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Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow: Mega-Pigment Makeover (But Does More Pigment Work for You?)

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Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow_eyeshadow individual pans

Makeup artists love high-pigment everything because it makes their work faster and easier. A swipe or two is all they need for big-impact beauty, and a bit of clever blending delivers a sheer finish when they need it. The 30th Anniversary re-launch of Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow is about giving artists more of what they want: high-payoff pigment, plus creamy powder textures and a range of innovative finishes. But what about you? Is more pigment something you want in your eyeshadow?


Or do you prefer less pigmented shadows that build up slowly? (They make it harder to put on as much as Mimi of "The Drew Carey Show.")

make up for ever artist shadow newness

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If you were already a fan of Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow eyeshadows, here's what's new:

  • the shade range has increased from 125 to 210
  • a new finish makes five now available: matte, satin, iridescent, diamond, and the most recent addition, metal
  • micronized pigments + water + 3D gel + oil = a creamy, gel-like, flexible texture (it's the metal eyeshadow finish -- it's amazing)
  • micronized pigments means smaller pigments, so the brand can get more into their formula; as a result, the Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow pigment load has jumped from a 60% max to an 88% max (industry standard is apparently about 20%)
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow_I-542_ME-554_ME-302_in trio pan

This trio consists of an iridescent finish and two metallics: I-542 Pinky Clay, ME-554 Gunmetal, and ME-302 Peacock. The metallic finishes are the newest; they have that cool, gel-flex texture I mentioned above.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow_I-542_ME-554_ME-302_swatches on arm

It's a little tough to see Make Up For Ever I-542 Pinky Clay against my skin; subtle. Make Up For Ever ME-554 Gunmetal is a silver-rosy taupe. And I die over Make Up For Ever ME-302 Peacock, which shimmers deep green in the light, with a rich, glossy brown in shadows.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ME-302_as liner

This is Make Up For Ever ME-302 Peacock applied as liner, with a bit of I-542 Pinky Clay lightly swiped on above it. (I need primer to do this; my oily skin trashed the look a couple of hours later. And the more I look at this photo, the weirder it gets, like my eyelids have bug legs instead of eyelashes. *sigh*)

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow_I-542_ME-554_ME-302_the individual pans

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow pans retail for $24 each, $39/duo, or $50/trio. Palette cases are $1 each, all at Sephora.

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the mega-pigment question(s)

I don't wear eyeshadow much, but I think I like a bit more pigment -- to a point. Shades you can apply with just one brush stroke are amazing from an artist's point of view, but it depends on the shade. If I'm in the back of a cab in a hurry, I have no time to fix mistakes. One move with a bold shadow with a ton of pigment, and it's all over. So no bold shades for me.

Do you prefer standard, goof-proof, 20%-pigment shadows? (I guess I mean darker shades; does it matter in lighter shades?) Or are Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow shades with 88% pigment more your thing?

Also, is it weird that Mimi Bobeck from "The Drew Carey Show" (1995 - 2004) is the only TV character I can think of who wears an overload of eye makeup? Isn't there someone newer?