Make Up For Ever Palette 9 Artist Shadow #1: Not Just Another Nude Eyeshadow Palette

Make Up For Ever Palette 9 Artist Shadow #1

This beautiful palette was given to me as a gift by a very dear friend who recently moved to Australia. Okay don’t judge me, y’know, me being a beauty blogger and all, but I, erm, have never used nor owned any eye makeup from Make Up For Ever. Why? I have no idea, to be honest. I guess for one, the brand is not readily available here in Melbourne unless I buy it online, at a beauty expo like IMATS or in Sephora or PM Studio in Sydney. When I’m in Malaysia 1-2 times a year, I’m more drawn to Asian cosmetics than I am Make Up For Ever anyway, so that’s a no-go. Anyway, whatever my excuses are, nope, I haven’t tried any Make Up For Ever eyeshadows. Until now.

When I first took this palette out of the box, I gasped at how beautiful it is. My friend knows me well to get me a neutrals palette because it’s so versatile and it’s just the type of colours I love to wear. Even though it comes in magnetic cardboard packaging, it’s surprisingly heavy and sturdy. It also comes with a big mirror, which is a plus in my books.

Make Up For Ever Palette 9 Artist Shadow #1

There are 9 eyeshadows in the palette with a mixture of matte and shimmery shades. It even comes with a booklet to guide you on how to create a chic look using the first row of eyeshadows (top to bottom), a natural look using the second row and a smoky look using the third row. This is a good idea for those who are new to eye makeup who’d like more out of this palette. I didn’t follow the guide and just used whatever the heck I liked. 😛

Make Up For Ever Palette 9 Artist Shadow #1

The eyeshadows swatch very well. They’re richly pigmented upon just the first swatch, and they’re soft and buttery to the touch. There’s no grittiness nor fallout to these eyeshadows. In fact, these eyeshadows and shades remind me very much of my beloved Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palette with the quality and lasting power to match.

Make Up For Ever Palette 9 Artist Shadow #1

I have just about the oiliest eyelids ever, so any eyeshadows I use must be accompanied with eyeshadow primer. I use my trusty NARS Pro-Prime Smudgeproof eyeshadow primer prior to applying these eyeshadows on and these last very well on my eyelids. I’ve gone for at least 10 hours with these on and there was hardly any fading nor creasing on my lids. No awful lines on my lids with these, no sirree!

Make Up For Ever Palette 9 Artist Shadow #1 Swatch

These eyeshadows are warm, bronzey and shimmery, but they’re not over-the-top shimmery that it’s glittery like a disco ball. The guide recommended these to be used with Make Up For Ever eyeshadow brushes (duh, obviously!) but I actually find the intensity of the pigments much stronger and more vibrant when I use my fingers to pat these eyeshadows on. I even use my fingers to add the outer V while blending the colours with my MAC 217 brush.

Make Up For Ever Palette 9 Artist Shadow #1

This is a gorgeous, gorgeous palette. I know that there are plenty of nude/neutral eyeshadow palettes out there but this is definitely on par with the famous Urban Decay Naked eyeshadows. Some say this palette is better than Urban Decay’s, but since I’m partial to the latter, I’ll say the quality is pretty much equal. If I really have to compare the two, I prefer Urban Decay’s mainly because there are more shades I can play with but really, this Make Up For Ever palette will give you a good amount of looks to create too.

Make Up For Ever Palette 9 Artist Shadow #1

The Make Up For Ever 9 Artist Shadow palette costs US$42.00, which means that each eyeshadow is about US$4.67, which in my opinion, is an absolute bargain for the quality and value that you get out of it. It’s about 17 cents more expensive and 0.01oz more than each shade in an Urban Decay NAKED palette, if you’re nitpicking.

There aren’t many multiple-eyeshadow palettes that I’d recommend, but the ones that I do would be the Urban Decay NAKED, the LORAC Pro and now this one. Highly recommended!

What I like about it: High-quality eyeshadows (buttery smooth and soft), great lasting power, good value.

What I do not like about it: Nothing. Well, if I have to be pernickety, it would be that the brand isn’t readily available in Melbourne.

Do you have this palette? Have you checked this out in store? Did you like it as much as I did?

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14 comments… add one
  1. Shamim de Varax

    ooooo good to know. I’ve been contemplating getting this and the more colorful palette to try. =D
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    1. Tine

      Definitely worth checking out. 😀

  2. G

    Hi Tine. What do u think of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar (or Milk Chocolate) palette? Have u tried it before? Contemplating whether I should buy it or the Urban Decay one…

    1. Tine

      Hi G, I’ve not tried the Too Face Chocolate palettes before, not for the lack of trying, but because I’m not a fan of the scent. A lot of people love it for the scent, but I’m afraid I don’t. Which is surprising, given how much I love chocolate! I have tried other Too Faced eyeshadows and to be honest, I’d go for the Urban Decay ones any time. The quality is better.

  3. Asha

    Ooh pretty! ☺

    1. Tine

      That’s eyeshadow p0rn right there. 😉

  4. MonicaP

    Definitely love Makeup Forever products, but I rather by-passed this palette as I feel like I have a lot of these shades already 🙂

    Monica.
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    1. Tine

      Yeah I know what you mean. It’s easy to pass this palette just by looking at it because of the sheer amount of neutral eyeshadow palettes there are out there. To be honest, I’d pass this too by the looks of it if it wasn’t gifted to me and I actually got to try it out. It’s a beauty, all right!

  5. Paris B

    Good to know you like this too! I think it would be even more flattering on you actually, because of the warmer tones. That said, I’m a little biased AGAINST UD so this (and the shadows in the whole brand in general) gets my vote vs UD anything haha! Or MAC for that matter 😛
    Paris B recently posted..That cult Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm had me wondering if it was truly that amazingMy Profile

    1. Tine

      Hahahaha hey if those Urban Decay eyeshadows didn’t work for me as well as it did, I’d be against it too for the amount of “limited edition” makeup that they do like MAC. But they do work very well for me so I shaddap. 😛

  6. Mel

    Looks gorgeous! Great palette of nudes. I think I need to get a Urban Decay NAKED palette first though before I consider this 🙂
    Mel recently posted..Review: Urban Decay NAKED Basics PaletteMy Profile

    1. Tine

      Hahaha if I have to choose, yes I’d go for the Urban Decay ones first. But I’m biased because of how good it works for me so, erm, whatever you like I suppose! 😀 😀 😀

  7. Sara

    I only recently started using make up forever it’s totally out of a kind and really changed my thinking about make up products in general, today i like to try new brands because who knows what better product im going to find next?
    Sara recently posted..איפור ערבMy Profile

    1. Tine

      That’s the fun part about makeup; there’s always something new to try! 🙂

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