Make Up For Ever came out with new Aqua Cream products ($22 each) that can be used for either “Eyes & Cheeks” or “Cheeks & Lips”. I purchased “4 Snow”, a shimmery white color that can be used on as an eye color and as a cheek highlighter.
Aqua Creams are waterproof and long-lasting (though I have not tried the ones for lips). The white aqua cream that I used on my eyelids stayed on and stayed put the entire day — from when I started hopping around Las Vegas casinos in the morning, walking around in the 90+ degree weather in the afternoon, and then flying back home in the evening.
When I went to Sephora and tried several of these on my hand, they looked so gorgeous and smooth. However, I’ve found that it wasn’t as smooth when I used it on my eye area. Even with a thin application (using a brush on one eye and my ring finger on the other eye), the cream looked pretty clumpy on my lids. When I first used it, I applied MAC Paint Pot in “Soft Ochre” as a base, and it ended up looking like this:
I recommend either using these aqua creams without any primer or on top of Too Faced Shadow Insurance for a smoother application (not MAC Paint Pots!). Here are all the products I used for my makeup look below:
- MAC Paint Pot in “Soft Ochre” (entire lid) <--- use Too Faced Shadow Insurance instead (or skip primer altogether) to reduce clumps!
- Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in "4 Snow" (entire lower lid)
- MAC E/S in “White Frost” (use as a wash over entire lid, packing more color on the lower lid; also apply along lower lash line)
- Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in “Black Ink” (upper lash line)
- MAC Lashes in "41" (apply with Duo Eyelash Adhesive along upper lash line)
- Blinc Kiss Me Mascara in “Black” (top and bottom lashes)
- Benefit Bronzing Powder in “Hoola” (contour)
- MAC Powder Blush in “Cubic” (on apples)
- MAC L/S in “Spice It Up!”
I like the white base it gives me when I do these vintage-type looks with light eyes and red lips, because it makes the frosty white eyeshadow I use look even whiter on my lower lids (where I applied the aqua cream). This is because the aqua creams have mother of pearls mixed in that have a nice shimmer. For example, compare this brighter, shimmery white look with my Black and White EOTD post.
Here are a few pictures of me with this makeup look to show that the clumpy aqua cream is not really noticeable when not looking at my eyes up close:
The picture of me on the right was taken inside Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, where Pawn Stars (one of my favorite History Channel television shows) is filmed.
I just had to include pictures from the buffet at Treasure Island where I had lunch, because I was so happy to see cotton candy and chocolate-covered strawberries for dessert! Yum!
All in all, the aqua cream I have lasted the whole day, even with the hot weather. I don’t think I would get more for myself though, because I can get similar staying power with my usual primers (MAC Paint Pots and Too Faced Shadow Insurance) and I have eye shadows that are similar to the rest of the aqua cream shades that are much easier to achieve smoothness. If you’ve been having issues getting your eye shadow (or blush… or lipstick) to stay on though, then these aqua creams may be worth a try.