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NARS Velvet Eyeliners (Part 2)

NARS Black Moon Velvet Liner
NARS Black Moon Velvet Liner

NARS Black Moon Velvet Liner ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a deep black with a satin finish. It had rich color payoff in one stroke, and it was easy to layer and build as desired, too–it didn’t lift or cause the color to streak. It was creamy enough to be comfortable to apply, but it didn’t migrate or move around immediately. The color wore for eight hours overall. Buxom Call Me (P, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Black Brilliance (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Jet (LE, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Graphblack (P, $16.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Sephora Clubbing Stilettos (P, $10.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Smolder (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black (P, $21.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Stila Stingray (P, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Definitely Black (P, $20.00) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $22.00) is warmer, darker (95% similar). Too Faced Perfect Black (P, $18.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Via Veneto (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Black Lace (P, $10.00) is less glossy, darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Black (01) (P, $28.00) is glossier, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Blackened Black (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Zoeva Black to Earth (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Obsidian (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Black Velvet (P, $20.00) is less glossy, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Blue Lotus Velvet Liner ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a dark, violet-purple with cool, bluish undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one stroke, which was buildable to a minor degree, but it was hard to get fully opaque coverage out of this shade. It could have also applied more evenly. The color started to migrate noticeably after seven and a half hours of wear. NARS St. Marks Place (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Amethyst Android (P, $15.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Colour Pop Descanso (DC, $6.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Kat Von D Homie (P, $10.00) is lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Curacao Velvet Liner ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a bright, cyan blue with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation in one pass, and the consistency was soft enough to be comfortable, but the edge was firm enough to get a really crisp, even line of color. The color wore well for almost nine hours on me, which made it one of the longer-wearing shades in the range. Colour Pop Bee Sting (P, $5.00)(95% similar). Colour Pop Bee Sting (DC, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Hi-Def Cyan (P, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Stila Cobalt (P, $22.00) is more muted, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Darklight Velvet Liner ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a dark, muted navy blue with cool undertones and a satin finish. The color payoff was good, though not fully opaque (and it didn’t layer and build to opaque fo rme). The texture was lightly creamy but seemed to have a little more slip, so it sometimes looked streaky applied–that streakiness was more noticeable if I applied a thicker line of color, whereas a thin line made it so thin that it wasn’t noticeable except in a magnifying mirror! This shade started to migrate to the outer corners of my lash line after seven and a half hours of wear. Estee Lauder Blackened Sapphire (LE, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Waveline (DC, $16.00) is glossier (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #3 (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop DTLA (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop DTLA (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Push (P, $20.00)(90% similar). Stila Midnight Blue (P, $22.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). MAC Waveline (P, $16.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Sabbath (P, $20.00) is glossier (85% similar). Urban Decay Push (P, $22.00) is cooler, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | NARS Velvet Liner ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is supposed to be creamy, “richly pigmented,” and “softly blendable.” It’s a new, permanent formula for fall, and it is available in eight shades. They are soft enough that they don’t tug or drag on the lash line, and they don’t feel sharp either, despite being a much firmer pencil eyeliner (not waxy like a lot of popular formulas) and tended to be more pigmented in one stroke. Some shades lasted for seven hours, while some lasted closer to nine hours.

NARS Velvet Eyeliner Black Moon
Black Moon
NARS Velvet Eyeliner Blue Lotus
NARS Velvet Eyeliner Curacao
Curacao
NARS Velvet Eyeliner Darklight
Darklight

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NARS Velvet Eyeliners (Part 1)

NARS Kaliste Velvet Liner
NARS Kaliste Velvet Liner

NARS Kaliste Velvet Liner ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a deep, bluish-teal with cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had nice pigmentation in one stroke, which was buildable to totally opaque coverage with another pass. The texture was lightly creamy without moving around on the skin, but it didn’t tug or feel uncomfortably sharp on the lash line either. This shade stayed on well for eight hours before migrating to the outer corners noticeably. Estee Lauder Dramatic Teal (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Practice Makes Perfect (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals 1PM (LE, $15.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Exotic Teal (LE, $35.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Mainline (P, $20.00) is cooler, less pigmented (90% similar). MAC Midnight Blues (DC, $16.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Estee Lauder Electric Teal (LE, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Last Frontier Velvet Liner ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a deep brown with subtle, warm undertones and a soft sheen. The color payoff was opaque in one pass, while the pencil had a creamy, glide-on texture that was a little wet and needed to dry down for a few seconds. This shade only wore for seven hours, unfortunately, making it one of the shorter-wearing shades in the range. Urban Decay Demolition (P, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). Urban Decay Stag (LE, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Rich Experience (P, $20.00) is warmer, lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Rail (P, $20.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Local Wares (DC, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Mahogany (P, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Smokeout (LE, $20.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Express-Oh! (LE, $25.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). MAC Darkness of Calm (LE, $17.50) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Buxom Here's My Number (P, $17.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Lush (P, $20.00) is less glossy, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Crave (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora Diving in Malaysia (18) (P, $10.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Demolition (P, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Chocolate (LE, $24.00) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS London Velvet Liner ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium-dark gray with a natural sheen. It had good pigmentation in one pass, which is always nice. This shade had a lot of slip, which gave it a wet-like feel going on and took awhile for it to dry down, so it did migrate into the fine lines underneath my lower lash line in the process. I was able to soften and blend the edges with a pencil brush, and then the color stayed in place for around seven hours. Colour Pop Timber (DC, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Midnight Snack (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Timber (DC, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Lure (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M14 Matte Charcoal Grey (P, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Mood (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Mambo Velvet Liner ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had fairly good pigmentation in one stroke, and it was buildable to full coverage with two layers. The texture was moderately creamy but didn’t take too long to dry down, so it was easy to apply and didn’t require attention after it was applied to fix any migration. This shade wore for seven and a half hours on me. NARS Via de Martelli (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Stila Spice (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M60 Matte Dark Brown (P, $21.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). MAC Seasonally Spicy (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever Gypsy (LE, $19.00) is less glossy, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Call Me (P, $5.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | NARS Velvet Liner ($24.00 for 0.04 oz.) is supposed to be creamy, “richly pigmented,” and “softly blendable.” It’s a new, permanent formula for fall, and it is available in eight shades. They are soft enough that they don’t tug or drag on the lash line, and they don’t feel sharp either, despite being a much firmer pencil eyeliner (not waxy like a lot of popular formulas) and tended to be more pigmented in one stroke. Some shades lasted for seven hours, while some lasted closer to nine hours.

NARS Velvet Eyeliner Kaliste
Kaliste
NARS Velvet Eyeliner Last Frontier
NARS Velvet Eyeliner London
London
NARS Velvet Eyeliner Mambo
Mambo

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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
Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black Aqua XL Eye Pencil

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). Tarina Tarantino Tommy Jet (P, $15.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals Midnight (LE, $15.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Squid (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Noir Volcanique (01) (P, $37.00) is darker (95% similar). Stila Stingray (P, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). Urban Decay Legend (P, $20.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Ardency Inn Black (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black (P) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Black Ice (P, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). Guerlain Black Jack (01) (P, $30.00) is glossier (95% similar). Urban Decay Zero (P, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Black Walnut (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Black Lace (P, $10.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Cat's Meow (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Engraved (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Black Black (P, $16.00) is warmer, darker (95% similar). Guerlain Blackjack (P, $31.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00) is glossier (90% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00) is glossier, darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M14 Matte Charcoal Grey Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is medium-dark, bluish-gray with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff in one stroke, which was buildable to mostly opaque coverage in two to three layers. The texture wasn’t too soft or too firm, so it applied without being uncomfortable. This shade wore well for two and a half hours on the waterline, and eight hours on the lower lash line. Urban Decay Mood (P, $20.00)(100% similar). Colour Pop Timber (DC, $6.00)(100% similar). Colour Pop Timber (DC, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Madison Ave. (P, $24.00) is cooler, lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Lure (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS London (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D12 Diamond Black Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a deep black with gold sparkle. It had rich color coverage in one pass–it was one of the most pigmented in the range–with a creamy, denser consistency that glided across the skin with ease. The color wore well for four hours on the waterline, and it lasted better on the lower lash line with eight hours of wear. MAC Black Brilliance (LE, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Black Swan (P, $15.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). NARS Night Clubbing (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal Love (P, $10.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Blitz & Glitz (P, $16.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Rockstar Love (P, $15.00) is cooler (85% similar). Stila Stargazer (P, $22.00) is warmer, more muted, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M16 Matte White Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a stark white with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one stroke, which was buildable to brighter, more opaque coverage, though it seemed to thicken and emphasize the texture of my lower lash line a little bit. The color lasted for two and a half hours on my waterline, while it did better on my lower lash line with eight-hour wear. Colour Pop Exit (DC, $6.00)(100% similar). MAC Fascinating (P, $16.00)(100% similar). Urban Decay Bump (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Exit (P, $5.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Santa Monica Blvd. (P, $24.00) is brighter (95% similar). Stila Alpine (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Polar Ice (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% 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 M10 Matte Black
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil M14 Matte Charcoal Grey
8
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
80%
Total
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil D12 Diamond Black
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil M16 Matte White
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total

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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 brighter, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Royal (P, $9.00) is lower quality, cooler, lighter (80% similar). Colour Pop No Shame (P, $6.00) is darker (80% similar). Colour Pop No Shame (P, $5.00) is warmer, darker (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). Milani Perfect Purple (P, $6.99) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Ho Ho (LE, $6.00) is cooler, darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister (P, $20.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Ransom (LE, $20.00) is cooler, darker (90% similar). MAC Designer Purple (P, $15.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Buxom Door's Unlocked (P, $17.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Vice (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Regency (P, $7.50) is cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Homie (P, $10.00) 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 warmer, brighter, darker (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

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 warmer, darker (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 Coffee (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Espresso (P, $24.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Seasonally Spicy (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Brown Border (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Call Me (P, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #25L (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever Gypsy (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $20.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Sephora Tiramisu (P, $10.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Bourbon (P, $20.00) is glossier, more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Stomper (P, $6.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). NARS Via de Martelli (P, $24.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). NARS Mambo (P, $24.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). MAC Duck (P, $16.00) is warmer, lighter (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 brighter, lighter (95% similar). MAC Handforged (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Going for Gold (LE, $16.00) is darker, less shimmery (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 cooler, lighter (90% similar). Sephora Sun Tan (08) (P, $10.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). MAC $$$ (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Powerline (P, $20.00) is cooler, darker (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). Zoeva Mute (P, $7.50) is glossier, cooler, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Stray Dog (LE, $20.00) is cooler, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Shoreline (P, $17.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $20.00) is warmer, lighter, more shimmery (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 darker, more shimmery (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 warmer, lighter (95% similar). Burberry Midnight Brown (P, $27.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Deliciously Rich (DC, $16.00) is darker, more shimmery (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 warmer, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Buxom Come Over (P, $17.00) is warmer, lighter (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. Ardency Inn Dark Blue (P, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). L'Oreal Cobalt Blue (250) (P, $8.99) is brighter (95% similar). Sephora Sea If I Care (P, $14.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Sephora My Boyfriend's Jeans (P, $10.00) is brighter, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Push (P, $22.00) is warmer, more muted, darker (85% similar). NARS Most Wanted (LE, $24.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Chaos (P, $20.00) is lighter (80% similar). Lancome Cote d'Azur (P, $23.00) is lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). MAC Royal Wink (LE, $16.00) is brighter, 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 cooler, lighter (90% similar). Sephora Surfer Babe (P, $10.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Siahi (P, $16.00) is warmer, lighter (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) is lighter (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Iconic Ottanio (P, $32.00) is cooler, darker (95% similar). NARS Abbey Road (P, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Take the Plunge (P, $16.00) is warmer, darker (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 cooler, lighter (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 cooler, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Ody(sea) (62) (P, $25.00) is brighter, lighter (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 cooler, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Stila Turquoise (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Zulu (P, $5.00) is cooler, brighter, lighter (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 brighter, lighter (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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