I usually save my makeup splurges for Chanel, Nars, Dior, and Laura Mercier, but I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about Make Up For Ever so lately I’ve been picking up shades here and there.

The fact that I purchased three of their aqua cream eye shadows is a big deal because I’ve actually been pretty good about cutting back my makeup spending. The thing is, I’ve been eyeing their gold (#11) aqua cream for a long while and the gold L’Oreal H.I.P. eyeliner I’ve been using as a base for my gold eye looks has been getting a bit tired. #11 was the top of my list, but after swatching a few I opted to pick up three in total (I justified this by telling myself they are “practical” shades). I purchased two aqua creams meant for use on the eyes (#11 Gold and #2 Steel), and one that is designed to be used for your lips/cheeks (#5 Peach).

MUFE Haul photos:

Make Up Forever Aqua Cream in #11 Gold (Yellow Gold Shimmer), #5 Peach (Peachy pink with gold shimmer), & #2 Steel (Silver Gray Shimmer)

Make Up Forever Aqua Cream in #11 Gold (Yellow Gold Shimmer), #5 Peach (Peachy pink with gold shimmer), & #2 Steel (Silver Gray Shimmer)


Make Up Forever Aqua Cream in  #2 Steel, #11 Gold, #5 Peach,  #5 Peach on Cheeks blended in alone (paired with CoverGirl Rapture lipstick), and #5 Peach on lips (worn alone, no base or gloss)

#5 reminds a lot of one of my all time favorite blushes, Nars Orgasm, but with more of a frosty finish. I didn’t care for it on my lips alone as it dries down quickly and sinks into the lip lines. It might make for a pretty base or center color, but there is a lot of shimmer going on here. It was perfection on my cheeks. Very easy to blend (but work fast because it does dry down quickly on the skin)  I foresee myself using this frequently as a blush and very infrequently as a lip color.

Because I wear a ton of metallic eyeshadow looks I know I will get a ton of use out of both #2 and #11 The pigmentation on both is really incredible so a little bit truly does go a long way.  In the swatches above I didn’t have to build up the color at all…one swipe and the color was true to that in the jar.

In my wear tests I didn’t experience any creasing when worn over Too Faced Shadow insurance. They do dry down pretty quickly, so blending might be a problem if you apply and say answer a phone call before finishing, but I would much prefer that than a formula that is so creamy it slides right into my crease. It is also really important to me that they are waterproof. When it is super windy or cold my eyes tend to tear, so any product that waterproof or water resistant gets an automatic check in the plus side. The only true downside to these is that they are $22 a pop. Hopefully, these will hold me over for a while!  Oh, and the Steel #2 Aqua cream was recently featured in Britney Spears’ “Hold It Against Me” video (watch below and you’ll see her “applying” the shadow)

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1 Comment on Makeover Memo: Make Up Forever Aqua Cream Haul

  1. Jennifer Leigh
    February 24, 2011 at 3:50 pm (7 years ago)

    I love #5 on the cheeks, looks really nice!