I’m still plugging away at the pieces of the Wild & Chic Kit! I’m slow as cold molasses running up a hill, I know, I know. Ahh, now there’s a saying you don’t hear to often anymore! I think I spent too much time with my Grandma (never!) growing up, I have all these old-timey phrases floating around in my head – they sound totally commonplace to me
Anyway, on the review! First, we have one of MUFE’s Aqua Creams in #13 Warm Beige.I feel that the name for this shade is slightly misleading. It’s beige per se, but the description online is ‘champagne shimmer’ which is totally accurate, and what they should have called the product in the first place. Just sayin’.Aqua Creams are touted to be ‘ an ultra-pigmented, long-lasting waterproof cream,’ that should not crease or budge throughout the day. I have another one, shade #02 Steel, which is a taupe-gunmetal shade. When applied, these creams dry relatively quickly so you’ll need to work fast – though I’ve found previously if I just apply a sheer wash and build the color as I go, I have no problems. However, I do find that with Warm Beige, if I’m not fast enough it applies unevenly, which I think is more noticeable because the shade is so light and metallic (and hence, unforgiving). Particularly for my darker skintone, Warm Beige is almost too light and picks up any imperfections if I’m not careful. On someone fairer, I don’t think this would be much of an issue. For me, I’ll likely wear it as an inner eye highlight most of the time.
Aside from the shade not being the most flattering for me, the product lives up to its budge-proof claims, lasting all day – in fact, after swatching it was hard to get off my hand, and requires makeup remover to take it off.
I thought the shade looked a bit like Chanel’s Émerveillé, so I swatched them side by side just for fun:
Compared to Émerveillé, Warm Beige has more dense pigmentation, and is more metallic and shiny, which can be a good or a bad thing, depending on what look you’re going for. In reality, they’re just two completely different products!
Next up, MUFE’s popular Aqua Eyes Liner in #0L, which is described as a mat black.These liners are supposed to be waterproof, smudgeproof, and fade-proof, and after wearing it all day long, I can support these claims. My liner looked exactly the same 10 hours later as when I had put it on (no primer). However, I tend to wear my liners extended outward for a cat-eye look, and it did fade a bit there as I tend to have watery eyes. But it didn’t run or slide down my face like a lot of pencil liners have, so I consider that a win!The texture of the liner was different than I’ve experienced before; it was almost waxy, which makes sense if it’s going to be waterproof. It was fairly black, but I could do with an even deeper black for more intensity – it’s reminiscent of Urban Decay’s Zero, which I’ve compared below:
While they might have their shade in common, MUFE’s Aqua Eyes is superior in terms of wear – I tried to get it off my arm after swatching, and it barely budged at all. Again, makeup remover was absolutely needed. However, due to the waxier texture of the Aqua Eyes liner (which aids in the wear time), its not as creamy as Urban Decay’s, though it’s still fairly easy to draw across the eye. If I have to sacrifice a bit of smoothness to get a longer wear time, I’m all for it!
My final thoughts on these two products are divided: while I love the Aqua Cream formulation, I was left disappointed at how Warm Beige worked with my skin tone. As for the Aqua Eyes liner, though I would LOVE to see a deeper, darker black, I’m happy with how it stays put throughout the day. I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up a few more of these in other shades (#12L, a metallic teal blue, is calling my name!).
*These products were provided to me for consideration by the brand/PR company.