With the new Make Up For Ever 50 Shades of Grey set, one does not need to have read the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy to get the gist of the story.
I haven’t read the books, but this set is like the Cliff’s Notes version. There’s a little how-to booklet in it that walks you through a progression of Ana’s looks, starting young and fresh-faced with barely-there makeup, then moving into a sultrier look with black liner and glossy lips, before going full-on fierce with intense smokey eyes.
OK, I think I get it… Homegirl goes into, like, the mansion’s naughty secret room and discovers that she’s totally into it. A good time was had by all. 🙂
I am so far behind on my reading (have you heard that Harper Lee is releasing a SECOND novel?), but I’m tempted to move Fifty Shades up to the front of the line.
My friend Jen read the books, and I asked her what she thought. She said, “I could feel the mind-numbing getting progressively worse…but I couldn’t stop.”
I have to ask, do I really need to read these books?? What say you?
Either way, there’s always the movie, and the makeup in this set, which comes with five pieces for eyes and lips (no cheek love?), all built around three different looks.
The centerpiece? The eyeshadow quad. It houses a shimmery beige (shade I-514), a warm shimmery copper (ME-612), a cool-toned matte taupe (S-556) and a neutral, shimmery golden brownish taupe (I-628).
The quad is joined by a tube of Smoky Extravagant Mascara in black, a black Graphic Liner liquid pen; pinkish beige Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in N4; and warm, shimmering golden pink Lab Shine Gloss in D14.
Everything comes in a cute keepsake box with little catchphrases on the lid (I’m guessing they’re from the books/movie).
If you run the numbers, even at $79, the set’s a great deal. The only piece that isn’t full size is the mascara, and it’s just a little smaller than usual. The eyeshadow pans are also slightly larger than the regular individual MUFE singles you find at their counters.
For me the standouts are the quad, the lipstick and the gloss.
With the eyeshadows, ya know the drill with MUFE. Just plain gorgeous with nuanced finishes and a formula that’s a dream to blend.
Perhaps wear a primer with these particular shades, though, as they fade after around six or seven hours on my combination dry/oily lids. As for the lipstick and gloss, both are perfect pinkish nudes. Comfy and very moisturizing, too, but they don’t last very long. I get 2-3 hours, tops.
The liner and mascara are a tad tricky to work with, but at least the liner lasts a while (like nine hours). It dries to an uber-dark, bad-@ss, whips-and-chains vinyl finish (very much like MAC’s Superslicks), but drawing sharp edges with it takes a little longer than I’d like. I usually end up smoothing out the edges with a gel liner.
With the mascara, be sure to remove the excess product from the brush before using it to coat your lashes; otherwise, your curl may droop. Starting with a primer like Estée Lauder’s Little Black Primer helps to hold up the curl and keep the lashes separated and fully fanned.
If this set could talk, and it asked me to put on a blindfold and go into the secret back room…I’d have to think about it. For a second. 🙂 “Alright, Mr. Grey! I’ll be right there!”
Not a perfect set, but overall, a good value.
PRICE: $79 (listed as a $179 value)
AVAILABILITY: Limited edition, available now at Sephora
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,