Note: This review is neither an endorsement nor a rejection of 50 Shades of Grey, the movie (based on a book) that inspired this set. Today, I'm all about the makeup.
I love, love, love eyeshadow palettes—they help me combine colours that I'd never think of putting together on my own. (I'm boring that way.) I also love Make Up For Ever's Artist Shadow—I do think it's the best shadow on the market today. So when I heard that Make Up For Ever was releasing the Give In To Me Makeup Kit, consisting of a stunning quad, plus black mascara and liner, a lip gloss, and a lipstick, all housed in a pretty box…I thought...be still, my beating heart. (Pun intended. Yeah, I went there.)
The set consists of the following bits of beauty:
- Lab Shine Lip Gloss in D14, a light, mauve-y pink with gold glitter
- Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in N4, a pinky-brown nude
- Graphic Liner, a black liquid liner with a felt tip
- The star of the show, a quad of Artist Shadows in I-514 (iridescent light beige), ME-612 (metallic rose gold), S-556 (soft taupe with a satin finish) and I-628 (iridescent army green). Note that I-628 is limited edition.
I know that shelling out $90 at once for a set kind of hurts, but really, value of this kit is kind of out of this world:
- The quad alone is worth $75 (a $50 trio plus a $25 single), and it's reusable. The shadows just pop out—you can mix and match with whatever other Artist Shadows you have. I'm not typically a packaging person, but I do appreciate that this quad is much nicer than MUFE's standard three-pan palettes for Artist Shadow.
- The eyeliner ($29), lipstick ($23) and lip gloss ($22) are all full-sized.
- The mascara appears to be just under full-sized at 5 ml. (The full size is 7 ml. and rings up at $28.)
- I can't assign a monetary value to the box, but it is kind of cool. It's black with pink trim, and it's decorated with quotes from the movie—nothing too racy. I'm currently using it as a jewellery box.
- This brings the value of the set, not including the box, to about $175. (Sephora says it's worth over $200—I'm guessing they're valuing the shadows separately.) Not so bad, right?
On to the important stuff: How does the makeup perform?
Here are some swatches to begin:
Everything you see above except the lip gloss is one pass.
Here are my thoughts:
The lipstick is smooth and pigmented, and it lasts as long as most lipsticks do on me (not long thanks to my snacking and fidgeting) without drying out my lips. The lipstick alone is kind of meh, but I'm not really a nude fan—I like my pinks. There is something special, though, about the gloss layered over the lipstick as long as you don't mind things looking a little thick.
The gloss provides a sheer wash of colour with a nice hint of glitter, and it's only a little sticky—not quite as bad as MAC lip glass. Of the two lip products, I'll wear this one much more often.
The mascara doesn't live up to its name—there's nothing extravagant about the look, though I'd call it perfectly adequate. The colour is nice and black, and it does last all day without smudging or flaking, which is a big win for me. I don't really "get" the brush, which is huge at the base and tiny at the tip. I don't find it helps with application. With some patience and some layering, I can build it up to acceptable volume and length, but I'll go elsewhere for serious drama.
I reviewed Graphic Liner on its own recently. It's not a HG product for me (I prefer gel liner applied with a brush), but it is a decent option if you like felt-tip eyeliners.
Oh, the eyeshadows. If I had to choose only one thing from this kit, it would be this quad. I love it. The colours are pigmented, buttery-soft, and long-lasting, and they blend like nobody's business. Even the taupe shade, which has a satin finish, works well—it's a bit drier than the others, but compared to many other matte and satin shadows from different brands, it's fabulous. Note that I test all shadows over MAC Paint Pot in Painterly. If you have oily lids, you might want to try a primer.
Bonus: The kit comes with a little brochure that gives you different looks to try. I prefer to do my own thing, but if you're new-ish to makeup, you'll appreciate this.
Here's a look I put together with the kit:
Base and cheeks:
- Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup in 3
- Giorgio Armani Master Corrector in 1 (Pink)
- NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla (Review)
- Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder (face) (Review)
- Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (under eyes, to set concealer)
- Make Up For Ever HD Blush in 210 (Review)
- Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in N4
- Lab Shine Lip Gloss in D14 (layered on top)
- MAC Paint Pot in Painterly (base) (Review)
- MAC Eyeshadow in Omega (brows) (Review)
- Lid and crease: MUFE Artist Shadow in I-628
- Crease: MUFE Artist Shadow in S-556
- Upper crease: MUFE Artist Shadow in ME-612
- Browbone and inner corner: MUFE Artist Shadow in I-514
- MUFE Graphic Liner (Review)
- MUFE Smoky Extravagant Mascara
The verdict: Overall, this is a solid kit. If you're into neutral eyeshadow and you regularly wear basics such as black eyeliner and mascara, it's well worth it.
Rating: Four stars out of five.
Available: Sephora stores and Sephora.ca for $90 Canadian.
Have you tried this kit? What are your favourite products? Let me know in the comments below!
Disclosure: This product was provided by MUFE PR for my consideration. This post contains affiliate links.