MAKE UP FOR EVER joined forces with pop star Charli XCX to create this collection of Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliners($25). I am old, so forgive me, but I have NO IDEA who she is HAHA. I don’t listen to the radio a lot, so the only time I might get to listen to a new song is at Zumba. But hey, if she likes bold colour on her eyes, then she’s gotta be cool-right?
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliners($25)
I was gobsmacked when the whole collection of Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliners showed up at my door. I didn’t expect that at all! I’m not one of the bigger and more popular bloggers around, but I guess Make Up For Ever must like me. Who knew? And I like them! And they are one makeup brand that appreciates honest reviews and feedback about their products. I’ve never felt like I couldn’t tell it like I saw it when I reviewed their stuff, and when I have given a less than a stellar review, the lovely PR has thanked me for my honesty. I admire that! And that’s why they’re the longest PR relationship I’ve had with a brand since I’ve started blogging. And hopefully it continues for a very long time-fingers crossed!
Now, let’s start this review with the fact that I am totally an eyeliner gal-like pencil eyeliner-I don’t do liquid eyeliner, or any other kind of fancy eyeliner crap. I am pretty old-fashioned when it comes to eyeliner, and much prefer the ease of a sharp pencil that I can smudge if I want, use on my waterline if I want, or flick it up if I want. But what I ALSO want is a pencil eyeliner that won’t smudge, fade, disappear. Oh, and I also want them to come in every fricken colour I’m lemming that day.
THESE ARE WHAT I WANT.
The Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliners come in different finishes-matte, iridescent, diamond, metallic and satiny. What I did find is that the more sparkle they have, the softer the pencil is. The metallics are REALLY soft, so be careful with them otherwise they can break rather easily. The others I had no problem with.
I’m going to let the pictures of the shades speak for themselves, and by all means click on them to enlarge so you can see better. Oh, and my swatches are the names of the individual eye liners. It was just easier to do it this way.
The Browns and Bronzes:
And the pastels, which are all matte:
The mattes are STELLAR on the waterline…on me, they lasted well into 8 hours without fading and that’s amazing. I didn’t try the others-I tend to not use eyeliners with any kind of sparkles in my waterline, sorry. I have sensitive eyes you guys, and I can’t take glitter in my eyes. It takes DAYS for my eyes to recover from that so I just don’t do it anymore.
But, on just my eyelids, all of them work AMAZINGLY well. They stay put no matter what! There’s not much time to smudge if that’s what you like, so you gotta work fast. It’s enough time for me, so it’s all cool for you too. Once they set, they SET. You will need a waterproof eye makeup remover to take them off. And may I suggest the MUFE Sens’Eyes – Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser-it’s my fave and doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes. I think it deserves a separate review though, so stay tuned for that!
I love these eyeliners and use them all the time…when I DO wear makeup. Because to be honest, I don’t wear a lot of makeup these days. Eyeshadows for sure I rarely use, but if I feel like adding a bit of colour to my eyes, these Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliners are what I use and love. Just so easy! This is how you do colour on your eyes if you are an aging beauty junkie like I am! Eyeliners give that subtle pop of colour that won’t make you look crazy and like you are trying too hard. Yeah, that’s a thing that happens when you are getting older. It’s not right and I don’t agree with it at all. But, these eyeliners make it so much easier to be YOU, to express yourself still, even though the world tells you that you are TOO OLD to wear pastel pink on your eyes. SCREW THE MAN you guys, and get one of these eyeliners in a shade that is outside your office comfort zone! And wear it! WITH PRIDE.
What kind of eyeliner girl are you? Pencil? Pen? Gel? And, do you do COLOURS like these?