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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MAC El Dorado & Paragon Eye Kohls

MAC El Dorado Eye Kohl ($17.50 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “bold gold.” It’s a medium-dark gold with warm, bronzy undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque coverage in one stroke, which was buildable to mostly opaque coverage in two layers. The texture was firm but not stiff, and it didn’t drag or feel uncomfortable to apply. The color lasted for eight hours on my lower lash line. Make Up For Ever ME42 Metallic Bronze (P, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Campo de' Fiori (P, $24.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC $$$ (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Girls Night Out (P, $10.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Handforged (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC El Dorado Eye Kohl
MAC Eye Kohl El Dorado
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
88%
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Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliners (Part 2)

Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is supposed to be an “ultra creamy” and “ultra pigmented.” They have a smoother, more waxy consistency, so they skim across the skin without tugging or dragging, but the pigmentation varies a lot from shade to shade, though it fell between semi-sheer to semi-opaque in one stroke. They weren’t particularly buildable, as they seemed to push the color around rather than really gradually build it up. They are really, really soft, so use less pressure than you think or else chunks of the eyeliner will break off. They wore between six and seven hours on me before migrating. Their biggest upside is comfort; very creamy and soft, but the downside is weaker pigmentation and wear. As an aside, the price point seems a little high for the brand, given that eyeliners and eyeshadows are (usually) similarly priced, but these are 50% more expensive than the eyeshadows.

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Makeup Geek Cobalt Full Spectrum Eyeliner
Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner Pencil Cobalt
C
Product
7
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
6.5
Application
4.5
Total
73%
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MAC Lion Babe Liquidlast Eyeliner

MAC Lion Babe Liquidlast Liner ($21.00 for 0.084 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmering gold.” It’s a bright, medium-dark coppery gold with warm, orange undertones and a metallic sheen. MAC Cockiness (LE) is darker, less pigmented (90% similar). MAC Copperthorn (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Lion Babe Liquidlast Liner
MAC Liquidlast Liner Lion Babe
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
94%

Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliners (Part 1)

Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is supposed to be an “ultra creamy” and “ultra pigmented.” They have a smoother, more waxy consistency, so they skim across the skin without tugging or dragging, but the pigmentation varies a lot from shade to shade, though it fell between semi-sheer to semi-opaque in one stroke. They weren’t particularly buildable, as they seemed to push the color around rather than really gradually build it up. They are really, really soft, so use less pressure than you think or else chunks of the eyeliner will break off. They wore between six and seven hours on me before migrating. Their biggest upside is comfort; very creamy and soft, but the downside is weaker pigmentation and wear. As an aside, the price point seems a little high for the brand, given that eyeliners and eyeshadows are (usually) similarly priced, but these are 50% more expensive than the eyeshadows.

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Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner
Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner Pencil Nude
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
86%
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