This eye palette by Make Up For Ever is the fourth one we got after Make Up For Ever changed their eye palettes design. I do like this new layout that got to be more square and more professional, I guess. There are some interesting shades here, and most of them are not even about the season, they are the kind of shades that you can wear and enjoy on a lot of occasions. The kind of shades you’ll be going back to more than you might think you will at the moment. If it sounds like it’s a bunch of classics put together though, I have to tell you it’s not quite that. Don’t forget that it’s a bunch of shades put together by Make Up For Ever, and this brand has a distinct personality, which is reflected in their makeup products.
Make Up For Ever Artist – Shadows palettes include nine shades. As I’ve already mentioned, this palette is the fourth one since the change in the design, so it’s number is 4.
Sometimes there’s an eyeliner snuggled somewhere in there, not this time around though. It’s all eyeshadow. Then again, it doesn’t mean you couldn’t use it as an eyeliner, if you want 🙂
The design and the shape of the palette might be new, the signature lips and brush by Make Up For Ever is still here, of course.
The quality is very solid and professional. It means, it’s utilitarian and all about performance, because that’s what professionals are seeking first and foremost. It’s their job, so they need those products to work as efficiently as possible.
Finally, we’re getting to the shades here. Take a look. See what I mean, when I said it’s more of shades you always want thing than seasonal this shade is ever so hot right now thing?
As usual we have a pretty detailed manual here, so that not only we have the shades, we’ll also be able to learn how to use them as pros. Here are the two things I like about this manual. First, its design is the same as the palette design. Very nice.
Second, when I say it’s detailed, I’m not kidding. It even tells you what brushes to use. And then directs you to checkout the website for even more ideas and looks that can be created with the shades in the palette. 🙂
Speaking about the looks. There are usually three wrapped in these eye palettes by Make Up For Ever. Here we go: Vamp Look, Romantic Look, Seductive Look. All three sound good to me, I could do any of those depending on the mood I’m in.
Here’s our first look. Vamp.
That’s an awesome way to show dramatic eye makeup by framing it in black. Love it 🙂
There are the three shades, and they scream dramatic and scream smoky eye in my face. Let’s look into them and see if we can find something else there.
A matt smoky eye black. Smoky eye and drama classic. This shade in particular though is pretty loose in terms of pigment. That is, it’s very far from blacker than black. It’s more of a charcoal, really. Some people would say it is even. There are a lot of smoky eye shades that are deeper and darker than this one. This charcoal can be very sultry though, softer than black and sophisticated. Smoke is grey, really, not black, right? So, this version of smoky eyes is a very elegant option. And a good way to add layers to your dramatic eye makeup.
A matt medium grey. For grey it’s pretty dark. Once again, this shade has smoky eye look and dramatic eye look written all over it. Unless, of course, your eyes are grey, and you wear grey eyeshadow often. Or, maybe, your eyes aren’t grey, maybe, you just like grey eyeshadow? Why not? It’s a good one 🙂 This grey here is velvety and gorgeous. There’s something languid about it. It’s very well balanced, so that it’s on the darker side, but it doesn’t slide into too light or too dark, for that matter. Love it. And I rarely like grey eyeshadow 🙂
A very clear and very white matt shade. For once 🙂 Have you ever noticed that there’s almost never a clear white in makeup? There’s always something mixed into it, just a little. This shade is different, it’s not off white, it’s white. White and bright. The kind of white that can easily dilute any other shade and make it lighter without changing its colour proper. This shade might not be the most striking one, not the kind that jumps right out of the box at you, but it will come in handy more than you can imagine right now to mix and match and create transitions and do those smoke eyes, of course 🙂
These three shades comprise the first look. It’s a no brainer, really. It’s a dramatic dark eye look. A classic that all red carpets in the world have seen before and will see again, because it works 🙂 There might be smoky eye look here too, if you do more of a wash over kind of thing instead of well defined makeup. I like the fact that black here turned more delicate and got to be borderline grey to make your look extra chic and extra special. There’s something nice about this grey drama playing out here 🙂 that makes me smile and makes me wanna wear it. You’re ready to be a drama queen? Let’s go.
The second look. Romantic.
Huh, interesting, it doesn’t look traditionally romantic. I’m curious.
Here are our three shades. Oh, I like them.
Plum with a whole bunch of purple in it, so that it’s purple almost but not quite, just short of. This shade is matt too, which makes it interesting. We’ve seen all kind of shiny purples out there, lighter, darker, everything, but this matt purple here is very modern and very moody in a very good way. Very womanly. Subdued. And very becoming, whatever your eye colour is – brown, green, grey, blue… This shade being matt opens up a possibility of using it as an eyeliner, by the way. This plumish purple shade can accentuate your look big time. Try it, purple eyeliner can be very flattering.
A warm medium pink shade. Honestly and truly, the amount of cool pinks on the market in lip colour and nail colour and eye colour and blush 🙂 is getting to the point, where it’s too much almost 🙂 And that with me liking pinks in makeup, I wonder how people who don’t feel. Anyway, this warm pink shade by Make Up For Ever is a very nice distraction. It’s girly and elegant. Yes, this kind of pink can actually be elegant. I know that pink eyeshadow is not the most commonly worn eyeshadow out there, but there’s something inherently nice and flattering about this warm pink shade. Believe it or not, it’s not necessarily romantic. I mean, it can be. Or not 🙂
A cooler beige meets greige and then, obviously, creates this shade 🙂 And it’s ever so smooth and milk and coffeeish. Beautiful and understated. Elegant and relevant. Exquisite. Not too much of a classic. Not too dark. Not too bright. And the matt finish in it makes it languid. You know how I didn’t like greige shades in makeup up front, but once I got into them, I’ve come to really like greige. It’s one of those truly sophisticated shades that tends to work with your eye colour and complexion and make you look beautiful and very you. And this version of greige with a lilac mist hovering over and about it is a keeper 🙂
This look is designed to be romantic. I can see that 🙂 Actually, I can’t help but seeing two looks here. If you throw the purple into the rotation, this look can be romantic, coquettish and even hot, if you use enough purple. While if you drop that purple and go with the pink and greige only, you can get the most elegant and fresh look ever. Could be romantic too, but I’d angle it more towards modern elegance. That would be really something. Add a glowy lighter warm lipgloss, and you’ll be all ready to welcome a new day or night on the red carpet 🙂
And the last look. Seductive.
Seductive? Ok. I wonder how it’s different from Vampy.
These are our three shades. Interesting.
This peacock like blue with an aqua or deep green undertone in it is Make Up For Ever specialty. Almost any palette of theirs contains a version of this shade. This version of it in particular probably has the most blue in it than I’ve ever seen before, which might make it easier to pull for more people 🙂 I think this shade – and pretty much all the peacock blue shades – is nice but it’s not that easy to make it work for you, even if your eyes are blue or green. It’s one of those shades that can be amazing, but you need to put together your makeup carefully and even your whole look to frame this shade 🙂 Well, Make Up For Ever will help us with our makeup, so, let’s see what they’ve got in terms of two other shades.
A very light and very warm beige. An ever so light shade that’s very warm at the same time. Very interesting. Very rare. Excitingly rare, I’d say. I love shades that are not too common. Even if you’re far from falling victim to peacock blues, this delicate beige might be something you’ll enjoy in this batch of three shades. It’s tender and nice and pretty. One of those shades that light up your look once they touch your lids. Make you look well rested, and that’s a lot to ask from a shade. Do you like nudes? Then check this out. This shade can go beyond nudes though. It can provide a very chic well groomed without being made up look. Very nice. Very posh. Exquisite.
And the last one. If you know Make Up For Ever and their palettes, it would make total sense to you. If you don’t, hang in there, while I explain 🙂 It’s a very light matt yellow. Just a touch of yellow, really. That’s another Make Up For Ever specialty. They always pair up those peacock blues of theirs with the lightest yellows. It might appear artsy, but they definitely know what they are doing. This yellow is so light it won’t look really yellow on your lids. It’s there to help provide contrast and bring out the blue and green and aqua in that peacock. It’s a sort of colour clash thing where those two – yellow and peacock blue – clash and sparks fly all around the place, and you look fabulous 🙂
This seductive look is a signature Make Up For Ever look. What can I say? They’ve been doing it for a while, and there’s a reason for it. It works. It’s interesting, it’s fresh, it’s not overused. And there’s a big range there from artsy to elegant blue smoky eyes. There are a lot of ways to play it. You could do day makeup with it. You could do night makeup. You could do special occasion makeup, if you dare 🙂 Just remember that peacock blue in this equation can always be used as an eyeliner. Is that look really seductive? I don’t know. I could come up with more seductive looks. Then again, it’s a matter of taste.
That’s Make Up For Ever Artist – Shadows 4 palette. It’s not as hip and not as trendy as most of the things out there in the market now. It’s very true to Make Up For Ever brand DNA. I love that. It’s nice when brands remember what they are and what they are famous for. That’s why we love them, right? Also, this palette is full of modern elegance, of the shades that can be work at any time during the year, that are always chic and simply make you look good. They are the kind of shades you’ve got to have in your stash. Because seasonal trends wear off and change, while good solid makeup shades are always handy. How many times can you wear turquoise in summer? Or gold for holidays? Yep. How many times do you wear dramatic eye makeup, when you’re going out partying? Or romantic makeup, when you wear a flower pattern dress or something? Uh-huh. That’s why having these shades is a good idea. Told ya, they will come in handy more than you think 🙂
P.S. Me being me, of course, I want to go against the flow here a little bit 🙂 and be creative about the shade combinations. I mean, who said I should follow the looks guidelines? I can come up with a lot of great ways to mix and match those shades. I’m sure you can come up with some of your own.