First off I have to say, these are not new from Make Up For Ever. This is a limited edition mini waterproof eye pencil collection that’s already discontinued, but the full size aqua eye pencils are still for sale at your local MUFE retail store or beauty counters that carry MUFE. This set comes in 5 essential colors. I love the selection. You have your basic black liner, a lovely, gorgeous blued silver, a bright almost turquoise blue, a plummy purple, and a pearly flesh nude which is exactly what you need to highlight the inner corners of your eyes or even your brow bone if you spread and blend it well.
Ah, so how did I get it? Well, let’s just say I sourced it pre-owned online, never been opened and a contact made his way home from the U.S. of A. If you’re new to the brand MUFE, basically the company’s name highlights their specialization in long-wearing make up, hence Make Up For Ever. The brand is a prestigious one in the cosmetic industry. The prices of their products are also unfortunately very indicative of the quality that these guys are known for, which is why I’m so happy I was able to source this rare, cute baby of a set online, for a real cool deal. The original retail price ranged near USD $50, got it for much, much, less than that. Online is the best place to find discontinued products. In fact, God again blessed me unexpectedly with this purchase. The sellers sent me double the order by accident, and by the time it reached me in Manila and I notified them immediately like an honest buyer should they admitted their mistake but said I could have the extra product free of charge and just let them know if I enjoy it. Double the blessing ^v^
I heard MUFE being mentioned somewhere in the online world as the “Harvard of Make Up”. Of course they had to release an especially super long-wearing line in time for the summer, actually, way ahead of summer, the Aqua Collection, super waterproof makeup. In their ad campaign, the made up models are swimming underwater, impressive.
Ok, so I have yet to conduct an underwater test to add to this review, so for now let’s get on with simple swatches, a full on smudge test, and a quick non-spectacular eye look. As you can see below, the pay off is very good, BUT but, I do have a complaint. The black and purple pencils don’t glide as easily as the blue grey, bright blue, and flesh colored pencil. Something to do with the pigment perhaps? I haven’t the faintest. Anyway, the black and purple require a bit, just a bit more effort for equal payoff alongside the other. These swatches required about 2 normal pressured strokes per color on my hand. Gorgeous.
Now, for the smudge test. I took a piece of very white used bond paper, and using the clean side I gave my hand a hard rub downwards…