Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Make Up For Ever Aqua Liners
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Make Up For Ever Aqua Liners

Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner ($23.00 for 0.058 oz.) is a new liquid liner that launched recently at Sephora. It claims to be “weather, tear, and sweat-proof color” and “100% waterproof.” There are fifteen shades in total (there is no #2 shade), all of which have been photographed and swatched in this post.

  • #1 is a semi-sheer yellowed gold base with gold shimmer.
  • #3 is a darkened forest green with olive and green shimmer.
  • #4 is a medium-dark blue-teal with silver and teal shimmer.
  • #5 is a bright blue with soft silvery-white shimmer.
  • #6 is a blackened, cool-toned blue-purple with silver and blue shimmer.
  • #7 is a blackened violet purple with blue-violet and purple shimmer.
  • #8 is a medium-dark red-based purple with violet and fuchsia shimmer.
  • #9 is a bright, neon pink with a soft sheen.
  • #10 is a neutreal red with soft ruby red shimmer.
  • #11 is a burgundy wine with fuchsia and pink shimmer.
  • #12 is a lightened black with a touch of brown.
  • #13 is a deep, dark black.
  • #14 is a black-brown with multi-colored shimmer.
  • #15 is a silvered black with multi-colored shimmer.
  • #16 is a colorless base with white shimmer.

It’s clear that there’s a new liquid liner formula on the block, and a lot of brands have taken advantage of it: MAC Superslick ($17.50/0.06 oz.), Illamasqua Precision Ink ($27.50/0.06 oz., only available in Abyss and Glister), Laura Mercier Liquid Eyeliner ($26, only available in Gold Thread), Stila Sparkle Liquid Liner ($22.00/0.05 oz.), and Bobbi Brown Glitter Liquid Liner ($20.00/0.05 oz., only available in Silver and Gold during the holiday). I couldn’t tell the difference between the majority of these when it came to the formula (Laura Mercier’s I haven’t tried; Stila’s is chalked full of shimmer/glitter, so they feel a little different).

Make Up For Ever definitely changed up the formula and tweaked the packaging, which is something I didn’t see in the other brands. The brush is actually more tapered and shorter, though still made out of foam. The shorter length actually enables you to have a little more precision and makes it easy to never have too much product on the brush (this makes these edge out just oh-so-slightly ahead, but the longer applicator is still easy to work with). I also felt like the formula was thinner, almost watery, but it wasn’t watered down, because each liner was intensely pigmented. You also have to shake up these Aqua Liners (you’ll hear something rattling inside when you do) — and this isn’t something common to the other brands.

Aqua Liners are budgeproof, smudgeproof, and waterproof. These don’t budge until you’re ready to remove them, and they removed easily with an eye makeup remover like Lancome Bi-Facil or Make Up For Ever’s Sens’Eyes. MAC’s Makeup Removing Wipes also did a fine job of removing these from my arm. The product will flake off more than it will dissolve, but I didn’t experience any flaking while wearing–only when I went to remove it; the best way to describe it is to analogize it to tube mascara.

Though Aqua Liners have a different applicator and the formula is definitely tweaked (at least, in consistency/feel), but in wear, I’ve found that all of the variations on this new type of liquid eyeliner wear extremely well. Make Up For Ever has the largest range at 15. The two shades that overlap across nearly every brand is gold (for MUFE, it’s #1), though Make Up For Ever’s #1 seems a little darker, less metallic gold, more sun-gold, and plain ol’ black (for MUFE, it’s #15).

P.S. — I’m still waiting for a few Stila Sparkle Liquid Liners, and then I’ll post some comparisons for any shades that do compare.

The Glossover


Make Up For Ever Aqua Liners Swatches, Photos, Reviews

The color range is amazing--it's exactly what I'd expect from Make Up For Ever and totally useful for liquid liner fanatics. There are fun, brightly colored shades, but also some interesting takes on black. And then it's delivered in a formula that holds on all day, through showers and workouts!











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Make Up For Ever Aqua Liners
Make Up For Ever Aqua Liners – 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

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95 thoughts on “Make Up For Ever Aqua Liners Swatches, Photos, Reviews

  1. These make me really excited! At the moment I’m using the Sephora brand liquid eyeliner and although it does seem to stay on my oily, double-folded eyelids, they aren’t smudge proof or waterproof. Still, Sephora’s are half the price — but if these earned a rare A+, they must be worth a look!

    The swatches are beautiful.

  2. Kheila

    do all of them have glitter? it seems like it on the pics

  3. justjamiexo

    my mouth literally dropped open when i saw the swatches! wow!

  4. nina

    tried them last week and i really wasn’t that impressed maybe it was the fact that i found them too sparkly?glittery?i don’t know how to put it!although the shades where amazing i could pick more wearable fun colors from the sephora line for half the price!if those babies weren’t that sparkly i would have bought them in a heartbeat!!

  5. Melissa

    I NEED that pink! I don’t know how I’d wear it, but I need it! I have several of the MAC ones. I can’t wait to see your shade comparisons.

  6. tehteh

    I don’t get why anyone would line their eyes in bright pink or red, but the normal colors look cool…

    • Nee

      i usually wear coloured liners above of black liners as I don’t wear eye shadows. šŸ˜€ They are great substitutes to eye shadows!

  7. The pink and red are sooo coming home with me. Thanks so much for the review Christine!

  8. Gala

    Now I want them even more!
    Christine thank you for the efforts you put into this.

  9. Alison

    These look exceptional. Thank you SO much; I’m going to wait to buy them until you post the Stila comparisons.

  10. Gia

    So what are your color recommendations for this collection? I of course will get black… but what are your top 5 for a beauty junkie looking for her next haul?

    • It’s totally dependent on what you already have and what you’d wear. Like the hot pink and red are fun and you don’t see them often, but I know not everyone will wear ’em. They’re all of high quality, so choose colors that you’d know you would wear!

      • Gia

        Great! Thank you so much. I trust your input and will keep that advice in mind the next time I am in sephora.

  11. Holly

    How does application to the eye compare to lancome art liner (my current favorite)?

  12. Parisa

    Would you say these are better than, or equal to, MAC’s Liquid Last liners?

    • They’re easier to apply and apply more evenly. Liquid Last liners are harder to remove, so technically, they stay on better, but I get all day wear with both.

  13. Patricia

    Oh, Christine, they look so beautiful!! I want all of them!!!!

  14. lia

    aww, I had such high hopes for these (they’re so pigmented!) but I hate the liquid liners that flake off. I always find flakes around my eyes after I remove my makeup!

  15. Rachel

    I WANT 14 AND 15!!! They’re so gorgeous. but I can see them being so wearable. AHHH, I’m in love.

  16. Diana

    i NEED this.

  17. Yelena

    Do you think numbers 4 and 5 are similar to the new summer collection artliner in beach gem? :)

  18. Carol

    hey christine, i’m pretty set when it comes to eyeliner,i don’t actually need any color, but i’m thinking about getting one of these just to try and just because it’s mufe, my favourite brand. if you had to recomend only one color, what would it be?

  19. Laura

    These are so beautiful!! Christine, thank you so much for all the hard work you put into this blog. I don’t think you get that enough.

    I’m gonna go save up my $$ because I want them all!!


  20. JessicaM

    I WANT EVERY COLOR!! :/ but it would probably cost me a fortune. :/ šŸ˜€ I wonder why there isn’t number two..

    • are

      There is a number two, actually, but it contains ingredients/colorings that did not make it past the FDA. It can be purchased in Europe. Personally, I wouldn’t risk putting something that close to my eye that is considered toxic, but I’m sure that if someone wanted to, they could find and order it through a European web site.

  21. Shayna Marie

    ugh! why?! I want every single color! these are amazing! I cant believe the color quality of these! I don’t even wear pink eye shadows but I must have that hot pink color!

  22. #3,4, 6 and 13 are going to be mine… eventually lol. Thank god for these not being LE!

  23. DarkGlamour17

    Hate that they’re $23..but some of them might be worth it…like 7,8,9, and 14.

  24. Rae

    Mmm, these look absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing such a detailed review, Christine – I’ve been wondering just how these are different from the others you’ve mentioned :) Can’t wait for the full comparison!

    • It’s really interesting how this new type of liner is all the rage, and I really appreciate that MUFE kind of made it their own with some tweaks that still kept it a great formula. I guess when a formula is really great, though, more color/finish options are great!

  25. tanya

    Do I ever need to try some of these!

  26. Emily O.

    Seeing these pictures is akin to how I respond to baby animal pictures- vocalized raptures, a visceral need to reach through said image and an intense desire to possess.

  27. Melody

    Oh they’re so beautiful! I wonder how quickly the product would dry up/go bad though. I probably can’t resist the burgundy. I love that pink, too, but I don’t think I’d ever have occasion to wear it.

  28. I’ll die if I don’t get the black with multi colored glitter.

  29. Yvonne

    Gah! So beautiful! Now if only I could convince myself to spend $23 on a liner… >.<

  30. K

    As always, fantastic in-depth review, Christine. I miss the MAC LiquidLast liners which were one of the few liners never to budge on my super-oily lids, and I have a good feeling that these will be just as good or better. Thanks!

  31. Megan

    I love them! I will try some for sure.
    That purple, teal and pink look so pretty!

  32. Chibaraki

    Forgive me for being a little clueless, but is this kind of liner okay to wear on your waterline as well? Is it better to do non-glittery liners there, or does it matter?

  33. cloudburst

    I love 10 & 11. So hard to find good reds for the eye area.

  34. That settles it! I just purchased 7 and 9. They’re gorgeous.

  35. Rebecca

    I haven’t quite mastered the application of these types of eyeliners yet, but these colors are amazing!!! Might have to break down and buy a few. :)

  36. meme

    Thanks so much for the review and swatches here. I will certainly go check them out. I am always looking for REAL waterproof liners. The past ones from this line I have tried would wear off me- and travel to smudging under the eyes even if I skipped eye cream and under eye concealers which I had heard if you use you will get traveling from your waterproof liners. I have a busy week but will be out of town and close to a Sephora where I will be staying. If I can only get to a Channel counter to pick up the new Morning Rose polish and look at these new liners, I will be a happy traveler who is not traveling for fun – it’s medical – ugh.

  37. Dini

    Uh oh. I want every single one of those.

  38. hey, are the brushes stiff or flexible? they look kinda stiff and hard to work with, or no?
    LOVE the swatches tho, i need the gold, purple, & aqua in my life!

  39. leslie

    Heyy christine :) how would you compare these to the urban decay liquid liners ?

  40. Dame Elizabeth

    Dear MUFE,

    Please come to London.

    Love from every British girl who needs these eyeliners.


  41. Diane

    These remind me very strongly of the Extreme Art Eyeliner by the brand Gosh here in Canada. I love them, but they’re an absolute nightmare to remove.
    I’ve got to try these!

  42. Elysia

    I want the pink SOO bad!!! I’m so glad they are permanent, I can spend the rest of my life saving up for them lol

  43. Michelle

    These.. are.. GORGEOUS!

  44. Lara

    Mmmmmmmm I’m melting….

  45. Lani

    Any idea on how 14 & 15 compare to MAC’s Oxidate glitter liner, Christine? Thanks in advance :)

    • I don’t think I have that, sorry! It would be much, much more pigmented, since I remember MAC’s Glitter Eyeliners weren’t opaque.

  46. 2222222Q``````````````````````````````````

    These are gorgeous!! I would be interested to see how you would do your makeup with some of the more wild colors, like the pink and red! Not sure how I would be able to incorporate that into ay looks! Is it possible to use them as lipliners?

  47. classique

    Is it me or does liquid eyeliner kinda burn until it drys on your lids ?

  48. Christina

    Eeeeeeeek!! I’m so excited to snatch me some of these!!!

  49. Courtney

    I NEED 8, 9, and 10!

  50. Leslie C.

    heyy christine! i was wondering how you would compare these eye liners to urban decay liquid liners?

  51. michelle

    how long does it take for the liner to dry?

  52. Brianne

    Wow these are gorgeous! I have tested the Stila Sparkle liners myself in the store and I think that they are really going to go toe-to-toe with these MUFE ones. Obviously, MUFE has them beat on color selection, but some of these shades look exactly like the Stila ones (8 and 5 in particular look just like some of the Stila ones). AND I can rather excitedly share that the Stila ones do NOT budge. Only $1 cheaper than the MUFE ones though, but if they do a Stila site sale I think they are worth picking up over the MUFE ones for a few of these shades at least :)

    As for me, I’m seriously eyeballing that hot pink.

  53. Saffy

    I don’t even wear liquid eyeliner and I NEED these. They’re gorgeous! Now I gotta figure out how to apply liquid liner properly… Thanks for the swatches, Christine!

  54. Lori

    This may be a silly question, but can these be used on the waterline? Can ANY liquid liner be safely used there? I’d love to be able to get an Eva Longoria look, but even with Urban Decay I’m always having to reapply….

  55. Miss Silver

    Ah… so pretty… I NEED!

  56. Maeve

    I want all of these!!!

  57. pamela s

    def going to purchase about 13 of them. very handy for aspiring makeup artists to aquire.

  58. Pan

    Is this on sale now? I love these! But at that price.. I think I can only buy one or two. I’m really liking #14… and some of the blues. Great swatches, thanks so much for doing this!

  59. Blue

    That red, while virtually unwearable in most situations, is absolutely stunning! I might get it just for the sake of having such a gorgeous and unique color of eye liner!

  60. Nessa

    Wow,these are so gorg. <3. Xoxo

  61. Crystal C.

    Do they have a pack that you can buy all of them or must they really be purchased individually?

  62. Hmmm… I got a 10% off coupon from Sephora for renewing my V.I.B. I now know what I will use that coupon for and it will be #7! It is such a gorgeous purple!!!

  63. A

    Hi Christine are these wearable on the water line? If so how effective is it on the water line?

  64. Jessi

    I was just at Sephora and couldn’t find these anywhere :/ are they only sold online?

  65. Ivy

    Great article. Would you do a look or tutorial with nĀ° 5 or 6? They look great but i have no clue to pair them with other eyeshadows or wear them alone.

  66. Hoo, boy. This is a nice liquid liner. Picked up #12 (matte brown) today. Sadly it doesn’t really look that brown on me, more like a slightly faded black. But the formula is very, very good. I actually went up to my boyfriend and announced dramatically “Watch this!!” while I rubbed my oily eyelid vigorously. And it didn’t budge and nothing on my finger!

    Thanks for turning me on to this, Christine!

  67. Andrea

    These colours are gorgeous!!!!!!!

  68. Wilfrido

    I love these. I was thinking if you could possibly do a tutorial using the liners or giving tips on how to apply it.
    Wilfrido <3

  69. MR

    Tried these and love the colours but it does not have as much staying power as Gosh Extreme Eyeliner (which absolutely needs a makeup remover to remove). But I love the navy blue for special occasions.

  70. Lumi

    I’ve been hearing a lot about these. They look so freaking gorgeous.

    Ugh, but that price. x3 I’m keeping this page bookmarked for future reference tho!

    Thanks for the review! ^^