Make Up For Ever released a new eyeshadow palette that should be great for all the parties we are bound to attend during the holidays before the year comes to an end.
I recently reviewed the Blue Sepia palette (which I loved) so I was really eager to get my hands on this new palette from MUFE.
It comes in the same compact packaging with a nice luxurious design on top. At first sight this palette isn’t necessarily your usual “holidays glam” palette as it offers more pastel base colors than the golds and silvers I personally would have expected. You do get quite a bit of shimmer though which makes it a pretty festive looking palette in the end.
Among the 8 colors you get a simple matte black shade (#04) and a taupe color with a satin finish (#127). Both these colors are from the regular eyeshadow collection. The other six shades are special editions of diamond eye shadows. According to Make Up For Ever, the Diamond Eye Shadows combine the subtle iridescence of the Diamond Powder with the intense, long-lasting color of Eye Shadows for a spectacular finish. Comprising of Diamond Powder and enriched with pigments, the Diamond Shadows are long-lasting with unrivaled intense colors.
Well, the diamond eye shadows were not as pigmented as I expected after using the Blue Sepia Palette. While they do add a subtle hint of shimmer on top of another color, I found that the pigmentation was not as good as I had come to expect.
See the swatches below
The shades are, from left to right:
- Snow White
- Gun Metal
- Icy Blue
- Icy Pink
- 04 Matte Black
- Gold Pink
- Midnight Purple
- 127 Metallic Taupe
Here’s a better look at the shades in the pan
As you can see from the swatches, the first 4 shades barely show up on my skintone. You do have to work a little harder to achieve good color payoff. The shadows are not particularly soft but they’re not powdery. But if you really pack it on, you can achieve the color you see in the pan.
The last four shades perform better, they have better pigmentation and are softer, easier to work with.
This palette also comes with two pretty nice brushes that can be used for drawing a line or highlighting the inner tear duct or the brow bone.
All in all it’s a decent palette, half of it is better than the other half but it can work when layered with good bases. Again, it requires to be packed in, but when it is, it looks really pretty. The staying power is pretty good. I can attest to over 8 hours with no creasing and fading. After 10 hours it starts creasing a little, but all in all it has great staying power without a primer.