A Beautiful Sight

Regular readers of this blog will know of my long-time affinity for MAKE UP FOR EVER, a French brand created by makeup artist Dany Sanz back in the 80s. To bring newbies up to speed, the idea behind the brand was to create a collection that was up to Dany’s intensive makeup requirements – products that would seriously last the test of time; whether standing under hot lights and in front of a camera all day, or bustling about town but still wanting to look fresh-faced each day. Today, the line is crazy popular, with legions of professional artists and everyday gals diehard fans. It’s primarily available in Canada at Sephora, which has locations throughout the country and a great online shopping site. With that, I thought I’d highlight some of their very desirable, very awesome ideas for gift-giving this holiday season.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Midnight Glow PaletteMAKE UP FOR EVER Midnight Glow Palette – $44 @ Sephora
This petite palette features eight ‘cool’ shades that are perfect for creating winter-inspired holiday party looks. Nearly all of the shades have a bit of shimmer to them – from icy blues and greys to glittery pinks and plums – but there are also two matte shades of black and brown that work great as liners. Beyond the actual shadows, this cute set also includes two mini brushes and a mirror, making it a perfect choice to toss into your bag to go from a day to night look. One of the best features of the set is the price – at under $50 you can afford to gift this to a close friend or sibling, and still have room to tuck in a little something extra.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Extravagant Glamour SetMAKE UP FOR EVER Extravagant Glamour Set – $44 @ Sephora
Same price point, different idea. While I’m a big eyeshadow junkie, I get that a lot of people aren’t. Many gals are happy with a swipe of mascara and a bit of gloss to get on with their day, but this three-piece, full-sized collection encourages you to ramp that look up a bit. Make your eyes appear bright and beautiful with a few waves of their Smoky Extravagant Mascara, and thicken up your lash line with a smoky smudge of Aqua Eyes in Matte Black. Finish off the look with the brand’s signature shade of siren red: Moulin Rouge. These 3 items work well to create a classic Parisian look, but I love that they can also be split up and incorporated into your other makeup looks. Altogether, it’s a great introduction for anyone that hasn’t yet tried this awesome brand.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Ever Lasting Liners SetMAKE UP FOR EVER Ever Lasting Liners Set – $47 @ Sephora (online only)
Some girls have their ‘thing’ that they really love to play around with. For a lot of them – it’s liner. An artfully applied slash of liner can make your peepers seriously pop, your whites appear brighter, and your natural eye colour appear more striking than ever. MAKE UP FOR EVER had a similar set out last year, only this one actually comes with three full-sized and three mini-sized Aqua Eyes liners in shades of brown, blue, black, purple, green, and cream (the last of which is great for rimming your inner eyes with). Having used these liners many times myself, I can tell you that their promises of being waterproof and smudgeproof are indeed true, making them a poignant pick for a bridesmaid-to-be. Also cool? Consider splitting this value gift up (you’d otherwise be paying over $100 for it) so three of your gal pals each score one regular and one mini liner each.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Makeup Artist PicksMAKE UP FOR EVER Makeup Artist Picks – $362 @ Sephora
Have you been a ridiculously good wife / daughter / girlfriend / sister this year? If yes, don’t be shy about putting this top-of-the-line set on your wish list. Featuring 23 products valued at over $560, it is the ultimate pick for a MAKE UP FOR EVER diehard, or honestly just for the makeup junkie in general – even better if she’s got a business on the side prettifying her pals for photoshoots or special occasions. Beyond that, it’s also just a great assortment of what the brand has to offer. Every product is long-lasting. Every product delivers on colour and texture. And every product will make you feel beautiful. Mix and match them in endless combinations and you’ll honestly be set for makeup in the new year.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultimate Long Lasting Lip CollectionMAKE UP FOR EVER Ultimate Long Lasting Lip Collection – $168 @ Sephora
Confession: I have been afraid of lipstick for most of my life. However, after seeing how beautifully it popped for my bridesmaids in my wedding photos, I’ve come round to the idea of playing up my pout – in large part thanks to this incredible set. It may seem pricy on the surface, but you’re actually getting an amazingly valued, fool-proof set of 12 full-sized products. I say fool-proof for a number of reasons. First, the liners and glosses match perfectly, meaning no guessing games as you rifle through the makeup racks. Second, it includes easy peasy instructions for novices (like me) and experts (who’d kill for this set) on how to use the liners and double-ended lipsticks properly. What’s interesting is that although the Aqua Lips are in liquid form, they aren’t tacky or difficult to apply. They are insanely pigmented yet promise not to bleed (as long as you avoid oily foods) – so much so that applying the top clear layer actually left my brush colour-free after a few swipes. The range of colours is great too. If you’re scared of being loud & proud, there are a few neutral, daytime-appropriate shades that work even if you’re fair-skinned like I am. But there are also three punchy colours of red, fuchsia, and coral for when you’re feeling a little more bold.

You have have noticed how much I ranted about the awesomeness of the Ultimate Long Lasting Lip Collection in particular. That in part because I am very excited to give one of them away! I hope whichever lucky gal (or er, guy) snaps this up adores it as much as I do – I’m completely ready to take on the holiday party scene with a powerful lip! Want to win it? Here’s how to enter:

1) Check out everything MAKE UP FOR EVER has in store right now at Sephora. Leave a link below by December 6th to the MAKE UP FOR EVER product you’d most like to receive (or gift).

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around December 7th to select the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entries: Tell MAKE UP FOR EVER how much you’d love to open up a gift from them this holiday season on Facebook, Twitter or both and leave a link back to your activities below. Be sure to Like / Follow them too! You’ll score one bonus entry for FB and one for Twitter. Note that on Facebook, you’ll only be able to comment on MAKE UP FOR EVER’s actual posts.

161 Responses to “A Beautiful Sight”
  1. cookie3 says:

    I’d love to receive this set for a gift

    • CGG says:

      Hi Julie – I’m sorry but this isn’t what I asked for πŸ™‚ You’re going to have to go back and find the MAKE UP FOR EVER product you’re most interested in to qualify.

  2. Annie Demill says:

    I would love to find this under the tree this year :http://www.sephora.com/hd-complexion-starter-kit-P298102?skuId=1379692 along with the Long Lasting Lip Collection πŸ™‚

    following on twitter :https://twitter.com/anniebalanie/status/402803928175095809
    liked on facebook : but I can’t seem to post a comment?

  3. Taps says:

    I am a hardcore eyeliner fan so i need the eyeliner set.. MAKE UP FOR EVER Ever Lasting Liners Set//

    • CGG says:

      Hi Taps – I’m sorry but this isn’t what I asked for πŸ™‚ You’re going to have to go back and find the link to the MAKE UP FOR EVER product you’re most interested in to qualify.

  4. I would love to get a basket of bath soaks and foams like the Laura Mercier
    Fresh Fig Honey Bath http://www.sephora.com/fresh-fig-honey-bath-P380673?skuId=1271519

    • CGG says:

      Hi Doreen – I’m sorry but this isn’t what I asked for πŸ™‚ You’re going to have to go back and find the MAKE UP FOR EVER product you’re most interested in to qualify.

  5. I’d love to receive the HD Complection Starter Kit. http://www.sephora.com/hd-complexion-starter-kit-P298102?icid2=MakeUpForEver_Home_MarketingImage

    I’m always looking for a great foundation, and this looks fabuloso.

  6. That make up artist picks kit is pretty amazing – can’t really say there’s anything that beats that! http://www.sephora.com/makeup-artist-picks-P383704?skuId=1561216

  7. Tweet πŸ™‚

  8. mousecat says:

    I’d really like to receive the Midnight Glow Palette
    Item # 1555762

  9. Yvonne Chan says:

    I’d love to receive this amazing set of my favourite eye liners!

  10. Andrea K says:

    Because I am a make-up FANATIC, this would be like winning the lottery to me…http://www.sephora.com/makeup-artist-picks-P383704?icid2=MAKE_UP_FOR_EVER_Editors_Picks%20_P383704_link

  11. Ashley says:

    I know this is asking for a lot for Christmas, but I would be the happiest girl in the world if Santa brought me the Artists Picks … OMG!!!

  12. Juliee Fitze says:

    I really like the aqua eyes in lightTurquoise

  13. Audrey Skinner says:

    I need the HD Complexion Starter Kit. sephora.com/hd-complexion-starter-kit-P298102?icid2=MakeUpForEver_Home_MarketingImage

  14. louise gilbert says:

    I would love these MAKE UP FOR EVER
    Ever Lasting Liners Set http://www.sephora.com/ever-lasting-liners-set-P383542?skuId=1555754

  15. dionisia says:

    The Makeup Artist’s pick has a great selection of products.

  16. angie erickson says:

    Makeup Artist Picks is freaking awesome!

  17. Jackie Boulding says:

    i would LOVE to get the long lasting lip set, I have heard amazing things about the weartime of these products and am dying to try them!

  18. Emilia says:

    I tweeted https://twitter.com/travelluna/status/403052713711132672

    Would like to facebook comment as well but I must be tired I did not see how

  19. Emilia says:

    oops just reread the entries, here is my fb note

  20. KellyPC says:

    I’d love the Makeup Forever Extravagant Glamour Set! http://www.sephora.com/extravagant-glamour-set-P383540?skuId=1555739

  21. Pam says:

    Love the sparkly eye shadow

  22. Brittany Cole says:

    I would LOVE to receive http://m.sephora.com/makeup-artist-picks-P383704?skuId=1561216 as a gift… Hint, hint boyfriend πŸ˜‰ x

  23. Cara W says:

    I’d love to open up a gift from MAKE UP FOR EVER!! The MAKE UP FOR EVER Midnight Glow Palette – $44 @ Sephora has a gorgeous palette of colors! I especially like the sparkle in the colors! http://www.sephora.com/midnight-glow-palette-P383543?skuId=1555762

  24. Cairine says:

    I would love the Embossed Traincase to keep all my cosmetics in one place! http://www.sephora.com/embossed-traincase-medium-black-faux-croc-P383448

    • CGG says:

      Hi Cairine – Unfortunately this is not what I asked for. You’ll have to revisit Sephora and pick out your favourite MAKE UP FOR EVER product to be entered. Thanks!

  25. GARRY S says:


  26. Jules A. says:

    I’d LOVE the Makeup Artist Picks set! My makeup collection is pitiful and this would be a totally needed makeup revamp

  27. tova says:

    I’d love to get the long lasting lip collection. One can never have too many lipsticks!

  28. Ricki says:

    Have never tried any Sephora products, they look great, would love to try them out

  29. i like the Make up Forever Long lasting Lip Collection they have outstanding colors

  30. darlene boyle says:

    artist picks is lovely

  31. Tara Smith says:

    I’m a lip product fiend, so the Ultimate Long Lasting Lip Set is what I would LOVE to see under my (tiny) tree this year!


  32. DALLAS DAIGLE says:

    AMAZING….MAKE UP FOR EVER Makeup Artist Picks – $362 @ Sephora

  33. Marianna P says:

    I’ve never used Make Up For Ever but I’ve heard so many good things about their foundation. I would really love to try a bottle http://www.sephora.com/mat-velvet-matifying-foundation-P177117?skuId=988634. Of course I can never have enough lip gloss either!

    • CGG says:

      Hi Maria – unfortunately this isn’t what I asked for. Please head back to Sephora and pick your favourite MAKE UP FOR EVER product to enter.

    • CGG says:

      Hi Lisa – unfortunately this isn’t what I asked for. Please head back to Sephora and pick your favourite MAKE UP FOR EVER product to enter.

  34. Dayna Wilson says:

    I want this: http://www.sephora.com/makeup-artist-picks-P383704?icid2=MAKE_UP_FOR_EVER_Editors_Picks%20_P383704_link So, so, so badly… but it doesn’t seem likely to happen. Alas.

  35. Dreena says:

    I’d love to have this under the tree: The Satin Vermillion Red #42 Lipstick.

    • CGG says:

      Hey Serena! Unfortunately this is not what I asked for – you should head back to Sephora and pick your favourite MAKE UP FOR EVER item πŸ™‚

  36. Jessica Pang says:

    I would love MAKE UP FOR EVER
    Makeup Artist Picks


  37. Betsy Eadie says:

    I love Sephora!!! πŸ™‚ hope to win and try these products! πŸ™‚

  38. thomas rusinak says:

    a woman who takes time to make herself up right is really attractive

  39. Linda Kollybaba says:

    wow I would love this Sephora is the best makeup

  40. aclily19 says:

    I would love to get this foundation set for xmas http://www.sephora.com/try-believe-love-kit-P279107?skuId=1310523

  41. Sara Dhooma says:

    This kit would be perfect for the holiday parties coming up!
    “Extravagant Glamour Set”

  42. kathy wilson says:

    long lasting lip collection

  43. Holly says:

    I dont wear much makeup but I love my mascara! http://www.sephora.com/smoky-lash-P217907?skuId=1097229

  44. Tracy Martin says:

    I would love to try MAKE UP FOREVER Aqua Smoky Lash Mascara in extra Black.

  45. Lisa says:

    Would Love This !

  46. Monica Howard says:

    I would love to gift this:

  47. lucy says:

    would love the make up for ever makeup artist picks. would love to win .

  48. Wanda Bergman says:

    What I like best is the Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream – http://www.sephora.com/aqua-cream-P262109?skuId=1247188&

  49. Emily Dexter says:

    I would actually really like to try the Long Last Lip set! It sounds pretty neat and I think you could create so many looks with it! Thanks for having the contest! πŸ™‚ http://www.sephora.com/ultimate-long-lasting-lip-set-P383541?icid2=MAKE_UP_FOR_EVER_Editors_Picks%20_P383541_link

  50. Victoria Ess says:

  51. Leanna says:

    I’ve been addicted to eyeliner recently. I’d love to receive this set of them!

  52. Belinda McNabb says:

    follow them on twitter and tweeted

  53. Belinda McNabb says:

    like them on facebook and commented

  54. Suzanne G says:

    I would most like to receive All Mat as a gift. http://www.sephora.com/all-mat-P169809?skuId=949735

  55. I follow MUFE on twitter and tweeted


  56. Gizele says:

    I like this Hourglass
    Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil Free.

  57. Glogirl says:

    I follow MakeUp Forever on Twitter @glogirl3 and tweeted~ http://twitter.com/glogirl3/status/405017796452433921

  58. Crystal Kordalchuk says:

    I would absolutely LOVE to have the Dior Show Iconic Overcurl Mascara or to try some of the Formula Super X nail polishes!!!!!!!!!!!! ❀

    • CGG says:

      Hi Crystal – unfortunately this is not what I asked for. Please review the contest rules & regs above and resubmit your comment to enter.

  59. patty says:

    I love ALL make up forever products..and want them all! If i had to pick one thing i would ask for this set (a little bit of everything!) http://www.sephora.com/makeup-artist-picks-P383704?icid2=MAKE_UP_FOR_EVER_Editors_Picks%20_P383704_image

  60. Ariel says:


    would love this as i am studying to be a makeup artist… anything to fill my kit!

  61. Julia S. says:

    I am head-over-heels for the MAKE UP FOR EVER Lip Set!: http://www.sephora.com/ultimate-long-lasting-lip-set-P383541?skuId=1555747. I’d split it up into awesome stocking stuffers for my loved ones, but I know I wouldn’t be able to resist keeping one or two colours for myself πŸ™‚

  62. Julia S. says:

    @MAKEUPFOREVERUS I'm stunned by the Ultimate Long Lasting Lip Set. Holiday gift sets are always so exciting but this ones takes the cake!— Julia Stone MUA (@JuliaStoneMUA) November 25, 2013

  63. Jeannie says:

    I would love to receive the Make Up Forever Extravagant Glamour Set http://www.sephora.com/extravagant-glamour-set-P383540?skuId=1555739.

  64. Susan says:

    I would love to receive MAKE UP FOR EVER Ever Lasting Liners Set.

  65. Natalie C says:

    I would love to see this under the tree this year:

    Extravagant Glamour Set


  66. definitely the MAKE UP FOR EVER Makeup Artist Picks
    so many goodies! http://www.sephora.com/makeup-artist-picks-P383704?skuId=1561216

  67. Elizabeth Imlau says:

    Make up forever make up artists pick

  68. Jess says:

    Oh my gosh! I’d love to receive the MAKE UP FOR EVER Makeup Artist Picks!


  69. Crystal says:

    Oh god, how could you not want this??!! The Makeup Artist picks! I’ve only tried their AMAZING (my serious one and only for daily wear AND special occasions) aqualiner in black but I’m wanting to try more now!

  70. Jess Ellarma says:

    I’d love this!! I have very uneven complexion, and Makeup For Ever has the best stuff!


  71. Jess Ellarma says:

    Facebook bonus entry:

  72. Tegan says:

    I would love their insane massive makeup collection:


    I would be set for liife!

  73. Beatrice Lawson says:

    Well, I am a total make-up junkie so the best present would be the insanely glam Makeup Artist Picks http://www.sephora.com/makeup-artist-picks-P383704?icid2=MAKE_UP_FOR_EVER_Editors_Picks%20_P383704_image

  74. Beatrice Lawson says:

  75. william says:


  76. Diane says:

    I would love to receive the Make up for Ever eyeliner as a gift. http://www.sephora.com/aqua-eyes-P35082?skuId=621300&

  77. Diane says:

  78. Donnas says:

    Twitter follower:

  79. I would love to have the MAKE UP FOR EVER
    Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation

  80. WandaJean P says:

    I would like the 5 Camouflage Cream Palette http://www.sephora.com/5-camouflage-cream-palette-P12630?skuId=873455
    it may be just what I need as I am getting older and its harder to find makeup that looks good on me

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