Peacock absolutely gorgeous!!!!! <333

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  2. Wow that pigmentation is intense! Usually the extremely sparkly standout shades such as Peacock lack pigmentation, but clearly the colour payoff in this palette is amazinggg :)

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  3. This is a great trio! The shades work so perfectly! I haven't tried any MUFE eyeshadows but now want to!

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  4. I need this in my life!

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  5. Oh my goodness, that duochrome green is stunning! I'm so tempted by these. Love the look you created with them :)

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  6. For the first time,I think I'm gonna treat myself with some hi-end makeup :) I'm in love with new holiday Benefit blush palette,I need that in my life :D

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  7. I suppose that shimmery peacock looks very familiar to loaded from UD Feminine palette. Nevertheless, your look looks very pretty.)

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  8. serenity, is it possible? :)
    thanks for chance!



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    cogitoergosum8587@yahoo.it



    Please contact
    me via email if I win! Thanks so much!

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  9. I am so into the Benefit and Tarte Holiday Sets! I also want this hourglass palette so bad! Thanks for the chance!


    xo,Juvy
    www.plumpcheeks.com

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  10. These look amazing! Great blog, I have followed you with Bloglovin and if you ever get a chance to check out my blog I would be delighted, thanks!

    Camille xo

    www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. That duochrome shade is on point - love it so much! Glad I bumped into you during the event - hope all is well!

    Stephanie | theFantasia.com

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  12. A motorcycle jacket and a pair of boots! :)

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  13. that green looks amazing!

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  14. That green looks amazing all blended out. Definitely need to copy this look

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  15. This and the Sephora lip gift set.

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  16. A pair of winter boots is on my list.

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  17. Girlactik matte lip paints and Lime Crime :D

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  18. great review, you look so pretty

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  19. That green colour is absolutely on point!!

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  20. a warm jacket and a pair of gym leggings

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  21. BB Creams and sweater are on my holiday shopping list.

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  22. Michael Kors bag :)

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  23. Good question! I haven't really had the time to think it about it but anything from Sephora floats my boat! The ipad air 2 would be amazing though

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  24. this blush palette, brush set and Doc Martens boots! <3 <3 <3

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  25. Love these shadows ~ they look lovely on you!

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  26. The New Naked Basic 2 palette from Urban Decay :)

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  27. Naked 2 palette

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  28. Great review. Love the nude shades x

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  29. The Lorac Mega Pro 2 palette!

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  30. Some Mac makeup!

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  31. A new eyeshadow palette :)

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  32. Some blush and eyeshadow palette

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  33. Some of the new Nars lipsticks :)

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  34. A new foundation and Mac lipsticks

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  35. Ayesha Abdur RahmanOctober 29, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    I was wanting this pallete right from the time I saw it but unfortunate it is not available here in my country :( I would lovvvv to win this it would be a dream com true for me.thank u for this opportunity.

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  36. Ayesha Abdur RahmanOctober 29, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    My holiday shopping list: on the lookout for a good cleanser, toner and estee lauder double wear foundation!

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  37. A sweater for my hubby is on my list

    ps Elena Rudaya in the rafflecopter

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  38. What a beautiful eyeshadow palette! And you created gorgeous makeup with that duochrome shade!

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  39. On my holiday shopping list there is a pair of warm boots :)

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  40. A nice coat to keep me warm :)

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  41. a nice sweater

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  42. I really want an oversized Aztec print cardigan.

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  43. A warm sweater

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  44. clothes, makeup and lots of fooooods :D

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  45. Food, lots of it! Lol :)

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  46. For some reason I'm really drawn to checked shirts, and those are on my shopping list for now :)

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  47. New boots, cardigans and makeup :)

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  48. All of Naked *_*

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  49. It's similar to MAC Club as well. But the MUFE version is the best!

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  50. Yes! It was nice seeing you too! that duo-chrome shade is my absolute fave!

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  51. If you are short on time, you can create a look just using that one duo-chrome green :D

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  52. Oooh, loving this palette! The colors are giving me this chic mermaid vibe and I really love this eye look. You look stunning!

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  53. Eyeshadow palettes! New lipsticks! A girl can't have too much of them.

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  54. Wow, it looks great this palette <3

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  55. I'm reading comments and everyone is impressed by green color. I must agree with that, but look at the middle brown color (satin traupe). This color is OMG and it's perfect for smokey eye in every color combination. I'm so in love with all brown eyeshadows and this one is just perfect. Also I like your look, it looks so pretty on you :))

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  56. Lorac Pro palette <3

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  57. Some Maybelline makeup.

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  58. Wow the combination of those shadows looks gorgeous on you! I chose all matte colours and they are super pigmented to the point where I feel like I can't make any mistakes! They are awesome though I definitely need to try a metallic finish!

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  59. I agree with you, the taupe colour is great for any look lol. Thanks, I'm really happy how the look came out :)

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  60. Thanks Michelle! I love matte colours too but I wanted to try out the as many finishes as possible. And the Metallic finish is completely new to MUFE, so I was intrigued. You definitely need to check them out

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  61. wow,its looks so beautiful on your eyes

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  62. love the colors on the palette

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  63. That peacock shade is stunning!

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