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Make Up For Ever I36, M60, ME42, S50, D62 Aqua XL Eye Pencils

Make Up For Ever I36 Iridescent Khaki Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever I36 Iridescent Khaki Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever I36 Iridescent Khaki Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is medium-dark olive green with warmer undertones and a satiny sheen. There is very slight sparkle, but it doesn’t seem chunky or noticeable. It had mostly opaque coverage in a single stroke, which was buildable to fully opaque coverage in two passes. The texture was lightly creamy, glided on without tugging on the lower lash line, and lasted for eight hours on me before there was noticeable migration. It lasted for four hours on the waterline, though it has sparkle, I’m not sure if I would use this on the waterline (I didn’t see any notes on Sephora on whether any shades weren’t for the waterline). L'Oreal Green Ivy (270) (P, $8.99) is darker (95% similar). MAC Forever Green (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Snakeskin Dress (17) (DC, $10.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals 10AM (LE, $15.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M60 Matte Dark Brown Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is dark, chocolaty brown with subtly warmer, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one pass, which was buildable to mostly opaque coverage with two layers. The texture was a smidgen drier but still had enough slip not to tug on the lower lash line. It applied well to the waterline as well, though wear only came in at three and a half hours. The color lasted better on the lower lash line at eight hours. Make Up For Ever #25L (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever Gypsy (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Christian Louboutin Beaute Zoulou (P, $40.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Coffee (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Espresso (P, $24.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Seasonally Spicy (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Brown Border (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Call Me (P, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Stomper (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Via de Martelli (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty (Brown)ie (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Tiramisu (P, $10.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Bourbon (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, glossier (90% similar). NARS Mambo (P, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty (Earth)quake (P, $25.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC Duck (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever ME42 Metallic Bronze Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is medium-dark, golden bronze with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable to mostly opaque coverage, though the texture was a little waxier and sometimes caused the first layer to sheer out. The color lasted for eight hours on my lower lash line before it looked faded/worn. MAC El Dorado (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Iskandar (P, $25.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). MAC Handforged (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Going for Gold (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). NARS Campo de' Fiori (P, $24.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Girls Night Out (P, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Antique (04) (LE, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Sun Tan (08) (P, $10.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC $$$ (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Powerline (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever S50 Satiny Taupe Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium-dark taupe-brown with warmer undertones and a cooler, gray overtone. The texture was lightly creamy and applied without skipping or tugging on the skin. It deposited mostly opaque coverage in a single stroke, which was buildable to opaque coverage two layers–and notably, two layers made the grayer tone much more apparent. This shade lasted for four hours on the waterline, eight hours on the lower lash line. Lancome Pluie (P, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Moody (P, $18.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Stray Dog (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC Shoreline (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Zoeva Mute (P, $7.50) is lighter, cooler, glossier (85% similar). Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D62 Diamond Brown Blue Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is dark, chocolaty brown with gold micro-sparkle over a mostly matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one stroke, which didn’t build up beyond semi-opaque–it was always translucent, and that is not something I’ve experienced too often with darker eyeliners like this one. The texture didn’t drag or pull on the lash line, but it just wouldn’t deposit color that well. I didn’t test this on the waterline due to the larger-sized sparkle. It lasted for eight hours on my lower lash line. Zoeva Glance (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Lord It Up (P, $15.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay West (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Brown(out) (54) (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Burberry Midnight Brown (P, $27.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Deliciously Rich (DC, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Deliciously Rich (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Muse (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Orpheus (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Sweet Tooth (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Buxom Come Over (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is supposed to be a “long-wearing,” “waterproof” pencil eyeliner (requires sharpening) with “one swipe color” that will not tug or skip. There is a fair amount of variance between shades with respect to color payoff, texture, wear, and application. They do not, personally, wear well at all on the waterline for me–three to four hours at most and darker shades can get really messy whenever I attempted wearing them on the waterline (they are supposed to “work great in the waterline”). They wear better on the lower lash line, which is about eight hours on average with faint thinning/migration to the outer corner. A lot of the color is intact, and the colors didn’t fade. I found them harder to remove and had to use more makeup remover (on a cotton swab) than average to get them off. I found the texture to be waxier than the prior Aqua Eyes formula for most shades. They were waterproof with respect to actual water, like I could take a shower and not have a smeary mess at the end. I would use some shades again, but it wouldn’t be the first formula I reached for–for me, they’re just not nearly long-wearing or pigmented enough to merit the extra effort for removal.

I’m not sure if it was just my bad luck, but almost every shade’s tip broke off when swatching, which is unusual (usually if I break one, I can fix the pressure to avoid doing so 10 more times!), though I didn’t have any issues with the tips breaking off when applying to my lash line.

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil I36 Iridescent Khaki
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil M60 Matte Dark Brown
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil ME42 Metallic Bronze
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil S50 Satiny Taupe
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil D62 Diamond Brown
6
Product
6
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3
Application
69%
Total

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Make Up For Ever M22, S20, I24, M26, I32, M30, I34 Aqua XL Eye Pencils

Make Up For Ever M22 Matte Majorelle Blue Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever M22 Matte Majorelle Blue Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is supposed to be a “long-wearing,” “waterproof” pencil eyeliner (requires sharpening) with “one swipe color” that will not tug or skip. There is a fair amount of variance between shades with respect to color payoff, texture, wear, and application. They do not, personally, wear well at all on the waterline for me–three to four hours at most and darker shades can get really messy whenever I attempted wearing them on the waterline (they are supposed to “work great in the waterline”). They wear better on the lower lash line, which is about eight hours on average with faint thinning/migration to the outer corner. A lot of the color is intact, and the colors didn’t fade. I found them harder to remove and had to use more makeup remover (on a cotton swab) than average to get them off. I found the texture to be waxier than the prior Aqua Eyes formula for most shades. They were waterproof with respect to actual water, like I could take a shower and not have a smeary mess at the end. I would use some shades again, but it wouldn’t be the first formula I reached for–for me, they’re just not nearly long-wearing or pigmented enough to merit the extra effort for removal.

I’m not sure if it was just my bad luck, but almost every shade’s tip broke off when swatching, which is unusual (usually if I break one, I can fix the pressure to avoid doing so 10 more times!), though I didn’t have any issues with the tips breaking off when applying to my lash line.

Make Up For Ever M22 Matte Majorelle Blue Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark blue with strong, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage in one stroke, which was buildable to semi-opaque coverage, but it was never fully opaque due to the waxier consistency that seemed to prevent color from building up fully. It didn’t drag or tug on the lash line, and this shade lasted for eight hours on the lower lash line. Ardency Inn Dark Blue (P, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). L'Oreal Cobalt Blue (250) (P, $8.99) is brighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Poe (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Sea If I Care (P, $14.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Flourish Me Bold (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sephora My Boyfriend's Jeans (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Push (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). NARS Most Wanted (LE, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Out of the Blue (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Lancome Cote d'Azur (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). MAC Royal Wink (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Urban Decay Chaos (P, $20.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever S20 Satiny Navy Blue Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a dark, navy blue with cool undertones and a satin sheen. It had medium coverage in one pass, which was buildable to full opacity with two to three layers. The texture was moderately waxy, glided along the lash line without tugging, and lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Deep Blue Sea (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Hyacinth (P, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #3L (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Surfer Babe (P, $10.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Siahi (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever I24 Iridescent Blue Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium-dark blue with cooler undertones and a pearly sheen and very slight sparkle. It had semi-opaque coverage, which was buildable to opaque coverage in one pass. The texture was a little creamier and softer compared to some of the other shades, so it was easier to use and seemed to deposit color better. This shade wore well for eight hours. bareMinerals True Blue (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Iconic Ottanio (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). NARS Abbey Road (P, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Take the Plunge (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Sephora Surfer Babe (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Abyss (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Radium (P, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M26 Matte Pastel Blue Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a bright, light-medium sky blue with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer coverage that was buildable to semi-opaque coverage. The texture was a bit waxier, so it was comfortable to use, but it didn’t deposit color as evenly or as opaquely as marketed. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours.

Make Up For Ever I32 Iridescent Lagoon Blue Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium-dark, bluish-teal with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen with slight sparkle. It had semi-opaque coverage in one stroke, which I was able to get to mostly opaque coverage with two to three passes. The texture was moderately waxy, glided on well with decent color deposited onto the lower lash line. It lasted for eight hours on me. Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy (P, $15.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC New Marine (P, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Blue Noon (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Ocean (P, $9.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #52L (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Deep End (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Vacancy (LE, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Ody(sea) (62) (P, $25.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M30 Matte Pastel Green Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a pop of medium aqua with subtle, warmer undertones and a creamy, matte finish. The consistency was creamier than it was waxy, though it still only had semi-sheer to mostly opaque coverage. When I would go back to try to build-up the color, some of it seemed to push around, rather than set, so I would recommend applying one layer, waiting a bit, and then going back to do a second layer. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Colour Pop Zulu (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Zulu (P, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Stila Turquoise (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Mint (P, $9.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever I34 Iridescent Pop Green Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium, grassy green with warm undertones and a subtle sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage in one pass, which was buildable to opaque coverage after two to three passes. The texture was waxy but didn’t seem to lift color when I went over the same area twice. It wore well for eight hours on my lower lash line. NARS Puerta del Sol (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Indulge Yourself (22) (P, $10.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Sassy Moss (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Caipirinha Dreamin' (LE, $10.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil M22 Matte Majorelle Blue
7.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
77%
Total
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil S20 Satiny Navy Blue
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
81%
Total
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil I24 Iridescent Blue
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil M26 Matte Pastel Blue
7
Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
74%
Total
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil I32 Iridescent Lagoon Green
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
79%
Total
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil M30 Matte Pastel Green
7.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil I34 Iridescent Pop Green
8
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
81%
Total

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Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Waterproof Eye Pencils for Summer 2016

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliners
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliners

A pro artist favorite, Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Liner’s superior, long-lasting formula will not smudge, crease, or fade until you remove it. Its innovative formula blends intense, rich color with a super-gliding texture. This versatile liner’s smooth texture effortlessly glides onto lids without skipping or tugging while delivering intense, one-swipe color that lasts all day. Perfect for creating a tight line or smudging for a shadow effect, it features shades that range from everyday neutrals to bright pastel pops.

The Details

Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner, $21.00 (New, Permanent)

  • M-92 Matte pastel purple
  • I-90 Iridescent pop purple
  • M-80 Matte plum
  • D-62 Diamond brown
  • M-60 Matte dark brown
  • S-50 Satiny taupe
  • ME-42 Metallic bronze
  • M-40 Matte pastel yellow
  • I-36 Iridescent khaki
  • I-34 Iridescent pop green
  • M-30 Matte pastel green
  • I-32 Iridescent lagoon green
  • M-26 Matte pastel blue
  • I-24 Iridescent blue with green sparkles
  • M-22 Matte majorelle blue
  • S-20 Satiny navy blue
  • M-16 Matte white
  • M-14 Matte charcoal gray
  • D-12 Diamond black
  • M-10 Matte black

Charli XCX Festival Faves, $49.00 (VIB Rouge, Limited Edition, Online Only)

Instantly create intense liner looks with Charli XCX Festival Faves 4 Waterproof Eyeliners. MAKE UP FOR EVER joined forces with pop star Charli XCX, best known for chart-topping hits, such as “Boom Clap,” “Fancy” with Iggy Azalea and “I Love It” with Icona Pop. Her bold, artistic, transformative nature and energetic stage presence exemplify the creative spirit of MAKE UP FOR EVER and the Aqua XL collection. These eye pencils feature an innovative formula with an ultra-creamy glide and waterproof, rich color for fun makeup looks that last from show to show. Includes:

  • M-10 Matte black
  • I-24 Iridescent blue with green sparkles
  • M-80 Matte plum
  • M-30 Matte pastel green

Make Up For Ever Diamond Artist Shadows (Part 2)

Make Up For Ever D326 Black Bronze Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D326 Black Bronze Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D326 Black Bronze Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a blackened brown with warm, olive undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It was richly pigmented with a creamy, smooth consistency that adhered well to bare skin and wore for nine hours before creasing slightly. Make Up For Ever ME624 Black Gold (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NARS Aigle Noir (P, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Capital of Light #1 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Everlasting (P, ) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Spring 2015 (LE, $45.00) is cooler (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Smoky Emerald (P, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Posh Pedigree #4 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Sushi Green (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #12 (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Stila Seaweed (LE, $18.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). MAC Posh Pedigree #3 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D410 Gold Nugget Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright, light-medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had mostly opaque coverage with a blendable texture that applied fairly evenly, but this shade had a more noticeable sparkle to it, which made it harder to apply smoothly as well as resulted in some fall out while worn (though the color lasted for eight and a half hours). Chanel Codes Elegants #1 (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Golden Nugget (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Unlimited (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Signe Particulier #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $14.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Desert Mist (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Natasha Denona Sundazed (128K) (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Gold Leaf (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Goldmine (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Huda Beauty 24K (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Gilded Night #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior Phenix (545) (LE, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Triton (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Remix (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Waking Dawn (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Gus Gus (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #4 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME406 Golden (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). CoverGirl Melted Gold (320) (P, $4.99) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D416 Crystalline Yellow Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light, white gold with warm, buttery yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation with a very dense, smooth texture, but it was a little harder to get product off the surface compared to other shades (harder but not actually hard, if that makes sense!). It wore well for eight hours on me. LORAC Opal (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Shifting Sand (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Photosphere (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Moonlight (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Raw Jade (Left) (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Fringe (DC, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Fresh Blade (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Milani Bella Chiffon (28) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Famous (LE, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Seashell (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop High Tide (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Unlocked (P, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). Morphe Enlight (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Mirror (621) (P, $31.00) is less shimmery, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #3 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Valley Girl (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #2 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Dazzlelight (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Voltage (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Mellow Yellow (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D504 Celestial Beige Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light, slightly muted, light gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that applied well to bare skin and was easy to work with. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly. Sephora Minx (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Canter (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #1 (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Shade IV (LE, $25.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Milani Bella Chiffon (28) (P, $4.49) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #2 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Fringe (DC, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Buxom Poodle (P, $18.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Lancome Filigree (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Chic (LE, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop High Tide (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Bathwater (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Chic (LE, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Lily White (2014) (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Famous (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). City Color New Year, New Me (P, $6.99) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish brown with warm, golden tones and a pearly sheen. It was incredibly pigmented with creamy, smooth coverage that applied easily and wore for nine hours on me. Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Biscotti (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Pretty Vulgar Conquer (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Zoeva Subtle Blend (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Telesto (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Ritzy (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #2 (P, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Obscura #5 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Reef (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Pretty It Up (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Oxydus (P, $37.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Blaze (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Radar (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Thirsty Girl (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). theBalm Tubular (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Eve (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Viseart Grand-Palais (P, ) is cooler (85% similar). LORAC Smokey Topaz (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium copper with warm undertones and a frosted sheen paired with pink micro-glitter. It had great color payoff with a cream-like, smooth, and dense consistency. The color applied well to bare skin, and it wore well for eight and a half hours. Stila Golden Topaz (LE, $18.00) is cooler (95% similar). Viseart Melonie (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop La-La (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Terre Brulee (806) (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Dive (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Sunrise (14) (LE, $39.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Hieroglyph (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Trick (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #11 (P, $9.99) is cooler (90% similar). MAC With Flair (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Imagine (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 13 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Weenie (P, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #16 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). YSL Scandal #4 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Trick (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Hammamet (Right) (LE, $25.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Bellini (LE, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Grandstand (P, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a powder eyeshadow available in five distinct finishes: Diamond, Iridescent, Matte, Metallic, and Satin. The texture of all finishes, except the Matte finish, are much denser and more like a cream-powder hybrid. I’ve used traditional eyeshadow brushes (like MAC’s 239, a go-to for me) with these and have hadn’t any issues, but for those who have, I would recommend a firmer, flatter synthetic brush (like MAC 242) to maximize payoff and application. The Diamond and Iridescent finishes have sparkle or micro-glitter, and I have found that the majority of shades have little to no fall out over time for me. The Metallic is the richest, smoothest formula out of the five finishes. The Mattes are soft and silky–much smoother and more finely-milled than the brand’s last formula–but these are sometimes sheerer, though buildable, and can be a little dusty or powdery to work with. The Mattes typically apply well and blend out without issue. The Satin finish feels the firmest of the five finishes but is the most blendable and pigmented; some are closer to metallic and others are more like a natural matte on. I get seven to ten hour wear, depending on the shade, across the range. The eyeshadows are larger than standard (0.08 oz. per the packaging). For the most bang for your buck, consider purchasing two ($32.00) or three at once ($46.00) or watch for seasonal releases of palettes (just be careful if you’ve already bought a few–the brand repeats very often).

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow D326 Black Bronze
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow D410 Gold Nugget
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow D416 Crystalline Yellow
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow D504 Celestial Beige
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow D640 Golden Snake
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow D708 Pinky Copper
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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Make Up For Ever Diamond Artist Shadows (Part 1)

Make Up For Ever D118 Platinum Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D118 Platinum Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D118 Platinum Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light-medium silver with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, though it wasn’t fully opaque, paired with a smooth, blendable texture that adhered well to bare lids and lasted for eight and a half hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty In Doubt (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Nimbus Cloude (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Parisian Sky #3 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Cle de Peau Silver Eclipse #3 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Moonshine (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #4 (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Chrome Angel (P, $18.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Sterling (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Flask (P, $14.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Spoonful of Sugar (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Midnight Snow (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Starry Night #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Treasure Me (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Glacier (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Guise (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NYX Tin (P, $6.00) is brighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Chromatic (04M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Architectonic #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S114 Pearl Gray (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #11 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright, shimmering white with a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and buttery texture that applied and blended out nicely. The color wore well for eight hours. Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #8 (LE, ) is more shimmery, more muted (95% similar). Too Faced Frost (LE, $16.00) is more muted (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Sterling (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Smoky Black Friday #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Iced (LE, $22.00) is more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Vapor (LE, $19.00) is more muted (95% similar). Make Up For Ever ME122 Snow (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Clarins Garden Escape #1 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). MAC White (P, $21.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Lapisluxe #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Unicorn (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Guerlain Les Nuees #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Mortal (LE, $25.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Holy, Holy (LE, $22.00) is more muted (95% similar). Guerlain Cygne Blanc #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). theBalm Sassy (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, more muted (95% similar). Burberry Optic White (000) (P, $29.00) is brighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I120 Snow Gray (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Jazz #2 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D222 Night Blue Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark navy blue with a pearly sheen and fine silver micro-sparkle. It had intense pigmentation with a cream-like, smooth, and dense texture that applied well to bare skin. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me. LORAC Cobalt (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Gamma Ray (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Chanel Swing (116) (P, $29.50) is more muted, lower quality (95% similar). Colour Pop Etiquette (DC, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Moonshadow (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). MAC Moon is Blue (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay 501 (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Cressida (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Nightfall (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). bareMinerals Climax (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Estrella (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Stila Sapphire (LE, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Danger (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sephora Diving in Australia (P, $10.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Lunar (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Prussian Blue (P, $12.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Buxom Backstage Pass (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Center Stage (P, $9.99) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Azure (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D236 Lagoon Blue Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark teal with subtle, green leanings and a pearly sheen that had a light amount of micro-sparkle. It was richly pigmented with a creamy, smooth, and dense texture that was easy to work with. On me, the color lasted for nine hours. Urban Decay Arctic (LE, $19.00) is lighter, more muted (95% similar). Colour Pop Ibiza (DC, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Too Glam (LE, $16.00) is more muted (90% similar). Milani Teal the Truth (P, $6.99) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Open to Offers Olwen (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Fyrinnae Gender Bent (P, $6.75) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Tiny Tangerines (LE, $5.00) is more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Fringe (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarina Tarantino Ozma (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #26 (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC Colourful Life (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Fringe (DC, $19.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Maybelline Edgy Emerald (P, $6.99) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Junkie (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Banana Daiquiri (LE, $5.00) is lighter, more muted (80% similar). Too Faced Sequin (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Midnight Sea (Eye Color) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D308 Aquatic Khaki Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a blackened olive green with fine bluish-teal micro-sparkle. The pigmentation was fantastic with full coverage easily achieved as the consistency was soft, smooth, and blendable. It wore well for nine hours on me before creasing slightly. Chanel Codes Subtils #4 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I328 Bronze (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Smoky Emerald (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Fyrinnae Boot Season (P, $6.75) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Midnight (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Veruschka (P, $32.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Jardin #3 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Vintage Coin (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Color Field #5 (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Vortex (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Raw Jade (Right) (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Stila Seaweed (LE, $18.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Gabon (LE, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Covenant (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Stash (LE, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D316 Crystalline Pinky Green Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright, light-medium chartreuse green with strong, yellow tones and a metallic sheen. It had good pigmentation with a dense, smooth, and blendable texture. The texture is a bit firmer compared to other Diamond shades, but it didn’t pose any issues when applying for me. It wore well for eight and a half hours for me. Make Up For Ever I318 Linen Khaki (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Dior Rose Garden #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Acid Rain (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Raw Jade (Left) (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). CoverGirl Lime Light (310) (LE, $4.99) is darker (80% similar). MAC Green Clean #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Kat Von D Birdcage (LE, ) is darker (80% similar). Colour Pop Game Changer (LE, $5.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a powder eyeshadow available in five distinct finishes: Diamond, Iridescent, Matte, Metallic, and Satin. The texture of all finishes, except the Matte finish, are much denser and more like a cream-powder hybrid. I’ve used traditional eyeshadow brushes (like MAC’s 239, a go-to for me) with these and have hadn’t any issues, but for those who have, I would recommend a firmer, flatter synthetic brush (like MAC 242) to maximize payoff and application. The Diamond and Iridescent finishes have sparkle or micro-glitter, and I have found that the majority of shades have little to no fall out over time for me. The Metallic is the richest, smoothest formula out of the five finishes. The Mattes are soft and silky–much smoother and more finely-milled than the brand’s last formula–but these are sometimes sheerer, though buildable, and can be a little dusty or powdery to work with. The Mattes typically apply well and blend out without issue. The Satin finish feels the firmest of the five finishes but is the most blendable and pigmented; some are closer to metallic and others are more like a natural matte on. I get seven to ten hour wear, depending on the shade, across the range. The eyeshadows are larger than standard (0.08 oz. per the packaging). For the most bang for your buck, consider purchasing two ($32.00) or three at once ($46.00) or watch for seasonal releases of palettes (just be careful if you’ve already bought a few–the brand repeats very often).

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow D118 Platinum
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow D124 Crystalline White
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow D222 Night Blue
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow D236 Lagoon Blue
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow D308 Aquatic Khaki
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow D316 Crystalline Pinky Green
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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