Make Up For Ever Iridescent Artist Shadows (Part 1)

Make Up For Ever I112 Chrome Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium, bluish gray with cool undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. It had rich color payoff with a creamy, moderately dense texture that was smooth and blendable on the skin, while the color adhered well to bare lids. On me, this shade wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing. Too Faced Blueberry Swirl (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Destination (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Frozen Blue (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Beaugrenelle #4 (P) is brighter (90% similar). Viseart Sapphire (P) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Be My Bow (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Bright Moon (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Cyber (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Burberry Stone Blue (307) (P, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Jazz #1 (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Lovey Dovey (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). MAC Heavy, Black and Pendulous (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (80% similar). Natasha Denona Quick Silver (09M) (P, $29.00) is darker (80% similar). Makeup Geek Stealth (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). bareMinerals Mingle (P) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). CoverGirl Charcoal (335) (P, $4.99) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Milani Bella Sky (08) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). Giorgio Armani Moonlight White #2 (LE) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Make Up For Ever I238 Blue Cedar Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow I112 Chrome
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
94%
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Make Up For Ever M10, M14, D12, M16 Aqua XL Eye Pencils

Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium black with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation in one layer, and the consistency was creamy enough to glide across the skin without skipping or dragging. The color wore well for four hours on my waterline, eight hours on my lower lash line. NARS Black Moon (P, $24.00) is glossier (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black (P) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Black Black (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Engraved (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Ardency Inn Black (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Legend (P, $20.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Cat's Meow (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Sephora Black Lace (P, $10.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Black Walnut (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Stila Stingray (P, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). Guerlain Noir Volcanique (01) (P, $37.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Zero (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Squid (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Midnight (LE, $15.00) is warmer (95% similar). Guerlain Black Jack (01) (P, $30.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Black Ice (P, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Tommy Jet (P, $15.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Swerve (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Jet (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil M10 Matte Black
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
88%
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Make Up For Ever Diamond Artist Shadows (Part 3)

Make Up For Ever D750 Frosted Peach Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light-medium, coral-orange with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It had mostly opaque coverage with a soft, blendable consistency that was very smooth but had a dense feel and firmer press. The color wore well for nine hours but had some fall out. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #6 (P) is lighter (95% similar). Buxom Glitz Factor (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #153 (DC, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Flame (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NYX Golden Peach (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Freelove (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Summer Sun (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #2 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Intense Gaze (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Cheeky (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Bellini (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Inglot #407 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Shark Attack (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Sephora Mrs. Baily (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Say, Yeah! (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (85% similar). Lancome Kitten Heel (P, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Expensive Pink (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Dior Aurora (825) (LE, $32.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Sun Tweaked (P, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Suspiciously Sweet (P, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Make Up For Ever D850 Nitro Pink Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow D750 Frosted Peach
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
90%
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Make Up For Ever M80, I90, M92, M40 Aqua XL Eye Pencils

Make Up For Ever M80 Matte Plum Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is medium-dark, plummy purple with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had medium coverage in one pass, which was buildable to opaque coverage, likely due to the very smooth, creamy consistency of the product that enabled me to go over the initial layer without issue. The color wore well for five hours on the waterline, eight hours on the lower lash line. Urban Decay Plushie (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Royal (P, $9.00) is lighter, cooler, lower quality (80% similar). Colour Pop No Shame (P, $6.00) is darker (80% similar). Colour Pop No Shame (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Make Up For Ever M80 Matte Plum Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil M80 Matte Plum
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
81%
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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 ($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). Sephora Snakeskin Dress (17) (DC, $10.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Forever Green (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals 10AM (LE, $15.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Make Up For Ever I36 Iridescent Khaki Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil I36 Iridescent Khaki
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
7
Application
5
Total
86%
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Make Up For Ever M22, S20, I24, M26, I32, M30, I34 Aqua XL Eye Pencils

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.

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Make Up For Ever M22 Matte Majorelle Blue Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil M22 Matte Majorelle Blue
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
77%
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