Make Up For Ever B302 Artist Face Color ($23.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a brighter, light-medium pink-coral with very fine, golden pearl. It had a more satin-like finish, where there was a soft glow to the skin but never looked frosted, sparkly, or metallic. It had opaque color coverage in a single layer, but the consistency was denser, which made it more forgiving if one wanted to use a lighter touch (as you would not pickup as much product that way) so I felt like I had good control over using it. A moderately dense brush with a moderate hand yielded full coverage, so it also did not take building up to get there. The blush blended out easily and sat well on the skin. On me, it wore well for nine hours before fading slightly.
Overview of the Formula
The formula is supposed to have “intense color payoff” with a “long-lasting finish.” The range is split into three types–Highlighters, Sculpting Powders, and Blushes–that is easy to determine by the first letter of the shade name (H for Highlighter, S for Sculpting, and B for Blush). There are three finishes–matte, shimmer, and pearl but was less obvious. In fact, the majority of the “matte” shades were more like semi-matte or natural matte where there were no distinctive shimmer particles but they seemed to take on the natural finish of the skin, which gave the “mattes” a particularly seamless finish on the skin but might be dewier on oilier skin types than desired. None of the 34 shades available were frosted or metallic except three of the highlighters (H100, H106, H312).
The pigmentation ranged from medium to opaque, depending largely on the shade, though they were always buildable if they were not opaque in a single layer. Some of the deeper, more matte shades were less forgiving and took more effort to diffuse and blend, even when I used a lighter hand or a more feathery brush. The texture was smooth, velvety, and moderately dense without any powderiness or dustiness in the pan. The formula has lasted between eight and ten hours on me.
You can view swatches of all of the blushes, all of the highlighters, and all of the sculpting powders in the Swatch Gallery.
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