Make Up Forever Artist Palettes: Nudes and Artistic

Make Up Forever recently released two new palettes, exclusively to Sephora featuring their reformulated eye shadows. There is a neutral palette (the “Nudes You Need”) and a more colorful palette (the Artistic “Colors You Crave”). Each palette contains nine for $42 (0.06oz each). This is an amazing deal. Despite the fact the shadows are smaller than their full-sized singles; 0.06oz is larger than your typical Mac and Urban Decay shadows. Make Up Forever’s full-sized single shadows are 0.07oz and retails for $21. With these palettes, you’re getting nine, fantastically pigmented shadows for under $5 each. Thank you.

MUFE Artist palette cover #1

The Nudes You Need

The Nudes You Need

MUFE Artist Palette #2

The Colors You Crave

The Colors You Crave

Make Up Forever arranged the palettes as a trio for certain eye looks. Each column represents a suggested look. The only gripe I have with these palettes is there aren’t any matte shades; at least give me a less frosty finish for the paler shades. There is also a shade that appears in both palettes, which is ME-512 (Golden Beige).

The palette itself is a hard card board with a decent magnetic closure and contains a large mirror. The Artistic palette is Limited Edition.

Neither palette contains shades that aren’t easily duped, but the quality, amount for the price can’t be beat. It’s definitely worth checking out for that reason alone.

 

The Nudes You Need

The Nudes You Need

1 – I-582, Pearl; 2 – S-556, Taupe Gray; 3 – S-102, Onyx; 4 – I-514, Pink Ivory; 5 – D-562, Taupe Platinum; 6 – I-544, Pink Granite; 7 – ME-512, Golden Beige; 8 – ME-644, Iced Brown; 9 – D-652, Celestial Earth.

The Colors You Crave

The Colors You Crave

1 – I-872, Pearly Pink; 2 – ME-910, Electric Magenta; 3 – S-924, Purple; 4 – D-552 Crystalline Gray Beige; 5 – ME-232, Turquoise Blue; 6 – ME-302, Peacock; 7 – ME-512, Golden Beige; 8 – ME-700, Amber; 9 – ME-930, Black Purple.

New Fyrinnae Shadows

It’s been how long since my last post!? I didn’t mean for this much time to pass. I’ve been enjoying watching my little one grow and learn and busy with diaper changes, feedings, begging my little one to nap and slowly watching my home get taken over by brightly colored items that entertains my child for all of 28 seconds. All kinds of love is running through my home including my love of makeup. So, let’s get going.

I stalk Fyrinnae’s site regularly so I’m surprised I missed some shades released this year (more is coming later this month). I’m enjoying Fyrinnae’s reformulation. It made the texture of their loose shadows feel spongy. I have notice less fall out and the shadow seems to adhere to the brush better. It’s also less messy when opening the jar, which is very helpful if you’re rushing like a mad woman in the morning. I’ve never experienced fading with Fyrinnae’s shadows, but I always where a basic primer. A full-sized, 3g jar retails for $6.75.Fyrinnae Feb 2015

  1. Zanzibar – This shade is all over the place in terms of color. It is described as a deep turquoise with green and gold highlight. To my eyes, while in the pot, it is a stunning medium blue-green with gold shimmer. Fyrinnae’s swatch on their website is an accurate picture of the shade while in the pot, but that is not what shows up when swatched. When applied, it is a medium, vibrant green and at some angles, the blue is more apparent. There is nothing wrong with the shade when applied; it’s just not the shade I wanted. It doesn’t matter if the shadow is applied on a sticky base or regular primer; the deep color in the pot is nowhere to be found…boo.
  2. Dragon Forest – Is a medium warm green with light green and gold shimmer. This was a free sample of what I assume is a shade yet to be released. I don’t see it for sale on their website yet.
  3. Beyond Binary – Is described as a cool apricot with subtle aqua shimmer. I don’t see the aqua shimmer and the apricot base disappears on my brown skin. For my coloring, this makes a nice inner corner highlight.
  4. Caramel Layer Cake – Is described as a satin peachy tan with light pink sparkle. This shade looks much darker in the pot. On my skin color, only the frosty highlight is apparent. It works as nice lid shade when applied lightly.
  5. Ailurophile – Is a soft purple and gold shimmer. This shade looks best when applied on regular primer. It is more subtle, pretty and not as frosted.
  6. Debonair – Is a cool-toned lilac with copper shimmer. The copper shimmer is very faint, so it isn’t as shimmery as the other shades in this post.
  7. Serene Highness – Is described as a medium-cool violet with varying green shimmer. You can see the deep purple as the base shade while in the pot, but it isn’t as apparent when swatched. The shadow appears blue when applied. It’s still pretty, but isn’t aligned with Fyrinnae’s description.
  8. Conjured Tempest – Fyrinnae describes this shade as a deep murky green with pink and purple highlight. To me, “murky green” isn’t the best description; it’s more of a gray shade. Yes, at a sharp angle, while in the pot, you could squint and see green. There is definitely no green when applied. When swatched, it’s a muted grayish purple base with pink and light purple low-level shimmer.
  9. Mystic Forest – Is a deep blue teal. The level of shimmer is heavily influenced by the type of base used. While in the pot or used over a typical primer, the shimmer level is low. It is much more intense when used over a sticky base.
  10. Istanbul – Is described as a denim blue with deep blue and gold shimmer. To me, this is a frosty, silver-based medium blue.
  11. Knickers In A Twist – This color has been out for a while. It is described as a dark taupe brown with pink and gold shimmer. It is a cool toned taupe brown, but the gold shimmer warms this shade up enough to make it wearable for warm-toned beauties.

GoodBuy 2014

It’s that time again makeup lovers. This is my annual post that quickly shares products I discovered during the year, but didn’t blog about. I don’t blog about everything I get for various reasons. Some items are limited edition, and by the time I get around to blogging it may be sold out. My 2014 started out with a bang as I became pregnant with my first (and only) child after years of trying. This explains my absence from posting a lot this year and possibly going forward. (It took me a week to prepare this post alone.) Thankfully, I gave birth to a healthy, adorable boy a few months ago.

Okay, back to makeup. Enjoy and Happy New Year!!

Paula Dorf Brushes

L to R: Eye Blender Brush Sheer Crease Brush Eye Contour Brush Smokie Lid Brush

L to R:
Eye Blender Brush
Sheer Crease Brush
Eye Contour Brush
Smokie Lid Brush

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I have to thank a great makeup artist and YouTuber Lisa Eldridge for turning me on to these brushes. They are priced similar to Mac, but better quality and hand crafted versus machine cut. The softness is similar to that of Hakuhodo. They are soft enough to feel good on your skin when applying, but stiff enough for good control. The wood handle is short and travel friendly with the name of the brushes etched in. What really set these brushes apart for me are the shapes (with the exception of the crease brush) that you rarely see.

The Smokie Lid Brush ($28) is my favorite. It looks like it would stab you, but it is really soft and holds it shape well after cleaning. (I formed this brush into a point after washing so the look of it may be different elsewhere.) It’s great for use under the lower lash line or used for detailed crease work. The Eye Contour Brush ($28) looks like a crease brush that has been chopped at an angle. It’s good for crease work and deepening shades in the outer corner. The Eye Blender Brush ($30) is a very large eye brush that can be used for blending all the shades on your eye. I personally like it for cheek highlight and detailed contouring. The Sheer Crease Brush ($30) is your basic blending or crease brush and I like using it for both. You can find Paula Dorf brushes on her website. The one downside is it takes an incredibly long time for her to restock the sold out items. I stalked her site for months looking for the Eye Blender brush to be available.

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer

L to R:   #515 Pink Ruby #530 Rose Quartz #535 Strawberry Topaz #550 Citrine

L to R:
#515 Pink Ruby
#530 Rose Quartz
#535 Strawberry Topaz
#550 Citrine

Revlon HD gloss swatch

Drug store makeup is always a risk for me because I like to swatch and try products first. For the past few years, the quality of drug store has improved a great deal so I’m more confident when I shop. These HD glosses (excuse me, lacquers) are really nice. The pigmentation varies, but you get a decent color payoff for the sheer shades. What I appreciated the most was the base oil isn’t a mineral oil, like their older glosses. The formula isn’t too sticky, but it is thick. I find it comfortable to wear. The applicator is a stumpy brush similar to Nars, which some may find irritating. The price may vary, but I paid $9. Pink Ruby is by far my favorite, while Rose Quartz is more of “my lips but better” shade as my lips are quite pigmented. Continue reading

Fyrinnae: Exquisites Collection

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Fyrinnae has added new products to its lineup. According to their website, “the Exquisites are a new variation of their popular Arcane Magic eye shadows. These new shadows have stronger color shifts without depending on an opaque base hue, making them stunning alone or over many other colors.” I would agree with most of that statement. The shades definitely have a stronger shift, but two are sheer and would perform better on an opaque base. These shades are also pricier than the typical Arcane shades, but still affordable at $8 for 2.3g of product.  The typical Fyrinnae shadow is 3g, but the Exquisites shadow weigh less according to Fyrinnae.  These shadows come in the same pot as the others and are just as packed with product.

On Wings of Silk

On Wings of Silk

On Wings of Silk

This shade is described as a transparent pale bronze with pink sparkles, shifting to a greenish gold with hues of peach and lime. To me, on my NC45 skin tone, this is a pinkish bronze that shifts to light gold. It is a nice shade with a sticky base or regular primer.

Elegant Revelry

Elegant Revelry

Elegant Revelry

This shade is described as green and turquoise sparkle on transparent light reddish brown base and shifts to light blue and ruddy pink when close to the light. This is one of those sheer shades that look best on a sticky base. When swatched on a regular primer, it reminds me of a Mac’s Reflects shade with a colored base. The colored base of this shade does not come across at all when swatched, just the intense sparkle. The sparkle comes across more green. The colored based, while in the pot, gets stronger and looks more plum when held closer to the light.

Princess for a Day

Princess for a Day

Princess for a Day

This shade is described as a turquoise-blue sparkle that turns to a vivid pink on a sheer burgundy base. This is another sheer shade where the base doesn’t come across too strong on my skin tone, but the color shift of the sparkle is amazingly strong. Like Elegant Revelry, it looks best on a sticky base or on top of a colored base.

Dreamwoven Luxuries

Dreamwoven Luxuries

Dreamwoven Luxuries

This shade is described as a complex blend of red and blue hues that shifts to shades of green and gold. This color swatches and applies much better and more complex than it appears in the pot. To me, this is a brown gray taupe base with pale pink and blue-green shimmer. It shifts to an olive green base with pale gold shimmer. This shade is the sleeper hit of the collection and applies beautifully on typical primer. Depending on the shape and angle of your eye, and how the light hits it, you will see all the colors at play. It’s a “one shade wonder”.

Breathtaking

Breathtaking

Breathtaking

This shade is described as a vibrant pink shimmer on sheer beige, while away from direct light. Closer to light or at certain angles, it shifts to a bright golden peach shade. To me, it’s a cool pink shimmer on a light brown base. The shimmer shifts to a coral when closer to the light. The shift isn’t as strong when applied to the eye on a regular primer.

Fyrinnae Exquisites swatchThe swatches are all on Fyrinnae’s Pixy Epoxy.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Eye Shade Palette

I think the masses agree that Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Envy lipsticks are fabulous. If you don’t think that, go try them again because they are great. Having said that, the newly released Pure Color Envy eye shadow palette should be equally great too, right? Wrong. Save your money. Definitely don’t make my mistake and buy them sight unseen.

The Good

For those that hated the packaging of the current Pure Color palettes (also similar to their blush), you’ll appreciate the new look. The older packaging is very hard to open, which is hugely annoying during a morning rush. The new packaging is similar to the Pure Color Envy lipsticks, dark and sleek with a magnetic closure.  The new palettes are a bit taller, noticeably lighter in weight and will pick up your fingerprint from across the room (technically not a good thing, but moving on).

I didn’t experience any fading throughout the day, but I use a primer. The better shades blend easily, even the matte ones.

The Bad

The pigmentation was inconsistent and I struggled to get a decent swatch with some shades. That is sad to say considering their Pure Color palettes are very nice. Perhaps my expectations were too high. For $50, I prefer to be thoroughly impressed and I’m not.

The label for the Pure Color palettes included the colors of the shades as well as the name of the palette. I found this very convenient because you don’t have to open the palette to get the one you want. The label for the Pure Color Envy palettes do not include this, which is a shame. Why ruin a good thing?

The “What the heck”

You get less product for the same $50 retail price as the current Pure Color palettes. The Pure Color palettes offer 7.6g, which the new Pure Color Envy only offers 7g.  This wouldn’t nearly irritate me as much as it does if the Pure Color Envy palettes performed better.

 

Fiery Saffron

Fiery Saffron

Fiery Saffron is a more complete palette with a good mix of pearl, satin and matte finishes. The matte shades are fantastic. They have a creamy feel, very pigmented and blend out nicely. I had a hard time getting pigmentation out of the lighter shades. I had to pack on the color to get decent payoff when applying and swatching. The worst performer was the shade in the long pan on the left.

Fiery Saffron

Fiery Saffron

 

Fierce Safari

Fierce Safari

Fierce Safari needs a matte shade. The darker two shades performed the best. The shade in the long pan wasn’t bad either in terms of pigmentation, but I had to put a good amount of product on the brush. I couldn’t tell the difference between the first (far left) and third shade (upper right) once applied or swatched. The worst performers is the white shade and the shade in the upper right.

Fierce Safari

Fierce Safari

There are a total of ten new palettes. I strongly suggest you go try them out first. Hopefully, you’ll find one you like.