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Make Up For Ever M80, I90, M92, M40 Aqua XL Eye Pencils Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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). Sephora Sangria (P, $10.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Bordeauxline (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% 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). Colour Pop No Shame (P, $6.00) is darker (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). Urban Decay Voodoo (PiP, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Milani Perfect Purple (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Ho Ho (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery, 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). L'Oreal Pure Purple (240) (P, $8.99) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Vice (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Regency (P, $7.50) is cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Homie (PiP, $10.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Ransom (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% 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. Fenty Beauty Banana Blaze (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). 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 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
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

Make Up For Ever I90 Iridescent Pop Purple Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever I90 Iridescent Pop Purple Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever I90 Iridescent Pop Purple Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever I90 Iridescent Pop Purple Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever I90 Iridescent Pop Purple Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever I90 Iridescent Pop Purple Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever M92 Matte Pastel Purple Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever M92 Matte Pastel Purple Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever M92 Matte Pastel Purple Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever M92 Matte Pastel Purple Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever M92 Matte Pastel Purple Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever M92 Matte Pastel Purple Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever M40 Matte Pastel Yellow Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever M40 Matte Pastel Yellow Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever M40 Matte Pastel Yellow Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever M40 Matte Pastel Yellow Aqua XL Eye Pencil

Make Up For Ever M40 Matte Pastel Yellow Aqua XL Eye Pencil
Make Up For Ever M40 Matte Pastel Yellow 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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Iridescent Pop Purple: Absolutely no one does this colour really well. If you look at the dupes, the marks are all less than stellar. The Milani dupe is liquid. I love purple with blue reflect and I wish someone did this pencil and totally knocked it out of the park. I would buy one and then.. at least 3 or 4 backups. 😀

That matte plum is quite pretty, but I hate matte coloured pencils on these aging eyes.

Ha, ha, ha. Indeed, it is a tough eyeliner shade to do (same is true for eyeshadow and lipstick, I suppose)…

Wwendy, the best purple eyeliner pencil I have is BH Cosmetics Party Girl Waterproof Gel Eyeliner pencil in Spin. It’s a medium dark violet purple with very fine blue-ish purple microshimmers. It’s super pigmented and smooth, and lasts +15 hrs on my oily lids. My lids are so oily that even MUFE, UD, and Marc Jacob eyeliners smudge, but these don’t. I have it in 4 of the 5 colors, don’t have the green. They’re $8 each, but if you sign up for emails, they have sales all the time, and you can get them for $5 each. I think you were up in Canada, if so, they do ship there.

Urban Decay had a 24/7 pencil called Ransom which was a gorgeous iridescent pop purple with a little blue flash. Unfortunately, it was discontinued!! One of my absolute favorites!

Oh yay the pastel purple I purchases has one of the better marks! hahaha… I just wish I could obtain colourpop products without paying high-end prices ):

The purples are making me sad… purple is my favorite shade of eyeliner outside of black so I always want to find great ones.

Really sad about the purples, especially Iridescent Pop Purple. IDK, this Aqua XL line has so many misses, it doesn’t seem worthy of MUFE

I’m not sure why MUFE decided to revamp the Aqua Eyes Liners. For the most part I have no been impressed by either the color or the formula of these new Aqua XL liners. Ah well, more money saved.

Hmmm – these aren’t so great are they? The matte plum colour is lovely, but the ratings are average. I thought MUFE was a better brand than this.

Matte Plum looks quite good! I’ve been looking for something like this, but will likely go for a decent CP dupe. We’ll see. The other 2 purple shades reviewed here, look so sad! Happy that I have CP Cry Baby pencil (best waterline brightener I ever used!) and an iridescent purple Slide-On pencil by Nyx that are both better performing.

I was hoping that Iridescent Pop Purple would be good so I could use that as a replacement for the WnW Techno shadow stick I currently use. They’re the same colors! The shadow stick is pretty wide and hard to use as a liner, even though it lasts a good while over primer. Ah well. Guess I keep toughing it out till somebody makes a good pencil!

I bought the Matte Pastel Purple shade about a week ago. It’s just “meh”! The way YouTubers were talking about these I thought they’d be fantastic; I should have known to wait for your review first!

Sad to hear you had a similar experience 🙁 They are not the worst eyeliners, but they aren’t impressive either!

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