Love This! Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner

I know I haven’t posted in a looooong time.  I’ve been so busy lately I’ve barely had time to sleep (5 hours is enough, right?), let alone attend to my blog.  Anyway, I’ve gotten one of my major time-consuming “to do” items taken care of (shopping for a car), so I can take care of some of these posts that have been kicking around inside my head.

I almost always wear lipliner, and have quite a collection.  While my favorites (and pretty much the only ones I use) are NYX Slim Lip pencil and Sephora Collection “Nano”, I was willing to try the Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip, partially because it said “waterproof”.  Now, I don’t NEED waterproof stuff, but I often buy it because I know it will stay in place better in the hot, humid climate of South Texas.  Although I would normally not spend this much for a lipliner, I realized they last longer than lots of other things I use, so it didn’t seem like a ridiculous amount to spend, and this one certainly impressed me…

Pros:  Smooth texture.  Stays in place.  Doesn’t “bleed”.  Long-lasting.

Cons:  Can dry out a bit as the day goes on. Expensive.

Interesting information:  From the Sephora.com product description:  “…the Aqua collection of long-lasting lip and eye colors was created for the Parisian Aquatic Ballet. Tested under water for five hours…”

In Summary:  Honestly, this is the best lipliner I’ve ever used.  While I’m never going to be a Parisian Aquatic Ballet performer, I love that this product stays on all day.  As I do with all lipliners, I apply it to my entire lip, so that as my lipstick/gloss wears off, I have a “backup” color.  This one is absolutely perfect for my needs, even though the price prevents me from buying it in every color. (Yes, I’m tempted!)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 5-stars

Price: $19 (USD)

Available at: Sephora (exclusively)

Made in:  Germany

make up for ever lipliner

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Review: Make Up For Ever Aqua Seal

Desperate to find something to replace the long-discontinued and much-loved Benefit She-laq, I recently purchased this.  I needed a product to seal my eye brows, and haven’t had much luck with the Anastasia “Lash Genius” that was recommended by my local Sephora’s store associate. I wanted something liquid that could be applied with a small brush, because my brows are 75% drawn-on and a mascara-type brush just doesn’t work very well…

Pros: Alcohol, paraben, and sulfate-free.  “Eyedropper” type of bottle allows you to dispense a little bit at a time.  Doesn’t make eyebrows “crunchy”.  Keeps brows in place.  Can also be used to mix with eye shadows to create waterproof eye makeup.

Cons: Very expensive.  No brush included. 

Note:  I believe this product used to be called “Eye Seal”.

In Summary:  I still don’t like this product as much as I liked “She-laq”, which came in a pretty glass bottle with a brush attached to the lid.  The brush stayed in the container, so you didn’t have a crusty brush to clean afterwards.  Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to find a comparable brush. (I should have saved the bottle!!!)  Using the right brush makes all the difference.  If you use a brush that isn’t pliable enough or is too dense, you’ll end up wiping off your brow pencil.  I dried a “dabbing” type of motion with the brush I was using and ended up with a rather messy looking eyebrow.  (I had to fill it back in with my “cheat” – a brown eye shadow which matches my brow pencil.)  Even with all the negatives, this is working better for me than the Anastasia Lash Genius.  I will also be able to use it in the summer to make waterproof eye shadow, so that will be nice.  I still think it’s too expensive for what it is and will be trying some of the more budget-friendly options I’ve read about online.

Rating:  3.5 out of 5 stars  3.5-stars

Price: $21 (USD) for a tiny .40 fl. oz. bottle

Available at: Sephora

Made in:  France

MUFE aqua seal

Review: Make Up For Ever Wild & Chic Eye Shadow Palette

I used a little of my Christmas gift money to order this item, since Sephora was doing a promotion where sale items were an extra 20% off.  It’s my first-ever Make Up For Ever purchase (oddly, I ordered MUFE “Aqua Seal” at the same time – been wanting to try that – review coming soon!). 

Note:  This review is provided for reference only – the product is no longer available to buy at Sephora.com.  I’m reviewing it as a first-time Make Up For Ever purchaser and in case someone ends up finding it at a discount store, eBay, etc. 

Pros:  Paraben-free.  Cute, convenient packaging with a magnetic closure and large mirror.  No cheap eye shadow applicators wasting up space.  Quality is better than the average “drugstore brand”.  Eyeliner is deeply pigmented and stays in place.

Cons: The colors look a lot more “neutral” in the product image than they do “in real life”.  (Two of the colors are actually shades of green/olive I was expecting to be more brown.)  Eye shadow colors aren’t as deeply pigmented as other prestige brands, like Urban Decay.

MUFE wild & chic palette swatch2

Colors – left to right: 184, 123, 152, 17, 122, 126, eyeliner (black)

Random Info:  For some odd reason, the eye shadows aren’t in the same order in the kit as they are in the product image.

In Summary: While I may not love all the colors in this kit, it’s worth the $16 (after discounts and sales tax) I spent on it.  However, I don’t think it would have been a good buy at the $39 price point.  It’s a good kit for travel or throwing into a purse on the go.  At any rate, maybe I’ll experiment with some of the colors I don’t normally use/buy.

Rating:  4 out of 5 stars   4-stars

Price:  originally $39 (USD), was on sale for $19 (USD

Available at:  ???

Made in:  France (shadows) &  Germany (pencil)

MUFE wild & chic palette