Make Up For Ever Spring 2012 Pantone Color Report: Eyeshadow #2 (Review)

When I was in High School, I desperately wanted my prom dress to be yellow.  I think it’s such a happy, fun color and I’d be OK to be surrounded by it at all times.  However, when it comes to makeup, yellow and I are on strange terms.  I do not like it on nails (except very pale versions) as it looks sick to me.  And as an eyeshadow, I have yet to master how to wear it without it totally washing me out.  It’s sort of counter-intuitive to me, because with my golden coloring, I expect this shade to totally rock my beauty world.  Alas, ’till this point it has not.  But there is a silver lining!  After playing around with Make Up For Ever’s Eyeshadow in #2, I think I might be able to make peace with yellow :D

The second shade I was sent that follows the Pantone Spring color forecast, #2 is a matte, brilliant yellow – matching the shade Solar Power, according to the report.  First of all, I have to say that I’m really digging the packaging of the MUFE eyeshadows ($22CAD) – this is my first, and it looks very cool.  MUFE shadows are very pigmented, which is supposed to help them wear well.  The matte shades (like this one) are stated to have maximum coverage.  My inital thoughts upon swatching the shade were tentative – while it is fairly pigmented, it also looked a bit powdery, and I wondered how that would translate to eyes.

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I applied #2 to my eyelids, and my first reaction was ‘yuk!’  It just seemed to clash with my skintone somehow.  However, as soon as I added some mascara (this is a MUST with a shade like this), it looked infinitely better.  I think if I played around with it a bit and added some other makeup, including liner and bronze shadows, it would be a knockout look.

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I do own one other yellow shadow, MAC Bright Future (from the Style Warrior collection), which I received in a swap late last year.  It didn’t feel like a proper shade to wear in Winter, so I haven’t really tried it yet.  In comparing the two, they’re similar, but MAC’s has got a touch of sheen to it, and is less pigmented, with a creamier formula (below: Bright Future on top, Eyeshadow #2 on bottom).

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Even though I have trouble with yellow as a color in cosmetics, I can remember looking at this picture in YM magazine (OMG do you remember that mag?  It was my absolute FAVE), in which the model was wearing yellow on her lids and looked totally divine.  That’s never really gotten out of my head over the (many) years, and with this shade, I think I’m going to finally try and work the sunshine angle once and for all.  Do you have any suggestions on how I should wear it best?

Last installment: Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in #15!

*These products were provided for my unbiased consideration by the PR company/brand.

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  1. #1 by Tati D. on March 5, 2012 - 9:46 pm

    Maybe put it all over your lid and line the outer V with a deep brown or a black?

    • #2 by Latoya on March 7, 2012 - 7:49 am

      Hmm yea, that would probably tone it down a bit, and the edges are where I notice it looks a bit…off. Good suggestion, Tati, thanks!!

  2. #3 by Liz (@Reductionista) on March 6, 2012 - 1:19 pm

    Denise @ Circuits of Fever was trying to teach me how to use yellow shadows but I’m afraid I’m just not that crazy about them. But you can make them work!!

    p.s. YM Magazine! I may still have a copy with Jonathan Brandis on the cover (major teenage crush!)

    • #4 by Latoya on March 7, 2012 - 9:31 pm

      Oh wow, I’m jealous!! That’s like, vintage, man! Sweet :)

      I looked up a bunch of photos online to see how I can rock out this color. Not sure if I can truly pull it off but my plan is to go a little edgy rather than trying to make it ‘pretty’ – we’ll see how successful I am! (I’ll document it for ya ;P)

  3. #5 by Eugenia on March 6, 2012 - 3:14 pm

    Ummm…..yeah…I’m not on good terms with yellow either; totally clashes with my skin tone when worn as eye makeup, but yellow nail polish actually plays nice – go figure! You, on the other hand, can wear this and it just makes your eyes look so wide-awake and “fresh” (can eyes be fresh?). PS: you forgot to add the link to the YM look you referred to and now I’m curious to see…..!!

    • #6 by Latoya on March 7, 2012 - 9:38 pm

      I ~wish~ I had the picture to show you Eugenia – it was from like, 1995 – boo! No documentation of that awesome pic I’m afraid :(

      I’m not entirely sure yellow looks “good” on anyone, but I’m going to give it the old college try. But, thank you for thinking I might be special enough to make it work :) I figure if Rihanna can rock it out, SURELY I can right? Who needs a team of makeup artists, huh? What, oh I do? Ah, crap.

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