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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
Make Up For Ever M80 Matte Plum Aqua XL Eye Pencil

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.

Make Up For Ever I90 Iridescent Pop Purple Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium-dark violet purple with fine pearl. I had a tough time applying this one, as it was stiffer and tended to apply in short chunks–it was almost as if it had dried out, despite being brand new (though it could have dried out while waiting to be sold). It was hard to apply an even layer, and it was harder still to really build-up the color as the color would thicken on itself and appear even more uneven than a single layer looked. On the lower lash line, it wore for eight hours. L'Oreal Pure Purple (240) (P, $8.99) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Ransom (LE, $20.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Vice (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Buxom Door's Unlocked (P, $17.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Ho Ho (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Designer Purple (P, $15.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Milani Perfect Purple (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Homie (P, $10.00) is cooler (85% similar). Zoeva Regency (P, $7.50) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M92 Matte Pastel Purple Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a light-medium lavender purple with cooler undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage in one pass, which was somewhat buildable to greater coverage, though I found it difficult to get really opaque results even after three passes. The texture was lightly creamy and didn’t drag on my lash line. This shade stayed on the waterline for three hours and on the lower lash line for eight. Colour Pop Cry Baby (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Cry Baby (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M40 Matte Pastel Yellow Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a pale, light-medium yellow with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage in a single stroke, which I didn’t find to be that buildable, so it always had some translucency to it. I would say it works better as a base product with a yellow eyeshadow patted on top to help even and smooth out the overall color. On the waterline, it lasted for four hours; on the lower lash line, it lasted for eight hours. Stila Canary (P, $22.00) is darker, brighter, 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 M80 Matte Plum
8
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
81%
Total
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil I90 Iridescent Pop Purple
6
Product
6
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
3
Application
64%
Total
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil M92 Matte Pastel Purple
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
81%
Total
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil M40 Matte Pastel Yellow
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
79%
Total

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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). 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.

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. MAC Brown Border (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever Gypsy (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #25L (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Seasonally Spicy (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Espresso (P, $24.00) is brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Call Me (P, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Coffee (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Via de Martelli (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Bourbon (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, glossier (90% similar). Sephora Tiramisu (P, $10.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Stomper (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Mambo (P, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (85% 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). MAC Going for Gold (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Handforged (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Girls Night Out (P, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Campo de' Fiori (P, $24.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Iskandar (P, $25.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). MAC $$$ (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Sun Tan (08) (P, $10.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Antique (04) (LE, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (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). MAC Shoreline (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Zoeva Mute (P, $7.50) is lighter, cooler, glossier (85% similar). Urban Decay Stray Dog (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, cooler (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. Urban Decay West (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Burberry Midnight Brown (P, $27.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Lord It Up (P, $15.00) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Brown(out) (54) (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Zoeva Glance (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Orpheus (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Deliciously Rich (DC, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Muse (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Deliciously Rich (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (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

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. L'Oreal Cobalt Blue (250) (P, $8.99) is brighter (95% similar). Ardency Inn Dark Blue (P, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). Sephora My Boyfriend's Jeans (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Sephora Sea If I Care (P, $14.00) is 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). MAC Royal Wink (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Lancome Cote d'Azur (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (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 Hyacinth (P, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Deep Blue Sea (LE, $16.00) is lighter (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. MAC Take the Plunge (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Iconic Ottanio (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals True Blue (LE) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Abbey Road (P, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Abyss (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sephora Surfer Babe (P, $10.00) is darker (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. Make Up For Ever #52L (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Ocean (P, $9.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Blue Noon (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy (P, $15.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC New Marine (P, $17.00) is lighter (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). MAC Sassy Moss (DC, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Indulge Yourself (22) (P, $10.00) is warmer (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.

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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). MAC Posh Pedigree #4 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Everlasting (P) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Smoky Emerald (P) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Dior Capital of Light #1 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Spring 2015 (LE, $45.00) is cooler (95% 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). MAC Posh Pedigree #3 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (80% similar). Stila Seaweed (LE, $18.00) is lighter, more muted (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). Too Faced Golden Nugget (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Unlimited (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #2 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Signe Particulier #4 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Desert Mist (LE) is darker (90% similar). Huda Beauty 24K (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Gilded Night #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #4 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych (P, $14.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME406 Golden (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Gus Gus (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Waking Dawn (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Remix (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Gold Leaf (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Goldmine (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Phenix (545) (LE, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Triton (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). CoverGirl Melted Gold (320) (P, $4.99) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Inglot #403 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Sunny Outlook (DC, $21.00) 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. MAC Fresh Blade (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Opal (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Unlocked (P, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Fringe (DC, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop High Tide (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Raw Jade (Left) (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Seashell (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Photosphere (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Moonlight (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Shifting Sand (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Famous (LE, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Milani Bella Chiffon (28) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Mirror (621) (P, $31.00) is less shimmery, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Artemis (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #5 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Champagne (P) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Bathwater (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Eternal Gold #3 (LE) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Dior Mirror (621) (P, $31.00) is less shimmery, more muted, cooler (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. MAC Canter (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Minx (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #1 (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #1 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Shade IV (LE, $25.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Famous (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Lancome Filigree (P, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Lily White (2014) (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Chic (LE, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #1 (P) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #3 (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Bathwater (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Buxom Poodle (P, $18.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Fringe (DC, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #2 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop High Tide (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Chic (LE, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Milani Bella Chiffon (28) (P, $4.49) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Burberry Gold #4 (LE) is darker (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). Too Faced Biscotti (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #4 (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Oxydus (P, $37.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Pretty It Up (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Reef (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Obscura #5 (P) is lighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #2 (P) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Subtle Blend (P) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Ritzy (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Telesto (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, 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). theBalm Tubular (LE, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Natasha Denona Smoky Quartz (43P) (P, $29.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Thirsty Girl (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Tempting (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Chronosphere (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Chains of Love (LE, $16.00) is 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. Viseart Melonie (P) is darker (95% similar). Stila Golden Topaz (LE, $18.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop La-La (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Dive (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, more muted, cooler (90% similar). MAC With Flair (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Hammamet (Right) (LE, $25.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Trick (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (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). Colour Pop Weenie (P, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Sunset #11 (P, $9.99) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Trick (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 13 (LE) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Hieroglyph (LE) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Imagine (P) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Sunrise (14) (LE, $39.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Bellini (LE, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Grandstand (P, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Disco Dust #3 (P) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NYX Golden Peach (P, $6.00) is cooler (85% 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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