Inspired by the makeup in the movie, Fifty Shades of Grey, Make Up For Ever has introduced four limited edition sets that embody the makeup used by Ana in the movie. As a fan of the Artist Shadows, I was most excited about the Desire Me Cheek Set, which includes a blush trio and a mini 150 blush brush, housed in a velvet drawstring bag. The blush shades are I-526, I-808, and S-748, which is an iridescent pearl beige, an iridescent pink, and a satin orange-coral.
You can read my original reviews on the Artist Shadows here, and these shades are consistent with the other ones I’ve tried in that they are extremely smooth, almost creamy, and not powdery at all. The pearl beige and pink shades were somewhat sheer, as they required two swipes to get to the intensity you see in my swatch photo below, but the orange shade was extremely pigmented and super intense with just one swipe. The orange is extremely orange though, so in my swatch below, I also blended the orange and pink together to get a beautiful shimmery coral shade that would look gorgeous on any skintone and is probably a more realistic way to wear this. All of these shades can double as eyeshadow as well, so you’re basically getting great value from this set.
The mini brush in 150 is a slanted blush brush that’s travel-friendly. It’s not really anything to write to home about, as the quality is inferior compared to the normal sized Artisan Brushes. The brush just feels a lot lighter and not as well made compared to the normal sized ones. It is a nice size to take on trips though, as it takes up less room. The drawstring bag is also a cute addition, as it would be great for storing little trinkets.
Overall, I highly recommend this set if you are looking for a blush/highlight palette. The packaging itself is super sleek and would be great to take on-the-go or included in any travel makeup case. All of the shades are full sized, valued at C$24 each x 3 = total value of just the blushes are C$72, and it is priced at C$56 with a bonus brush and drawstring bag. You can purchase the Make Up For Ever Desire Me Cheek Set at Sephora stores or online now, and at the Make Up For Ever website.
From left to right: I-526, I-808, and S-748