Aqua Liner
Category:Makeup > Eyeliners > Waterproof Eyeliner
Last Updated:11.28.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Aqua Liner has an ultra-thin brush that applies the slow-drying liquid liner well. It is reasonably waterproof once set, but has a tendency to fade, making it an average choice and not really worth its price.

Brand Overview

Make Up For Ever At-A-Glance

Strengths: The newer foundations have many wonderful qualities; impressive options (and shade ranges) for powders, powder blush, and powder eyeshadow; some extraordinary lip glosses and lipstick/lip color options (and again, the shade ranges are remarkable); a few formidable mascaras; good shimmer options; huge selection of praiseworthy makeup brushes.

Weaknesses: Expensive; a few products suffer from needlessly irritating ingredients; average toner; the foundations and concealers that have been in this line longest are behind the times; mostly average eye and lip pencils; mostly lackluster specialty products.

This Paris-based makeup collection traces its roots to theatrical and fashion makeup, building on the concept that a professional makeup artist not only desires, but also needs, every conceivable color and texture to create the broadest range of looks. Since 1984, Make Up For Ever creators Dany Sanz and Jacques Waneph have been doing their best to meet these criteria. Through the years, this line has gone from offering a tremendous array of colors in their own European boutiques to a more streamlined, "everyday" collection of products in selected department stores and (primarily) Sephora, whose parent company, LVMH, has owned Make Up For Ever since 1999.

The color line presents an intriguing blend of classic, workable shades positioned next to some truly unique hues and finishes that only those involved with theater or the most flamboyant "anything goes" makeup artist (or diva) would covet. A major plus for this line is that the majority of colors are densely pigmented and work beautifully on medium to deep skin tones. The drawback is that fair and lighter skin tones may be left feeling that most of the color choices are too intense for them, especially if their goal is a soft, natural makeup application—though the choices in that regard are becoming more plentiful. For those who literally want it all when it comes to possible shades, this line more than delivers what it takes to please.

An interesting aspect of this line is that, category to category, there's often a similar pattern: one or two extraordinary to very good products, followed by mediocrity. It is the average products (and a correspondingly fewer number of poor ones) that tarnish this line and make its prices seem too inflated. However, if you pay attention (and purchase) the products Make Up For Ever does best, you will undoubtedly be pleased.

For more information on Make Up For Ever, call (877) 757-5175 or visit www.makeupforever.com.

Note: The product assortment below is typical of what you will find at Sephora boutiques across the country. If you wish to view the complete collection of Make Up For Ever, the only place to do that is at their freestanding stores in New York City or Los Angeles (or their European stores).

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HG liquid eyeliner!

I am on a second tube and have absolutely no issues with fading or flaking. I dont use a primer or anything - this just goes on my bare lids. Between tube 1 and 2, I tried a few other liners thinking there might be better value or product, but was super disappointed and came running back to MUFE Aqua Liner!

Reviewed by
Danika F.
Great colour range

This may be an overly-expensive, average option for those interested in black and brown only, but for those of us with more eclectic tastes, these are the best! I love the blood-red shade. Urban Decay also offers a wide range of unusual shades like hot pink, silver, blue, etc., but their liner comes with a fairly thick brush and applies unevenly, while the MUFE liners are very easy to apply with precision and last a long time without fading or smudging.

Reviewed by
Cat S.
Lasts and Lasts

One of my favorite liquid eyeliners, Make Up For Ever Aqualiner comes in several different finishes - matte - iridescent with color changing sheen - and diamond with fine micro-glitter well-incorporated into the liquid. It comes in a nice range of colors, from standards like black and brown, to more dramatic colors like gold, emerald, and fuchsia. I like the very fine applicator which gives me good control. And I haven't had problems with it fading.

Reviewed by
Ellen P
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