Two more days until I head to Windsor for Christmas…
As soon as I saw the Make Up For Ever Lustrous Blush Palette*, I knew I needed to have it in my life. Ok I know, it’s a bit on the pricey side ($178 CAD), but it is worth ALMOST DOUBLE that. This palette comes with 12 FULL SIZE Artist Face Colors.
Make Up For Ever’s Artist Face Colors come in two finishes, matte and shimmer, with three different purposes: blush, contour and highlight. Each pan is smooth, buttery and soft with just the right amount of pigmentation and literally no kick-up. Never forget, MUFE is an artist-first brand, evident by the quality and thought behind their releases.
The palette is made from tin with a rubber/foam insert to hold the pans inside. I checked, and if you want to de-pot, there is a small amount of glue under each pan.
I am considering loosening some of these so I can transfer to smaller palettes for travel, kind of like what you see above.
So here’s how we’ll do this… I’ll go through the swatches and then if you’re still with me, you can scroll through the bazillion photos of my face wearing these shades. I’ve been testing this palette for almost two weeks!
Top row: Highlighters
H102 – pink alabaster highlight (shimmer)
H104 – eggshell highlight (matte)
H106 – champagne highlight (shimmer)
H108 – banana highlight (matte)
Middle row: Blush
B200 – opal pink highlight (shimmer)
B302 – peach blush (shimmer)
B208 – english pink blush (matte)
B316 – red coral blush (matte)
Bottom row: Contour
S112 – shadow sculpt (matte)
S116 – medium shadow sculpt (matte)
S118 – dark shadow sculpt (matte)
S502 – violet brown sculpt (matte)
B208 (pink blush) + H102 (light pink highlight). I started with a very subtle and simple look, just a hint of blush and shimmer.
S502 (violet brown blush/contour) + B200 (opal highlight). My next look I went all in! I’ve been eyeing the violet brown sculpt for a couple months now. It reminds me a lot of Clinique’s infamous Cola Pop blush and I’m happy to report the shade is very similar! Don’t be scared of this shade, when applied with a light hand it is stunning.
I topped my cheekbones with the opal highlight which gives off such a beautiful lilac sheen.
(Eye look is the Make Up For Ever Lustrous Shadow palette, reviewed here.)
H106 (champagne highlight) + B302 (peach blush). Another simple, natural look topped with a punch in the cheekbone of shimmer.
The champagne shimmer really lifted my cheekbones up and didn’t accentuate pores or fine lines.
B316 (red coral blush) + B200 (opal highlight) + S112 (shadow sculpt) + S118 (dark shadow sculpt). For this look, I wanted to try as many products as possible. The red coral blush creates a beautiful red flush on my cheeks. It was another shade I was scared of but looks great! And again, that opal highlight is gorgeous.
I used a touch of the deep shadow sculpt on the hollows of my cheeks and on my jawline, then blended it out with the light shadow sculpt. Look at that jawline!!!
B302 (peach blush). Because this blush has a bit of shimmer to it, I wanted to see how it looked on its own. It adds colour, warmth and shimmer.
All the shimmer you’re seeing here is from the blush!
(Another eye look from the Make Up For Ever Lustrous Shadow palette, reviewed here.)
Ok almost done. The look above is ALL using the blush palette, eyes and cheeks and contour and highlight. I have the H102 (light pink highlight) on my cheekbones, a mix of the red coral and english pink on my cheeks, as well as the light and medium sculpt shades in the hollows of my cheekbones and to contour the bridge of my nose.
For my eyes, I used a mix of the peach blush and the violet brown sculpt. These shades are simply perfect. I love mixing and layering the sculpt and blush shades to create a perfectly blended look. And that light pearl highlight is divine.
So what do you think? Are you tempted to spend $178 (CAD) on this palette? I honestly was prepared for it, had it in my cart and everything… luckily I was able to track one down from MUFE’s PR team (thank you, thank you, thank you).
And with the money on saved on that purchase, I bought the Make Up For Ever Lustrous Shadow Palette (review here). Another must-have of the season!
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