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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 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 darker, warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Skully (P, $18.00) is darker (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). MAC Flourish Me Deep (LE, $18.00) is lighter, warmer (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). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00) is darker, glossier (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. Colour Pop Timber (DC, $6.00)(100% similar). Urban Decay Mood (P, $20.00)(100% similar). Colour Pop Timber (DC, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Madison Ave. (P, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Lure (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS London (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Zinc (LE, $26.00) 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). 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 less shimmery, warmer (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 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. 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 lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Flourish Me Beautiful (LE, $18.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop No Shame (P, $6.00) is darker (80% similar). Colour Pop No Shame (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Makeup Geek Royal (P, $9.00) is lighter, cooler, lower quality (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. Kat Von D Roxy (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Ho Ho (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Ransom (LE, $20.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Designer Purple (P, $15.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Buxom Door's Unlocked (P, $17.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Vice (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Pure Purple (240) (P, $8.99) is lighter (90% similar). Milani Perfect Purple (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Voodoo (LE, $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, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Cry Baby (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Mist Me (P, $25.00) is darker, more muted (80% 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

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 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. Make Up For Ever #25L (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever Gypsy (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Christian Louboutin Beaute Zoulou (P, $40.00) is darker (95% similar). 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). Colour Pop Stomper (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Via de Martelli (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty (Brown)ie (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Tiramisu (P, $10.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Bourbon (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, glossier (90% similar). NARS Mambo (P, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty (Earth)quake (P, $25.00) is darker, cooler (80% 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). NARS Iskandar (P, $25.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). MAC Handforged (P, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Going for Gold (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (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 lighter, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Sun Tan (08) (P, $10.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC $$$ (P, $16.00) is lighter (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). Zoeva Mute (P, $7.50) is lighter, cooler, glossier (85% similar). Urban Decay Stray Dog (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC Shoreline (P, $17.00) is lighter, 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. Zoeva Glance (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (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 lighter, warmer (95% similar). Burberry Midnight Brown (P, $27.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Deliciously Rich (DC, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (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 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

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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). Kat Von D Poe (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Sea If I Care (P, $14.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Flourish Me Bold (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sephora My Boyfriend's Jeans (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, 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). Marc Jacobs Beauty Out of the Blue (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Lancome Cote d'Azur (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). MAC Royal Wink (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (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 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 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. bareMinerals True Blue (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Iconic Ottanio (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). NARS Abbey Road (P, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Take the Plunge (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (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 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. 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 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). 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 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). Sephora Girls Night Out (P, $10.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC $$$ (P, $16.00) 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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Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliners (Part 2)

Makeup Geek Cobalt Full Spectrum Eyeliner
Makeup Geek Cobalt Full Spectrum Eyeliner

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.

Makeup Geek Cobalt Full Spectrum Eyeliner ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark periwinkle blue with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer coverage in one pass, which was buildable to semi-opaque (somewhat uneven) coverage after going back and forth multiple times. There was a very faded quality about it once applied to the skin. It lasted for six hours on me. NARS Most Wanted (LE, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Sea If I Care (P, $14.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Royal Wink (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Chaos (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Nietzsche (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). L'Oreal Cobalt Blue (250) (P, $8.99) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Mint Full Spectrum Eyeliner ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a light-medium, mint green with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff in one stroke, which was buildable. The color applied evenly and smoothly on the lash line without tugging. This shade wore for seven hours before fading noticeably. Stila Turquoise (P, $22.00) is brighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M30 Matte Pastel Green (P, $21.00) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Zulu (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Zulu (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Barrow Street (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Ocean Full Spectrum Eyeliner ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium-dark, bluish teal with a pearly sheen. It was the only shade with a pearly finish in the range. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one stroke, which was hard to layer/build as it would thicken over some areas and pull color away in others, leaving behind an uneven result. The color seeped into the creases underneath my eyes (like it bled!) after six hours of wear. Make Up For Ever I32 Iridescent Lagoon Green (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy (P, $15.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC New Marine (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #52L (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Fairytale (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). Lancome Paradis (P, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Deep End (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Vacancy (LE, $20.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). L'Oreal True Teal (260) (P, $8.99) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Ody(sea) (62) (P, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Orchid Full Spectrum Eyeliner ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium-dark purple with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one pass, which
Stila Violet (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Piggy Bank (DC, $5.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Piggy Bank (DC, $6.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Royal Full Spectrum Eyeliner ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a subdued, medium-dark purple with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one stroke, which was hard to layer/build-up as it tended to look uneven as the creamier consistency would pull the initial layer at times. This shade lasted for six hours. MAC Image Conscious (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Plushie (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M80 Matte Plum (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer, better quality (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner Pencil Cobalt
Cobalt
Cobalt
7
Product
7
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
73%
Total
Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner Pencil Mint
Mint
Mint
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
82%
Total
Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner Pencil Ocean
Ocean
Ocean
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
76%
Total
Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner Pencil Orchid
Orchid
Orchid
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total
Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliner Pencil Royal
Royal
Royal
6
Product
6
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
66%
Total

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