Feature – Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Booster, Lip Booster, and Microfinishing Pressed Powder

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Booster, Lip Booster, and Microfinishing Pressed Powder review

Make Up For Ever recently expanded its Ultra HD range to include a few new products. I’ve previously reviewed the Ultra HD Foundation, the Ultra HD Stick Foundation, and the HD Powder. The new range is an extension of the Ultra HD line to include prep care and finishing products as well. The Ultra HD line was created because of the introduction of 4K videos where high definition goes to a whole new level. The new Ultra HD products include the Ultra HD Booster, the Ultra HD Lip Booster, and the Ultra HD Microfinishing Pressed Powder.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Booster review

The Ultra HD Booster (C$51 for 12mL) is my favourite product in the range. It’s a skin serum and primer all in one. It contains hyaluronic acid, and other ingredients which will boost your skin’s hydration level by a whopping 527%. The lightweight texture is incredible, absorbing quickly into the skin and really plumping it up. It leaves my skin feeling slightly tacky which makes my foundation adhere better. I can also apply this overtop my foundation if I am feeling a bit dry. I truly love this product for its versatility and how gentle it feels on my skin.

My only qualm is that the price is pretty insane. I go through hyaluronic acid serums like there’s no tomorrow, and this one only contains 12mL. Most serums are 30mL, so if you factor that into the price / value, this serum is pretty much $127 if you were to go through a similar volume as other serums on the market.

A pro tip is that you can also use this on top of your foundation to help boost hydration, and you can also mix this with your setting powder to help your foundation adhere better to areas like your nose where there may be problems with makeup sticking.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Lip Booster review

The Ultra HD Lip Booster (C$29) is another favourite discovery. It’s a plumping lip booster that harnesses the power of hyaluronic acid to plump up the lips, and not peppermint oil used in traditional lip volumizers. While I don’t notice that my lips are fuller, per se, they are significantly more hydrated and prepped for even the longest-wearing of lipsticks. It comes in a clear shade, which is what I have, and a universal pink that is a “my lips but better” shade. You can wear the universal pink on its own, and it’s the perfect everyday petal pink. The doe foot applicator on this one is also perfect, as it is very big and fluffy and deposits quite a bit of product.

A pro tip is that you can prep your lips using this before you start applying your makeup, leave it on until you’re ready to apply your lip product!

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Microfinishing Pressed Powder review

Lastly, the Ultra HD Microfinishing Pressed Powder (C$45) is an extension of the original HD Pressed Powder, but now available in three shades – 1 (Translucent) for fair to light skin, or those who wear a 200 in the Ultra HD foundation range; 2 (Banana) for medium skintones, or those who wear a 300 in the Ultra HD range; and 3 (Peach) for tan to dark shades, or those who wear a 400 in the Ultra HD foundation range.

While I normally wear a 200, I picked the shade Banana because I’ve never used banana powder before. Even though it was designed for medium skintones, it works quite well on my skin to brighten and even out my skintone. I also love that the texture is so finely milled and smooth that it smooths out all of my imperfections and blurs out my skin, creating a real-life filter effect. Keeping in mind though, that this is a finishing powder and not a setting powder, so you should use another setting powder to set your powder, and then finish with a light dusting of the Microfinishing Pressed Powder.

A pro tip that I learned from the Make Up For Ever trainer was to use a fluffy powder brush, roll it across the powder so that the outside is covered, and then slowly roll the brush across your skin to create a light veil of colour without disturbing the rest of the makeup.

Overall I’m really happy with the new Ultra HD products. My tops picks are definitely the Booster and the Lip Booster (you know I’m a skincare junkie). You can pick up these Make Up For Ever products at Sephora stores, online, and at Make Up For Ever boutiques!

Product received as event gifts from PR for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Swatches + review + look – Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Vol. 4 and Pro Light Fusion Highlighter in Rose Gold

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Vol. 4 review and swatches

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Vol. 4 (C$52) is new and features nine matte shades out of the Artist Shadow collection. The shades are #M-100 Black, #M-620 Grey Brown, #M-126 Chalk, #M-842 Wine, #M-802 Antique Pink, #M-546 Dark Purple Taupe, #M-240 Prussian Blue, #M-536 Milk Tea, and #M-530 Eggshell. This is the first and only all-matte palette by Make Up For Ever available for purchase by consumers, and it’s also the first of the Artist Palettes that I’ve tried from the brand. I have several other shades of the Artist Shadows in shimmery and metallic finishes, but these are also my first mattes.

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Vol. 4 review and swatches
Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Vol. 4 review and swatches

I LOVE the Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows. They are intensely pigmented, smooth, very blendable, and so gorgeous. The shades in this palette are so up my alley – I love the plums, pinks, and mauves, accented with that beautiful jewel tone teal. These matte shades are also some of the best I’ve ever tried in terms of texture, colour payoff, and consistency in quality. Unlike most matte shades, I actually got barely any fallout during application, with the exception of the darkest shades.  You also get very good pigmentation consistently across the board with no chalkiness. It almost feels creamy in some ways due to how smooth the powders are. Usually in every palette, there are one or more duds, but this palette wears just beautifully. The shades can also be worn as neutrals, or smoked out for a more exciting look. I seriously love this palette.

Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter in Rose Gold review and swatches

Pro Light Fusion Highlighter (C$48) features a “gel formula that provides superior blendability to beautifully sculpt, highlight or simply give the skin a natural radiance.” This formula contains a high percentage of emoillients which results in a beautiful, creamy powder with a gel-like texture. They are the same formula as the previously released Pro Bronze Fusion Bronzers and the Pro Sculpting Duo contour kits. It also reminds me of the Estee Lauder highlighter in Modern Mercury in terms of formula and texture.

Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter in Rose Gold / Golden Pink review and swatches

The shade I have is Rose Gold (or Golden Pink on Sephora). I’m not sure how I feel about this shade, it is too cool-toned for me, and is so pale it almost looks white, with a bit of a duo-chrome sheen. It is also very pigmented, so I can see the whiteness translating onto the skin. You would have to use a very light hand, but with the gel-ish formula, I found it difficult to just pick up a bit of product. Because it is so pale, I would recommend this more for those with very fair to light skin. I love the concept of this, but the execution could use a bit more tweaking.

I highly recommend that you check out the Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Vol. 4 palette, it’s one of the best all-matte palettes I’ve tried, and is definitely worth trying out. Both products are available at Sephora now.

The swatches

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Vol. 4

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Vol. 4 review and swatches
Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Vol. 4 review and swatches

Pro Light Fusion Highlighter in Rose Gold

Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter in Rose Gold / Golden Pink review and swatches

The look

Wearing M-530 as a base on the inner 1/3 of the eyelid, M-536 as a base on the outer 2/3 of the eyelid, M-546 in my crease, and M-100 and M-842 to smoke out the look on the top and bottom lash line, all from the Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Vol. 4 palette.

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Vol. 4 review and swatches
Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Vol. 4 review and swatches
Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Vol. 4 review and swatches

Review + swatches – Make Up For Ever NEW Water Blend Foundation and Artist Rouge Lipsticks

Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation in Y245,  R300 and Y325

Hello!! I hope you are all having a fantastic day so far. Today I wanted to share with you my thoughts on some of Make Up For Ever‘s new releases, specifically the new Water Blend Foundation, which replaces the Face and Body Foundation, and the new Artist Rouge Lipsticks.

The Water Blend Foundation contains 80% purified water infused with pro-vitamin B5, and glycerine and mango butter, to provide hydration and improve skin elasticity. Spoiler alert, I don’t like this foundation. I generally prefer to keep my skin relatively mattified during the day, and then I expect my foundation to provide a little bit of a “cushion” to smooth out my skin, blend everything out nicely, and then provide coverage. The Water Blend Foundation is ultra lightweight, providing barely there coverage, just covering my redness but not much else. I also find that because it is so lightweight, it sinks into my pores quite a bit; there is no cushion at all.

Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation in Y245,  R300 and Y325

My shade is Y245, is the same shade I wear in the Ultra HD Invisible Cover formula (which I still wear quite a bit because I finally got down the method of application!).

That being said, I gave this to my mom to try out and she LOVES it. She usually keeps her skin more dewy though, which would help this product blend out better as the dewiness already provides that cushion. She doesn’t generally want a lot of coverage during the day either, so this works out to just even out her skintone slightly.

Foundation is a very personal thing though, so just because I don’t like it, doesn’t mean you won’t. If you are looking for something very lightweight, with barely there coverage, and if you have normal, combination, to oily skin, then you may want to try this out before you rule it out completely.

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Lipstick in C211 and M401 review and swatches

The new Artist Rouge Lipstick comes in 31 cream shades and 14 matte shades, to create a large 45-shade collection. This new lipstick formula is 25% more pigmented than the old formula, and it also contains:

  • Macadamia oil soothes the lips, while mallow oil nourishes, prevents dryness and locks in moisture.
  • Sunflower seed wax in the cream formula provides 8 full hours of outstanding wear.
  • Combination of carnauba and microcrystalline wax in the matte formula provides 10 hour wear.

The two shades I have are C211, which is a creamy, nude mauve, and M401, which is a beautiful matte blue-based red. The texture of these is drier than other lipsticks on the market, but the pigmentation is very beautiful. You only need one or two swipes to get full coverage. Due to the formula, there is a lot less slip, and you also get extended wear time. I love the pointed bullet design; the pigmentation of these lipsticks means that there is a lot less room for error for when you are applying them on the lips, so you really need something to create a precise line (if you decide not to use a lip brush). The pointed tips are just perfect for creating that clean line around the lip.

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Lipstick in C211 and M401 review and swatches

The swatches

From left to right: Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation in Y245,  R300 and Y325

Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation in Y245,  R300 and Y325

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Lipstick in C211 and M401

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Lipstick in C211 and M401 review and swatches
Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Lipstick in C211 and M401 review and swatches

Ingredients:

Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation ingredients

 

Creamy pencil eyeliners for non-pencil liner users – Make Up For Ever AQUA XL Eye Pencils

Make Up For Ever AQUA XL Eye Pencils review and swatches

I’m a liquid or gel liner girl, but when I heard that Make Up For Ever launched their AQUA XL Eye Pencils (C$25), I was super excited to get my hands on them. I was sent a few shades from Make Up For Ever to try:

  • M-10 – matte true black
  • D-12 – soft black with silver shimmers
  • I-24 – metallic turquoise
  • M-60 – matte warm brown
  • D-62 – light brown with silver shimmers

Like I mentioned before, I usually use liquid liner, or gel when I want to create a more dramatic look. The reason being is that I like the pliability, creaminess and wear time of liquid or gel liner. iu have oily lids so generally pencil liners fade or smudge on me very quickly.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that these Make Up For Ever AQUA XL Eye Pencils are ultra creamy without sacrificing any pigmentation or wear time. I’ve been wearing the two black shades the most and they glide on easily on my lash line without tugging, to create very deep black lines. I generally find with most liners that if I use my liner before my lash curler, most of the product would transfer onto my curler rather than stay on my eyelids. With the AQUA XL Pencils, this was not the case – they managed to stay put during curling, and also managing to stay put entirely for the day. I’ve been wearing these for more than 10 hours on certain days with just minor smudging on the eyelid, and no transfer onto the lower lash line.

I don’t usually wear coloured liners much so I haven’t experimented much with the other shades, but the black liners are definitely solid and something everyone should look into. M-10 is more of a true matte black with D-12 is a softer black, so you have the option of whether you want a harsher or softer line. For a soft daytime look, M-60 is also a great option.

I’m generally very impressed by these liners. If you do makeup at all, then you need to check out these liners in store!

Make Up For Ever AQUA XL Eye Pencils review and swatches

Make Up For Ever AQUA XL Eye Pencils are available now at Sephora in stores and online.

The swatches

The swatches below are one swipe wonders! From left to right: M-10, D-12, I-24, M-60, D-62

Make Up For Ever AQUA XL Eye Pencils review and swatches

The look

I’m wearing D-12 with the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita look

Make Up For Ever AQUA XL Eye Pencils review and swatches

Sculpt your heart out with the NEW Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Face Palette & Brow pencil

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Face Palette review and swatch

Sculpting and contour continues to be a big “trend” in 2016. I say “trend” because contouring has always been in a pro makeup artist’s toolkit, but it’s just become more mainstream in the last 2-3 years. In a way it’s a good thing, because I remember trying to find matte, non-orange bronzers nearly 10 years ago to use as contour, but I couldn’t because there just weren’t that many products out there on the market. I did recently read a note written by pro makeup artist Kevin Bennett on the demise of the beauty industry because of how fast paced these “new” makeup trends are being promoted and announced. I have noticed that at least in the last 5 years, these trends have been moving in and out almost as fast as the fashion industry. I’m not talking about the whole gloss versus lipstick debate, but more like the colour correctors, contours, highlights (“strobing”) that we have seen in the last 2-3 years.

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Face Palette review and swatch

Anyways, onto the products of the day – Make Up For Ever launched their new Pro Sculpting line earlier this year, and it contains everything you need to sculpt out your face, lips, and brows. I am going through a brow obsession lately so I was very happy to try out the Pro Sculpting Brow, along with the obvious star of the range, the Pro Sculpting Face Palette.

I received the Pro Sculpting Face Palette in 20 Light (C$54), which is a good match for my light-medium skintone. It comes in four palette variations for light, medium, tan, and dark skintones, and each variation comes with a highlight, contour, shimmer, and blush shades. All of the shades are creamy and dry down matte, with the exception of the shimmer shade which provides additional highlight and dimension. I really like this palette because it plays with differences in shade and colour intensity to create light and shadow, instead of the usual matte contour + shimmery highlight. It’s definitely something that is more on the “pro” spectrum and is easy to use, even for those who work in conservative work environments and want a sculpted face look.

Despite them being creams, I felt that the products were quite dry and hard to blend out unless you had enough of a slip in your base. When it dries down, though, it sticks and doesn’t melt, smudge, or move around. The cream blush was the only one with more slip, which is great because you can blend it out more evening onto a bigger surface area.

The biggest downside I found to this product is the packaging. These are cream products which may be prone to drying out, and the packaging is very flimsy, almost cheap plastic. This palette is not cheap either, at $54, so I would expect more airtight, better quality packaging from a brand like Make Up For Ever. Obviously if you’re a makeup artist and you might use up this palette quickly, it might not be a big problem, but for a consumer like me who may not contour on a daily basis, I’d be worried about how I store this in order to prevent it from drying out.

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Face Palette review and swatch

The shimmer and blush colours in the light and medium palettes are the same, as are the tan and dark palettes. Julie has a really good comparison of all four palettes here.

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Brow review and swatch

The Pro Sculpting Brow (C$32) is a convenient brow pencil for when you’re on the go, because it contains the brow pencil in an easy-to-use angled twist-up format, a spoolie for brushing out the brow hairs, with a matte cream-coloured highlighter powder that nestled in the middle of the pen. The shade I have is 30 Brown, which works well with my light skintone and dark auburn hair that’s growing out to my natural black hair. For an every day colour, Brown is perfect, but if I were to go for a bolder brow, I’d switch it up and use Dark Brown.

The spoolie attached to the Pro Sculpting Brow is very sturdy, much better than a lot of the spoolies attached to most brow pencils. Also the matte cream-coloured highlighter powder is extremely finely milled and smooth, blending out easily to create an easy highlight underneath the brow bone. The Pro Sculpting Brow has earned a place in my to-go makeup bag because the 3-in-1 packaging makes it great for touch ups during the day.

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Brow review and swatch

All in all, I really enjoyed using both these products. I would repurchase the Pro Sculpting Brow because it’s a superior product in a convenient package. I probably won’t repurchase the Pro Sculpting Face Palette because despite it being a good product for sculpting, it’s still a bit gimmicky for me, and not something I’d use every day. If you’re an amateur makeup artist (amateur meaning just starting out), and looking for products to add to your kit that are easy to use but not huge investments, these Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting products would be great to add to your kit.

The Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Line is available now at Sephora retail stores, online, and at other Make Up For Ever outlets.

Review + swatch – Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick Foundation in Y325 review and swatch

One of my most anticipated launches this year is the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation (C$50). The popular HD Foundation was reformulated with 4K technology in mind, it comes in a whopping 40 shades to accommodate any skin colour. The new Ultra HD Foundation contains:

  • Amino Acid Coated Pigments—reflective particles that blur flaws and provide translucent, invisible coverage
  • Hyaluronic Spheres—hydrate and plump the skin for a longer, more comfortable wear
  • Sericite—a fine grained mica that adds light reflecting properties to create a radiant and luminous effect, mimicking the vibrancy of naturally beautiful skin

I previously reviewed the liquid version of the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation, so today I’m going to share with you the stick version – the Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation. My conclusion for the liquid Ultra HD foundation was that it’s super high maintenance and required a lot of trial and error on my part to perfect the look. The stick foundation is much more user-friendly and easy to use. I apply this directly to my face. The foundation is super creamy and blends seamlessly into my skin. I generally do one and a half swipes of this foundation on each cheek, then one swipe on my forehead, a dab on my nose and a dab on my chin. This amount gives me medium to full coverage, erases any redness, and leaves a smooth finish. It doesn’t cling to any dry spots, and does not become patchy like with the liquid version.

The shade I received is Y325 (equivalent to 118 in the previous formula), which is just a tinge too tan for me. It’s barely noticeable once blended out, so I still wore this on a regular basis.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick Foundation in Y325 review and swatch

Two things though – first, it settles a bit into pores on the apples of my cheeks, but normally I wear glasses so it gets covered up. Second is that oil control is not good at all. I found that my face started to get shiny about 1-2 hours in, and then as my face got shinier, the foundation started to fade. Wear time isn’t fantastic compared to the liquid version, likely because it is so creamy.

In terms of value, you get 0.44oz of foundation for C$50 with the stick version, but 1.01oz of foundation with the liquid version. Despite this big difference, I found that I would waste more foundation when using the liquid because I typically use dispense one pump into my palm, but I rarely use up the entire pump. With the stick version, I’d just apply it directly to my face and hence I waste a lot less foundation.

Even though I found the liquid version to be a lot more high maintenance to use, once I got a hang of how to use it, the results were flawless and lasted me all day. The stick version performed great right off the bat, but lasting time was not nearly as good as the liquid version. At the end of the day, I prefer the liquid version over the stick version, and would reach for it more often. That being said, if you have dry skin, the stick version is the one you need to try because the liquid will not look good on your skin. If you have normal to combination skin, then the liquid would perform better.

If you try either the liquid or stick, please let me know. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

The swatches

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick Foundation in Y325 review and swatch

Review + swatches + look: Make Up Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

Make Up Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation review and swatch

One of my most anticipated launches this year is the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation (C$50). The popular HD Foundation was reformulated with 4K technology in mind, it comes in a whopping 40 shades to accommodate any skin colour. The new Ultra HD Foundation contains:

  • Amino Acid Coated Pigments—reflective particles that blur flaws and provide translucent, invisible coverage
  • Hyaluronic Spheres—hydrate and plump the skin for a longer, more comfortable wear
  • Sericite—a fine grained mica that adds light reflecting properties to create a radiant and luminous effect, mimicking the vibrancy of naturally beautiful skin

This foundation is probably the most high maintenance foundation I’ve ever used. If applied correctly, you will get beautiful, flawless skin that looks amazing off and on the camera. If applied incorrectly, you will get a greasy mask that clings onto your dry spots and slides off the rest of your face. The shades I received were Y325 (original HD foundation shade 118), Y245 (original shade 120) and R300 (original shade 135). I was matched to shade 120 in the original HD formula, and I’m happy to report that the new Ultra HD shade Y245 matches my skintone perfectly.

MUFE HD

The texture is a very light fluid that feels lightweight and provides sheer to medium coverage that’s slightly buildable. It’s great at covering my redness, but doesn’t work too well to cover dark spots or any dark areas around my chin. The lightweight formula just melts into my skin and blends in seamlessly.

The trick to using this foundation is that your skin needs to be hydrated properly, but with no leftover cream residue on the surface of your skin. I normally prep my skin with about a dime sized amount of Kiehl’s Iris Extract Treatment Essence, about one and a quarter pump of Estee Lauder New Dimension Serum, then one pump of Reversa’s Anti-Wrinkle Cream SPF30. This amount of product, when used in layers, absorbs into my skin quickly and leaves it plump and moisturized. If I followed that with the Ultra HD Foundation, then my foundation will look amazing with a slight glow, stay put all day without smudging, sliding off, et cetera.

Make Up Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation review and swatch

On the other hands, on the days that I use a quarter pump more moisturizer, or a tinge bit more of the treatment essence, then the foundation not only will cling to any dry spots on your face, but also mixes with any oils to create a greasy mess that eventually just slides off. With the layer of moisturizer on top of my skin, the foundation ends up clinging to the moisturizer and not directly to my skin. Once the moisturizer gets absorbed, the foundation continues to sit on top of the skin without being blended in.

When this foundation looks good, it looks so incredible, but when it looks bad, it just looks terrible, so I’m on the fence about how I feel about it. I think for a mid-luxury foundation that costs $50, it shouldn’t require so much effort to pull off. It really takes a lot of trial and error to get it right, and that’s too much trial and error for this girl who prefers ready-to-wear makeup. In conclusion, I wouldn’t recommend the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation.

You can purchase Make Up For Ever at Sephora in stores and online.

Make Up Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation review and swatch

The swatches

From left to right: Make Up Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation in Y245, Y325 and R300

Make Up Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation review and swatch

The look

Wearing Make Up Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation in Y245

Make Up Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation review and swatch
Make Up Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation review and swatch

Review + swatches – Make Up For Ever Summer 2015 featuring Pro Bronze Fusion and Aqua Matic eyeshadow sticks

Make Up For Ever summer 2015 Pro Bronze Fusion review

Let me start off by saying that I am not a bronzer user. I receive bronzers as media samples for review consideration and most of the time, I will pass them off to Liza to help me review them. That being said, I am super impressed by the Make Up For Ever summer 2015 collecting with the new Pro Bronze Fusion (C$42) bronzer that fuses gel and powder textured bronzer into one seamless compact. The two shades I have are 10M Natural Matte Honey and 15I Soft Iridescent Amber, both shades suitable for light skin tones. Make Up For Ever also has four additional shades for medium to tan skin tones.

Like I previously mentioned, the Pro Bronze Fusion bronzer feature a blended gel and powder formula that is ultra lightweight, with a silky smooth texture that’s very easy to apply and completely fool proof. Neither 10M nor 15I are too orange, which means they can be used as subtle contour colours as well. Even though 15I is an “iridescent” shade, it’s definitely not overly shimmery or glittery, meaning that you can use it as a subtle contour, or even just to warm up the skin slightly without going over the top. If you’re a regular bronzer user, these definitely create that beautiful sunkissed look. Even though summer is almost over, you can extend your summer tan with the use of the Pro Bronze Fusions. 

Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion in 10M

Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion in 15I

The summer collection also features a few new Aqua Matic (C$26) eyeshadow stick shades. The two I have are M-11, which is a matte black, and D-21, which is a metallic light turquoise. I use these two colours together to create that ultimate summer eye – lightly lined lashlines with a pop of colour towards the outer corner. I love that the Aqua Matic eyeshadows are twist-up, without a need to use a sharpener. It does come with a plastic sharpener to keep the tips sharp so that you can use it as an eyeliner, as well as an eye eyeshadow. While Make Up For Ever claims this to be waterproof, I haven’t tried it out for myself. It definitely isn’t oil-proof though, as I find that it doesn’t completely stay put on my oily eyelids, and tends to migrate around a bit after a few hours – that would probably be my only dislike of this product. Otherwise, I really enjoy the colour intensity and pigmentation of the Aqua Matics.

Make Up For Ever summer 2015 Aqua Matic review and swatches
Make Up For Ever summer 2015 Aqua Matic review and swatches

You can purchase the Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion and Aqua Matic now at Sephora in store and online, as well as other Make Up For Ever retailers now.

The swatches

From left to right – Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion in 10M and 15I, Aqua Matic in M-11 and D-21

Make Up For Ever summer 2015 Pro Bronze Fusion and Aqua Matic review and swatches

Extending the life of your makeup with Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primers and Mist & Fix Make-up Setting Spray

Make Up For Ever recently released a couple of makeup products that will help to perfect and extend the life of your base makeup. Any makeup lover knows that the key to beautiful makeup is a flawless base, and Make Up For Ever has made that so much more achievable with the use of their new Step 1 Skin Equalizer primers, as well as the Mist & Fix Make-up Setting Spray.

First step – Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer review

After your skincare routine and before applying any makeup, start with the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer (C$43 each). It comes in a whopping range of 10 different formulas to help treat, balance, neutralize, and perfect the skin even before you apply any coverage on top. The two that I have are to treat two of my main skin concerns – dehydration and redness. The Hydrating Primer is a clear primer that’s aimed to add moisture to your skin and restore your skin’s balance. The Redness Correcting Primer is a green-tinted primer that neutralizes any redness in the skin.

The number one reason why I love these primers is that they come in so many different formulas, to the point that you can mix and match the primer for each section of your face. Yes, you can do it that scientifically if you have lots of time on your hands. The second reason why I love these primers is that it’s extremely light, gentle, and not silicone-y at all (it does contain silicone in it though), but still does a good job at what it’s supposed to do. The Hydrating Primer helps to create a smoother canvas for my skin. While it doesn’t solve my problems of dehydration, it provides almost like a cushion for the foundation to sit on. The Redness Correcting Primer has just enough green tint in it to correct most of my redness, but doesn’t leave my skin completely looking drained. Both primers sink into the skin quickly without leaving any residue on top, meaning you can apply foundation right away.

In addition to the Hydrating and Redness Correcting Primers, it also comes in Mattifying, Nourishing (for ultra dry and/or aging skin), as well as five Radiant Primers to help brighten and correct skintones depending on your skin colour.

Hydrating Primer ingredients:

Make up for ever hydrating primer ingredients

Redness Correcting Primer ingredients:

Make up for ever green primer ingredients

Final step – Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix Make-up Setting Spray

Make Up For Ever Mist and Fix Make-up Setting Spray

After applying my primer, foundation, powder, blush, and eye makeup, but before my lipstick, I like to use the Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix Make-up Setting Spray (C$34 for 125mL). I do one or two spritzes on my face, and I either let it air dry, or if I’m in a rush, I pat down with a clean tissue.

While it is touted to be a makeup setting spray, I like it because it helps to reduce the powdery-ness of my makeup and also helps to make my skin look and feel more hydrated. Like I mentioned before, my skin is very dehydrated so product can sometimes catch onto dry patches on my skin, or sink into my pores if there isn’t enough product to “cushion” it. The Hydrating Primer helps this, but the Mist & Fix Make-up Setting Spray takes it to the next level. The finished look is super natural and everything is blended into my skin.

The downside is I haven’t noticed that this lengthened the wear of my makeup by the 12 hour claim it has. It does make it last marginally longer, but I still need to blot after a few hours and then usually the makeup slides off with the blotting process. Fortunately, this doesn’t taint my view of it because I still like using it as a hydrating finishing spray. I have read a lot of reviews where people are saying this product is amazing for extending make-up wear time, so it’s just one of those your mileage may vary products. You can get a 30mL bottle of this at Sephora for a pretty good price so there’s no harm in giving it a try.

Make Up For Ever Mist and Fix Make-up Setting Spray

The Step 1 Skin Equalizer and Mist & Fix Make-Up Setting Spray are both available now at Make Up For Ever boutiques, as well as at Sephora online and in store!

 

Review + Swatches: Make Up For Ever Desire Me Cheek Set, inspired by the Fifty Shades of Grey movie

Make Up For Ever Desire Me Cheek Set review

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.

Make Up For Ever Desire Me Cheek Set swatches

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.

Make Up For Ever Desire Me Cheek Set review

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.

Make Up For Ever Desire Me swatches

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.

Make Up For Ever Desire Me

The swatches

From left to right: I-526, I-808, and S-748

Make Up For Ever Desire Me Cheek Set swatches
Make Up For Ever Desire Me Cheek Set
Make Up For Ever Desire Me Cheek Set
Make Up For Ever Desire Me Cheek Set