Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic (Part 2)

Here are the other three shades of Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) that I tested out. (Did you miss part one?) The formula is supposed to be “unbelievably blendable,” long-wearing, waterproof, highly-pigmented, and “glide on.” Unfortunately, my experience was very much the opposite: difficult to blend, prone to creasing, varying pigmentation, and they tugged during application. I’m a huge Make Up For Ever fan, but these left me disappointed.

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Make Up For Ever D-12 Aqua Matic
Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic D-12
F
Product
4
Pigmentation
4
Texture
4
Longevity
6.5
Application
3.5
Total
49%
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Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic (Part 1)

Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic ($21.00 for 0.049 oz.) is supposed to be an “eyeshadow pencil [that] glides on and stays put.” It’s supposed to be “unbelievably blendable” without transferring, while it is also “highly-pigmented, waterproof, smudge-free … [and has] intense color payoff.” These are very, very stiff to work with; they apply so-so with minor tugging on the lids but look uneven at a close range and have a drier consistency that makes them extremely difficult to blend and get even, smooth color coverage. I expected that they’d be long-wearing, since they seemed to stay put from the get-go, but some shades creased within six hours (noted below). I was really disappointed in the way these felt, applied, and wore. The only upside is they’re a twist-up pencil with an included sharpener, so at least there is less waste. I have three other shades to review, so expect part two soon.

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Make Up For Ever I-20 Aqua Matic
Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic I-20
D
Product
5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
5
Longevity
7.5
Application
3
Total
64%
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MAC Sunset Beach Blush Ombre

MAC Sunset Beach Blush Ombre ($30.00 for 0.49 oz.) is described as a “pink ombre into beige.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned pink with a satin-matte finish. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $29.00) is warmer. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery. Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is brighter, more shimmery. Milani Bella Rosa (11) (P, $7.99) is brighter, slightly warmer. NYX Bourgeois Pig (P, $5.00) is a touch lighter. NARS Mata Hari (P, $29.00) is darker. MAC Whole Lotta Love (P, $23.50) is a touch warmer. MAC Prom Princess (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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MAC Sunset Beach Blush Ombre
MAC Blush Ombre Sunset Beach
F
Product
4
Pigmentation
4
Texture
5.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
3
Total
56%

theBalm #13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 Eyeshadows

#13 is a dark, muted reddish burgundy with a satin-matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff, but the texture was somewhat powdery. It wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #4 (P) is purpler. Laura Mercier Kir Royal (P, $22.00) is more shimmery. MAC Festive Delight (LE, $15.00) is brighter. Chanel Eclosion #4 (P) is brighter, purpler, more shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Crucible (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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theBalm Eyeshadow Pans
theBalm Eyeshadow Single #13
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
77%
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theBalm #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Eyeshadow

There are forty-four shades of eyeshadows available in pan-form from theBalm, which launched at the beginning of this year. They can be purchased at their San Francisco store or by calling 415-817-1800. Each eyeshadow pan is available for $6.50 and comes in a cardboard sleeve. The 9-pan palette is $8.00, while the 16-pan palette is $10. If you fill either the 9- or 16-pan palette up at the time of purchase, they will run you $44.00 (normally, $66.50) and $64.00 (normally, $114.00) respectively. Each palette is made out of thick cardboard–same as theBalm’s eyeshadow palettes have been in the past–and come with full-sized mirrors on the top flap. For more information about sizes, the palettes, and a general overview of the custom palette/eyeshadow pan system, please read this post. You can view swatches of all of them in the Swatch Gallery here or view photos and swatches on theBalm’s Eyeshadow Single product page. .

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theBalm Eyeshadow Pans
theBalm Eyeshadow Single #1
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
87%
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Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey 5-Pan Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey 5-Pan Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette ($3.99 for 0.21 oz.) contains five eyeshadows that range from silvery-white to navy blue. The quality of this palette is mediocre; every shade suffered from a powdery, sometimes chalky, base, so color payoff was often sheer, all were prone to fading quickly on the lid, and even in the event that a fair amount of color applied to the skin, it easily sheered away if you blended it at all. The consistency just didn’t allow the powder to bind, adhere, or smooth over the skin. It’s this type of quality that gives drugstore makeup a bad name–this reinforces every negative stereotype, and it’s unfortunate, because there are better products to be found in the drugstore aisles and Wet ‘n’ Wild used to make them to boot!

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Wet 'n' Wild I'm His Breezey 5-Pan Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette
Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon 5-Pan Eyeshadow Palette I'm His Breezey
F
Product
5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
5.5
Longevity
5
Application
3.5
Total
56%
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