- MAKE UP FOR EVER | Nourishing Primer*
- MAKE UP FOR EVER | Radiance Primer*
- MAKE UP FOR EVER | HD Skin Booster*
- MAKE UP FOR EVER | Ultra HD Foundation* | Y225
- MAKE UP FOR EVER | Lip Booster*
- MAKE UP FOR EVER | Ultra HD Stick Foundation* | Y225
- MAKE UP FOR EVER | Ultra HD Microfinishing Powder*
- MAKE UP FOR EVER | Ultra HD Microfinishing Powder Pressed*
- MAKE UP FOR EVER | Mist & Fix Setting Spray
- LAURA MERCIER | Translucent Setting Powder
High definition. I can still recall the first time I heard the word being explained on a shopping channel. Award winning make up artist Kevin Bennett was waving around a bottle of the first HD approved foundation and freaking out over how all the tv cameras were officially switching over to this brand new medium. That was Make Up For Ever.
MAKE UP FOR EVER | ULTRA HD SKIN BOOST*
A pro secret used to boost and revive tired skin on sets: this hydra-plumping serum works to boost skin radiance and luminosity. Skin looks healthy, plumper and complexion is more luminous. Use Skin Booster alone or mix a few drops with your foundation or primer to boost comfort and hydration.
Quick thoughts: This is your ultimate mixing medium booster product that can go in a primer or foundation or as a quick fix spot treat for dry patches and those darned blemishes that’s dry and impossible to conceal. Filled with hylauronic acid, it helps to make the best of a bad skin day.
MAKE UP FOR EVER | ULTRA HD LIP BOOST*
A pro secret used to boost and prepare tired lips on sets : this hydra-plumping serum hydrates and smoothes, adding fullness and comfort to lips. Wear alone for naturally healthy-looking lips, or use as hydra-plumping mask before lipstick application, wiping off any excess before applying color. (2 Shades)
Quick thoughts: Quick absorbing and seems to plump up my pesky lip wrinkles without sting or tingling that most plumpers make you endure. I have the clear which means it’s invisible under lipstick. Not sure how long the effects last but will report back.
Created for the very latest high-definition technologies of the film and TV industry, ULTRA HD advanced formulas look invisible on 4K camera and to the naked eye. Perfect for the makeup pros and for you. Last step to ULTRA HD perfection: ULTRA HD MICROFINISHING PRESSED POWDER is a finishing powder that gives a light matte effect and a smooth luminous finish. A real technical and sensory feat, this invisible veil of powder combines synthetic mica, silicone powders and silica to instantly blur fine lines, pores and imperfections for a beautifully smooth complexion. Also enriched with hyaluronic acid. For a perfect ULTRA HD compatible finish, use a very small quantity and blend evenly. Apply over make up or wear alone using a kabuki brush. (3 shades)
Created for the very latest high-definition technologies of the film and TV industry, ULTRA HD advanced formulas look invisible on 4K camera and to the naked eye. Perfect for the makeup pros and for you. Last step to ULTRA HD perfection: ULTRA HD MICROFINISHING LOOSE POWDER is a finishing powder that gives a light matte effect and a smooth luminous finish. Spherical micro particles of silica instantly give skin a naturally glowing complexion with an incredible velvety effect and an unrevealed touch. For a perfect ULTRA HD compatible finish, use a very small quantity and blend evenly. Apply over make up or wear alone using a kabuki brush.
Ah, lip pencils. Every necessity or frivolous add on, I think it never hurts to have a few faithful in the back of your beauty drawer for perfecting that fussy lipstick. Make Up For Ever has been incredibly busy expanding their lip collection it seems and with that, they’ve recently re-released their classic wooden lip pencils. If you’re still looking for some beauty regime builders, look this way.
Brand: Make Up For Ever
Product: High Precision Lip Pencil*
Colour(s): 12 MUFE website, 8 Sephora online
Price: $22 CAD / $18 USD
Availability: Sephora, MUFE Boutiques
Would I (re)purchase: Yes!
Make Up For Ever markets this lip liner collection as a set of neutral colours used to define and perfect the lip contour. Variations of nude, plum, rose and brown shades makes this a basic makeup wardrobe builder especially if you prefer earthy makeup or need something polished for work. Separated into three tonal families, there’s a few variations in each of the nude, pink and red categories.
Top – Bottom | #23, #14, #40
THE FINAL VERDICT:
Make Up For Ever’s High Precision Lip Pencil offers flexibility for wearing as a liner or going solo as a lipstick. Either way, the well curated selection of neutral shades offers lots of options for everyday colours and I can see these as a makeup staple for lipstick lovers especially. I was most impressed by how evenly and comfortably these wore throughout the hours while not enhancing my lip texture. Essentially, you (and I) need more of these.
Not shy to a little drama, you’ll know Make Up For Ever for their array of innovative products that merges makeup artistry with ease of use for the at home beauty lover and everyone in between. Their latest lip addition is the Artist Rouge line in a beautiful array of wearable shades plus a few extra surprises as well – newly formulated, newly packaged and out to impress.
Revamped from the conservative look of their previous best seller, these new tubes have a cool girl vibe with sleek black metal casing, a satisfying weight in your hand and their signature logo on the cap. The twist up mechanism is smooth and the overall feeling is premium which is more than what can be said for a few other high end lippies I own. Available in two formulas; there are 16 mattes and 32 cream finishes (including a few limited edition shades) and cover a good range of approachable colours yet with a few surprises like turquoise blue and peacock green. And if the name Artist Rouge sounds oddly familiar, their original range of lipsticks were called Rouge Artist so perhaps the flip around naming is an alter-ego persona.
The Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge lipsticks are one swipe, long lasting and highly pigmented lip colours that not only offer you satisfaction in singles but also encourages you to mix up your own shades with extra options like black, white and turquoise just to name a few. I like the new design of the bullet and the fact they are easy swipe and go formulas but the cream option lacks in smoothness once applied and just doesn’t enhance the look of my lips. The matte formula however is a stand out choice if you want luxurious colour that’s much more forgiving than a liquid lipstick and that you can pop on in 5 seconds in the car without a liner.
Today is the big day. For everyone anticipating the North American release of 50 Shades of Grey (the movie), you may also have your eyes on the beautifully wearable makeup worn leading lady Anastasia Steele.
Inspired by the film and working closely with its head makeup artist Victoria Down, Make Up For Ever entices us with a limited edition collection of lip, eye and blush products that will get you ready this for your own personal close up encounters.
Brand: Make Up For Ever
Product: Tease Me (Innocent) Nude Lip Trio*
Collection: Aqua Lip WP Lip Liner “3C”, Aqua Rouge WP Liquid Lipstick #03, Lab Shine Diamond Gloss “D16”
Size: Liner (1.2g), Liquid Lipstick (2.5ml x 2), Lipgloss (2.6ml)
Price: $38CAD for the set
Availability: Sephora (in stores & online)
Would I (re)purchase: Probably yes!
Lips are a major focus in the movie, whether painted in an natural tint of nude or a sultry shade of rose, they signal Ana’s transformation and growth into the passionate lover of Mr. Grey. This Tease Me set comprises of their best selling Aqua Lip waterproof lip liner, Aqua Rouge waterproof liquid lipstick and the Lab Shine Diamond gloss to create an array of innocent looks.
- Make Up For Ever | Face & Body Foundation*
- Pantone x Sephora | Marsala Shimmering Cheek Trio
- Make Up For Ever | Sculpting Duo* #02
- Make Up For Ever | Aqua Brow
- Sauce Box | Etude Palette
- Make Up For Ever | Aqua Lip* | 3C
- Make Up For Ever | Aqua Rouge* | #03
A very well done collection by Make Up For Ever, the Tease Me Lip Trio for the 50 Shades of Grey movie is both fashionable yet functional. I can see the shades being quite universally flattering whether it pulls more of a rich nude on your skin tone or a natural nude. The star of the set for me is undoubtedly the Aqua Rouge but I’m sure you’ll find plenty of use for the liner and gloss as well. I believe all the colours are available individually as part of their regular permanent range but the set offers a great discount for the money.
There’s no doubt that when it comes to make up artistry, Make Up For Ever stands out as one of the leaders in the industry and being easily accessibly to the mass market makes lots of us even more giddy. In celebration of the brand’s 30th Anniversary this year, they went back to basics and worked on a new formulation of eye shadows….oh and did I mention there are 210 shades? You’ll probably want to sit down for the rest of this.
Brand: Make Up For Ever
Product: Artist Eyeshadow in D504* (yellow gold), I238* (medium teal), M106* (smoky charcoal)
Colour Selection: 210 shades in matte, satin, iridescent, Metal, Diamond finishes
Size: 2 grams
Price: $24CAD (single), $39CAD (duo), $50 (trio)
Availability: Sephora, Make Up For Ever Boutiques
Would I (re)purchase: Probably yes.
Released this fall, the Artist Eye Shadows were 3 years in the making and exploded on the market with a rainbow of colours in 5 enviable finishes. The formulation itself uses what Make Up For Ever calls Pigment Atomization technology which maximizes pigmentation, up to 88% concentrated pigment and said to be highest on the market.
If you are a colour fanatic and are looking for a very specific shade of shadow with rich saturation then these Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows are the way to go. With 210 options to choose from you are pretty much guaranteed to build a palette that you love. But with that being said, there will be certain shades in finishes (like metal and iridescent) which are easily replaceable from another brand so not every single colour will be unique. At the heart of this, it is really about the pigmentation and the subtle nuances of those hard to find shades that makes this range unique. Worth swatching, trying and bringing home a few favourite shades especially if you snag a few multi-purpose ones.
If there are two makeup items that women are constantly debating over, it’s foundation and mascara. When it comes to the latter, I am a hard customer to win over. Mascaras vary in formulation, brush, opacity and a plethora of minute details that needs to match not only to my own lash condition but also my desired results. With a name like Smoky Extravagant however, this mascara has much to live up to.
My curl lasted well throughout the course of the day which and I loved how it was able to achieve that without a heavy formulation thus being completely comfortable and weightless to wear thanks to its synthetic thermoplastic resin coating that forms a film around each lash. This worked well for the waterproof claim however I did notice some minor smudging after a few hours which takes a point off the oil resistant claim for me.
Having been around the block with mascara products, I really thought I resigned myself to a few staple drugstore options. Yet the Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Extravagant Mascara caught me by surprise with its lash separating brush and all day definition, this is a mascara that this false lash addict would actually wear on a casual basis. Personally, I would have liked an extra dose of volume but I think you could easily layer this with another density building product to get the best of both worlds. The price is reasonable for the high end market (though a little expensive for my everyday budget) and it’s something I would happily pick up again when I feel like a bit of a splurge. This is a near perfect mascara for me. Enough said.
Love ’em or hate ’em, foundation primers are often touted as an essential step to starting off your makeup for the day. Over the years, I’ve grown a little apathetic to primers mainly because their thicker silicone textures didn’t sit well with my acne prone skin. But a beauty blogger never gives up and today’s contender is the Make Up For Ever High Definition Primer.
- #00 NEUTRAL | Adds natural luminosity
- #01 GREEN | Minimizes redness
- #02 MAUVE | Illuminates muddy complexions, minimizes yellow tones
- #04 CARAMEL | warms and enhances medium skin tones, illuminates darker complexions
- #05 BLUE | Illuminates fair skin and minimizes slight redness
- #06 YELLOW | Lightens dark complexions and yellowish skin tones
- #07 PINK | Adds radiance
Marketed as a light weight, non-greasy, oil-free primer with hydrating properties the texture of this primer is very likeable. Similar to a lightweight creamy lotion, the formula smoothed easily onto my skin and did not exasperate any dry patches (especially around my nose). No need to wait as absorption is immediate and this leaves a comfortable dry to the touch finish on the skin.
Two things to note there. One, this primer will slightly change the finish of your foundation into a more velvety look. I had worn a rather glowy base on top of this and found that this did change the final finish on my skin. Two, is that this primer with it’s silicone ingredients will diminish the effectiveness of your water-resistant or waterproof foundation as it’s now sitting on the primer instead of directly on your skin.
And unfortunately this is exactly where I ran into a speed bump. Happy I was with the way this smoothed out my skin texture irregularities and evened out my complexion, I can not wear this every day without eventually ending up with a few spots. The fact that this really coats my skin, especially with the high silicone content, still aggravated my acne prone skin type.
For colour correcting, smoothing out skin texture and enhancing the photogenic quality of your base makeup, the Make Up For Ever HD Primer does an excellent job. I loved the light weight feel of the formulation and even the slight (banana?) scent of it. This is still a product that I would keep around for photo shoots, special events or filming but everyday wear is out of the question due to skin incompatibility. If you are having similar issues with this, try using the HD Powder in conjunction with the Mist & Fix spray instead. All other skin types, ask for a sample at your local Sephora and try it out!
The face that greeted me in the makeup chair was a warm and familiar one. Heather Nightingale is the Western Regional Manager for the brand as well as their National Pro Educator. To me however, she was one of the big reasons that I delved into beauty head first. About 8 years ago, when Make Up Forever was still available at The Bay, Heather had been the first one to ever do my makeup and her warmth and enthusiasm has stuck with me to this day.
Before putting any colour to my face, it was important to access what we’re working with and this meant having a good hard look in the mirror and finding my face shape. Make Up For Ever generally categorizes faces under 7 shapes but it’s not uncommon for people to fall within two categories. While I assumed that my face was rather long, Heather also pointed out that because I have wider cheekbones and a slightly slimmer chin, I also fall under heart shaped.
We used Sculpting Duo in Shade #02 and the Double Ended Sculpting Brush
Here’s a few of Heather’s tips to make sculpting a little more approachable:
- Three basic rules: right product/tools, right colour, blend blend blend!
- Highlighter should be enhancing but not glaring. Unless you are going on a photoshoot or are walking the red carpet, you don’t need the full KimK method for everyday.
- A highlighter with a satin finish is easier to work with because you can wear it as it or choose to add a sheen afterwards with a second product. Going straight in with a shimmer product to highlight can get out of hand…fast.
- Start from the far side of your face right above the ear and brush inwards at an angle towards the center of the face. It’s important to start with a miniscule amount of product then blend and add as you go. If you’re not blending throughout then the tell-tale stripe is bound to show up.
- Add a sweep of highlighter under your cheek contour and then another sweep of contour along the jawline. This “sandwich” method really helps to bring out your facial features.
I shall leave you with this lovely group photo of us along with the #getsculped model who handed out Make Up For Ever samples and showed off his sculpted abs. My sculpting powder is on it’s way through the mail and we shall resume this topic with a review and possibly a tutorial.
Good products usually get an encore, sometimes fantastic beauty products get a reincarnation. This is exactly the case with the Makeup Forever HD Pressed powder, an easy to use and portable version of their ever popular loose HD powder made for those close up moments in real life or on camera.
Brand: Makeup Forever Paris
Product: High Definition Pressed Powder*
Size: 6.2 grams
Availability: Sephora (in stores / online), Makeup Forever Boutiques World Wide
Price: $41 CAD / $36 USD
Would I (re)purchase: Possibly.
When it comes down to the final decision on this powder, I think you need to consider what exactly you are looking for in your powder product. If a sheer look and makeup setting ability is what you desire then this is a fantastic option. If coverage and a strict matte finish is your look then you’ll certainly be disappointed. Personally I do prefer to carry a powder with some coverage for touchups but I do love the truly invisible texture on my skin and it’s ability to control oils without looking heavy or the tell tale sign of powder.