Thursday, March 24, 2011

Review: Make Up Forever Aqua Cream #13

I've been meaning to write this review for ages, but I haven't really been sure of how I felt about the product. Scratch that, I felt that it was strange that I wasn't head over heels in love with this product after so many had been raving about it.
First, I'm going to touch on something very important. Make Up Forever advertises these as waterproof creams. Waterproof is the key word. They did not say these are oil proof. Waterproof implies that if you stuck your head in a bucket of water with these on, they wouldn't budge. However, stick your head in a bucket of oil and I'm sure they'd be goners (if not there wouldn't be anything to get these puppies off). I don't have particularly oily lids but these crease on me if I don't apply my trusty Urban Decay Primer Potion underneath and for me, the whole idea of a colored shadow base is on particularly lazy or rushed days, I don't have to apply another layer underneath and or set with a powder. With these I do. Negative #1.
The other thing I wasn't too keen on was the texture. The product in the pots is quite hard and firm. It is nothing like a jelly or cream liner texture. However, once you place your finger in the pot and swirl it around, the product feels slightly thin and greasy and it smells like paint. 
#13 aka Warm Beige is as the name implies, a warm champagne color. If sheered out, the color effect is pretty neutral and eye brightening, if layered, it goes peachy on my skin tone. It also makes anything on top of it warmer, so you if prefer warm toned eyes (I personally don't as I'm more cool toned - if I'm not careful, too many warm tones makes me look sick) you might want to use this as a base to warm up any of your existing shadows you may feel are too cool for you.

I didn't pay full price for this (and I have another shade that came in a set) but I don't think I would, though I plan to at least test out the cheek colors in the line. These retail for $22 and come with 6 grams of product.


PoorCollegeStudent said...

I have this in silver and I really like it for lining above a liquid liner to make it stand out. I haven't tried it as a base, so this is good to know. I definitely like it as a liner accent though.

Liz (Beauty Reductionista) said...

Hi! I have this and #15 Taupe - we probably bought the same MUFE set. I loved them at first but find they're really difficult to blend and it's starting to bug me much more than it should. They get less playtime from me as time flies. The cheek colours were similarly difficult to blend (sampled at Sephora) so I'm giving up on these and moving on to other things (such as the Benefit Creaseless Shadow/Liner).

Jeweled Thumb said...

@PCS: Glad to hear you've been enjoying yours. I'll try mine as a liner as see if it holds up any better. =)

@Liz: Thanks for letting me know! It's a shame the MUFE turned out so hard to blend. Definitely try the Benefit ones if you haven't already, they are really nice - well most of them anyway, there are a few duds in the collection!

Liz (Beauty Reductionista) said...

Which are the duds? I have RSVP, Birthday Suit and Skinny Jeans. They both require primer but I don't mind the extra step since the colours are so nice. I was looking at Get Figgy and Busy Signal next.

Jeweled Thumb said...

@Liz: The one I remember most vividly (though I swapped the ones I wasn't fond of) was Towne Car - it is a matte black and if they still make it, it is super patchy and just... bleh. Definitely one to skip!

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