Saturday, December 1, 2012

MAKE UP FOR EVER 'The Ultimate Eye Liner Collection' review + swatches


            
            A few years ago, Mr. Lovey surprised me with a spectacular set of MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Eyes pencils. It was an unexpected, yet wonderful gift; I've had a soft spot for MAKE UP FOR EVER eyeliners since then. You can imagine my delight at receiving the brand new MAKE UP FOR EVER 'The Ultimate Eye Liner Collection' collection for Holiday 2012!



           The MAKE UP FOR EVER 'The Ultimate Eyeliner Collection' has fourteen different eyeliners and a double barrel pencil sharpener. The collection is packaged in a fun colored pencil-inspired box with a flip top. The products are securely held in a slide-out tray.

            There are seven different MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Eyes pencils included: 23L, 11L, 3L, 12L, 5L, 2L, and 0L. Aqua Eyes are MAKE UP FOR EVER's best-selling eyeliners. Their waterproof formula was originally created for water ballet performers. The formula sets well and has good lasting power when worn with my usual eye makeup and primer.

          Three MAKE UP FOR EVER Khol Pencils are included: 1K, 9K, and 4K. The formula is pigmented, smooth, and smudgeable. The khols are different from the Aqua Eyes liners, as khols are meant to be smudged (e.g. in a smoky eye). Because of this, the Kohl Pencils do not set as firmly as the Aqua Eyes pencils. While I would prefer Aqua Eyes for everyday eye lining, the Kohl pencils are superior for distributing color on my waterline.

          The MAKE UP FOR EVER Double Pencil Sharpener has two different sharpeners: one for regular pencils and one for thicker pencils. It has a clear lid so shavings are stored until you're ready to toss them. The MAKE UP FOR EVER logo is printed on the side.



            There are four MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Liners included: 4, 7, 15, and 13. The Aqua Liners are liquid eyeliners with a precision point applicator. The applicator is mostly firm with some bend. The typical line drawn will be of medium thickness, though it can vary with the amount of pressure. The pigmented and long-lasting formula is truly waterproof, it's the kind that dries to a plastic-like film, as opposed to a creamy finish. It can last for hours on my lids without primer. With primer, it can last an entire day. I wouldn't mind having a full set of the MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Liners!
           I've swatched all fourteen different eyeliners in the MAKE UP FOR EVER 'The Ultimate Eyeliner Collection' below. MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Eyes - 23L is a pearly pink beige, 11L is a vivid metallic violet, 3L is a shimmery navy, 12L  is a metallic teal blue, 5L is a golden olive with sheen, 2L is warm brown with sheen, and 0L is a matte black. MAKE UP FOR EVER Kohl Pencil - 1K is a matte black, 9K is a matte brown, and 4K is a matte forest green. MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Liner - 4 is a sparkling blue-green, 7 is a metallic violet, 15 is a sparkling gunmetal grey, and 13 is a matte black.

           The MAKE UP FOR EVER 'The Ultimate Eyeliner Collection' ($160 for $277 value) is a true highlight in the MAKE UP FOR EVER Holiday 2012 collection. I really liked how this set allowed me to sample three different eyeliner formulas. The color selection is full of basic and fun colors, all of which are wearable. The set would be a great collection builder for a novice, as well as a fun set for a seasoned beauty lover. Thanks for reading! Have you tried any MAKE UP FOR EVER eyeliners? What is your favorite formula and/or color? What are your favorite MAKE UP FOR EVER products?


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. ooo that MUFE Aqua Liner in 7 is stunning!

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    1. Hi Kelly, I think so too! :)

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  2. I love eyeliners, haha. Lately though I've been feeling like I simply need more black ones. It's so weird :P Do you like these better than the UD ones?

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    1. Hi Larie! One can never have too many black liners :) I'm assuming you're referring to the pencil liners? It's hard to say which is better, as they're both pretty comparable. I think UD has a more 'gliding' texture, while MUFE may set a bit better (I should do a side by side test on my eyes to check one day)!

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    2. Ah, okay. Thanks, Dovey! Good to know!

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  3. Yup, #7 is stunning! I've only ever tried their Aqua Liner, but I think I might have to pick the liquid up now.

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    1. Hi Julia, I tried the liquid recently (in black) before this set; I like how it lasts even longer!

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  4. That's quite a collection! The Aqua Eyes colors look like fun, and the liquid liners look gorgeous. Maybe I should try my hand at those, again.

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    1. Hi Liesl, thanks for the comment! Seeing everything lined up has inspired me to start experimenting with my MUFE collection again too :)

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  5. Beautiful swatches as always, Dovey! 11L is such an unusual color. I'm sure it would look lovely worn as winged liner with just a touch of black mascara!

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Hi Jessica, Thank you! I do think 11L is pretty too--- it's almost a bit ultraviolet :)

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  6. Oh boy, that 5L is a must-have! What an extravagant set!

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    1. Hi Sunny- 5L seems like an old gold that's very you :)

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  7. What an amazing gift that was. :) They seem amazing x

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  8. These colors are so in tune with my mood this winter.
    They all look very wearable.

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    1. Hi Kate, nicely put! They are winter worthy and wearable :)

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    1. Hi Anne- it would make a nice Christmas surprise to be sure!

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  10. I only have 1 MUFE eyeliner (aqua liner in black) and I think it's very long wearing! No 7 looks so sexy ;)

    xoxo Meryl

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    1. Hi Meryl, 1 is the classic! 7 does seem to be getting a lot of love, for good reason!

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  11. 23L is so pretty. I find these types of liners are so ideal for brightening the eye in a subtle, natural way. They have the eye opening effect of a matte light liner on the waterline and the brightening affect of a shimmer shadow without actually having tons of shimmer on your lid. I like that it's not too gold and not too pink, too.

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    1. Hi Catherine, Thanks for the comment, and very well said! I also like the slight pink/champagne effect.

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  12. Oooooo I would say this is the ultimate must-have, perfect for the upcoming holidays!!
    What a pretty blog u have, lovely girly content, it's my first time here!!:)
    Happy Sunday!

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    1. Hi GlamFabChameleon, thanks for visiting and the nice comment!

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  13. what a great value!
    #7 and #11L look gorgeous.
    i need a good liquid eyeliner. will look into this range.
    thanks for the swatches! :)

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    1. Hi Lena, Thanks for the comment! I think the liquid liners are pretty easy to use and stay well for me.

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  14. I'd love this set, they're all gorgeous!

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  15. OMG, look at all that. =D

    In years past I used to just want the brown and black liners and thought colours were unwearable, but now they all look amazing and absolutely necessary in a beauty blogger kit. Love the photos and swatches!

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    1. Hi Liz, Thank you so much! I was very much a black liner only person until recently; I've been wanting experiment with color too and an eyeliner is a nice place to start!

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  16. Beautiful photos and swatches :) What an amazing collection. This would make such a great gift for someone who loves makeup!

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