Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic (Part 2)

Here are the other three shades of Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) that I tested out. (Did you miss part one?) The formula is supposed to be “unbelievably blendable,” long-wearing, waterproof, highly-pigmented, and “glide on.” Unfortunately, my experience was very much the opposite: difficult to blend, prone to creasing, varying pigmentation, and they tugged during application. I’m a huge Make Up For Ever fan, but these left me disappointed.

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Make Up For Ever D-12 Aqua Matic
Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic D-12
F
Product
4
Pigmentation
4
Texture
4
Longevity
6.5
Application
3.5
Total
49%
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Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic (Part 1)

Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) is supposed to be an “eyeshadow pencil [that] glides on and stays put.” It’s supposed to be “unbelievably blendable” without transferring, while it is also “highly-pigmented, waterproof, smudge-free … [and has] intense color payoff.” These are very, very stiff to work with; they apply so-so with minor tugging on the lids but look uneven at a close range and have a drier consistency that makes them extremely difficult to blend and get even, smooth color coverage. I expected that they’d be long-wearing, since they seemed to stay put from the get-go, but some shades creased within six hours (noted below). I was really disappointed in the way these felt, applied, and wore. The only upside is they’re a twist-up pencil with an included sharpener, so at least there is less waste. I have three other shades to review, so expect part two soon.

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Make Up For Ever I-20 Aqua Matic
Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic I-20
D
Product
5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
5
Longevity
7.5
Application
3
Total
64%
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Givenchy Rose Dentelle & Prune Taffetas Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadows

These are the last of the Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) shades I have to review! You can check out previously reviewed shades here. :) The brand describes them as “creamy, waterproof, [and] long-lasting.” It’s a cream-to-powder formula, so it feels like a cream initially but dries down to a powder finish. Givenchy actually states that this lasts for 16 hours, which is quite a tall order and one that I haven’t found any shade to live up to (or even last close to that).

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Givenchy Rose Dentelle (3) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow
Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow Rose Dentelle (3)
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
89%
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Givenchy Blanc Satin, Bleu Soie, Gris Organza Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadows

Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a more recently released cream eyeshadow that’s supposed to be “creamy, waterproof, [and] long-lasting.” It’s a cream-to-powder formula, so it feels like a cream initially but dries down to a powder finish. Givenchy actually states that this lasts for 16 hours, which is quite a tall order. I reviewed three shades here, and I have a few more to share with you now.

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Givenchy Blanc Satin (1) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow
Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow Blanc Satin (1)
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
6
Application
5
Total
84%
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Chanel Mirage, Utopia, New Moon Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadows

Chanel Mirage (95) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “bronze.” It’s a golden, medium-dark bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was lightly creamy, velvety, and easy to blend on the lid. This shade wore well for twelve hours before slightly fading. MAC Crushed Clove (P, $15.00) is lighter, powder. bareMinerals Hot Commodity (LE) is less metallic, powder. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #4 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, powder. Too Faced Buttered Rum (LE, $16.00) is similar, powder. Chanel Initiation (827) (LE, $36.00) is more glittery but still similar in color. Maybelline Downtown Brown (P, $6.99) is similar, powder. Urban Decay Suspect (LE, $18.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Woodwinked (P, $15.00) is darker, powder. Benefit Thanks a Latte (P, $20.00) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Chanel Mirage (95) Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow Mirage (95)
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%
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NARS Iraklion Soft Touch Eyeshadow Pencil

NARS Iraklion Soft Touch Eyeshadow Pencil ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “smoky rose quartz.” It’s a medium, muted brown with warm undertones and a champagne sheen. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P) is a powder. MAC Pink Sensibilities #1 (LE, $21.00) is also a powder. Too Faced Amaretto (P, $16.00) is warmer, darker, powder. Urban Decay Liar (P, $18.00) is a powder. Tom Ford Beauty Platinum (LE, $40.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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NARS Iraklion Soft Touch Eyeshadow Pencil
NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil Iraklion
D+
Product
6
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
4
Total
69%