I really like this product. I once needed concealer for under eye circles while in the car and didn't want to use my NYX conc I had my flash color case in my makeup bag. I just begin to blend the brown, yellow, a bit of white, and the coral and voila! Lol the best.
I heard so many great reviews saying it was a "must-have" for makeup artists, so needless to say i was very excited to own it. I must say that i am only slightly impressed with this product. I didn't know that certain colors can only be used on certain parts of the face, if i had used the wrong thing on a client it could have been a disaster! Also, the colors crease even with a primer, so I always apply a powder eyeshadow on top. The possibilities are endless but for $100, I expected much more and am a bit dissapointed.
I absolutely love this palette. I gave it a 4 star because it can crease and it's not water proof. It would be super if it was water proof as well. But I do mix it with a aqua cream base and I find that makes it less creasing and lasts longer. I also set it with the HD powder. I use it for so so many things. I particularly love it as blush bases. It makes my cheeks glow all day with just one dab of my powder blush over it. The very first color I mixed was the dupe of Nars Orgasm and it was to the T!! Love it. Now if they can make it water proof like the aqua cream then this palette would be the best invention ever. I would buy it again but I don't think I will ever need to since it will prob lasts me a life time. Although I can see the white being used up faster then any other colors. It is on the pricier side, but if you think of all the uses for it, then it's a great deal!
These colors are really pretty cool, but my biggest complaint is that they can't be used on all parts of the face. Some can't be used on lips, others can't be used on eyes. If I were applying it to myself, I don't think I'd care since I have no allergies and my skin wouldn't break out. Unfortunately, I apply makeup to OTHER people and I have to take their safety into account. Given that, it's just not as useful of a palette as it looked like it would be at the store and I'm considering returning it.
Also, on a moderately hot day (85 degrees) I found that the palette has "sweat" some of the oils/moisture out which then beaded on top of the product while being transported in the car. I had to wonder if the product would last very long (can't say either way, just an observation at this point).
i really like this palette, it's definitely fun, but i'm not using it for everyday make up. more day of the dead, lady gaga, kiss type stuff. it creases in the eye area even with primer, & it didn't seem to dry, so i'd be nervous wearing this on a normal day. it washes off fairly easily with dove soap & with the colors they give you, you can basically mix them into anything. i understand the issue with safety, i've used all the colors everywhere & haven't had a problem, but it's worrisome if i want to use it on someone else.
This palette really caught my eye at the Make Up Show LA in 2010... plus I got my extra discount, so I was pretty much set on buying it because I love grease paints, I love mixing and all of the colors. I mean the primary colors were in it, so that alone, would of been worth it for the dollars I've paid.
For it's retail price, I think I would have to test them out to really drop almost $100 on it...
I do love this palette though but I do agree, depending on the primer you use, it may crease. You must apply with your fingers, because if you apply this with a brush, it's gonna take foreverrrrrrrrrr and you're gonna end up using your fingers anyways! I use the Smashbox lid primer, then the Benefit's erase paste because it's more sticky. I found that it works really well together. Maybe that's too much for some people, but the color pay off it really nice.
I'm gonna really love this palette as life goes on because it's gonna last seriously forever and this is the main reason why I think it's worth buying.
Not to step on anybody's toes, but on Sephora's website it does add the description of what colors could be used on the eyes, and which ones for the lips. It's under the precautions, instead of the item description... where I think they should have let it be more known.. so I do agree that they should of put it out there a little bolder for people to see.
I also agree that the packaging should have had some kind of security of being brand new... because it's just a lid on top of the Flash Case... who knows what happened in there. Sanitary purposes, MUFE!
I wanted to love this product sooooooo bad. And playing with the colors initailly I did. But I have played with it for months as eye shadow bases, or mix with loose pigments to add and enhance the colors. I can't say I like it at all, the color wears off almost immediately and creases, it is horrid. Though my investment of $95 is still out there so I will continue to play with it until I get it right. I will edit my review once I figure out how to make this work for me.
I really, really wanted to like this palette. I bought this because of its versatility, but the texture was too greasy and settled into lines in my lips, on my eyelids, and under my eyes.
I tried moisturizing my lips with a balm and then patting the colour on, and then putting more balm on top of that. But the texture was weirdly both greasy yet drying.
I primed my eyelids with Urban Decay's Primer Potion and then dusted MAC Blot Powder on top of the colour to set it, but it still creased within minutes.
The texture of this make up seemed too heavy for my skin, it ended up looking cakey when I tried using it as an undereye concealer and as a spot concealer on my face. I tried using my fingers and a brush and neither really worked.
The palette worked well on cheeks, but that's pretty much it.
I give it one lippy for concept and one lippy because the colours really do blend together beautifully.
The clear plastic packaging feels very cheap for such a relatively expensive palette. I bought this at Sephora and mine didn't even come with that nice cardboard box I've seen and it wasn't even sealed shut with tape or anything. The colours were undisturbed, but I really think it should've been sealed or boxed in some manner.
I returned this. I bought it with $60 in gift cards and $40 cash, but when I returned it they gave me the full amount (less a few purchases I made at that time) on gift card, no cash back. Sephora has a great return policy otherwise, but I was upset that they wouldn't give me back the cash I'd paid for this. The reasoning is, the majority of the purchase was made using gift cards. I know I'll eventually use up this new gift card but I still feel kinda scammed.
I'm never buying another Make Up For Ever product again – not until they start labeling their products more accurately. They should be ashamed of themselves, charging $95 for something and then nearly hiding the warning info. As you can tell I'm rather annoyed with this product (and with MUFE in general). Big thumbs down.
This is my little treasure. I love this palette. Versatility in a case. I use these as shadow bases, liners, lip color, blush. They are a dream for face painting as well. They can be mixed to create any color you need. Using them as shadow bases took me some practice, and I will get creasing if I don't use my UD Primer Potion under. I start with a tiny amount, and will carefully blend the color out, layering to build intensity if I want. The pigment is outstanding in all except the silver and gold. The metallics are nice, they have a lot of sparkle, but don't give that look of metal without several layers. For face painting, I prefer these to greasepaints and water activated cakes primarily because the Flash colors are so very pigmented and set up a bit, where grease paints do not set at all and can still smear even after being set with powder, and water activated makeup is not blendable at all once dry. There are 12 colors: Gold 004 (metallic gold), Coral 002 (vibrant coral), Turquoise 000 (light turquoise), Fuchsia 005 (bright fuchsia pink), Yellow 013 (vibrant yellow), Brown 023 (dark brown), Silver 003 (metallic silver), White 010 (pure white), Red 017 (bright red), Bright Blue 014 (bright royal blue), Leaf Green 008 (bright green), and Black 011 (pure black). The red one will stain if a primer isn't used under. The packaging is clear plastic, and the top comes completely off the case. There is an oily coating on the lip of the case as well, I assume to help seal the case. I have owned this for about 4 months now, and the creams have not dried out at all. I didn't use one of the colors for about a month, and it got a strange white-ish coating on it. I scraped it off with a palette knife and it was perfectly fine underneath. I feel that this is a wonderful buy for someone who is a makeup artist, is in makeup school, paints faces, and basically has some makeup knowledge and skill up their sleeve. Many may see this as a palette of cool eyeshadow bases, and it is great for shadow base don't get me wrong, but there are easier products to work with for shadow bases that are far cheaper (Mehron Paradise AQ, Kryolan Aquacolor) than this. At $95, it was kind of an investment in my career (mmmm warm comfy justification). In any case, I love it, use it all the time, get jealous glares from my MU instructor when I pull it out, and would buy it again. EDIT: The insert about the carmine in the red colors is not a reason to reject this item as toxic and unusable. Carmine is added in foods we eat, drinks, other cosmetics and some people have an allergy to it. It's a warning label, like cookies have when they are maunfactured in facilities that process nuts. The FDA would ban the use of the dye if it was a toxic hazard to most people. Just be smart with it. If you notice irritation from the red colors, don't use them on your eyes. I have no problems with the carmine, nor has anyone else I've tried it on. My vegan friends, however, don't choose to use or consume carmine colored products as the dye is extracted from a beetle.