Let it be stated for the record that I am a huge fan of Make Up For Ever's Aqua Cream Waterproof colors in the potted form. I have several that are formulated for eyes and cheeks and one that is for cheeks and lips. They wear incredibly well, with vibrant color and no creasing. When I heard that Make Up For Ever, (also known as MUFE), had an Aqua Shadow Waterproof pencil, I had to try it. I picked up two, ($20 each at Sephora), to try, assuming they would be as good as the pots are and I wasn't wrong. You can always count on Make Up For Ever to produce superior products as they were created to be an artist line.
You can see the names of the pencils on each; number 20E, a pearly taupe, on top and number 28E, a warm pearly beige, on the bottom. The following picture shows 28E, beige, on the left, and 20E, taupe, on the right. They are shown in the same order in the hand swatch below, taken in full sunshine.
In application, the shadow sticks are buttery as they glide over the lids, but they dry really quickly. On my lids, I was surprised at how light the 20E taupe really is. From the hand swatch, I thought it would be darker, like perhaps Mac Taupographic shade stick, but this is quite a bit lighter. It is applied to the outer half of my lids, blended over the top of 28E beige, with the beige emphasized at the inner corners.
I found the wear of these pencils to be perfection. They stayed where I put them and didn't budge. These can easily be worn alone or as a shadow base, just like the Aqua Cream pots. The Aqua Creams retail at $23 and contain .21 oz and the Aqua Shadow pencils are $20 for .14 oz. You get a bit more in the pots but you have greater ease with the pencil.
In my opinion, 28E is similar to Mac Beige-ing, and quite possibly the Beige Sephora Collection Jumbo 12Hr Waterproof Liner, ($12). If you haven't tried the Sephora Jumbo liners yet, you simply must!!! They have awesome wear and by comparison with the MUFE, they have a slightly longer time to work with them when applying for smudging and blending. (See my previous post featuring several swatches.)They have a greater color extension than the MUFE, but I suspect the first twelve are introductory colors and I imagine the line with expand with the success of the first launch. I'd love to see more vibrant colors introduced. You can find the Aqua Shadow pencils at Sephora and Mufe boutiques. There are five matte colors and seven pearls. Give them a try. I think you'll be glad you found them.
I'm wearing Dior Airflash in the picture, Chanel Sable Rose Bronzer, and the soon to be blogged Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain. The flash of the camera really lights up the beige pencil...and definitely exposes my lack of concealer. Sorry! :) In regular, non-flash lighting, and outdoors, my eyes didn't glow like the flash picture, but I wanted to give you an idea of how they looked in a natural type of application.
Have you tried anything from MUFE yet? Do you just love the pigment in this line? I've heard such great things about the HD foundation, it's on my mental list of things I want to try someday. P_lus the matte green pencil. I'm getting that tomorrow. Not eeeeven kidding! Plus some more Sephora Jumbo pencils...I've gotten myself all excited for them just writing this post!