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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. bareMinerals 1PM (LE, $15.00) is warmer (95% similar). Estee Lauder Dramatic Teal (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Practice Makes Perfect (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Exotic Teal (LE, $35.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Mainline (P, $20.00) is less pigmented, cooler (90% similar). MAC Midnight Blues (DC, $16.00) is darker, warmer (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 Rail (P, $20.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Rich Experience (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Mahogany (P, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Local Wares (DC, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Stag (LE, $20.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Crave (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Darkness of Calm (LE, $17.50) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Lush (P, $20.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Express-Oh! (LE, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Smokeout (LE, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Buxom Here's My Number (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Demolition (P, $20.00) is warmer (85% similar). Sephora Diving in Malaysia (18) (P, $10.00) is darker, 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). Urban Decay Lure (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Mood (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Timber (DC, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M14 Matte Charcoal Grey (P, $21.00) 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. Stila Spice (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Via de Martelli (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M60 Matte Dark Brown (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Seasonally Spicy (LE, $16.00) is warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever Gypsy (LE, $19.00) is darker, less glossy (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). 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.

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). Urban Decay Lure (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Timber (DC, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Madison Ave. (P, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (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 less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Black Swan (P, $15.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Night Clubbing (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Blitz & Glitz (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal Love (P, $10.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Rockstar Love (P, $15.00) is cooler (85% similar). Stila Stargazer (P, $22.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (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. MAC Fascinating (P, $16.00)(100% similar). Colour Pop Exit (DC, $6.00)(100% similar). Urban Decay Bump (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Exit (P, $5.00) is cooler (95% similar). Stila Alpine (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Santa Monica Blvd. (P, $24.00) is brighter (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

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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MAC El Dorado & Paragon Eye Kohls

MAC El Dorado Eye Kohl
MAC El Dorado Eye Kohl

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.

MAC Paragon Eye Kohl ($17.50 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “champagne gold.” It’s a light-medium, peachy gold with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good coverage in one pass, and the texture was firm but not sharp. It didn’t drag or tug on the lash line, but it isn’t a waxy or creamy eyeliner either. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me. Zoeva Myth (P, $7.50) is lighter (95% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Gold (P, $28.00) is warmer (95% similar). Estee Lauder Pearl (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Both shades will be available online May 26th, in-stores June 2nd (select locations).

MAC Eye Kohl El Dorado
El Dorado
El Dorado
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
MAC Eye Kohl Paragon
Paragon
Paragon
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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