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As it's October (i"m sure you knew that...) one of the best times of the year is upon us- Halloween! I love Halloween but really haven't been too involved with it the past few years. Well, unless watching every horror movie ever made wist nibbling on Halloween candy counts. Does it? One of the best parts about Halloween is that is allows us makeup fanatic free license to go crazy. Anything is possible. I recently tried my hand at a deer look (this one) and as part of the Make Up For Ever x Sephora #GlamtoGhoul event, and as a thank you, Make Up For Ever sent me a few goodies. The goods include some of their Artist Brushes and their iconic Flash Colour Palette.
I was instantly excited to dig into the Flash Colour Palette, but then it hit me- what would I use this for outside of Halloween. That's quite possibly the dumbest question because this guy can be used for pretty much anything you can think of. The 12 shades (I have the Artistic palette, but there is also a more muted Neutral version) can be used on the cheeks, lips, and eyes and with all your basics represented you can mix pretty much any shade you could ever need.
I read a few blogs to see exactly how you can incorporate this palette into your daily makeup routine and there are an impressive list of possibilities. Need a colour corrector? Mix it. Unusual brow shade? Mix it. Lighten or deepen a foundation? Mix it. Custom lip shade? Eyeshadow base? You see where this is going.
The shades are all intensely pigmented, meaning a little bit goes a very long way. They have a super creamy feel that blends and melds with skin retaining all of the glorious pigment. While this palette is definitely an investment, it's something that will last for ages and is no one trick pony.
Make Up For Ever Artist Brushes 412 $43 USD / $50 CAD, 228 $25 USD / $30 CAD, and 154 $44 USD / $52 CAD
An artist is only as good as their tools, and Make Up For Ever offers exceptional options in their Artist Brush range. I was sent three brushes that all have the softest bristles and the brand's signature tapered wood handles.
- 412 Medium Paint Brush: Is my most unique brush, as it's shaped like a true paint brush. The flat shape is useful for applying product to the large areas face and body, and makes applying contour to the hollows quicker than quick.
- 228 Medium Precision Shader: A flat paddle-style brush that works with cream, powder, and glitter formulas. Great for pressing on product in precise areas.
- 154 Buffer Blush Brush: A dense, round flat-top brush for blush application. I initially thought the shape seemed a bit odd for blush application, but this does blend and diffuse powder or cream blush really well.
As mentioned, the Flash Colour palette is an investment, but is an incredibly versatile product. I never would have thought I would use one, but having it has changed my mind. I'm planning a few more Halloween looks, so be sure to follow me on Instagram to check them out. Oh, and obviously, if your brush collection is a little light, the Artist Brushes are worth the splurge. What do you think? Tried the any of these products? Want to?