Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow [In Our Makeup Bag]

What It Is:
Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow in 20E pearly taupe, 28E pearly beige and 8E matte green.
Why This Should Be in Your Bag:
Make Up For Ever is a great brand that makes professional quality products for the everyday consumer. They’re a staple in my makeup collection and this column because they consistently pump out top-notch products. You really can’t go wrong with MUFE.

This season, they’ve expand their “Aqua” line to new eyeshadow pencils, dubbed Aqua Shadow. Each pencil contains 0.14oz of creamy, dreamy shadow, that is designed to be drawn on and then smudged to your heart’s content. I tested out two shades from the “pearly” collection and one from the “matte”. They promise an “intensely pigmented, waterproof formula [that] provides immediate, rich color that will not smudge, crease, or fade.”

How To Use It:
These shadow pencils are designed to be simple and applied easily. You just “draw” the shadow on your lid and then smudge – I use my finger but you may prefer a brush. For this review, I tested a look with the two pearly shades, one on the lid and one in the crease. I found it difficult to apply the crease shade on top of the lid shade, so that may be something to note when applying yourself. These also work well on the lower lash-line!

(28E pearly beige, 20E pearly taupe and 8E matte green)

CC Rating: B-

Overall, the Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadows delivered on the majority of their promises, but didn’t really “wow” me. They remind me of the Aqua Creams, MUFE’s cream eyeshadow in a pot with the same claims, but slightly sheerer. I appreciated the easy, quick application they provided, but I did have to spend considerable time blending and trying to get the crease color to apply over the lid color. It was nearly impossible! I also found that after a day at work, these were slightly creased and almost flaking off. MUFE doesn’t indicate how long these are supposed to wear for, but they do insist that they don’t smudge, crease or fade, which they did.
What I do really like these for is lower lash-lining, especially using shade 20E pearly taupe in this way with warm, smokey looks. I’m not sure if they’re waterline safe, but I used the 2 other shades there, too. The only issue with this is that there is already an Aqua Eyes range of eyeliners, so they’re a bit redundant in the whole MUFE collection if this is the only way they can be utilized.
I can see these being really great for girl’s who are SUPER on-the-go and only have time to swipe on eyeshadow during their commute. The pencil format makes application a breeze and ensures portability. However, if you’re just a regular gal, you may be better off with an Aqua Cream in a similar shade. You get 0.07oz more product for only 3 more dollars, and I find they perform better.
You can find the Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadows on for $20 each.
[Need some new makeup but not sure what to buy? Check out Alex’s other beauty reviews here.]

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