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Make Up For Ever Lustrous Shadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Lustrous

Make Up For Ever Lustrous Shadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.60 oz.) contains 12 eyeshadows in a mix of mattes and shimmers (actually, only three shimmers, which is a big deal for the brand’s pre-made palettes!). It’s new and limited edition for the holiday season, and as I noted in my sneak peek post, the brand made several mentions of the formula being new: “newest innovation” and “unique formula” and “formulated with 25 percent more pigment” and “be the first to try this new formula.” Reading through ingredient lists, the ingredient lists for M100 (matte black) and ME512 (gold) differed enough that it did seem like a new formula. I received confirmation via email from Make Up For Ever that the palette does feature a new formula that we will see in the future but no other details were shared at this time.

The colors, generally, lined up with the shades of the same number in the current Artist Shadow range, but there were new shades here and then the brand snuck in two shades that are actually blushes (matte red and plum). The three shimmery shades did not seem to be as silicone-heavy–not as dense, not quite as creamy–but they seemed easier to pickup with a greater number of brushes and a little more foolproof to apply to the lid if one is unfamiliar with the denser, more silicone-heavy textures. The mattes were slightly drier but more substantial, so they worked better on bare skin and tended to be more pigmented in a single pass (without sheering out) compared to the original formula, which I found better at building up color, but both were similarly easy to blend out for me.

The brand claimed that the formula features “intense color payoff, superior blendability, and unprecedented 12-hour wear.” They were quite pigmented, blendable (not sure about “superior” but most shades blended without major issues), and long wearing, though the wear for me ranged between nine and ten hours. I imagine if some found the metallic formula in the original range to be too firm/dense, they’ll prefer the newer shimmer formula. Similarly, if you prefer more buildable, silkier mattes, then you may find this drier, more substantial formula to be a miss. Functionally, I did not feel like it was a struggle by any means to use or to apply the eyeshadows in practice, but based on this sampling, it seemed like they were slightly below the performance of the Artist Shadow range has been in the past.

The packaging will likely be a miss for most; the eyeshadows are held inside a foam insert, which does slide within the tin, so it doesn’t seem as secure, though the brand has used foam inserts in the past, so I’m not surprised to see it again in this year’s holiday release.

Value

Going off of the pricing structure for their current Artist Shadow, which retails for $21.00 and contains 0.08 oz. or costs $262.50/oz. (I would expect any replacement formula to be similar in pricing unless the brand makes adjustments to the size, which they could definitely do, so please consider this a mere estimate of value.) The palette contains $157.50 worth of product.

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Lustrous

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Lustrous

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Limited Edition

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8.5
Product

9.5
Pigmentation

8.5
Texture

7.5
Longevity

4.5
Application

86%
Total

M100 Black

M100 Black is a deep black with neutral undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque color payoff in a single layer with a slightly firm texture that was smooth to the touch but could have been just a bit more blendable overall. It wore well for nine hours on me before fading noticeably.

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  • Make Up For Ever M100 Black (P, $21.00) (100% similar).
  • Kat Von D Black Metal (LE, ) (100% similar).
  • Sephora Obsidian (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar).
  • Colour Pop Let’s Do It (LE, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar).
  • MAC Structured Satin (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar).
  • Giorgio Armani #01 (P, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar).
  • Kat Von D Devotion (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar).
  • Tarte Fashionista (LE, ) is more muted (95% similar).
  • Laura Mercier Tuxedo (LE, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar).
  • Bobbi Brown Caviar (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar).
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M100 Black

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M100 Black

B+

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8.5
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10
Pigmentation

8.5
Texture

7.5
Longevity

4.5
Application

87%
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M608 Red Brown

M608 Red Brown is a deep brown with subtle, warm red undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was nearly opaque, and it was definitely buildable to get to full coverage with less than half a layer on top. The eyeshadow had a soft, smooth texture that was slightly drier than the original formula, but it did not seem to impede the blendability of the eyeshadow in practice. It lasted for nine hours on me before I noticed any fading.

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  • Persona Audacious (P, ) is lighter, warmer (95% similar).
  • LORAC Mahogany (Mega Pro 4) (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar).
  • Huda Beauty Oud (P, ) is darker (95% similar).
  • Sephora Burnt Umber (LE, ) is darker (95% similar).
  • MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar).
  • Blackbird Cosmetics Ruca (P, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar).
  • LORAC Romance (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar).
  • Makeup Geek Sidekick (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • Urban Decay Not For Sale (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar).
  • Morphe Jacz (LE, ) is brighter (90% similar).
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M608 Red Brown

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M608 Red Brown

B+

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8.5
Product

9.5
Pigmentation

8.5
Texture

7.5
Longevity

5
Application

87%
Total

ME512 Golden Beige

ME512 Golden Beige is a light-medium gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The eyeshadow was richly pigmented and had a smooth, slightly dense texture that wasn’t quite as cream-like as the original version I have but still yielded great pigmentation and blendability. I had no trouble applying or using this shade on the lid. It started to crease on me after ten hours of wear.

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  • City Color New Year, New Me (P, $6.99) is lighter, brighter (95% similar).
  • YSL Saharienne #2 (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar).
  • LORAC Sand (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar).
  • Viseart Champagne (P, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar).
  • Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar).
  • Colour Pop Famous (LE, $5.00) is darker (95% similar).
  • Colour Pop High Tide (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar).
  • Chanel Pearl River #2 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar).
  • NARS L’Amour, Toujours L’Amour #2 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar).
  • Estee Lauder Blonde Gold (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (95% similar).
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ME512 Golden Beige

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ME512 Golden Beige

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9
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10
Pigmentation

9
Texture

8.5
Longevity

5
Application

92%
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M847

M847 is a deep red with cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was drier, almost chalky to the touch, though I felt like it blended out better than I would have expected solely based on the way it felt. This shade is technically a blush, which I did not realize (but I should have) prior to testing it. It had opaque coverage that lasted for almost ten hours on me. As an actual blush, it was noticeably harder to blend out compared to on the lid, as I imagine the nature of trying to sheer and diffuse the bold shade across a larger area (cheek compared to the edge of the color on the eyelid) exacerbated any issues I had with blending. It wore well for nine and a half hours as a blush.

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  • Pretty Vulgar Snitch (P, ) is lighter (95% similar).
  • Colour Pop Missy (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar).
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Scandalous (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • Zoeva MT090 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).
  • Colour Pop Stay Golden (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar).
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M847

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M847

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7.5
Product

10
Pigmentation

7.5
Texture

8.5
Longevity

4
Application

83%
Total

M322 Khaki

M322 Khaki is a muted, medium green with warm, olive undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was soft, slightly powdery, and as a result, prone to sheering out a bit in practice. It had good color payoff, which was buildable when used over a primer (less buildable over bare skin). The color stayed on well for eight and a half hours on me.

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  • Anastasia Destiny (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar).
  • Burberry Khaki (08) (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar).
  • Zoeva MT150 (P, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar).
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M322 Khaki

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M322 Khaki

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8.5
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9
Pigmentation

8
Texture

7
Longevity

5
Application

83%
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M536 Milk Tea

M536 Milk Tea is a soft brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation in a single layer, which was buildable to full coverage with a second layer. The texture was soft, smooth, and a smidgen on the drier side, but it seemed to be more substantial and sat better on bare skin as a result (didn’t sheer out immediately as some drier mattes do). It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading slightly.

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  • Becca Ombre Rouge #1 (P, ) is warmer (95% similar).
  • Kat Von D Noble (LE, ) is darker (95% similar).
  • Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #11 (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar).
  • Urban Decay Levitation (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar).
  • Kat Von D Suede (LE, ) is darker (90% similar).
  • Smashbox Dope (P, ) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • Make Up For Ever M536 Milk Tea (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar).
  • Estee Lauder Vanille (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar).
  • LORAC Butterscotch (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar).
  • LORAC Buff (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar).
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M536 Milk Tea

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M536 Milk Tea

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8.5
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9
Pigmentation

9
Texture

7
Longevity

5
Application

86%
Total

ME728 Copper Red

ME728 Copper Red is a medium-dark copper with warm, reddish undertones and a frosted sheen. The color payoff was opaque, though the shade was noticeably less shimmery and metallic compared to the original version in the Artist Shadow range–as a result, it appeared darker and more subdued. The consistency was slightly drier and stiffer in the pan, but once on the lid, I didn’t have trouble diffusing or blending out the edges. I would recommend using a flat, synthetic brush to pickup product, though. On me, it lasted for nine and a half hours.

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  • Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE, ) is darker (95% similar).
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P, ) is darker (95% similar).
  • LORAC Nude #5 (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar).
  • Stila Rose Gold (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar).
  • LORAC Gold (DC, $19.00) is darker (95% similar).
  • Urban Decay Lucky (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar).
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #3 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar).
  • Too Faced Butterscotch (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar).
  • LORAC Unleashed (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar).
  • MAC Espresso Blend #1 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar).
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ME728 Copper Red

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ME728 Copper Red

B+

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10
Pigmentation

8
Texture

8
Longevity

5
Application

87%
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M500 Ivory

M500 Ivory is a soft beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that wasn’t too thin or too powdery, so it blended out with ease but did not sheer out too readily. This shade wore well for nine hours on me.

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  • Kat Von D Amen (LE, ) is darker (95% similar).
  • LORAC Porcelain (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar).
  • Smashbox Vanilla (P, ) is warmer (95% similar).
  • Too Faced BFF (LE, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar).
  • Inglot #353 (P, $6.00) is warmer (95% similar).
  • LORAC Blanc (P, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar).
  • Anastasia Vanilla (P, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar).
  • Make Up For Ever M500 Ivory (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar).
  • Smashbox Hero (P, ) is warmer (95% similar).
  • Too Faced Pot du Crème (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar).
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M500 Ivory

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M500 Ivory

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10
Pigmentation

10
Texture

7.5
Longevity

5
Application

92%
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M619

M619 is a medium-dark taupe with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff was fantastic, while the texture was soft, slightly dusty in the pan, but blendable on the lid and adhered evenly and smoothly to bare skin. It lasted for just over nine hours on me before fading a bit.

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  • Anastasia Cyprus Umber (P, $12.00) is darker (95% similar).
  • MAC Influential (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar).
  • Anastasia Mercury (P, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar).
  • Kat Von D Saleos (P, ) is lighter (95% similar).
  • NARS Bali (P, $25.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar).
  • Persona Maverick (P, ) is lighter, cooler (95% similar).
  • MAC Lofty (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar).
  • MAC Bowl Out (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).
  • MAC Concrete (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).
  • Anastasia Smoke (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar).
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M619

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M619

B+

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8.5
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10
Pigmentation

8.5
Texture

7.5
Longevity

5
Application

88%
Total

M928 Eggplant

M928 Eggplant is a deep lum with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent color coverage in a single layer with a smooth, slightly dustier texture. This was another shade that turned out to be a blush rather than an eyeshadow, though I initially tested it as an eyeshadow, where it lasted for ten hours and was fairly blendable. As a blush, it didn’t seem quite as forgiving to blend out over the larger surface area, as it was just so pigmented. It did, however, wear for a solid ten hours as a cheek color.

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  • Colour Pop Damsel (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar).
  • Inglot #375 (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar).
  • Viseart Cool Matte #7 (P, ) is lighter (85% similar).
  • Ciate Flirt (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar).
  • Tarte Getty Up & Go (LE, ) is cooler (85% similar).
  • Huda Beauty Amethyst (P, ) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar).
  • Smashbox No Shame (P, ) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar).
  • Colour Pop 143 (LE, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar).
  • bareMinerals Nightcap (P, ) is darker (80% similar).
  • Kat Von D Plum (Define) (P, ) is darker, more muted (80% similar).
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M928 Eggplant

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M928 Eggplant

B+

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10
Pigmentation

8
Texture

8.5
Longevity

4.5
Application

87%
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ME840 Pink Chrome

ME840 Pink Chrome is a muted, medium-dark plum with warmer undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage–it was the least pigmented in the palette–and a drier consistency that did not apply as well on its own compared to other shades. If I used a dampened brush, it applied with better coverage and blended out more readily; it did not really improve much over primer. This shade stayed on well for eight and a half hours.

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  • BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #12 (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar).
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Cat Fight (LE, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar).
  • Too Faced Sprinkles (Holiday 2016) (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar).
  • L’Oreal Glistening Garnet (P, $7.99) is darker (90% similar).
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Chameleon (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).
  • Sephora Rosewood (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar).
  • MAC Violet Blend #3 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • MAC Serenade (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar).
  • Makeup Geek Anarchy (P, $6.00) is warmer (85% similar).
  • Kat Von D Stupid Autocorrect (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar).
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ME840 Pink Chrome

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ME840 Pink Chrome

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9
Pigmentation

7
Texture

7
Longevity

4
Application

76%
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M549

M549 is a muted, medium taupe with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finnish. The color payoff was opaque in a single layer, and the texture was smooth, velvety, and blendable without being too thin or too powdery in the pan. It lasted well for nine hours on me before fading slightly.

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  • Bobbi Brown Slate (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar).
  • Sephora Coffee (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar).
  • bareMinerals Vow (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
  • Makeup Geek Brownie Points (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar).
  • Tarte Profesh (P, ) is darker (90% similar).
  • Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar).
  • Tarte Stone Unturned (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar).
  • Colour Pop Take the Lead (P, $5.00) is cooler (85% similar).
  • Anastasia Lula (LE, $12.00) is warmer (85% similar).
  • MAC Cool Complement (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar).
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M549

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M549

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10
Pigmentation

9
Texture

7.5
Longevity

5
Application

90%
Total

   
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