As a blogger, sometimes I’m lucky enough to get a press package that actually makes my jaw drop. When the complete range of the stunning new MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua XL Waterproof Eye Pencils arrived, that’s exactly what happened.
There are 20 new MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua XL Waterproof Eye Pencils to satisfy your need to draw long-lasting, smudge-proof, waterproof rainbows on your eyelids. These eye liners were made in collaboration with Charli XCX and inspired by her bold and artistic look. These pencils do require a sharpener, but they are incredibly creamy and pigmented.
There are 5 different finishes of the MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua XL Waterproof Eye Pencils including matte (M), metallic (ME), satin (S), diamond (D) and iridescent (I). Half the shades are matte, and almost half belong to the neutral colour family but there’s also a fun mix of pastels. For a starting range of 20 shades, I think it’s a great variety but it’s a little strange there’s no nude liner.
I’ve swatched all 20 shades of the MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua XL Waterproof Eye Pencils.
In order they are:
- D-12 (diamond black)
- M-10 (matte black)
- M-13 (matte charcoal grey)
- M-60 (matte dark brown)
- D-62 (diamond brown)
- S-50 (satin taupe)
- I-36 (iridescent khaki)
- ME-42 (metallic bronze)
- S-20 (satin navy blue)
- I-24 (iridescent blue with green sparkles)
- M-80 (matte plum)
- I-90 (iridescent pop purple)
- M-92 (matte pastel purple)
- M-22 (matte majorelle blue)
- M-26 (matte pastel blue)
- I-32 (iridescent lagoon green)
- I-34 (iridescent pop green)
- M-30 (matte pastel green)
- M-40 (matte pastel yellow)
- M-16 (matte white)
In the above look I used the stunning matte pastel shades of the MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua XL Waterproof Eye Pencils to create a rainbow gradient look. I have M-16 on the inner corner, blending into M-40, then M-30, then M-26 which blends into M-92 on the lower lash line. I’m just obsessed with this look and you obviously need all 5 shades so you can recreate it. The lasting power on these liners is intense, even the on my waterline where nothing lasts that matte pastel purple stuck around most of the day (at least 6 hours).
I’m really obsessed with the matte pastels, but my single favourite MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua XL Waterproof Eye Pencil is definitely the lone metallic shade, ME-42. It’s just extra creamy and gorgeous, and I really hope that MUFE expands the metallic shade range. In terms of removal, you’ll need something stronger than a micellar water to get them off. I used the MAKE UP FOR EVER Sens’eyes Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser.
If you read Writing Whimsy regularly, you’ll know I don’t generally swoon over eye liner, but honestly, these ultra-creamy, ultra-pigmented and ultra-long wearing MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua XL Waterproof Eye Pencils are worth swooning over. If you are looking for a fantastic liner, I highly recommend picking up a shade (or ten) for your collection!
Do you have a favourite shade from the MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua XL Waterproof Eye Pencil range?