Make Up For Ever M10, M14, D12, M16 Aqua XL Eye Pencils Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a medium black with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation in one layer, and the consistency was creamy enough to glide across the skin without skipping or dragging. The color wore well for four hours on my waterline, eight hours on my lower lash line. NARS Black Moon (P, $24.00) is glossier (95% similar). Sephora Black Lace (P, $10.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Zero (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Tarina Tarantino Tommy Jet (DC, $15.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Black Black (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Legend (P, $20.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Cat's Meow (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Guerlain Noir Volcanique (01) (P, $37.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Point Black (P, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Squid (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Black Ice (P, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Skully (P, $18.00) is darker (95% similar). Ardency Inn Black (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Black Walnut (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Stila Stingray (PiP, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Flourish Me Deep (LE, $18.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Guerlain Black Jack (01) (P, $30.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Engraved (PiP, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Gran Via (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M14 Matte Charcoal Grey Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is medium-dark, bluish-gray with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff in one stroke, which was buildable to mostly opaque coverage in two to three layers. The texture wasn’t too soft or too firm, so it applied without being uncomfortable. This shade wore well for two and a half hours on the waterline, and eight hours on the lower lash line. Colour Pop Timber (DC, $6.00)(100% similar). Urban Decay Mood (P, $20.00)(100% similar). Colour Pop Timber (DC, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Lure (P, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS London (P, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Stone (P, $10.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Zinc (LE, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Madison Ave. (P, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever D12 Diamond Black Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a deep black with gold sparkle. It had rich color coverage in one pass–it was one of the most pigmented in the range–with a creamy, denser consistency that glided across the skin with ease. The color wore well for four hours on the waterline, and it lasted better on the lower lash line with eight hours of wear. MAC Black Brilliance (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Point Black (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Night Clubbing (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal Love (PiP, $10.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Blitz & Glitz (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Black Swan (P, $15.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Perversion (P, $20.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Rockstar Love (DC, $15.00) is cooler (85% similar). Stila Stargazer (P, $22.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever M16 Matte White Aqua XL Eye Pencil ($21.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a stark white with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one stroke, which was buildable to brighter, more opaque coverage, though it seemed to thicken and emphasize the texture of my lower lash line a little bit. The color lasted for two and a half hours on my waterline, while it did better on my lower lash line with eight-hour wear. MAC Fascinating (P, $16.00)(100% similar). Colour Pop Exit (DC, $6.00)(100% similar). Urban Decay Bump (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Santa Monica Blvd. (P, $24.00) is brighter (95% similar). Stila Alpine (P, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). Fenty Beauty Wet Tshirt (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Colour Pop Exit (P, $5.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Santa Monica Blvd (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Polar Ice (P, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Blanc Graphique (949) (P, $33.00) is darker, 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 M10 Matte Black Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever M10 Matte Black Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever M14 Matte Charcoal Grey Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever M14 Matte Charcoal Grey Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever M14 Matte Charcoal Grey Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever M14 Matte Charcoal Grey Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever M14 Matte Charcoal Grey Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever M14 Matte Charcoal Grey Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever D12 Diamond Black Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever D12 Diamond Black Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever D12 Diamond Black Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever D12 Diamond Black Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever D12 Diamond Black Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever D12 Diamond Black Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever M16 Matte White Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever M16 Matte White Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever M16 Matte White Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever M16 Matte White Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever M16 Matte White Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever M16 Matte White Aqua XL Eye Pencil

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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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Oh yes, I think they are in the same type of vein, though the Sephora ones are more sparkly (could be good or bad, depending on your preferences).

It’s such a shame about the M16 Matte White, but in general, it seems to be an issue with all matte white gel based pencils all seem to behave poorly… NYX, Maybelline,

I think the one that might do a decent job is Lancôme DRAMA LIQUI-PENCIL™ Longwear Eyeliner French Lace I’ve had my eye on…

I’ve always hade better luck with gel pot formulas.

The *only* one here that has me even remotely tempted to buy it is Diamond Black. That one is quite pretty! Yet I’m still more likely to go in for MAC Blitz & Glitz, since this is the type of shade that would look awesome in a heavy winged cat-eye!

Personally. I would never wear black and white or use these kinds of eye pencils, but I can see the appeal for others. The hardest shades to get right are the matte ones, and judging by the ratings, MUFE has got these pretty right.

One thing that’s nice about white/black eyeliner is being able to use them to lighten/blacken things – like you can smudge a brighter eyeshadow over the black to get a “blackened” effect that’s often better than a blackened [insert color here] pencil where the color gets lost!

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