Make Up For Ever AquaXL Eye Pencils Review & Swatches

Friday, May 6, 2016

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Review and Swatches

News flash! You need to seriously run, not walk, and pick up the new AquaXL Eye Pencils by Make Up For Ever. I'll be honest, I have an old sample of their Aqua Eyes eyeliner and I am not a huge fan. But the new AquaXL eye pencils? They are worth every pretty penny!

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Review

The AquaXL eye pencils were created in collaboration with Charli XCX, most famously known for her song "Boom Clap" but is featured on one of my personal favourites, "I Love It" by Icona Pop.  The collection contains twenty shades in five different finishes - matte, diamond, satin, iridescent and metallic and include every color from basic brown and black to Tiffany blue and lilac purple.  They are also waterproof, smudge-proof, sweat-proof and transfer-proof, while providing intense pigmentation and comfortable wear.

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Swatches

In the order swatched on my arm:

M10 - matte black
D12 - sparkly black
M14 - matte charcoal grey
M60 - matte brown
D62 - sparkly brown
S50 - fawn brown
I36 - olive green-brown
ME42 - metallic gold
M40 - matte yellow
M30 - matte mint green
I34 - medium green
I32 - deep green-blue
M26 - bright robin's egg blue
I24 - teal blue 
S20 - deep denim blue
M22 - matte royal blue
M80 - matte plum
I90 - bright purple
M92 - matte pastel purple
M16 - matte white

You can see the colors more closely below. The metallic and iridescent formulas are gorgeous!

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Swatches

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Swatches

The formula of the pencils is amazing - it is creamy and smooth and literally glides across the eyelid. The only downside of this is that it doesn't stay sharp for long as it basically melts when pressed into the skin. Nothing that a pencil sharpener can't fix though (I have this one and love it!). Aside from the amazing formula, this eyeliner also offers excellent staying power. I work 12-hour shifts and it lasts all day without smudging! I actually have to work hard to remove it at the end of the day. Luckily, the Make Up For Ever Sens'Eye Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser does a great job of removing my waterproof makeup without burning my sensitive eyes.

The Make Up For Ever AquaXL Eye Pencils are available for purchase at here and here and in Sephora stores across Canada for $25 each. If you are a VIB Rouge at Sephora, you can also buy the Charli XCX Festival Fave 4-pack for a steal at $58!

The products in this post were provided complimentary for review purposes. This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are honest and based on my personal experience. 


  1. Omg, I am so jealous of your PR samples! I need these in my life! So glad you got to review them!

    1. Thanks! You definitely need to give them a try - I love them!

  2. Those colors are so so gorgeous!!!!

    1. I know, right? I never thought I would love blue and purple eyeliner but I can't wait to give them a try!

  3. They look lovely! I need to try them.

    1. You definitely do! They are amazing!

  4. They look lovely! I need to try them.

  5. Ooo pretty. I love those colors. Perfect for summer, fun and festive. How exactly do you become a VIB at Sephora?

    1. I totally agree! You have to spend $350 in a calendar year to become a VIB!


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