Make Up For Ever crosses over into new territory this spring with their La Bohème collection, introducing a pleasing palette of baked eyeshadows, straight from Italy. A first for the pro brand, these shades offer sheer washes of soft color that almost anyone can wear. Check it out!
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Dressed in MUFE creator, Dany Sanz’ favorite patchwork patterns, La Bohème is a tiny, colorful treasure. Working with the shadows was pretty easy, but I found them not to carry the same signature pigmentation that MUFE is so well known for. They are meant to be washes of color, and I totally get it! But a few shades really only have their day in the sun when applied wet. They feel smooth and buttery, and offered little fallout, so all is well in that department! If you really want to amp these up, you’ll want to use a foam applicator that’s slightly moistened with a mixing medium or water. Applying them dry with a brush will result in the sheer wash of color. I wore them both ways and didn’t have any real issues with application, I think they’re great quality—but I guess I just wanted the color saturation to be more vibrant.
MUFE has about a billion other eyeshadows that are impressive, so this doesn’t ding the brand at all in my opinion. But I want to make sure that the everyday MUFE customer knows that these are totally different than their other shadows. And hey—different can be good!
Also included in the new collection is a limited edition Aqua Eyes eyeliner. It’s a deliciously rich matte chocolate brown that’s nearly bulletproof. Gypsy in my opinion, passes with flying colors!
La Bohème is also comprised of two shades of sheer lipsticks (a soft peach-beige, and an iridescent red-coral), but we haven’t seen those yet. It’s a small collection with ample offerings. It seems like brands are making collections larger and larger with each release, so it’s kind of refreshing to see someone ‘keep it simple’.
Bottom Line: La Bohème may not knock out long-time Make Up For Ever fans, but it just might help attract a new customer base who can be afraid to wear bold color. The eyeshadow shades are definitely all that is spring 2012, and the new Aqua Eyes eyeliner in Gypsy is a staple for the brown liner lover.
Aqua Eyes Gypsy
Price & Availability: Palette $39, Aqua Eyes $18. Sephora.com exclusive and Make Up For Ever boutiques.