Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams Review, Photos, Swatches

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

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

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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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.

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.

Didn’t crease on me or budge after partying hard one humid nyc night. Woke up the next morning and still looked fresh!!! I love this stuff.

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.

From what MUFE has told me is that #19 is not FDA (or another regulator) approved for sale in the US… I believe it is being sold in Canada though….

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?

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!

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.

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!!

Thanks!

And Thank You for your website, and all of the work that you put into it. I stop by here at least every day to see what’s new. I shop MAC pretty much exclusively online now, because your swatches and reviews are so reliable.

I have to agree. I live in a small town in Canada.. and the closest MAC is 3 hours away, and closest Sephora is 4 hours away. Your swatches and reviews are what I go by to help me decide what to purchase online!

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.

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!

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??

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… :/

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!

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.

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…..

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.

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.

PLEASE SPEAK FOR URSELF!! I AGREE WITH CHRISTINE!! EVERYONE REACTS DIFFERENTLY AND SHOULD NOT BE LOOKED AT THE SAME FOR EVERYONE!! I HAD A ALLERGIC REACTION TO THE EYES USING THE HOT PINK ON MY EYES!! I READ DIRECTIONS AND EVERYTHING BUT I ONLY BOUGHT THE PALETTE BECAUSE I WANTED TO USE THE HOT PINK ON MY EYES!! WRONG CHOICE! PLEASE DO RESEARCH BEFORE BUYING A PRODUCT AND DECIDING HOW TO USE IT!!
<3: KAHGLALIOUS

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!

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