As a follow up to my review for MUFE’s Aqua Cream Shadow, I wanted to compare the Aqua Cream to the Aqua Shadow which is a waterproof jumbo eye pencil. Aqua Shadows are another new addition to the Make Up For Ever Aqua line, come in twelve different colours and in both pearly and matte finishes. Today I will review the colour 2E in Matte Brown.
“Dresses the eyes in pearly natural or matte smoky shades, all intense and irresistible. With its large tip and creamy texture, it can be applied in a single stroke, leaving behind exactly the right amount of product. Its unprecedented texture quickly covers the eyelid; it stays perfectly in place and does not highlight skin creases. Its buildable coverage enables natural as well as sophisticated makeup results, and it is easily blended with the fingertips.”
Packaging: I do like a pencil just for ease of use and less mess with my longer fingernails. I also love the fatness of the pencil. I think I just really like chubby beauty products! Is it just me?
Formula: Very similar to the formula of the Aqua Creams in that it has the slightly drier formula characteristic of most waterproof eye products, but is still very blendable and buildable in colour. The pencil is soft and does not tug on the eyelid. You can see from the second swatch that the formula is fairly waterproof although I felt the Aqua Cream held up a teensy bit better…although if I’m pressed for time and I had an Aqua Cream and Shadow in the same colour, I think I would grab the pencil because it’s so much more convenient to use while giving me relatively good staying power.
Final Verdict: In comparison to the NYX Jumbo Pencils, the staying power of the Aqua Shadow pencils is far superior as they did not crease at all during my work day. I don’t normally wear dark matte eye shadows so what I’ve been doing is using the pencil for lining my eyes and then smudging out the colour. The only thing with waterproof eye shadows is that you do have to work fairly quickly when blending because once exposed to air the formula gets progressively harder to work with, but all in all the Aqua Shadows most certainly deliver on their promise of blendability, buildability and budgeability! (LOL, all of those words are making spellcheck scream!). Has anyone tried the pearly shades? I’m just curious if they perform differently. Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadows can be found at Sephora for $23 CDN.