Tuesday, August 7, 2012

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Brow in Blonde #15 review + swatches


          I've been trudging through my old brow powder forever now, trying to finish it before investing in a new one. To my delight, I opened my mailbox to find the new MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Brow. (The eyebrow fairy does exist!) I've been wanting to try Aqua Brow since it came out, so this was a real treat. Aqua Brow is a waterproof gel to powder formula that comes in seven colors. Three colors: Light Blonde, Blonde, and Ash are available at Sephora and MAKE UP FOR EVER, while four colors: Light Brown, Dark Brown, Taupe, and Brown Black are only available at MAKE UP FOR EVER boutiques. The color I have for you today is #15 Blonde.


        MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Brow in #15 Blonde is the medium tone in the Sephora available line. I apply it by squeezing a very small amount onto the back of my hand and using an angled brush to apply. It's best to work quickly while the product is still in gel form. I would love to have a synthetic like MAKE UP FOR EVER Eyebrow Brush in #9N to apply Aqua Brow since it's a gel. Aqua Brow does last the whole workday for me, which is better than my current eyebrow powder. It lasts in water, but not against soap or a lot of rubbing. (It is waterproof, but not as irremovable as the Aqua Rouge reviewed here). I do like the squeeze tube form. I think it's quite hygenic, which is good to avoid potential breakouts.


          MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Rouge in #15 Blonde is a medium brown. I've swatched it in full color (packed on) and blended out. You can see that it's almost a dark taupe when thick, but becomes lighter brown when blended out. I think the blended swatch is more representative of the color when worn. I've compared it to some well known colors for comparion, including Benefit Browzings in Dark, NARS Coconut Grove, and Urban Decay Buck. Overall, Blonde is a nice medium tone brown that looks natural against the skin. I have dark hair, but I'm still able to wear this since my brows aren't that full. It fills in a nice brow shadow and shape where it needs to be.





          Overall, Aqua Brown is another MAKE UP FOR EVER success. You can bet my brows will be done when going to the pool from now on, but more importantly, it's also a very welcome addition to my everyday routine. I've already got my eye on Ash to mix things up in the future. Thanks for reading! Have you tired MAKE UP FOR EVER's Aqua Brows? What do your brows wear to the beach? What is you current brow routine? Do you wear more than one brow color depending on your mood?

Love, Dovey.


Disclosure: This post contains product(s) sent to Cute and Mundane for consideration by PR. The ideas and opinions in this post are genuine and my own.  

32 comments:

  1. I'm so intrigued by this--but I'm a little worried that it won't look as natural as my brow powder. More than anything, I hate it when my brows look obviously filled in or drawn on. But, I will say that my mom actually just got her brows done the other day at Sephora with this product and it looked really good on her, so it's worth a try. I'm eyeing Ash or Taupe

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    1. Hi Becca, I was surprised and how this went on too--- with an angled brush I think it strokes on similarly to an eyeshadow. I also love that your mom tried it first! Go mom :)

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  2. oh this color looks great!! thanks so much for the review! seems like a very MUFE product! stay still waterproof, and great colors

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    1. Hi J, Thanks!! I'd been wanting to try this forever! I was pretty surprised that the color worked for me; it is a little light but makes for a natural effect. I really like the color range too; it's more broad than for a typical brow line

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  3. I'm so used to using a brow pencil, had no idea it came in this form!

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    1. Hi Trishie, I think gel is a pretty new idea. I was a powder girl myself, prior to this!

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  4. I take my brows seriously - I NEED THIS!

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    1. LOL! I knew I needed it the moment I saw it. I'm seriously thinking about getting the Ash on top of this because you know.... one brow color isn't enough.

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  5. Did MUFE rebrand their Waterproof Brow Corrector to this? I've been using it for a few years and I find it looks more natural than pencil for fuller brows that have sparse/fine brow hairs. The old range had four colours and I used Dark Brown (I used to use Shu Uemura pencil in Seal Brown) - it's

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    1. Hi Sylvie--- maybe? I feel like I've seen something like this from MUFE before too. I also think it looks quite natural, which did surprise me!

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  6. Pretty color. I need this too. My brows are bad.

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    1. Hi GB, aw, I doubt that! But your brows would be happy :)

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  7. Ahh I need this! I usually use the Bobbi Brown Eye Brow Brush and Sable to fill in my brows. They work really well and I don't have any problems with it not lasting on me. When I need a sturdier brow filler I have Bobbi Brown Brow Shaper in Mahogany. I'll have to get my shade matched at the counter though. Despite the fact that my hair is dark, my brows are naturally very sparse and if I fill them in too dark I look VERY harsh!

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    1. Hi Sunny, Bobbi Brown Sable and Mahogany are really high on my brow wishlist! There was a kit with one or both of those colors that was interested in, though the full eyeshadow is more useful!

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  8. It looks SO warm. I could never wear that colour. I'm a medium blonde, and I use Bobbi Brown Slate eyeshadow - no warmth, redness or weird orange tint whatsoever. But I do love the idea of this being waterproof! Does it dry matte or how is the finish?

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    1. Hih Ida, it is quite warm for a color. I'm pretty warm for summer now so it kind of looks like a shadow on my skin which is nice. The finish is like powder. Totally matte!

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    2. Sounds nice with a matte finish! I wonder how dark I'd have to go to get a cool or just neutral color. It really does sound like the perfect product - well, apart from the colour selection I guess :D

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  9. Can anyone discuss the difference between a powder and the gel? I have tried wax and I looked groucho marxish with grease paint. I tried pencil and I looked like a 3 year old drew on my face. I have heavy brows with longish hairs but holes in parts, wondering if its application/skill or texture that is doing me in. I may head to Sephora to see if a consultant will assist. Don't understand how so many people are good at filling in eyebrows.

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    1. The gel starts as a gel, but dries almost instantly into a powder form! It's very different from wax. Wax stays wax. I can't get it to work for me; plus the one I tried ended up breaking me out around the brows! I have the opposite problem--- not enough brows! I like starting application from the arch (I don't know if that helps) and blending upwards! I find that light small strokes works well too, especially if the product is really pigmented!

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  10. I totally want this. I am not sure what color, though. I guess I will have to go down to Sephora, shucks ;)

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    1. Hi Larie, hehe, sounds like a plan :) I'm in the mood for perusing the MUFE shelves too

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  11. I bought the darkest colour about three years ago but returned it because it felt too dark. The product was phenomenal though! I'd definitely get it if I had the patience to test for a better match. Right now I'm using the MUFE brow pencil actually, which is very good as well. :)

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    1. Hi Liz, Oooh, good to know about the brow pencil! I want to try the darkest color here, but I think I'll have to try in store after hearing this!

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  12. I have no current brow regime other than tidy through plucking. The idea of using a shade like Nars Blondie to slightly darken my brows has been appealing.

    Your posts on MUFE are great- introducing me to a brand I have never really thought of before.

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  13. Great review, Dovey. My eyes immediately zeroed in on Ash, but I would have a harder time getting my hands on that one, and I certainly wouldn't be able to see it first.

    The three sold at Amazon look warm, but I wonder if the Light Blonde might work for me, especially if I combined it with my YSL pencil in Ash.

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    1. Gaa, I meant MUFE Taupe. That one looks practically grey! Which is what my light charcoal brows need.

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    2. Hi Zuzu! Thanks! I actually bought Ash for myself, I'll try to post swatches or something soon :)

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    3. Hi Zuzu, I was eyeing taupe too. That does look like the coolest of the bunch (which we would need for your brows!)

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  14. Oh my gosh, I've been interested in this product for the longest time, but this is the first time I've seen it on a blog. Thank you for the review, so helpful and your swatches are awesome :)

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    1. Thank you so much Catherine! :)

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  15. Did anyone with cool medium/dark brown brows ever try the taupe? I live in a remote remote remote area and will have to buy it based on what I've seen online. So far, you've had THE BEST descriptions!

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  16. Hi Kina, Thanks for the comment! I haven't tried taupe, but I'm currently using Ash, which is a nice fit for darker / not too warm brows.

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