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Friday, January 30, 2015

Make Up For Ever Give in to Me Makeup Kit Inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey

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I can't say I'm a fan of Fifty Shades of Grey- I read a few chapters of the book but lost interest pretty quickly. It wasn't the subject matter, I say read whatever you want, I just couldn't handle the characters or the writing style. The only real interest I've had in the whole Fifty Shades phenomenon so far has been the cosmetic cross overs it's spawned, like the incredible Make Up For Ever Give in to Me Makeup Kit. Whether you're a die hard Fifty Shades fan or not, you're likely going to swoon for this collection of MUFE goodies. Read on for a closer look!

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Before we get to the actual contents, we have to take a moment and discuss the box itself. The 'treasure box' as MUFE calls it is just that as it's a very sturdy feeling, padded box with an all black exterior. The outer has a textured leather like material and a pink band along the edge where the box opens. This area has embossed silver phrases from the book/movie. The MUFE logo- sultry parted lips clasping a makeup brush- is embossed on the top. When you open the box, the makeup is housed in a removable tray with a nice sized mirror in the lid. When the try is removed you can use the box to hold your treasures- or more mundane things like makeup or jewelry. Should you have more secret treasures, there is a smaller side section with a faux key detail. I am quite impressed with how much detail was put into the box.

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Starting with lips, the kit includes Make Up For Ever Lab Shine Lip gloss in D-14 or Shimmering Indian Pink, I have to say, I love that Sephora includes shade names for MUFE products as the numbers are so hard to remember. Anyway,  D-14 is a sheer light pink gloss with golden shimmer that gives lips a bit of colour and shimmer and major shine. I'm a gloss fan in general, but this formula is absolute perfection! Its so comfortable on lips, is hydrating and isn't the least bit sticky. I sense more of these in my future.

Lipstick lovers weren't forgotten, as there is also a tube of Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Lipstick in N4 or Pink Beige. Pink Beige is just that, a nude-pink shade that is perfect for everyday. The formula is again, perfect as it's light feeling on lips, is moisturizing, has some shine and is just so easy to wear. MUFE knows how to do lips well. You could top the lipstick with the gloss, but I prefer to wear them on their own as the gloss doesn't do a whole lot to change the look of the lipstick.

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While the main event for eyes is the palette (coming up next, hold on) the kit does include the needed accoutrement for a perfect eye. I've previously reviewed both Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara (here) and Make Up For Ever Graphic Liner (here) should you want a full review. I love the Smoky Extravagant formula as it gives great volume and length with stay all day wear-ability. I didn't have the greatest experience with my fist Graphic Liner, and while this one still lacks a tight fitting cap- why MUFE, why?- the tip isn't dry and it applies beautifully.

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As promised, the main event, the Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow Palette. The palette contains four shades:
  • I-514 Pink Ivory a pale, pink kissed ivory with an iridescent finish.
  • S-556 Taupe Grey  which is exactly that, a grey based taupe with a satin finish. 
  • ME-612 Silver Brown a bronzey-red brown with a silvery metallic finish. 
  • I-628 Reptile a dirty antique green with a golden brown undertone with an iridescent finish.
The shadows themselves are all intensely pigmented, smooth and buttery, and generally perfect. For a full review of the formula see my full review here. I love that MUFE chose to use really wearable shades in this palette. They're perfect for everyday, but can also be amped up for something more dramatic. The kit includes a booklet with looks created by Victoria Dawn, head of the makeup department on the Fifty Shades film, which shows you how to create three Anastasia looks with the products. I didn't follow the booklet for the look above, but it's a great addition should you need a little inspiration.

Overall, this is an amazing kit! The value is amazing compared to what you'd pay if you picked up all of the individual pieces ($179 USD / $204 CAD value). Plus, you're getting products you're actually going to reach for all the time- there is nothing here that isn't perfect for day to day. What do you think of the kit? Want it? Have it? Thoughts?