Wednesday, February 27, 2013

MAKE UP FOR EVER Technicolor eyeshadow palette review + swatches


        For Spring 2013, MAKE UP FOR EVER has a palette that will take you over the rainbow! The MAKE UP FOR EVER Technicolor eyeshadow palette channels the 1930's cinematic revolution that all began when Dorothy stepped out the door of her windswept home into the magical wonderland of Oz. Like the filmmakers of that period, Dany Sanz has created a palette of over-saturated colors to make them seem more alive.




          The MAKE UP FOR EVER Technicolor palette is housed in black plastic packaging emblazoned with its namesake logo and the silhouette of an eye that seems to be a part of  MAKE UP FOR EVER's trademark imagery. There's a mirror on the inside of the lid. The palette contains eight 0.03 oz. eyeshadows (full size singles are typically 0.08oz.).

          When it comes to wearing brights, I like a small brush head since it allows for more precision. With most products I prefer to use my own full-size applicators, however in this case, I was happy to see miniature 10P and 16P brushes included. I've noticed that a product is often best applied with that brand's own brushes, and that seems to be the case with the Technicolor palette.


         The MAKE UP FOR EVER Technicolor palette is right on with this spring's bright color forecast. I've seen uncannily similar colors in the Spring / Summer 2013 collection in another favorite brand of mine (I guess great artists think alike)! It's also worth noting that the palette is pretty practical too; it has four neutrals in addition to the four brights.

          The MAKE UP FOR EVER Technicolor palette has eight colors, seven of which are from the permanent collection.  I like that MAKE UP FOR EVER chose mostly matte formulations; shimmer in bright colors can be a bit excessive. Black (#04) is a matte black. Yellow (Jaune) is a sunny yellow with slight shimmer. Apple Green (#91) is a fresh parakeet green. Turquoise (#72) is a bright blue. Lilac (#116) is a medium lilac; it's not as bright as the others. White (#00) is a paper white. Espresso (#17) is a rich warm brown. Beige (#126) is a peach-leaning beige with shimmer; as you can see it blends in seamlessly with my skin tone.



           As you can see in my swatches below, the colors are bright and beautiful. However, the formulation of these shadows has been a topic of contention amongst bloggers. Personally, I find that the formula works fine for me. I was delighted by how bright Apple Green and Turquoise looked on my lids after just a couple sweeps of the 16P brush (over NARS Smudgeproof primer). They held up well while blending. That said, I will acknowledge that the formula is a little dryer and not as perfectly silky as the regular line, and some of the colors are easier to work with than others. I think different application methods and applicators make a difference. First, the included brushes seemed to work better for me than my everyday makeup brushes. Second, it helps to swirl brushes vigorously to pick up pigment and swipe them on, as opposed to using a 'packing' method.


         I'm looking forward to incorporating the MAKE UP FOR EVER Technicolor palette ($45) into my routine. Brights aren't workhorse colors, so it's nice to get them in cost-effective palette form. I really enjoyed the story behind the creation of this eyeshadow palette; as you know, I'm a fan of inspirations. I'd say the standout colors are Apple Green and Turquoise; they'd be perfect for the Inspired by Monet look I wrote about earlier this month! Thanks for reading! Have you had the chance to try the Technicolor palette? What kind of look would you create with this palette? What MAKE UP FOR EVER products have you been loving lately?

Love, Dovey.
Disclosure: This post contains product(s) sent to Cute and Mundane for consideration by PR. The ideas and opinions in this post are genuine and my own.

20 comments:

  1. Hey Dovey!

    Yay! Someone who agrees with me haha! I think the palette isn't that bad either! And honestly for me, I use brights in little bits anyways so for me it works fine!

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    1. Hi Tracy!

      Yes! I was worried after reading some reviews, but thankfully I had the same experience you did :-D

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  2. Wow, just how bright is that yellow =D Great palette!

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    1. Hi RD&L, I know! I like how sunny it is too :)

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  3. wow even the lid is shockingly eye catching!

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    1. Hi J, agreed! I like how it fits in with their intended theme :)

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  4. Hi Dovey, I love your swatches! To be honest, this palette intimidates me, but it's so pretty and unique too! I'd probably use the beige shade the most because I'm boring like that. haha

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    1. Hi Tiffany, Thank you so much! Brights do intimidate me too, so I like to go with small quantities :-D

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  5. I've been watching this palette make its rounds, and each time it surprises me how pale the purple shade is. You'd think they would have gone with something more vivid, it seems really sheer next to the rest of the colour!

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    1. Hi Procrastinator, Thanks for the comment! You bring up a good point--- the purple is pretty, though not as explosive color-wise as the other three brights!

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  6. It's gorgeous! I love the shades they threw together - so, so bright. It's just cheerful, you know?

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    1. Hi Larie, Thanks! You inspire me to try brights more often!

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  7. This palette looks kind of intimidating haha. It's fun, and I like the balance of brights/neutrals. My problem is I don't tend to wear matte shades too well, let alone bright mattes, so I'll probably pass ;)

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    1. Hi Sunny, Thanks for the comment! I think you're right about the balance; as for mattes, it is personal pref.! I tend to prefer mattes so it made me happy :)

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  8. I love how the palette is balanced with brights and neutrals..cute!

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    1. Hi Jo Jo, Thanks for the comment! :)

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  9. this looks so pretty! I like the balance of bright and neutral shades :D

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    1. Thanks Kelly! I like that too :0

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  10. I'm really loving the bright fun shades of this palette, and the swatches actually look really nice! I bet it looks lovely on you! ^^

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    1. Hi Teri, Thank you so much! :)

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