I love the Aqua products from Make Up For Ever because they are designed to be truly waterproof. In fact, the original products were made for use by professional swimmers. So how do the new Aqua Shadow Pencils ($20) hold up?
For me, it’s a mixed bag, although with more pros than cons. Keep in mind that I have oily eyelids, so those of you with dry eyelids might have a different take on these. If I don’t use a primer, pretty much any sort of eye product is going to crease and migrate. With a good primer, though, many eyeshadows and liners last 15+ hours for me. I found that the Aqua Shadow shimmery shades lasted forever on me, and the matte shades lasted for about five hours before showing creases.
While I don’t typically like ‘fat’ pencils, I do like these, even for lining. I am able to get a sharp enough point to cover that irritating ‘shelf’ I have by my eyelashes, and the pencils give a semi-thick line that I can smudge up if I work quickly. Don’t wait too long or the shadow will set so smudging nicely won’t be possible. The matte shades apply easily and smoothly. If I put eyeshadow over them I had no problems with smudges. Used alone, however, they did smudge a bit about half way through the day.
I really like using the shimmer shades as an all over wash, eyeshadow base, and highlighter shade. The shimmers really stay and are very pretty. I found that the matte shades went on a little easier, the shimmer shades had a tendency to catch and skip during application. They are very easy to smooth out though, and they make a fabulous base for other shades.
I tried four shades, two of the matte and two of the shimmer. Here are some pics and swatches:
Matte Green #8E
This is a beautiful hunter green. It looks fantastic as a smudged out eyeliner.
While I love this color, I had the most migration problems with it. It’s not horrible, but after a few hours I needed to check every so often to make sure I didn’t have green smudge under my eyes.
Matte Black #OE
I found this to be a softer black, almost a brown black.
It’s nicely wearable for daytime without looking too harsh.
Pearly Taupe #20E
I love this shimmery champagne beige. It looks great on its own or as a base color.
I think this one has the least smooth application of them all, but it’s nothing that a quick pat of the finger can’t easily fix.
Pearly Pink Beige #30
This is a very pretty, shimmery pink beige that makes a great wash.
It’s not frosty, so it also works great as a brow highlighter.
Here are a few eye looks – first, I used #30E (pink beige) as a wash, and lined with #OE (matte black).
Next, I have on #20E (champagne beige) as a wash, and #8E (hunter green) as a liner.
I found I could use these on the waterline with no irritation.
If you like the ease and convenience of a fatter pencil, you will like these. Just remember that if you use the matte shades, they work best under another shadow. – Lisa