Product Reviews

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow Collection: August 2015

August 16, 2015

Hi Everyone!

Today I’ll be reviewing a line of eyeshadows that I’ve been using and collecting for a while now, but have never discussed in depth. With almost 200 colours in this line I wanted to try out a few finishes and shades before I formed my opinions on them. I now own 10 shades so I feel like I’ve gotten a good idea of the quality and range of these shadows so that I can review them. I’m also going to swatch them so if you want to purchase some this can be a handy guide, although only a tiny fraction of the entire collection.


Like I said, this collection has almost 200 shades in it. That’s a massive range. They have tons of finishes including matte, iridescent, diamond and metallic. Basically this shade covers all the colours you’d ever need and beyond. Everything from super bright to basic neutrals. There is absolutely nothing bad to say about the shades they offer in this line. I have an excellent mix of finishes and colours which has given me a great opportunity to see the variety of these shadows.


The packaging system for these shadows is a little different. If you just purchase the individual shadow on it’s own, it’s doesn’t really come in any kind of secure packaging. It just comes in a little box with a flimsy plastic case that doesn’t snap shut or anything. If you want a secure case, you have to purchase that separately. They have tried to create incentive to purchase their packaging, as if you buy 2 or 3 with their case it reduces the price. Rather than $24 CAD each, 3 is $50. So if you buy a trio it’s almost like getting 1 free. If you purchase 2, then it’s $39 CAD rather than $49. My thing is that I’m way less likely to use a duo or trio than I am to pick up a bigger palette. Last year at IMATS I purchased a Z Palette where I now keep most of my artist shadows. It’s not a perfect system since only 2 fit in a row, leaving a gap at the bottom. I think a large Z Palette could comfortably hold around 12.

In all the packaging system is not my favourite.


I already touched on the pricing briefly above but I’ll just go a little more in depth. For the price these are large eyshadows. But I like to change up my eyeshadow often so I don’t really need an eyeshadow this large. I would have rather had a regular size shadow and a reduced price. Of course if you purchase 3, that brings them down to just under $17 which is a little more reasonable. I think the size would be handy for universal shades for makeup artists but for regular makeup users, the size is a little unnecessary. If they had made these smaller and around the $12-15 mark I think they would have better competed with say MAC. That way they would have been in a similar price range at much higher quality.


The formula of these is where they blow many other brands out of the water. Out of the 10 shades I own, there is not a single one that’s a dud. They are all buttery smooth and crazy pigmented. They blend seamlessly and just glide across the lid. The one thing I did notice about these that I haven’t noticed with some of my other shadows is that you can’t wet these. I didn’t try wetting these to intensify them because they don’t need that, but I did try to add mixing medium to make a colourful liner. This technique just didn’t work at all with this formula. Luckily they are highly pigmented on their own so it’s not a real loss but important to note anyway.

I’m going to divide the shades I own by finish, starting with the Iridescent finish since 4 of my 10 shades are this finish.


I-524 Pinky Beige


This is by far my most used shade. I reach for this often for simple everyday makeup. I can just sweep this across the lid with a little something in the crease and I’m good to go.


I-648 Golden Fawn


This shadow is a more recent add to my collection. It’s a very brassy, warm gold. I’m really picky with gold eyeshadows as I don’t find them flattering if they’re too yellow. I really like this gold and I can see myself wearing it a lot around the holidays this winter.


I-520 Pinky Sand


This colour looks similar to i-524 in the pan, but this is much more peach than pink in my opinion. This is a peachy champagne shade that I love as a lid shade or as a face highlight.


I-804 Golden Pink


This is one shade that attracted me immediately but I’ll admit I haven’t ever used it. This is advertised as a shadow and a blush so maybe I would get better use of it as a blush. I just don’t reach for these types of pinks on my eyes. I think I’m going to make a commitment to try and use this in an eye look soon.



ME612 Silver Brown


I think this shade is misnamed. I don’t get silver from this at all. It’s a very warm coppery brown. I love this all over the lid and really smoked out on the lower lash line. It brings out the green in my eyes and is smoky yet somehow still perfect for daytime.


ME302 Peacock


This is such a stunning shade. I don’t wear this as often as some since it’s pretty dark, but when I do wear this it’s the star of the show. This is my favourite colour to use in a smokey eye because it’s still dramatic, but something different than tradtiional grey and black which doesn’t really flatter my eye colour.



I only have one diamond finish, which is like metallic but with some glitter.

D-562 Taupe Platinum


This shade is perfectly named. It’s a taupe shade with lots of soft glitter. I definitely reach for warm toned shadows more than cool toned shades like this one, but if I do feel like wearing cool tones, this is the shade I reach for. This shade reminds me of brushed nickel.



M-928- Eggplant


If you’ve been following this blog for a while you would know that I used to be obsessed with purple. I only wore purple eye shadow for most of my teenage years. Now I don’t reach for purple nearly as often but when I do feel like revisiting this hue, this is by far my favourite purple.


M822 Plum


I think this shade is misnamed as well. I consider this to be a reddish brown shade. I use this super often as a crease colour, since it adds depth but brings out my eye colour.


M846 Morello Cherry


This shade is new to my collection but a hue that I’ve been searching for for a while. Red shades really flatter my eye colour, so I wanted one to use in the crease when I don’t feel like reaching for browns. I do like this shade, but it does look more raspberry when it’s blended out. I was hoping for it to stay more red and less pink but I think that’s pretty challenging to formulate. It’s still a beautiful shade regardless.


So there you have it! I love these shadows and will definitely continue to add to my collection. Have you tried these shadows? Let me know your thoughts and if there are any shades I should try!

Bye for now!


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  • Reply Emma August 16, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    I need ME612 in my life, yesterday

    • Reply Chelsey August 16, 2015 at 10:49 pm

      Umm yes you do! It’s so stunning

  • Reply Lena August 16, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Wow, these all look so nice. Great in depth review too!

  • Reply Shannon W August 16, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    LOVED this post, I’ve been wanting to try the artist shadows for a while. I had one that was I think an iridescent eggplant when was in high school and LOVED the formula but lost it. You’ve inspired me to start a collection! xxx

    • Reply Chelsey August 16, 2015 at 11:13 pm

      Oh good I’m so glad! These are excellent. The formula is so impressive!

  • Reply plus+beauty27 August 17, 2015 at 12:29 am

    Love all of your shade choices! I’ve never tried this brand before but they look awesome! 🙂 xo

    • Reply Chelsey August 17, 2015 at 9:31 am

      If you’re looking for something splurge worthy then make up for ever is an amazing brand!

      • Reply plus+beauty27 August 17, 2015 at 10:38 pm

        Yeah I’ve never tried any of their products. I will have to give them a try sometime. 🙂

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