Wednesday, February 11, 2015

review: make up for ever x fifty shades of grey

A Review: Make Up For Ever x Fifty Shades of Grey Collection // A Style Caddy
A Review: Make Up For Ever x Fifty Shades of Grey Collection // A Style Caddy
A Review: Make Up For Ever x Fifty Shades of Grey Collection // A Style Caddy
A Review: Make Up For Ever x Fifty Shades of Grey Collection // A Style Caddy
A Review: Make Up For Ever x Fifty Shades of Grey Collection // A Style Caddy

I know, I know. Fifty Shades of Grey isn't exactly everyone's cup of tea, but I'll admit it, I'm a fan. Their collaboration with Make Up For Ever was one I just couldn't pass up when I saw it online, and the price tag was even better. One singular eye shadow retails for $21, something I just couldn't justify. So when I saw that none of the sets were over $80 and what was in each collection, I had to make it mine!
The Give In To Me Makeup Kit {$79, a $179 value} comes with a lipstick, lip gloss, mascara, liquid eyeliner, and eye shadow quad. It comes in a black keepsake box with several quotes from the book imprinted on a light pink trim.
Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in N4 is a great neutral pinky beige. You can buy this on it's own, but you get a full-size in the kit. The formula is super creamy and on the sheerer side, so don't expect anything opaque when you swipe this on. It's not at all drying, a plus, but that means that it's not long-wearing. I don't mind though since this more natural shade means the fading isn't obvious. Retails for $20.

Lab Shine Lip Gloss in D14 is a sheer pink with quite a bit of shimmer in it. It isn't sticky so you don't have to worry about your hair getting stuck to your lips throughout the day, something I really hate. I love the brush applicator, as opposed to a doe foot that most glosses have, because it makes it much easier to apply. You wouldn't notice it when you have it on, but it does have a sweet scent to it. It's great on it's own or over the lipstick on just the center of your lips. Since it has a lot of glitter throughout, it might not be for everyone. Retails for $19.
The Smoky Extravagant Mascara in black is one that I've tried before. I didn't like it then, and I unfortunately still don't like it now. I prefer waterproof formulas so I didn't have such high hopes for this. I like the conical shape of the mascara wand, but that's about it. I find this one to be too wet and thick, which results in clumping when applied. Not a good look. I think it's also why my lashes don't hold a curl when I use this. Not a favorite in this kit. Retails for $24.

The Graphic Liner pen is a pretty good one, if you ask me. The pen form makes it easy to hold when applying, and the pigmentation is great here. The only downside for me is that it's a felt tip, something I think makes it harder to create a winged liner. I can never get it to be as thin as I'd like, but I can see why something like this would be great if you're either a beginner or like a thicker liner look. Retails for $24.

Hands down my favorite part of this collection is the eyeshadow quad. It comes with four shades - I-514 {an iridescent pink ivory}, ME-612 {a metallic silver brown}, S-556 {a satin taupe gray}, and I-628 {an iridescent dark khaki taupe} - in a customizable palette, meaning you could switch any of these shades out for other MUFE shadow pans. These are all super pigmented and incredibly creamy, not at all chalky. For me, I love wearing ME-612 as an all over lid shade and using S-556 and I-625 for a smoky eye. I-514 is a highlight shade for me but would work well as an all over lid shade for fairer-skinned ladies. Personally, I wish  S-556 was more on the brown side than the gray side, but it works. Each shadow retails for $21.

Now onto the Desire Me Cheek Set {$49, $112 value}. It comes in a black velvet pouch that I love for jewelry and such when traveling.

The cheek set comes with a trio in I-526 {an iridescent pearl beige}, I-808 {an iridescent bright cool pink}, and S-748 {a satin coral orange}. Again, these are just as pigmented and creamy as the shadows - in fact, I-526 and I-808 are listed as eye shadows. I know that they look a bit scary in the pan - a cool-toned pink and a vibrant orange probably don't seem so wearable - but they can be as sheer or as pigmented as you'd like depending on how much you apply. While you can wear I-808 and S-748 alone, I like to mix them together to get the perfect neutral cheek color. I actually think I-526 is a really pretty cheek highlight that's more of a champagne pink that a light gold. It's a nice break from my normal NARS Albatross. Each retails for $21.

Let's talk about this amazingly soft travel-size blush brush. It is so good! It's soft and doesn't shed. It applies product just where you want it and not all over the side of your face since it's smaller than most blush brushes. I can only imagine that this would work well to sculpt and contour with. A dual purpose brush. Great in my opinion. Full size retails for $40.

Whew! A lengthy post, but there were a lot of products to include. If you can get your hands on these two sets or the lip sets {I decided to skip on those because I have so many lip products}, then grab them. You won't be disappointed by the quality or the price!

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