Monday, December 15, 2014

Review -- Make Up For Ever Artist Palette

When it comes to Make Up For Ever, my experience is mostly with their face products.

I've tried many of their foundations, concealers and powders over the years and love pretty much all of them -- the MUFE HD Foundation has pretty much achieved holy grail status for me, actually. But despite the fact that the brand's other products have a pretty stellar reputation, I haven't tried much else.

I have a couple of their old shadow singles, but that's it.

Still, when I heard a few months back that they were reformulating their eye shadows, I was intrigued. MUFE describes the new shadows as a gel-powder formula with a silky texture that makes them super easy to apply and blend and ultra-fine, atomized pigments for intense, super-saturated color.

Sounds pretty great, right?

So I had to give these a go, but because I wanted to get the most bang for my buck, I decided to try their Artist Palette, which features the new shadow formula.

MUFE Artist Palette
(I usually find that the shadows a brand puts in its palettes aren't quite up to the same quality as its single shadows, so I figured if I liked the shadows in the palette, I'd definitely like the individual shadows.)

The palette contains eight shadows: M-536, a matte tan; I-524, an iridescent pink-y beige; I-550, an iridescent taupe; D-652, a glittery warm brown; ME-728, a metallic copper; ME-230, a metallic dark turquoise; D-926, a glittery bright purple; and ME-930, a metallic dark plum.

MUFE Artist Palette with shade names

MUFE Artist Palette

The palette features slim plastic packaging so it's easy to store or toss in your bag if you want to take it with you. The lid features stripes that correspond to the colors in the palette, which I think is kind of cool.

The mirror inside isn't very big, but it's good enough to do your makeup in a pinch. The palette also includes two mini-brushes -- they're not enough for me to do an entire eye look, but I actually use the mini 226P flat shader brush for packing on color in precise spots such as the inner corner and the mini 214P pointed brush is perfect for smudging shadow beneath the lower lash line.

The colors in the palette are a beautiful combination of neutrals and rich jewel tones, so it's a great palette for fall and winter. It's one of those rare palettes where there's not a single shade that I won't use, though ME-728, ME-230, and D-926 are probably my favorites.

(I will point out that D-926 is slightly on the sheer side, but you can easily build up for more intense color so it's not an issue.)

MUFE Artist Palette (my apologies for awkward swatches!)
As far as the formula goes, MUFE pretty much knocked it out of the park. All of the shadows are soft and highly blendable -- even the matte shade -- and the pigmentation is lovely as well. And while I always wear primer under my shadows, I feel like these stay vibrant longer than most other shadows in my collection, which is definitely a good thing.

The palette retails for $42 and is exclusive to Sephora.

If you've been wanting to try the new MUFE shadows, this palette is a great way to do it.

I'm certainly impressed enough with the formula to want to pick up a bunch of the individual shadows now too.

What do you think of the Make Up For Ever Artist Palette? Have you tried the new MUFE shadows?

1 comment:

  1. I have a few of the MUFE palettes and love them! I haven't seen this one around though. I really love the combination of shades in this one. Very pretty!


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