Light up the night with Make Up For Ever’s Midnight Glow Palette

Hiiii guys!  Is everyone making it through the holidays ok so far???  It is FLYING by for me, every year I seem to be busier than the last!  This is the first time in a week that I have sat down in front of my MacBook at all…and work has been so busy that I can’t get any personal stuff done there like I used to (LOL!).  I just realized that I hadn’t shared with you the new position I’ve been in for the past two months – I’m working with our Communications team on an acting assignment, and it was SO. GREAT.  My main task is to write and/or upload articles to our internal webpage, and the set up is just like WordPress, so I took to it pretty quickly – uh, hello, I like to write and I have a blog; what a PERFECT position for me!  I think I’ve found my niche, guys!  It’s only a short-term position, but it’s given me some much needed career direction, so I’m feeling really great work-wise lately :)

However, due to the mega-busy factor in all areas of my life, I have fallen behind on my blog posts – and one item in particular that I have been wanting to review for several weeks now: Make Up For Ever’s new Midnight Glow palette!


If ever there was a palette that captured the essence of winter, this would be it.  Inspired by the glistening effect of the winter moonlight, the Midnight Glow palette ($48CAD) contains icy shades of white, blue, grey, and pink; a shimmering violet; and two grounding shades of black and soft brown.  Honestly, it’s one of the prettier palettes I’ve come across, and it’s just the perfect size – the shadows are large enough to actually get right in their with your brush (and conveniently, the palette comes with two of it’s own!), but it’s small and thin enough that you could stash it in your clutch for touch-ups with ease.  The case is black with splashes of rose gold and silver design – in a word, I love it!

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The shadows in the palette are relatively smooth even though the majority contain small bits of glitter throughout their frosty finishes.  Now, everyone knows that high frost shadows can be tricky to wear – particularly on aging eyes, but still difficult for those of us without too many fine lines yet.  I was a bit nervous about this palette, despite how much I love how it looks, that it would be a shimmering disaster once worn.  However, the shadows are all on the sheer side – a fact that initially I was frustrated over (the swatches required many passes to get strong colour), but to which I came to realize allows them to be more easily worn as a wash of shimmer and sparkle on the lid, versus intense frost that could easily veer into the danger zone.  Also, I really appreciate the inclusion of the two matte shades, the black and brown, which allow for blending and grounding of such sparkling shades.  Both shadows are also quite sheer, which may not be ideal for certain looks – especially with the black – but I think it follows the theme of the palette which seems to be more ethereal in nature, rather than disco ball.

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Though the sheerness does mean that many of the shades look similar once worn, I do appreciate that nevertheless the palette is made much more wearable by this trait.  It may come as a disappointment to those of you looking for a more intensely frosty look, but overall I think that it’s not a bad thing.  I don’t have many frosty, glittering shadows, and I think it will add the perfect touch of sparkle to my nighttime looks over the holiday season (and beyond!).


What kind of makeup looks do you favour during the holiday season?  Are you comfortable wearing frosty shades? 

*Product was provided by the PR company/brand for my unbiased consideration.

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  1. #1 by Larie on December 14, 2013 - 2:50 pm

    I’m not as good with cool-toned frost shades right now with my red hair, lol. But I’ve been eyeing something sparkly and copper, like Illamasqua’s Ore pigment or MAC Copper sparkle!

    • #2 by Latoya on December 15, 2013 - 7:25 am

      Ohh copper would be a great shade for you Larie!!

      Sent from my iPhone


  2. #3 by Mammu on December 14, 2013 - 4:02 pm

    This palette has really gorgeous shades. Totally my cup of tea ^_^

    • #4 by Latoya on December 15, 2013 - 7:24 am

      Awesome Mammu! It’s so pretty, huh??

      Sent from my iPhone


  3. #5 by sunlightbeauty on December 15, 2013 - 6:56 pm

    I usually don’t like frosty shades but I like the colors in this palette! very pretty!

    • #6 by Latoya on December 19, 2013 - 7:54 am

      Aren’t they? I just like looking at them :) So wintry!

      Sent from my iPhone


  4. #7 by Leticia (@CosmAficionado) on December 15, 2013 - 8:12 pm

    The shades are pretty, but the sheerness is a turn off for me.

    • #8 by Latoya on December 19, 2013 - 7:54 am

      Yea I always prefer a more pigmented shadow too Leticia – I think this palette gets away with it because of the sparkle factor though!

      Sent from my iPhone


  5. #9 by Denise on December 20, 2013 - 1:13 am

    I LOVE frosty shades but this palette is too similar to many other palettes I have for me to want, lol. I think the key to wearing frosty eyeshadows is to ground them with matte textures so they look more dimensional and don’t look muddy. Recently, I’ve been loving a bronzey/copper smoky eye with a dark lip. SO MUCH VAMP. I love it. :)

    • #10 by Latoya on December 20, 2013 - 7:43 am

      Ooh I bet you rock that looks SUPERBLY Denise! I find that on my darker skin, vamp has to be executed *just so*. Or could be I’m just noting enough beauty risks! ;)

      Sent from my iPhone


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