Make Up For Ever Spring 2012 Pantone Color Report: Aqua Cream #10 (Review)

Early last week, I received a Color Flash update from Make Up For Ever, which describes Spring’s color palette as a blend of pretty pastels, bold brights, and naturals.  MUFE listed the shades that capture this season’s color trends along with suggestions for corresponding shades of products already within their existing line.  There are so many beautiful hues!!  I plan on trying to incorporate a lot of them into my Spring looks, as many shades are likely ones I already have in my collection.  Making it even easier for me, MUFE sent me three products that were noted on the list to try out.  These are not colors for the faint-hearted, let me tell you!  They are bold, notice-me shades: Tangerine Tango (Aqua Cream #10 – an electric orange with golden sheen); Solar Power (Eye Shadow #2 – a matte highlighter yellow); and Bellflower (Rouge Artist Intense #15 – an vibrant violet with a touch of blue pearl). Due to my excitement, I got a bit picture-happy with these products, so I’m splitting my reviews into separate posts.  First, we have Aqua Cream #10.  Aqua Creams ($25CAD) are pigmented, long-lasting waterproof cream products that can be used on cheeks, and either lips or eyes (not both).  I own two other Aqua Creams (#2 Steel, and #13 Warm Beige), both of which are formulated for eyes and cheeks.  #10 is not for use on the eyes, I guess because of how bright it is (very color saturated and would probably irritate eyes) – but it’s a shame because it looks like it would make for an amazing eye look!  It’s a gorgeous reddened orange with a flash of gold sparkle that just mesmerizes me.

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Aqua Creams are designed to be smudge- and crease-resistant, and I find this to be true.  You need to work fairly quickly to blend them out, but I don’t find it to be a huge issue when using them on my eyes.  However, I tried #10 on both my cheek and lips, and in these areas I noticed the blending problem more.  I don’t really find that you can layer these as it starts to look a bit cakey, and on my lips I had to be precise and do my upper and lower lip one at a time to get even disbursement.  Be sure to prep your lips beforehand (exfoliate; use lip balm) as it can accentuate any flaking and is fairly dry on the lips.  If I were to wear this as part of a look, I’d probably throw a dab of clear gloss on top to make it look more juicy.On cheeks, because the cream is so dense, it was hard to blend properly – I highly recommend using a stippling brush and a very light hand, which helps.  I ended up with too much color that I couldn’t diffuse, which isn’t as noticeable under artificial light, but is embarrassingly apparent in natural light.  However, this is one of those products I’m determined to make work, as it truly is gorgeous, so in the future I think I’ll quick apply a very sheer layer on bare skin, and then layer my foundation on top of it so it comes through and looks more natural.

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If you’re looking to use this primarily as a blush, another option if you can’t make it work for you is NARS’ Taj Mahal – it’s in the same vein as Aqua Cream #10, and also easy to overdo, but easier to apply.  It’s got more red in it than #10 however – and of course you can’t use it on lips, so it wouldn’t be as dual purpose.  Just a suggestion!  Below, Taj Mahal on top; #10 on bottom.

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Though it’s not the easiest shade to wear or work with, Aqua Cream #10 is a stunner and I’m going to be using the heck out of this during my Jamaican vacation!  With a little patience I think this could be a lovely color to incorporate into your arsenal, and as tangerine is THE color of the season, with it’s dual-purpose it’s definitely got your covered!

Next up: Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow #2!

*These products were provided for my unbiased consideration by the PR company/brand.

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  1. #1 by Liz (@Reductionista) on March 6, 2012 - 1:21 pm

    You know, I was SOOOO excited for these aqua creams when they first came out. Had 2-3 of the shadows but found them too difficult to blend. I adore the bright cheek colours but they’re so hard to work with that I never caved to them in the end. But I’m so glad you have this now and can enjoy it in Jamaica!!! So excited for your trip!

    • #2 by Latoya on March 7, 2012 - 9:32 pm

      It’s true, this particular shade is not easy to work with. Which is a shame because honestly, it makes me drool just looking at it – soo pretty and bright! I’m going to play around with it and see if I can figure out the best way to proceed.

      And I am ALSO excited – less than a month to go! Your Oz trip is also getting nearer every day :D

  2. #3 by Eugenia on March 6, 2012 - 3:10 pm

    You can totally pull this shade off, that’s for sure – with my colouring, it would probably look too harsh, but I love its intensity just the same! I’m with Liz: it’ll make a great travel product for your upcoming trip, especially since it’s also long-lasting! (won’t melt in the heat, lol!) When are you leaving? Do I fit in the suitcase?

    • #4 by Liz on March 6, 2012 - 7:30 pm

      You can tuck in next to me, Eugenia. ;)

      • #5 by Eugenia on March 6, 2012 - 8:42 pm

        Hahaha! I’ll even pack us some snacks! Poor Toya doesn’t stand a chance!

    • #6 by Latoya on March 7, 2012 - 9:34 pm

      I leave on April 7th, and you and Liz can both hop in my suitcase and come for the trip – we can drink pina coladas by the pool! ~squeal!~ That would be so much fun, I shouldn’t even go there – I get too excited :P

      It is a strong shade, to be sure…and the fact that it doesn’t blend *effortlessly* doesn’t work in it’s favor either. But I think on the lip diffused with another color you could totally rock this Eugenia!!

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