Make Up For Ever never ceases to amaze me with their collections for each season and the Holiday collections are by far one of my favourites! The Midnight Glow Holiday collection is inspired by the glistening effect of winter moonlight giving us a limited edition Midnight Glow Palette with eight dramatic colours perfect for creating a glittery, icy look for these winter months. I love that this palette is a bit more adventurous and combines “frost” with the ever popular rose gold for a bit of warmth.
Price: $48.00 CDN
Packaging: Sleek, black packaging that I could easily fit in my purse for touch-ups.
Results/Discussion: When I saw the palette with those lovely, wintery colours I was quite excited to play around with some winter looks, but I quickly realized that not all of the shadows in this palette were created equally! The 6 shimmery Diamond Shadows looked wonderfully pigmented in the pan, but were very difficult to work with as they were very hard in the pan and I had to press quite hard to get a decent amount of colour to transfer to my fingers. Using a brush to apply colour took too long. However, once I applied the shadows to my eyes, most of the pigmentation disappeared and I was just left with shimmer. I should note that I used eye primer the whole time.
The two matte shades in Matte Black and Metallic Taupe fared much better in terms of pigmentation and although they had a similar hardness to the Diamond Shadows, transferred colour much better to my eyes. If shimmer is the eye look you want, then my suggestion is to layer the Diamond Shadows over the Matte Black as the shadows pop out much more against a dark base and gives a dramatic smoky eye that works beautifully for the holidays or of course whenever you might need a dramatic smoky eye!
I always find that the applicators provided in eyeshadow palettes are always of poor quality, but that is certainly not the case with the Midnight Glow Palette! The brushes provided are actually miniatures from the full sized MUFE artisan brush collection! One is the 226 Medium Eye Shader Brush (labelled with a “P” for petite?) and the other is the 214 Small Precision Crease Brush that is awesome for applying shadow right in that inner eye crease. Finally, palette brushes that are keepers!
Conclusion: I have to admit that I was not expecting the shadows to be that difficult to work with. The formula was a bit too hard for my liking to use as a main eye shadow and losing pigmentation was a bit of a disappointment. I did like the colours that were chosen to create the palette as the focus wasn’t just on neutrals, but on adding some drama to your winter eye look. The brushes provided are of amazing quality and will be brushes that I intend on keeping. This palette is wonderful for shimmer and providing a “smoky sparkle” to your makeup look so if that’s something you’ve been looking for, then definitely consider this palette!
The Limited Edition Make Up For Ever Holiday Collection is found exclusively at Sephora and MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutiques. I’ve still seen the items lurking in Sephora so hurry before they’re gone! Also, apologies for posting AFTER the holidays, but I hope you guys still enjoyed the review!
PR sample received for review purposes. All opinions are my own.