Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows 1 – 9 Artist Shadow Palette Review


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Hello Lovely Ladies,

Surprise! Surprise! After numerous lipstick reviews, I have today, my first eye palette review. This one is the MUFE Artist Shadows 1 Palette –which is a set of neutral colors.
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows 9 Artist Shadow Palette

Product Description:
What it is:  A collectible, eye shadow palette with nine must-have Artist Shadow formulas in neutral tones.
Makeup guide

What it does:  This palette features the coveted, easy-to-use Artist Shadow formula for endless eye looks—ranging from beautifully natural to highly artistic. With its advanced gel-powder formula blended with ultra-fine pigments, each n*de shade leaves a smooth, even finish that leaves lids ultra-saturated with highly-blendable, lasting color.
Outer packaging

The shades are organized in trios, so you can effortlessly create chic, natural, and smoky looks. This palette includes an illustrated, step-by-step application techniques by Make Up For Ever’s founder and creative director, Dany Sanz, to help you sweep on a number of eye-catching looks.
Details at the back

This palette contains:  – 9 x 0.06 oz Eye Shadow in I-528 Pearl, S-556 Taupe Gray, S-102 Onyx, I-514 Pink Ivory, D-562 Taupe Platinum, I-544 Pink Granite, ME-512 Golden Beige, ME-644 Iced Brown, D-652 Celestial Earth
– Illustrated step-by-step application tips.
Packaging

Price:
$44

Packaging:  The product comes in a large square compact with a big mirror. There is no applicator. There is a transparent plastic sheath on the product to keep it safe and ensure that you don’t end up with powder all over the mirror. The compact comes packaged in a cardboard box. There is also a booklet enclosed which has different looks detailed to help you on create different looks.
Shadow palette MUFE

On its on – the packaging is fairly okay. However, when I compare it to the packaging of a comparable palette by a comparable brand – MAC Times Nine palette, I find MAC’s packaging much better, it’s compact, plastic, sturdy and no fuss.
Comparison with MAC eyeshadow palette

The packaging works well for travel too. I haven’t traveled with it; however, “it” has traveled half of India before reaching me.

My Experience with Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows 1 – 9 Artist Shadow Palette:

The palette houses 9 shades of eyeshadow:

Shades:  What’s unique about the MUFE Artist 1 palette is that all the shades are from their permanent line. So, if you really like a shade or two, you can always go and get just that shade for yourself.

As is usual with MUFE products, the shades don’t have name, but have numbers instead and the alphabets in the front identify the finish. So, “I” refers to Iridescent, “ME” for Metallic, “S” for Satin, “D” for Diamond. “M” stands for Matte and as you will notice, there are NO matte eyeshadows here.
Eyeshadow palette

I-528 – This shade is an iridescent pearl beige.  It’s a nice and creamy shade with a lovely pearl finish, could very well double up as a highlighter too.
I-514 – This shade is pink ivory in iridescent finish. Again, it’s of very creamy and smooth finish. On the lid, it’s difficult to identify this colour from the previous one. This one is a bit more metallic than the previous one.
ME-512 – This shade is a golden beige shade in metallic finish. As the name suggests, it has got hints of gold and has a strong metallic finish.

S-556 – This shade is a taupe grey shade in satin finish. It’s taupe with hints of purple and grey. Honestly, it looks quite matte rather than a satin finish.
D-562 – This shade is a taupe platinum shade in diamond. This is another taupe shade, but in diamond finish, meaning, it has finely milled shimmer particles which catch the light and add dimension to the look.

ME-644 – This shade is an iced brown color in a metallic finish. It’s a creamy bronze-y brown shade and looks lovely on the eye.

S-102 – This shade is onyx black in satin finish. This is a pure black shade and the finish of this again seems quite matte – instead of satin.
I-544 – This shade is pink granite in iridescent finish. It’s a pinky taupe shade – reminds me of Laura Mercier’s Amethyst.
D-652 – This shade is Celestial Earth in a diamond finish. It’s a warm bronze shade with golden shimmer particles.

Texture: All the shades have a very creamy and smooth texture, and blend quite easily. They have opaque colour payoff, but can be sheered out if required.
MUFE Artist 1 swatches

Staying Power:  On my oily lids, everything has a tendency to become a royal mush, so I live by eye primers. With the primer on, this one lasted the whole day on me, about 8.5-9 hours, post which I took it off. Even without a primer, the colours swatch beautifully and show up well on the skin.

Pigmentation: The pigmentation is excellent. You do not really need to dig into the pan to get the colour to show up on your skin. They swatch beautifully, apply well and stay put, and do not lose intensity with time.
MUFE palette swatches

As I mentioned earlier, all the shades are easily available as singles as well. The palette costs $44, while singles cost $21, though you do get a tad bit more product in singles. So, in terms of value for money, as per Sephora, the value of the palette is close to $136. So at $44, it’s an absolute steal!

Even though the palette does not technically have matte eyeshadows, the taupe and the black show up pretty matte on the skin and do the job well.
Eyeshadow swatches

However, I do feel that a matte transition colour would have really rounded up the palette especially if you see the top 2 colours which seem so similar.  It would have been nicer to have one of them as a matte transition color like MAC Soft Brown or Cork.

Also, as a whole, the palette pulls a little cool toned.

Pros of Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows 1 – 9 Artist Shadow Palette:

  • Decent, travel-proof packaging.
  • Lovely array of neutral shades.
  • Comes with a makeup guide.
  • Homogenous shimmer particles.
  • No fragrance.
  • Soft, velvety, creamy texture.
  • Finely milled, silky smooth powder.
  • No fallout.
  • Awesome pigmentation.
  • Blends like a dream.
  • Stays on for a long time.
  • The shades work well for office wear or day wear.
  • Does not irritate my eyes.

Cons of Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows 1 – 9 Artist Shadow Palette:

  • Most shades pull a tad cool toned.
  • A matte transition shade would have really helped the palette.

IMBB Rating:
4.5/5

Would I Repurchase/Recommend Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows 1 – 9 Artist Shadow Palette?
This palette had been on my radar since ages – pretty much ever since it came out. However, two things deterred me from buying it – one, because I wasn’t really into eyeshadows too much; two, because there were no matte shades. Like I said, two of the satin shades pull quite matte on the skin, so that was sorted. So, when I was finally ready to really experiment with eye makeup, I picked it up in a jiffy – actually, I made my sister pick it up for me!  I think it’s a lovely palette and would work well for people who love neutrals or for working women since it can help with office wearable makeup as well as allow you to transition from office-friendly to evening-out look.

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