Monday, May 17th, 2010

Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams
#5, #7, #18, #21

Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams:  #5 Peach, #7 Fuchsia, #18 Purple, #21 Turquoise

Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) have finally debuted at Sephora. These are AMAZING. There are twenty-one shades in total, but some are designed for the lips and cheeks while others are formulated for the eyes and cheeks (p.s. why isn’t there #19?).

Lips & Cheeks: #5 Peach, #6 Fresh Pink, #7 Fuchsia, #8 Red, #9 Coral, #10 Orange
Eyes & Cheeks: #1 Anthracite, #2 Steel, #3 Silver, #4 Snow, #11 Gold, #12 Golden Copper, #13 Warm Beige, #14 Satin Brown, #15 Taupe, #16 Pink Beige, #17 Plum, #18 Purple, #20 Intense Blue, #21 Turquoise, #22 Emerald Green

  • #5 Peach is a spun-gold peach with such a pretty sheen. It’s such a fresh pop of color on the cheeks. It reminded me of MAC Say Yeah eyeshadow a bit, actually–I was a little bummed to find out it wasn’t meant for eyes.
  • #7 Fuchsia is a bright fuchsia-purple with a soft sheen. It’s certainly intense, so go easy for a softer look.
  • #18 Purple is a softened lilac purple with a frosty finish. It was the least pigmented of the four I tried, though.
  • #21 Turquoise is aqua-teal with a frosty shimmer-sheen. It’s wickedly gorgeous. I’ve seen plenty o’ teal in the past few years, but this one is absolutely stunning.

These are creamy without being ultra creamy–I think I’d actually prefer them to be just a smidgen creamier. They’re blendable, but they dry down quickly. These didn’t budge, smudge, or crease on me one bit, whether they were on my eyes, lips, or cheeks. In fact, you really have to use an oil-based makeup remover to get all the last bits of it off. I tried using these as eyeliners, bases, and blushes, and they worked fabulously at each job. In fact, I enjoyed these four so much that I ordered five more (Fresh Pink, Coral, Gold, Warm Beige, and Intense Blue).

The only complaint I have–a minor one at that–is that the packaging feels a little cheap. They’re easy to store, since they’re small and rounded, but the plastic feels a bit on the thinner side, and there is also a lot of air in the jar from the get-go, which concerns me in regards to whether these will dry out after six months or so.  You do get a fair amount of product for your money, which was nice to see.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you love color and rich, creamy textures, you may find the new Aqua Creams right up your alley.

Availability: Sephora

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Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams
#5, #7, #18, #21

Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams
#5, #7, #18, #21

Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams
#5, #7, #18, #21

Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams
#5, #7, #18, #21

Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams
#5, #7

Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams
#18, #21

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96 thoughts on “Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Diana G

    I saw these last week and been dying to get them. Have you seen #11 -Gold? I didn’t know some are for the lips too…time to haul.

  2. Squeeee! I have been waiting for these for a long time! I hope Sephora has a coupon soon, as they are $25 in Canada.

  3. Tatyana

    OMG, these look amazing. Not sure if they are going to crease, but I want some of those. I like Makeup Forever, I think their product has good quality, so I think I will be checking these out. Thanks for the post.

  4. Ani_BEE

    Why!!!! I just bought Pale Blue 20 Flash colour and I want these to replace it. *_*

  5. shontay

    Actually there is an awesome #19 and it’s purple, but for some reason Sephora isn’t selling it. Bummer. I may have to take a trip back to the NYC boutique to get that one. I have 5 of these babies already and they are my favorite.

  6. Evelyn

    these look pretty!
    will u be doing any lip swatches?

  7. Wow…you’re weren’t playing about that teal! It looks like a must-have to me. 😉 Too stunning!

  8. rowan

    makeupforever isn’t available in the uk :-( so jealous

  9. I can’t wait to try these out!!!

  10. francesca

    Thanks a lot for the review! Can you explain the difference between these and the Aquacream liners? Is it just a matter of matte/shimmer?

    • I haven’t tried those, sorry!

    • Nancy

      The difference between these and the cream liners (I have a few of those) is these are creamier, more vibrant and I can see multi purposing these and yes, these last longer and waterproof. The others, can be compared and be similar to any gel liner. Hope this helps!

  11. Alexandra

    #19 is a deep violet, the color is amazing ! I got it at the MUFE store we have in PARIS

    love love thoses !!

  12. Kate M.

    soooooo prettty!!!  i LOVE peach!!  i hope to see more thanks so much christine!!

  13. Ally

    I just bought 5 of these last night, can’t wait for them to arrive.

  14. Lisa

    Hey Christine do you know if these are permanent or limited edition?

  15. Erin K

    #5 is interesting! Loving the #22 too!

  16. rukia

    I’m loving #7 (I think it would be a nice lip color or blush but applied lightly on the cheeks) and #21 (I’m currently drawn to BLUE colors like electric of urban decay and this one). And from the sephora site I think Emerald green is another interesting color.

  17. JustMe

    OMG really amazing, but as always can´t buy them here in Germany :o(

  18. baby in a corner

    do these feel a little dry on lips? i imagine the texture you’d want on your eyes would be different to lips?

    • They’re like a semi-matte lipstick – not ultra creamy on lips but not dry!

      • Nancy

        Hi Christine,
        Read your comments regarding the #19. I had ordered these two weeks ago from their NY store and wanted the Purple color #19. The nice lady who helped me told me the FDA prohibited the sale of this shadow/liner. By the way, loove your comments!
        Thanks for what you do!!

  19. chibu74

    wow, these look amazing….love the colors

  20. sheel

    Oh no the peach one looks like the MAC paint pot from the new collection. I will it was for the eyes!

  21. #7 and #21 look amazing! I think I’ll definitely order some online! <3

  22. Love the look of them but am holding on to see what Sugarpill come out with next :0)

  23. Have you done a comparison of these next to paint pots?

  24. I have the green one, gorgeous!

  25. Darrien

    18 and 5 have my name all over them, haha.

  26. Christine, I agree with you on this one, the packaging looks cheap!

  27. Rachel

    I got sooo excited when I saw that bright pink, but it’s not for eyes! How sad.

  28. question: which ones are blush, lip or eye shadow? How do you know?

  29. I saw these 2 weeks ago at a MUFE counter… but the MUA there told me they were all ok to use on cheeks/eyes/lips :S
    Also they’re water resistant, she said, so that’s why they prob needed some effort to remove :)

    …but somehow they didn’t really appeal to me. I think they dry too fast and aren’t that great bases for eye shadows. And I never go swimming with makeup so I don’t see the use of having water resistant makeup… unless you’re a makeup artist, I suppose.

  30. Sophie

    the peach one looks gorgeous!

  31. Carol

    I’m excited to buy Fuschia and immediately use it as eyeliner, lol!

  32. Wah, #5 isn’t for eyes?? It would be soooo pretty!

  33. Alinda

    We’ve had these for about 6 weeks in the Netherlands and I’m still not sure how many I’m going to get, they are all so lovely! I’ve swatched the color 19 a few weeks ago and I remember it being like the famous color 92 from there eyeshadowrange, but only more opaque :) It’s gorgeous! Thank you for all of the amazing swatches and info!

  34. Yumika

    These look so gorgeous :O

  35. Justin

    Hello :]] Would you use these are an eyeliner like MAC Fliudliner? And is it safe for the waterline and would you use it for that??

  36. Ooh! I missed this post! I ALMOST bought some of these the other day but I passed. Some of the colors look GORGEOUS but I was mostly looking for a hot rockcandy pink with lots of sparkle in it (for cheeks). Something creamy, not a powder. The fuchsia one was a great color but didn’t have enough of that metallic shimmer I was looking for.

    I should have asked you in your last “Ask Temptalia” post… Can I ask now? LOL Any suggestions?

    • Hmmmmmmm… first, I can’t believe you didn’t get ANY OF THESE OHMYGOODNESS.

      The only thing I could think of is just to use a lipstick, because nothing is coming to mind that’s deliberately designed for cheeks that’s hot pink with sparkle in it. Like maybe Lancome Fashion Clutch? I think that has sparkle in it.

      • Ugh. I know, right? I was really REALLY back and forth with these (I can’t help it, I’m SOO SOO spoiled with my MAC discount that spending $20.00 on a single product is an effort for me anymore!) LOL! Two more questions: Do you like the formula more than Shiseido’s cream eyeshadow/pot/things or do you think they don’t really compare to one another? And have you gotten your Tom Ford lipsticks yet? :)

        • The texture is pretty different — these are a lot drier/stiffer to work with. Shiseido is like melted butter! Of course, the shade range is entirely different, haha.

          No, not yet! Did you?

          • It’s funny talking to you in two places at once. LOL. I ALMOST typed, “of course I know their colors are VERY different.” Haha! I haven’t picked up Shiseido’s yet… But I might go look tomorrow (just for something to do). I haven’t gotten the Tom Ford’s yet either… :/

  37. Shannon

    oh my the Peach would look amazing as blush… :O~~~

  38. Jazz

    need that pink and the turquoise… get paid wednesday and saturday-will definitely be in sephora asap

  39. Diana A

    OMG! I am in love with 18 for a spring/summer eye shade.

  40. Cheyenne

    From all of your beautiful swatches I’ll be getting: 5, 13 and 22. Thanks so much. It’s a pricey product but your reviews have given me the confidence to buy!

  41. i bought the #5 amongst others, and wanted to ask a question. What if you did wear them on your eyes? what would happen??

    • Depends on your personal reaction – it would differ from person to person. Could be swollen lids, hives, nothing. Really anything might happen, so it just depends on what you normally react to.

      • Denise

        i haven’t tried it yet, but i hope i’m one of those nothing people lol. It is a very pretty shade.

      • Mel

        NOTHING WILL HAPPEN! I have super sensitive lids and can wear any of the Aqua Cream colours without any reaction at all..unless you count pigment staining as a reaction.
        It’s only the FDA that says they aren’t safe…..

        • Some people react to products that are eye safe – it just depends on the person. To say nothing will happen is a little extreme, I’d say :)

          • Mel

            Sure, I understand that everyone reacts differently, but don’t you think it’s also a bit extreme to say that someone might get hives?

            • I said it was a possibility but not something that would happen to everyone; you should be aware of any potential reactions you may get, and if you’re allergic to particular dyes or ingredients, hives are very often part of an allergic reaction. I wouldn’t say that’s extreme at all – saying that everyone will react that way would be, but if you read my comment, I specifically call out that it would differ from person to person in terms of reaction from nothing to swollen lids to hives–depending on your sensitivity.

  42. Mel

    I just wanted to let everyone know that MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Aqua Creams are safe for use anywhere you want to…eyes, lips, cheeks! All of the colours were tested in Europe to be safe anywhere. It’s only the FDA that says they are not safe for use anywhere.
    I’ve used the red, orange and hot pink on my eyes and worn them for 12+ hours with no reaction at all!

    • Unfortunately, as a U.S. blog, it’s important to use the information that I have on hand, which is that they’re not eye safe. I don’t know what body regulates cosmetics in Europe well enough to verify the information you’re sharing.

    • Kahglalious


  43. Emy

    Does anyone know how these would compare to MUFE cake eyeliner?

  44. Justice

    Is it just me or does #7 Fuchsia kind of look like Petals and Peacocks? :)

  45. Chelsea Forma

    Cool colours! Are they only meant for the lips or can they be used on the cheeks as well?

  46. Wow these aqua creams get raving reviews. Although, I have a challenge working with them being they dry so rapidly. I would love to see a tutorial on a eyeshadow look. I believe I have 3 from the collection.

  47. I want to buy these so badly, but I can’t get past the horrible chemical smell. Is anyone else turned off by it?

  48. I bought 18 and was so iffy on it. I tried it alone and it just didn’t pop enough but then I used it as a base for a NYX purple eyeshadow and WOW. It lasted ALL day in the heat and humidity and was so pretty!