Make Up For Ever has a stunning Midnight Glow look for the winter holidays. Above you’ll see the photo they took of me for their promotion. Oops, they must have deleted mine for this stunning blonde instead. The entire look is made up of the Midnight Glow palette (sent for review), a gorgeous Aqua Rouge Waterproof Liquid Lip Color in Satin Soft Pink, N15 Midnight Glow Glitter and Midnight Glow Strass gems. In addition to these products add in Smoky Extravagant Mascara, a dark eyeliner like MUFE’s Kohl black, and black Aqua Liner #14 for top and bottom lash lines. Did I get this look? Of course not, but I did have some fun creating combinations with the Midnight Glow Eye Shadow Palette.
Make Up For Ever’s Midnight Glow palette is unlike any product I’ve used from the MUFE line. It has an ethereal quality to it that I’ve yet to find from them. When I think of Make Up For Ever I think of bright, bold cosmetics that last incredibly long. Midnight Glow breaks that mold and brings a soft, angelic look to its wearers.
Midnight Glow ($42) is an eyeshadow palette of 8 shades, 6 of which are new and exclusive to this limited edition piece of “art”. The shadows have a diamond finish which make it right for the holiday season especially. It’s not a palette that I personally can wear during the day as 6 of the shades sparkle. But for a holiday party or an evening out, this is what you’d want to pick.
The shades are
- Snow White
- Gun Metal
- Icy Blue
- Icy Pink
- Black matte
- Gold Pink
- Midnight Purple
- Metallic Taupe (satiny)
I’ve worn a variety of the shades a few times so far. I always use an eyeshadow primer and I like to use Make Up For Ever Eye Prime with this palette but unfortunately I didn’t use the primer to swatch.
My favorite look was starting with Aqua Cream 15 as a base on my lid. #15 is a golden brown (described on Sephora as a taupe brown shimmer). I knew that I needed something that the diamond finish would adhere to so this was the answer. Over that I used the Gold Pink (the 6th shade) from lashline to crease. At the outer crease I wore Midnight Purple which was patted on with a flat brush. I dabbed a little of the Icy Pink closer to the lashline and finished my browbone area with Snow White applied very lightly. Because of the texture of these eyeshadows there was definitely sparkle fall out, there was no way to avoid that. But the two products I used to prime (MUFE Eye Prime and Aqua Cream 15) held on to more of the glitter than just the Eye Prime would have.
The first 4 shades in the palette are very light and that’s what makes me describe these as having that ethereal glow. Just applying them over primer gives mostly a hint of color with a lot of glow.
Here are a few things I’ve found with this palette:
1) Start your eyes before you put on any face makeup or moisturizers. You are going to have glitter fallout, there’s no getting around it.
2) Use a good eye primer all over but then apply a cream shadow that won’t crease (AKA Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream) on your lids to hold onto the shadows.
3) Use a stiff flat brush to apply and pat the shadows on. Don’t brush the more glittery shadows on or the glitter will migrate onto your face.
I understand not everyone reading this is old and some may like the glittery look. It’s a bit much for me but my nieces look stunning when wearing eyes that twinkle like Midnight Glow will appear on them. I can picture this as being a great palette for them to use for holiday parties and especially New Year’s Eve. This beauty can be found at Sephora stores. I just worry that my nieces will come shopping at my house and steal this away! Are you going to have a glamorous holiday season? Would you wear eyeshadows that make your eyes glow like diamonds?? — Marcia
*sent for review