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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MAC Pillars Eyeshadow Quad

MAC Pillars Eyeshadow Quad ($33.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a new, limited edition quad that will be available online on May 26th, and in select stores on June 2nd. The quad contains two permanent shades–Mystery and Carbon–and frankly, Sandstone is so close to Cork (permanent) that it might as well be an all-permanent quad (I imagine most readers will have a beige eyeshadow that would function similarly to Mother’s Milk). The colors work well together, and it creates a smoky, more neutral-toned look, so those who prefer pre-made quads and don’t mind that the pans are glued in might still prefer buying it already put together.

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MAC Pillars Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Eyeshadow Quad Pillars
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
83%
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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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Anastasia Soft Gold, Gleam, RTW, Dark Chocolate Shimmer Eyeshadows

Anastasia Soft Gold Eyeshadow ($12.00 for 0.06 oz.) is a light, white gold with warm, buttery yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had fantastic pigmentation with a smooth, lightly dense texture that was blendable and easy to use. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly. Makeup Geek Artemis (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Chardonnay (LE) is darker (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is darker (95% similar). MAC Fresh Blade (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC Opal (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Posh Pedigree #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Pin-up (LE, $14.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). MAC Vanilla (P, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Moonlight (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #3 (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Iced Gold (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop High Tide (DC, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Unlocked (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Entrelacs #1 (LE) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). YSL Golden Glow #2 (P) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Bathwater (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). YSL Rosy Glow #2 (P) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Laura Mercier Seashell (P, $28.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Anastasia Eyeshadow
Anastasia Eyeshadow Soft Gold
A
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
97%
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MAC Cushy Life, Jealous Girl, Big Bad Blue Soft Serve Shadows

MAC Cushy Life Soft Serve Shadow ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “light warm golden beige.” It’s a sparkling, medium copper with warm undertones. It had sheer to semi-sheer color payoff with a slightly drier texture that made it hard to apply it at anything more than wash of all-over color. It does make me concerned about how it might work over time, as it might get a little drier over months. The color lasted for ten hours and had faint fall out. Dior Phenix (545) (LE, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Dior Golden Snow #2 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Asteroid (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Rivage #4 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Benefit Gilt-y Pleasure (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Baby It's Gold Outside (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Fool's Gold (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Half Baked (P, $19.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Dirtysweet (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Interstellar (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Vision (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Gold Souk (LE, $9.99) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Cushy Life Soft Serve Shadow
MAC Soft Serve Shadow Cushy Life
C+
Product
7
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
9
Application
4
Total
78%
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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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