February 13, 2018

Make Up For Ever Artist Color Shadows + Step 1 Skin Equalizer Eye & Lip Primer

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Back in 2014, I shared a review of the Artist Shadows that Make Up For Ever had just come out with after previewing them at an event. Fast forward four years later, Make Up For Ever has replaced these with the Artist Color Shadows* (C$22 / US$17 each, 2.5g or 0.08 oz), a new line which includes 121 shades, similarly named according to five different finishes: Diamond (D), Matte (M), Metallic (ME), Satin (S) and Iridescent (I). You can purchase these pan refills individually to create you own palette. The main visual difference is that the new pans are rectangular as opposed to circular to go with their Artist Color Refillable Makeup Palette magnetic system, which also works with their highlight, sculpt and blush powders. I was personally a fan of the previous formula, so I was curious to see how the new-and-improved version would compare.

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I received nine of the Make Up For Ever Artist Color Shadows as well as their new Step 1 Skin Equalizer Eye & Lip Primer* (C$29 / US$23, 10 mL or 0.33 oz). I previously tried their Step 1 Skin Equalizer Radiant Primer and had never come across a hybrid eye and lip primer - intriguing to say the least! The Artist Color Shadows are said to have up to 12 hour wear and be easily blendable. After playing with these over the last few weeks, I can advocate for their great pigmentation and workability. Despite being powders, they glide on smoothly, and have practically no powder kickback when picking up with a brush. As you can see in my latest Get Ready With Me, I used five shades to create a copper rose eye look and had no issues with product or shimmer fallout.

Make Up For Ever Artist Color Shadows featured:

  • M-500 - Ivory (matte cream)
  • M-650 - Cookie (matte light brown)
  • I-528 - Pearl (iridescent frosty light champagne)
  • I-648 - Golden Fawn (iridescent champagne gold)
  • S-814 - Light Rosewood (satin dusty rose)
  • ME-728 - Copper Red (metallic deep copper)
  • ME-612 - Silver Brown (metallic light mauve taupe)
  • M-608 - Red Brown (matte deep brown)
  • D-826 - Fig (diamond burgundy purple)

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Left to Right | Make Up For Ever Artist Color Shadows in M-500, M-650 and I-528 - swatches below
make up for ever artist color shadow M500 M650 I528 swatches

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Left to Right | Make Up For Ever Artist Color Shadows in I-648, S-814 and ME-728 - swatches below
make up for ever artist color shadow I648 S814 ME728 swatches

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Left to Right | Make Up For Ever Color Shadow in ME-612, M-608 and D-826 - swatches below
make up for ever artist color shadow ME612 M608 D826 swatches

Get a discount when you purchase two or more Artist Color Shadows with a magnetic palette at Sephora:

  • 2 Shadows Palette C$37 / US$29 (C$46 value / US$36 value)
  • 3 Shadows Palette C$50 / US$39 (C$68 value / US$53 value)
  • 4 Shadows Palette C$63 / US$49 (C$90 value / US$70 value)
  • 6 Shadows Palette C$77 / US$59 (C$134 value / US$104 value)

make up for ever step 1 skin equalizer eye lip primer

While these shadows are already quite pigmented to begin with, applying the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Eye & Lip Primer underneath makes them pop even more! The formula comes out as a cream shade out of the tube but goes on clear once spread on the lids and helps smooth out uneven texture, such as from fine lines and imperfections. Think of it as a blank canvas for your eyes that will make colours appear ultra vibrant. On the lips, it feels like a light, non-sticky and slightly oily lip balm and helps prolong wear time, smoothes out lip lines and boosts pigmentation for products applied on top. It is best applied with fingertips, concentrating a small amount at the center of the lips/lids and then working your way out. Below you can see the before (no primer) and after (with primer) of swatches of the Artist Color Shadow in S-814.

make up for ever step 1 skin equalizer eye lip primer before after artist color shadow S814 swatches
Left: Make Up For Ever Artist Color Shadow in S-814 no primer | Right: with primer
I personally find the new Make Up For Ever Artist Color Shadows to be just as good as the original Artist Shadows, so if you have never tried them, you won't be disappointed by these. See them in action here!

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33 comments

  1. I LOVE make up forever! They have a great pencil eyeshadow that I wear almost every day! So easy to apply and it stays on! Thanks for these new suggestions!

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  2. I have never heard of this product but love the colors and it certainly seems affordable. Thanks for the images of samples on skin. You can really tell the true color this way.

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  3. Ohhh! Those look like very pretty colors - alas, I am so bad with make up I would probably put them on ALL WRONG!

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  4. I never knew that there was eye primer. I need to buy this product

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  5. I love makeup forever! It’s a great brand. All of these natural shades are great.

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  6. I like the idea of creating my own palette, with the colors that I really love. In any palette there are colors that we are not very keen on so I think this is an amazing solution. I love the Fig color, it's my favorite!

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  7. I do like these colors! I have never tried this brand before. I don't wear a lot of makeup, but I might pick this up.

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  8. Refills are such a genius idea because I am forever running out of just one colour. I also love that they offer a discount for multiple purchases - what a great incentive to spoil yourself.

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  9. I have to admit I've never used Makeup Forever but what some gorgeous shades you have there, they are all ones I would pick up for myself so I may have to treat myself.

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  10. Nude colors will be match with any clothes you wear and any event to attend. I also like the refill pack, it is cheaper.

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  11. The third row of colour definitely grabbed my attention the most, I am living for how bright and pigmented the shades are from Makeup Forever. And the primer looks great for increasing the pigmentation of the eyeshadows too.

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  12. I love the shades that were sent to you. They're perfect for everyday use, which you can also use to make a night look with. I like the pigmentation as well.

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  13. I've never used any kind of primer on my face, but it sounds interesting. These are all beautiful colors.

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  14. I really like these neutral shades and definitely something I wear often! I think i need that base though, that looks like something that will help keep these beautiful shades on all day!

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  15. The eye shadows colors are great and I love a good eye primer. I have never heard of this brand before but I would love to try them.

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  16. The third row of color definitely grabbed my attention the most. All of these natural shades are great.

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  17. Love the natural earth tones. I have never used a primer, eye shadow and mascara

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  18. I love the bronze type shades - these warm sort of colours tend to suit me best. I'm always on the look out for a good primer too so thanks for the recommendation!

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  19. The eye shadows colors are beautiful! I have never heard of this product but it seems like a great product.

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  20. I must confess I didn't know about this product before. Also I am not actually a make up junkie but I like the shades fo this product. I think I can give this a try.

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  21. Those colours are so great! Exactly what I would wear, I'm going to rack these down immediately!

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  22. I think I love Make Up For Ever Color Shadow in ME-612, M-608 and D-826 the most! It is super cute and I would love to have this combination of shades in my makeup bag.

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  23. Oh wow these are some great neutral shades. Absolutely love that there is both transitional colors and a few shades that can make the day look into a night one. YAS!

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  24. I have never heard of this brand before. The makeup shades are amazing!!

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  25. I love cosmetics! But, I haven't tried MUFE products yet. I want to try their step 1_primer. I have been using a drugstore primer. And I wonder if this one works better than the other.

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  26. My girlfriend does a lot of things with makeup. i will have to ask her what she thinks about this. It does look like a good product though.

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  27. Make Up Forever is a brand that my daughter really adores. I think it's awesome that you can customize the shadows' colors according to your taste.

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  28. I really need to spend more time at Sephora! I absolutely love the fig colour, it's beautiful. I would love to be bold with my makeup choices!

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  29. wow the primer makes a difference. I don't wear eye shadow much, but these colors are actually very nice. I need to give these a try!

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  30. I am obsessed with this color palette! I really love that fig. It is just gorgeous!

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  31. I love neutral shades because I don't really like flashy makeup. I heard of this band, but these colors looks nice. Thanks for sharing!

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  32. OH how I love those shades. I really want this exact palette. B.E.A.utiful!

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  33. Pretty colours you've got there. I've never used this brand but me being me I'm always willing to try new things, as long as I remember to.

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