Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Review, Photos, Swatches (1L, 6L, 8L, 11L, 23L)

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes
#1L, #6L, #8L, #11L, #23L

Aqua Eyes, I Love Thee!

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes ($17.00 for 0.04 oz.) is one of my favorite eyeliners–pigmented, long-wearing, waterproof, and just all around fantastic liners. I love the color range, and I have kind of gotten into a rather “collect ’em all” mentality. You can read my very first review of Aqua Eyes (includes #5L, 7L, 10L, 12L, 15L, 17L, and 20L) as well as my single reviews of #3L, #4L, #9L, and #16L, too.

  • #1L is a deep dark black (despite appearing brown in the swatch–what is it with black eyeliner turning brown when photographed?) with a soft sheen.
  • #6L is a dark plummy purple with slight red undertones and soft sheen.
  • #8L is a bright, metallic silver–on the lighter, brighter side.
  • #11L is a medium-dark violet purple with soft violet sheen. New favorite purple liner!
  • #23L is a shimmering golden champagne with a nearly metallic finish.

(What am I missing? Hmm… #0L, 2L, 14L, 18L, 19L, 21L, 22L, 24L… 13L is on its way… wow, that’s more missing than I thought. BOO!)

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

RECOMMENDATION: Aqua Eyes wears so well throughout the day without fading, smudging, or migrating. They’re one of my go-tos for eyeliners, and I love how pigmented and diverse the shade range is.


Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes
#1L, #6L, #8L, #11L, #23L

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes
#1L, #6L, #8L, #11L, #23L

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes
#1L, #6L, #8L

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes
#8L, #11L, #23L

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes
#1L, #6L, #8L, #11L, #23L

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About the 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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QUESTION!! till now the only liner i can cope with using in waterline is chanel kohl, with everything else i’ve tried(not many i admit) i feel irritation… is this one safe for waterline???

For me, they last just about the same – Aqua Eyes just a little better – but we’re talking 17 vs 18 hour wear really… and even at 18th hour on both, it’s not a noticeable difference unless you’re REALLY looking for one.

I have the MUFE eyeliners, and they last 2 hours w/o primer, and maybe 5 hours (on a good night) with primer. Yes, my eyelids are THAT crazy 😀 Same goes for the Urban Decay liners!

I added 23L to my MUFE list. I’ve been trying to go softy with eye looks this summer and I think this liner will help do the trick.

This post just makes me even happier that I got the collectors set. I knew after I bought my first liner from them I’d have that “gotta get them all” mentality too.

Hi Christine! I wanna try these eyeliners, but do you know if they are usable on the lower inner lashline (Is that called the waterline)?

Thanks in advance! 🙂

I love these liners so much! For the other Canucks on here, they’re cheaper than UD 24/7 liners as well. $19 CAD. The UD ones are $21 in Canada.

I guess it’s cheaper to import from France than it is from the US. *shrugs*

I luv’em too! Numbers 20L, 2L, and 24L are my summer picks: respectively, forest green; pearly brown, and light taupe. They look great with bronzes.

I lovve the 23L ,
I think they will do amazing job highlighting
the inner corner of the eyes,
Ive been looking for such a beautiful color 😀

They’re not as soft as UD – which is actually why I prefer UD just a SMIDGEN more than MUFE, but they’re basically equal to me.

Thanks for the swatches, Christine! My skin tends to get a bit oily as the day goes on, do you think I would need to use something to set these eyeliners so they won’t migrate?

Hey Debra,

I know some people have found that these don’t stay on well, but the majority seems to be that they do. IF you have serious issues with liners migrating, you may want to check out Benefit’s She-Laq! 🙂

Ok, this is my inner art geek coming out, but…

If a black eyeliner is photographing brown, it just means it’s a warm black (often found as “bone black” if you were buying it as paint at an art store). Warm blacks are heavier on the yellow tones, which can make them appear more brownish at time. Cool black has more blue tones in it (“mars black” at the art store). If either color is diluted, either by adding white, or in this case, a camera flash, they just show more of their undertones.

Thanks, Joli, LOL! I always wondered, you know. ‘Cause I sit there, taking twenty photos going, ‘WHY ARE YOU TURNING BROW YOU BIG JERK’ so it’s good to know that it can do that and it’s not really me going crazy.


Can’t get either MUFE or Urban Decay in NZ… no perfect purple eyeliners for CeeBee! Waaah!

Seriously, #6L and #11L are GORGEOUS. I’ve been looking for a beautiful blue violet like that for ages… oh well, at least I know it actually exists, even if I can’t get at it… 🙁

🙁 I’m surprised MUFE isn’t there, if only because they seem to have stronger international distribution than UD.

I love how they last all day but they are a bit stiff to use? I just find they are not as easy to use as UD ones. Do you find the same Christine?

Yeah — they’re not as soft/creamy as the UD ones, but they seem to last a little longer, so I’ve always attributed it to that difference. I don’t find them hard/sharp or anything, but they’re just not as soft as UD.

6 and 23 are so pretty, but I rarely use light color liners and I already have a purple eyeliner! Boo! Also I don’t like that they aren’t as soft as the Milani ones!

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