Make Up For Ever I36, M60, ME42, S50, D62 Aqua XL Eye Pencils Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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 PencilMake 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). Sephora Snakeskin Dress (17) (DC, $10.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). L'Oreal Green Ivy (270) (P, $8.99) is darker (95% similar). MAC Forever Green (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Green Lights (Metallic) (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Olive You (108) (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Stash (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Mossy Green (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Mildew (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Urban Decay High Vibes (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Fenty Beauty Bank Tank (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Melt Cosmetics Wallflower (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% 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 PencilMake 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. Make Up For Ever #25L (P, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). Christian Louboutin Beaute Zoulou (P, $40.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever G*psy (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Espresso (P, $24.00) is brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Call Me (P, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Sorrento (P, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Bourbon (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, glossier (90% similar). Colour Pop Stomper (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Sunnyvale (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Via de Martelli (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty (Brown)ie (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Tiramisu (PiP, $10.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Coffee (PiP, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Mole Brown (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). NARS Mambo (P, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Duck (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Fenty Beauty In Big Truffle (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty (Earth)quake (P, $25.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). NARS Mambo (P, $24.00) is lighter (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever ME42 Metallic Bronze Aqua XL Eye PencilMake 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). NARS Campo de' Fiori (P, $24.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Girls Night Out (PiP, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Top Brass (104) (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Antique (04) (LE, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Scorch (DC, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Sun Tan (08) (DC, $10.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Copper Charge (Metallic) (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC $$$ (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Powerline (P, $20.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Amber (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Going for Gold (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever S50 Satiny Taupe Aqua XL Eye PencilMake 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). MAC Shoreline (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Zoeva Mute (P, $7.50) is lighter, cooler, glossier (85% similar). Smashbox Moody (P, $18.00) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Haight-Ashbury (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Stray Dog (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D62 Diamond Brown Blue Aqua XL Eye PencilMake 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. MAC Lord It Up (P, $15.00) is darker (95% similar). Zoeva Glance (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Urban Decay West (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Brown(out) (54) (P, $26.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Burberry Midnight Brown (P, $27.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Orpheus (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Muse (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Bourbon (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Mulholland Drive (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Deliciously Rich (DC, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Sincerely Yours (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Rum (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Deliciously Rich (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (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 PencilMake 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.

M60 Matte Dark Brown

PPermanent. $21.00.
B
B
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total

D62 Diamond Brown

PPermanent. $21.00.
D+
D+
6
Product
6
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
3
Application
69%
Total
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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
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

Make Up For Ever M60 Matte Dark Brown Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever M60 Matte Dark Brown Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever M60 Matte Dark Brown Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever M60 Matte Dark Brown Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever M60 Matte Dark Brown Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever M60 Matte Dark Brown Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever ME42 Metallic Bronze Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever ME42 Metallic Bronze Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever ME42 Metallic Bronze Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever ME42 Metallic Bronze Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever ME42 Metallic Bronze Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever ME42 Metallic Bronze Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever S50 Satiny Taupe Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever S50 Satiny Taupe Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever S50 Satiny Taupe Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever S50 Satiny Taupe Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever S50 Satiny Taupe Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever S50 Satiny Taupe Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever D62 Diamond Brown Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever D62 Diamond Brown Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever D62 Diamond Brown Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever D62 Diamond Brown Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever D62 Diamond Brown Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever D62 Diamond Brown Aqua XL Eye Pencil

80%

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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The only shades that are appealing to me are Iridescent Khaki and Matte Dark Brown, but I would still rather get their respective, less expensive, better performing dupes. Who knows? Maybe I’ll nab a lone Snakeskin Dress at some local Sephora!

This batch is more like it! Except for Diamond Brown, of course. 🙁 I’ll stick with UD Roach for my sparkly warm-brown needs. It’s interesting to see a taupe eyeliner, especially a good one.

MUFE Irridiscent Khaki is gorgeous! I don’t think I have any dupes in my stash, eyeing that one. Sadly, the UD 24/7 and L’Oreal Silkissimees eye liners don’t last on my oily lids even with primer , hope the MUFE ones do

I saw in a recent Makeup Geek video that Marlena said these new MUFE liners were made in the same lab as the new MUG liners. Neither line seems too impressive…

Glad that I scored the last snakeskin dress at my local Sepho. Mute is on my Zoeva list. Got some dupes for many. Can snag some CP for the lighter colorful ones. Not very impressed. Esp when the artist shadows caused an instant addiction. Do not see these as up to par for MUFE.

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