Make Up For Ever 2013 Aqua Collection = summer personified

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Just look at those colors – does this not scream summer? Make Up For Ever has created an amazing collection for summer 2013, one that makes you just want to jump in the water. All the products in this collection are waterproof. Here’s what Make Up For Ever has to say about their Aqua Collection: Highly pigmented and smudge-proof, MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Aqua Collection was originally created for the Parisian water ballet. These high performance, long lasting products withstand the most extreme conditions while staying completely waterproof, crease-proof, and fade-proof.

If these products can stand up to the Parisian water ballet, you better believe they’ll stand up to what we put our cosmetics through in hot weather. The collection consists of 3 new Aqua Cream eyeshadows (#52, 53, 53); 2 Aqua Eyes eyeliner pencils (#25L, #52L); 5 Aqua Rouge lipsticks (#16 through 20); 2 new Aqua Lip liners (#19C, #20C); Aqua Black (their famous cream eyeliner) and Aqua Seal (a transformer to convert products to be more waterproof). We were sent some products to share with you so you too can get ready for summer with these beauties.

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Look at these gorgeous shades of eyeshadow! From the top #52 is Pearly Green Lagoon (blue green shimmer), #53 Pearly Light Lagoon Shimmer (pale green shimmer) and #54 Pearly Mauve (lilac shimmer). I have #53 and the eyeliner #52L  Lagoon Green (blue green sheen) to show you.

Make Up For Ever #53 Aqua Cream and #52 Aqua Eyeliner

Make Up For Ever #53 Aqua Cream and #52 Aqua Eyes Liner

Aqua Cream eyeshadow in #53 is named Pearly Light Lagoon Shimmer and it’s a limited edition shade. It’s a very pale green that is a little bit minty. It is shimmery but not in the way a powder eyeshadow would be, instead it’s almost an iridescent shimmer. It looks great alone, especially with a liner like #52L, or it looks great as a base for other summer shades. Since my nails are on the long side I have to use a brush to get the color out of the pot. But then I transfer the color onto my finger tip; I get much more even coverage using the brush.

Make Up For Ever #53 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #53 Aqua Cream

The Aqua Liner that is being shown with this collection, #52L, is fabulous. I never thought I could love a shade like this but I’ve found so many uses for this liner because it’s just the right pop of color for even someone as color shy as I am. It’s described as a blue green sheen which is spot on.

MUFE #53 Aqua Cream and $52L Aqua Eyes

MUFE #53 Aqua Cream and $52L Aqua Eyes

Make Up For Ever 52L Aqua Eyes

Make Up For Ever 52L Aqua Eyes

It’s a shame that this is limited edition since it’s a liner that will work in seasons other than summer. It’s a great waterproof liner that is also smudge resistant and doesn’t fade. In the meantime, I’m getting a lot of use out of this with all my shadows.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eye eye

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eye eye

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Marcia was all about eyes and today I am all about lips!

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The Aqua Lip Waterproof Lip Liner Pencil ($19) in 19C, Pomegranate Pink, is my very first lip liner in the Aqua range. Like all the Aqua products, it’s waterproof, and it is extremely long-wearing.

Make Up For Ever 19C

Make Up For Ever 19C

I love the formula, this isn’t a hard lip liner that tugs at the lips. It truly glides on thanks to the vitamin E and jojoba wax, which is incredible for a long-wearing liner. It’s not drying, so you can wear it alone or pair it with a clear gloss or lipstick.

Make Up For Ever 19C swatch

Make Up For Ever 19C swatch

19C is a very pretty berry pink that leans more red than I expected when swatched. But when I put it on, it becomes a cheery berry shade.

Make Up For Ever 19C plus a little clear gloss

Make Up For Ever 19C plus a little clear gloss

I was already a huge fan of the Aqua Rouge ($24) line before trying #20, Baby Pink. This is the first long-wearing lipstick that doesn’t dry my lips out like the Sahara Desert.

Pretty color, but not a good look for lips!

Pretty color, but not a good look for lips!

Boy, if #20 doesn’t scream summer I don’t know what does. #20 is a baby pink, a lighter but still bright shade of pink that makes me think of suntans and lemonade and driving with the top down.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge 20

Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge 20

Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge 20 swatched

Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge 20 swatched

Like all Aqua Rouge shades it’s highly pigmented and very long-wearing. It even wears off evenly so you don’t end up with that nasty ring around your lips. I keep applying the clear gloss every so often and at the end of the day the color is faded a bit but still looks great.

My FOD with Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge 20

My FOD with Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge 20

The new Make Up For Ever summer shades are a true celebration of the season. Get into a Sephora stat and get into that laid back summer groove!

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Makeup Wars picks our favorite waterproof makeup


Since Makeup Wars chose favorite waterproof products for this week’s challenge I decided to see what I could come up with to create a great looking waterproof face. The more I looked at my collection, the more I realized how many waterproof or at least water resistant products I have. Tarte and Make Up For Ever are especially great brands to consider if you are looking for waterproof.

Make Up For Ever Waterproof selection

Make Up For Ever Waterproof selection

Tarte Waterproof selection

Tarte Waterproof selection

For eyeshadow I’d start with one of the Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream shadows. Given the name you know that these are going to be great when it comes to beating the heat. Of the shades I have one of my favorites is #2 which is called Steel. It shows up as a pretty light steel with shimmer. Along with #2 I’d use #16 which is described as a pinky beige shimmer. On my skin it shows up very pink.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream 2

Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream 2

Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream 16

Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream 16

For an eyeliner I’ll also choose one of the Make Up for Ever Aqua Liners. Those have gotten me through a lot of hot flashes and moist summer days. One of my favorites is #6 which is a dark navy iridescent shade.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in #6 navy

Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in #6 navy

Make Up For Ever swatches for eyes

Make Up For Ever swatches for eyes

For eyebrows (since I’m working on remembering to do my eyebrows more often) I’ve got Tarte’s emphasEYES waterproof Amazon clay brow mousse in medium brown.

tarte emphasEYES waterproof brow mousse

tarte emphasEYES waterproof brow mousse

tarte emphasEYES waterproof brow mousse

tarte emphasEYES waterproof brow mousse

Since I no longer buy waterproof mascaras after an unfortunate incident where I lost a lot of eyelashes, the perfect solution is Anastasia’s Lash Genius Waterproof Topcoat. With Lash Genius you can use any mascara you like and top it with Lash Genius. It’s truly genius and it truly works.

Anastasia Lash Genius

Anastasia Lash Genius

Waterproof eye look

Waterproof eye look

The hardest part about doing a waterproof face is concealer and foundation. I have some longer wear foundations and supposedly products like Revlon Colorstay are supposed to last longer. ColorStay Whipped Crème Makeup is the one I own but if I wear it more than once a week it makes me break out. Other waterproof face products I know about are Make Up For Ever Full Cover Extreme Camouflage Cream for concealer and Face & Body Liquid Makeup. I don’t have either of those though. Tarte has a waterproof bronzer that could be used too.

For blush I really want to use Tarte Maracuja Cheek Tint. I bought it in Light Pink from their website in the fall but I can’t seem to find it on their website or any other. It really is waterproof but it’s not easy to use since it’s a cheek stain and it definitely stains. I have to work really fast when using it and it stains my finger. Maybe that’s why it doesn’t seem available to buy. But it’s perfect when you want something to last. It’s great too as a starter color in case you have blush fading problems. UPDATE: This cheek tint is available on the Sale page at Tarte for only $15. Thanks to a reader for updating me on this.

Tarte Maracuja Cheek Tint in light pink

Tarte Maracuja Cheek Tint in light pink

tarte Maracuja Cheek Tint in Light Pink

tarte Maracuja Cheek Tint in Light Pink

Another Tarte alternative though are their original Cheek Stains in the wide tube. They aren’t as long lasting but they do last well. My favorite one is the one they came out with for their anniversary called TEN.

Make Up For Ever has again come to my rescue with the incredible Aqua Rouge lip color. I have this in #15 Pink and it’s going to last on those days I need that waterproof addition. This two sided lip stain has the color on one end and the shiny gloss on the other.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge #15

Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge #15

Make Up For Ever and tarte waterproof products used

Make Up For Ever and tarte waterproof products used

While these are the choices I’ve made I think you could easily just go through the tarte and Make Up For Ever websites to find a lot of choices. I’d make a bet that the other Makeup Wars bloggers have done just that. To find out for sure, click on their icons and revel in their choices. — Marcia