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Make Up For Ever Diamond Artist Shadows (Part 3)

Make Up For Ever D850 Nitro Pink Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D850 Nitro Pink Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D750 Frosted Peach Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light-medium, coral-orange with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It had mostly opaque coverage with a soft, blendable consistency that was very smooth but had a dense feel and firmer press. The color wore well for nine hours but had some fall out. Sephora Peach (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Time Out (DC, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #2 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #4 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Golden Peach (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Flame (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Buxom Glitz Factor (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Bouquet Toss (DC, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Morphe Little Lady (LE, ) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Sugared Strawberry (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Freelove (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Smashbox Turned On (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Summer Sun (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Buxom White Russian with a Twist (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #153 (DC, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #6 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Cheeky (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Natasha Denona Peach Bronze (144CP) (LE, ) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Shark Attack (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D830 Black Rose Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a deep blackened purple with warmer undertones and a satiny sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a very cream-like, dense, buttery texture that applied well to bare skin (I actually think it applies better on bare skin than primer). This shade wore well for nine hours on me. LORAC Licorice (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Boots (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS 413 BLKR #2 (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #12 (LE, $25.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Miss Sparkles (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 17 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Debauched (Right) (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Jardin Zen #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals VIP (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Gilded Night #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). theBalm Stoked (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #2 (P, $33.00) is brighter (85% similar). MAC Brownluxe #5 (P, ) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Obsessed (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Sugared Violet (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Lavender Bubble Bath (LE, ) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D850 Nitro Pink Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright, medium pink with warmer undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. I originally thought it was a cheek-only color, though it is not listed on Sephora’s “for use on cheeks” section, which is why you’ll see a cheek swatch for this one as well as a skin swatch! The texture was dense and cream-like, but it remained very pigmented and adheres well to the skin. As an eyeshadow, it works well, but as a blush, it is a little harder to get anything less than pretty intense coverage, and it was harder to really diffuse the edges to the degree that I typically do for blush. The texture also emphasized pores on cheeks. Note, since it’s not a cheek color, the rating reflects only its performance as an eyeshadow. BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #9 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Backlash (LE, $19.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #13 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Pink Rebel (P, $6.99) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Infra-violet (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D914 Crystalline Mauve Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a very light lavender with a strong, white base and an iridescent sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff, which was somewhat buildable, but it is definitely one of the least pigmented shimmery shades in the Artist range. I liked it best to brighten up the inner tearduct or along the lower lash line. The texture was dense but blendable, and the color lasted for eight hours on me. Kat Von D Gravitron (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Steele (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Unicorn (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Spectacle (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). MAC Triple Impact (LE, $20.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Vulnerable (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Aura #2 (LE, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Touch of Lilac (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk #1 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Fresh Ice (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Cube (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (95% similar). Colour Pop Cake Walk (LE, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Silvermist (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Girls, Girls! (LE, $22.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Dior Rosee (141) (LE, $31.00) is darker (85% similar). Laura Mercier Candy Mauve (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Tisse Beverly Hills #1 (P, ) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Eye Candy (P, $5.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D712 Creme Brulee Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright, medium copper with warm, orange undertones and a frsoted finish. It was richly pigmented with a cream-like, denser consistency that was firm to the touch but very, very smooth and blendable on the skin. The color wore well for nine hours before creasing slightly.
Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). bareMinerals Tan Lines (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 13 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop La-La (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #7 (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Melonie (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Stila Golden Topaz (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Grandstand (P, $9.99) is cooler (95% similar). Stila Affection (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Sunrise (14) (LE, $39.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #16 (LE, ) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Marais (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Maiden (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Bellini (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Sundance (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Adore (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Boheme Dream #5 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Siros (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Divergent Peaceful Shimmer (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D708 Pinky Copper (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a powder eyeshadow available in five distinct finishes: Diamond, Iridescent, Matte, Metallic, and Satin. The texture of all finishes, except the Matte finish, are much denser and more like a cream-powder hybrid. I’ve used traditional eyeshadow brushes (like MAC’s 239, a go-to for me) with these and have hadn’t any issues, but for those who have, I would recommend a firmer, flatter synthetic brush (like MAC 242) to maximize payoff and application. The Diamond and Iridescent finishes have sparkle or micro-glitter, and I have found that the majority of shades have little to no fall out over time for me. The Metallic is the richest, smoothest formula out of the five finishes. The Mattes are soft and silky–much smoother and more finely-milled than the brand’s last formula–but these are sometimes sheerer, though buildable, and can be a little dusty or powdery to work with. The Mattes typically apply well and blend out without issue. The Satin finish feels the firmest of the five finishes but is the most blendable and pigmented; some are closer to metallic and others are more like a natural matte on. I get seven to ten hour wear, depending on the shade, across the range. The eyeshadows are larger than standard (0.08 oz. per the packaging). For the most bang for your buck, consider purchasing two ($32.00) or three at once ($46.00) or watch for seasonal releases of palettes (just be careful if you’ve already bought a few–the brand repeats very often).

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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.

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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. MAC Coffee (P, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Espresso (P, $24.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Seasonally Spicy (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Christian Louboutin Beaute Zoulou (P, $40.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Brown Border (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Call Me (P, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #25L (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever Gypsy (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Via de Martelli (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Sorrento (P, $26.00) 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). Marc Jacobs Beauty (Brown)ie (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Stomper (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). NARS Mambo (P, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Duck (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty (Earth)quake (P, $25.00) is darker, cooler (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, $17.00) 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, $17.00) 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). Smashbox Moody (P, $18.00) is cooler (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). Zoeva Mute (P, $7.50) is lighter, cooler, glossier (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.

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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. 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, $17.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals True Blue (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Naxos (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% 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.

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7
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9
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7
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5
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Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Waterproof Eye Pencils for Summer 2016

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliners
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliners

A pro artist favorite, Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Liner’s superior, long-lasting formula will not smudge, crease, or fade until you remove it. Its innovative formula blends intense, rich color with a super-gliding texture. This versatile liner’s smooth texture effortlessly glides onto lids without skipping or tugging while delivering intense, one-swipe color that lasts all day. Perfect for creating a tight line or smudging for a shadow effect, it features shades that range from everyday neutrals to bright pastel pops.

The Details

Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner, $21.00 (New, Permanent)

  • M-92 Matte pastel purple
  • I-90 Iridescent pop purple
  • M-80 Matte plum
  • D-62 Diamond brown
  • M-60 Matte dark brown
  • S-50 Satiny taupe
  • ME-42 Metallic bronze
  • M-40 Matte pastel yellow
  • I-36 Iridescent khaki
  • I-34 Iridescent pop green
  • M-30 Matte pastel green
  • I-32 Iridescent lagoon green
  • M-26 Matte pastel blue
  • I-24 Iridescent blue with green sparkles
  • M-22 Matte majorelle blue
  • S-20 Satiny navy blue
  • M-16 Matte white
  • M-14 Matte charcoal gray
  • D-12 Diamond black
  • M-10 Matte black

Charli XCX Festival Faves, $49.00 (VIB Rouge, Limited Edition, Online Only)

Instantly create intense liner looks with Charli XCX Festival Faves 4 Waterproof Eyeliners. MAKE UP FOR EVER joined forces with pop star Charli XCX, best known for chart-topping hits, such as “Boom Clap,” “Fancy” with Iggy Azalea and “I Love It” with Icona Pop. Her bold, artistic, transformative nature and energetic stage presence exemplify the creative spirit of MAKE UP FOR EVER and the Aqua XL collection. These eye pencils feature an innovative formula with an ultra-creamy glide and waterproof, rich color for fun makeup looks that last from show to show. Includes:

  • M-10 Matte black
  • I-24 Iridescent blue with green sparkles
  • M-80 Matte plum
  • M-30 Matte pastel green