It’s not too often that I get really excited about new eyeshadow launches. My old standbys are definitely the Naked and Naked 3 Palettes, but I can definitely see these new Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows sneaking their way into my everyday makeup routine.
And with over 200 different shades and a handful of finishes, there is truly something for everyone.
Each individual eyeshadow retails for $21 a pop. However, Sephora hooks you up with a deal if you
hoard buy more than one. If you buy two or more, plus a case, you receive a $9.00 discount. Or, if you buy three, plus a case, you receive a $20 discount. This makes a trio only $43.00 total. Whether or not you exhibit self-control and purchase only one, I do recommend buying the case for it. A single, duo, and trio case is $1 a piece, and I feel are completely necessary. The shadow itself comes in the packaging above, which is VERY flimsy plastic. One drop and you can definitely say sayonara to your shadow.
$44.00 may seem expensive when you compare it to larger palettes like the Naked (where you basically get 12 full-size shadows for fifty some-odd dollars). However, these shadows are enormous. I should have done a size comparison, but they must be the size of at least a half-dollar. You get a ton of product for the money.
Also, the quality. The glorious, glorious quality. These shadows are buttery-smooth, incredibly pigmented, long wearing, and absolutely stunning.
I decided on the trio (because I have a makeup problem). I picked out #D716 Crystalline Papaya, #D712 Crème Brulee, and #I838 Slate Pink.
Crystalline Papaya is a Diamond finish, which means it is chock-full of glitter, in addition to pigment. So, if sparkle ain’t yo thang, steer clear of these. However, this glitter stays pretty well on your eye and doesn’t seem to take a vacation to your cheeks throughout the day. Crystalline Papaya a sparkly golden champagne that I think works really well for either all over the lid or a highlight in the inner corners. Honestly it reminds me nothing of a papaya, so I don’t know why this is the name. But, I love sparkly eyeshadow, so this was a must for me. The glitter is kind of chunky, but this shade is stunning. The swatch I have later in the post doesn’t even do it justice. When it hits the sunlight, the sparkle is just insanely pretty. Even if you just get this for a night out, I think you would love it.
Crème Brulee is also a Diamond finish, so it is also super sparkly. This shade is a beautiful rose-gold/bronze color that would be absolutely amazing in the summer. I’m still going to wear it in the winter though, because who cares. 🙂 But anyways, the glitter in this one is less apparent than Crystalline Papaya. This is going to quickly become a go-to shade for me when I just want to throw something on and go out the door because it is very versatile. It looks great by itself, but it also looks beautiful with the next shadow I’m going to talk about in the crease.
Here we have Slate Pink, which comes up much more purple-y in the pan. Slate Pink is an iridescent, which means that it’s got some shine/reflect to it, but no chunky glitter. It’s just as smooth and pigmented as the other two shadows, though. Slate Pink is a purple-y pink that is much more neutral than it sounds. It goes great with Crème Brulee, especially if you have brown or blue eyes. I think it’s one of those colors that can make an otherwise daily eyeshadow look become really special. This would also be great on the lower lash line as a fun pop of color.
These swatches are one swipe through the pan, folks. The glitter does not come off as strongly in the picture as it does in person, so you have been warned!
They are gorgeous though, and I already feel the urge to buy another trio…
The life and times of a makeup junkie.
Thanks for reading, as per always. 🙂