Customizable blush palettes are not new (Inglot and MAC have had those for years), but it’s such a great concept that honestly, I think should be offered by any makeup brand. I don’t know about you, but the ready-made palettes always contain shades I don’t see myself ever reaching for and as pretty as they may look, they are just not practical for someone who’s not a makeup artist or is lucky enough to be able to pull off any blush shade.
Last year, Make Up For Ever added a great new Artist Face Color line of blushes to their offering, with an option to build your own two or three pan palette (or pick just one shade if you wish). Plus, the more you buy, the more cost effective the palette becomes, i.e the value of a three pan set is $71, but you only pay $45.
The case you get is really sleek, portable and includes a mirror. It’s not to big and sturdy enough to use while traveling. The detailing of an embossed logo is a nice touch that makes the product look luxurious and classy. I’m a big fan of the packaging, not just the look of it but also the fact that it’s designed well and doesn’t have any wasted space.
But the packaging means nothing if the product inside is sub-par and I’m happy to inform that the quality of those cheek shades is superb. They have just enough pigment to show up well on the skin and at the same time prevent you from going overboard if you apply too much product on the brush. There’s not much kick-up as you pick the powder up and most importantly, these babies blend like a dream.
Some blushes tend to apply in a patchy way or leave a demarcation line, here we’re dealing with a seamless transition and a very even appearance on the cheeks. Whether it’s a blush or a contour shade (I haven’t actually tried any highlighters from the range yet, but I assume that they are just as good), the application is pretty much foolproof.
For my Make Up For Ever Artist Face Color palette I decided to go for two blushes and one contour shade. I was tempted by the highlighters, but since I’m so in love with the Fenty one, it was pointless to even attempt to replace it. For the contour I picked up the shade S112, which is absolutely perfect for my skin tone. I’m fairly new to contouring and only used the Smashbox trio for that purpose. Interestingly enough, every time I applied the contour shade from the set I couldn’t stop thinking that it looked like dirt. This one is much more subtle and the undertone works much better, I’d definitely recommend it if you’re anywhere near the NC20 coloring.
My first blush pick was the shade B110, which I was hoping to be a dupe for MAC’s Immortal Flower blush, but unfortunately it’s more like Benefit’s Dandelion with a warmer undertone. Still a lovely brightening color for fair to light-medium complexions. The B304 shade was almost a afterthought but ended up being my favorite, n the website it’s described as camel shade and I’d say it’s pretty accurate. It’s your neutral, peachy hue that goes with everything. Similar to Flower Beauty Peach Primrose or MAC Peaches, but more muted. Both shades are matte, but there are also shimmery finishes available to choose from.
I guess we all know what’s coming next in the last paragraph of this post. Make Up For Ever has done it again and created a standout product that I can wholeheartedly recommend. If you’re looking for good quality, well designed cheek products that you can customize to meet your needs, definitely look into their Artist Face Color range.