Make Up For Ever Black Tango Palette

Do you watch Dancing With the Stars?  Do you live for episodes with Gilles Marini dancing the Tango?

Boy what I wouldn’t give to be Cheryl Burke in this photo…

Well, Gilles may not be showing up in my bedroom any time soon – oops, I meant to say on my dance floor…but I can create a super sexy, dramatic eye with my Make Up For Ever Black Tango Palette ($45) just in case he does!

Make Up For Ever Black Tango Palette

Pictures don’t seem to do this palette justice.  The outside is really beautiful, it’s a black lace fan opened against a red background.  It’s stunning, it looks much more dramatic in person than it does in the picture.  This palette is exclusively at Sephora and

Inside are four limited editions of Make Up For Ever’s waterproof Aqua Cream eyeshadows.  Three of them have a black base, the fourth is a highlighter color.  They are super pigmented, and once they are on they aren’t going anywhere until you wash them off.

inside Black Tango

The jars of cream eyeshadow have flip-top lids, you will want to seal them carefully after use to make sure they don’t dry out.

Black Tango – note the flip-top lids

The four shades include black with red highlights, black with green highlights, black with blue highlights, and ivory.  Also included is an extremely nice dual sided flat nylon bristle brush.

double ended flat bristle brush

The colors are so pigmented, having two sides to the brush is a terrific idea – one side to apply the darker color, and the other side for the ivory shade.

brush close up

Three of the four colors are dark, jewel-tone shades mixed with black for very striking, dark smoky looks.  Make Up For Ever recommends using the brush to blend one of the dark colors from the lash line up to the crease.  Then, use the tip of the brush to apply the same color as an eyeliner along the lower lash line.  Then, use the other side of the brush to apply the ivory shade onto the brow bone, finish the look with loads of mascara and you are ready to tango!

left to right:  ivory, black/blue, black/red, black/green

I love the Aqua Cream eyeshadows so I was excited for this palette.  The colors are very dramatic, and actually apply darker than they look in the pan.


Pictured above is the black with red shade.  This goes on me as reddish-blackish-brown.  I don’t normally wear dark shades on my lid, but I tried the look Make Up For Ever suggests and it’s very pretty with all three shades.  I also liked using the ivory shade on the lid and brow, with a darker shade in the crease and to line the upper and lower lids.  I think that is a better way to go if you have deep-set or hooded eyes.

Eye look using the black/red shade with ivory as a brow shade

The cream eyeshadow seems to dry more quickly than the previous Aqua Creams I’ve tried, so you have to work fast to blend out the colors.


The black/green shade is a very deep green on, in fact on me it looks almost black – there is just the slightest hint of green to it.  Sheered out the green shows up more.


I think my favorite shade is the black/blue one, I love how the jewel-toned blue really makes brown eyes pop.

black/blue with a little bit missing…

Here’s what it looks like after I’ve been dipping in.  I love this as an eyeliner, it just doesn’t budge.


ivory after I used it a few times

The ivory shade is very pretty.  I found that too much of this looks a bit frosty, so use it sparingly and build it up to the intensity you desire.

Overall, I really like this palette and think the colors are very interesting.  I am finding myself using the dark colors mostly for lining.  They look nice on the lid, but for my eye shape the ivory is a better lid choice.  The brush is fabulous, and the cream eyeshadows are must haves if you have problems with eyeshadow smudging or wearing off quickly.

Every time I use this palette, I look ready to tango.  Gilles, are you listening?  Come on over, I’ve got the look so now I need the partner!!! – Lisa

*pr sample


Isododecane, Synthetic Wax, Mica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Zinc Stearate, Kaolin, Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Acrylates Copolymer, Isononyl Isononanoate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Propylene Carbonate, Parfum (Fragrance), Tin Oxide, [+/- CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77288 (Chromium Oxide Greens), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake)].