Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Swatches: Makeup Forever Aqua Shadow Pencils in 20E Pearly Taupe and 4E Matte Taupe Grey

Having tried and hated Make Up For Ever's Aqua Cream products for being too greasy and creasy, I was a little anxious about trying out their latest waterproof product.  One of the artists at Sephora in San Francisco recommended them for an easy smoky eye which wouldn't budge.

Having given up on trying anything on my eyes without a hefty dose of primer, I was hoping that these chubby pencils might last a few hours on my lids without creasing.  I was pleased to discover that they actually last all day - so far, my record is around 16 hours with no creasing and good strong colour throughout.

There is, unfortunately, a downside to this supreme stickiness.  Unsurprisingly, it's the texture - whilst it remains mildly emollient just after application, the richly pigmented cream sets down and becomes unbudgeable within thirty seconds.  The key to good application is to stroke it onto the lid quickly, then blend quickly with the fingertip - and avoid layering.  Apply a little more thickly and blend less for intense colour - layering just creates an uneven mess.

I've been particularly appreciating these underneath my eyes, where even be-primered liner or shadow often ends up a little smudged and panda like after a long day.  These beauties don't budge at all, even without primer under the eye.  Perfect for a quick smoky eye with the taupe on the lid and the grey blended into the outer third of the eye and in the lashline.

All in all, these are lovely - and I would totally buy more.  They're good for a thick liner effect, or for a smudgy lid colour.  I paid $20 for each at Sephora - and in the UK, you can find them at Guru Makeup Emporium, where they cost £15.75.

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