All hail queen matte. Matte everything has definitely been having it's time in the spotlight. While I'm a total fan of a matte lip, matte shadows aren't always my faves when used on their own. I tend to like a variety of textures/finishes, but Make Up For Ever has swayed my opinion. The newest member of the Artist Palette family- Volume 4 to be exact- is all matte, and an excellent addition to any palette stash.
The Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Volume 4, as mentioned, is filled with nine matte shadows. The shadows work in trios to create three looks- vamp, romantic, and seductive- which are also explained in the illustrated booklet that comes with the palette. If you tend to feel overwhelmed with a palette in hand, it's a great way to get started.
The palette itself is simple; made of a durable, mate coated cardboard. The top closes magnetically, and the inner lid has a nice size mirror. The palette is great for travel, as it's flat and fairly compact. It can easily be stashed in makeup bag without fuss and does feel pretty durable.
The shadows... That's what you're really interested in. The nine shades are all very nicely pigmented, with a smooth formula. I found all of the shadows have a silkiness, save for the black and grey which are a bit firmer feeling when swatched. There is a bit of powder when you dip a brush in, but I didn't experience fallout when applying any of the shades. These blend very easily, but don't blend out into nothing, and retain their pigment well.
All of the shades are available in the Artist Shadow range, so you can easily re-purchase should a certain shade be your favourite. The palette includes:
- M-100 Black
- M-620 Grey Brown
- M-16 Chalk
- M-482 Wine
- M-806 Antique Pink
- M-546 Dark- Purple Taupe
- M-240 Prussian Blue
- M-536 Milk Tea
- M-530 Eggshell
As mentioned, the palette is deigned as trios for three looks (of course you can also mix as you please) but I opted to go with the Romantic Look. It uses the three middle shades, with neutral rosy shades. I love how the look comes together and is really quite pretty.
Overall, this is an excellent palette for any shadow fan. The mattes work very well on their own for all matte looks, but the shades are also perfect for supplementing mattes that other palettes often lack. What do you think? Are you a matte shadow lover? Need or have this palette?