I’ve Got More Taupe: Make Up For Ever 20E Aqua Shadow!

Long-lasting eye makeup is good in my book, and when I had the chance to some of the Make Up For Ever’s new lines a while ago, I couldn’t resist taking 20E Aqua Shadow home! These are supposed to be waterproof and crease-resistant. Do they sound about perfect for summer?

Aqua Shadows come in 12 shades and contain 4 grams. 7 of them are light, shimmery/metallic shades like the 20E I am about to show you, and 5 are dark matte colors. Out of the whole bunch 20E caught my eye the most, and I couldn’t resist giving it a try!

There isn’t too much to be said about the “packaging,” though I do have to tell you that the cap fit on the pencil extremely well. You can close it up very snugly, which will prevent the shadow from drying out. Bonus point for that!

20E is a taupe, but a very shimmery champagne kind of taupe that I imagine is easier to wear. The finish is metallic, and if you blend it out you can see all the fine shimmer. It is a great all-over-the-lid shade as I find it pretty brightening. The texture spot-on. It is creamy enough to glide on easily, but not so creamy that it becomes too soft and melty. I have used it several times now, and still there is no need to sharpen it yet, so I imagine this pencil will last quite a while. The color payoff of 20E is excellent! I need one pass for vibrant, opaque color! Once it’s on, you have a little time to blend the edges out, but it sets fast, and once it sets it’s not going anywhere!

Without a primer, it lasts 8 hours on me. After that it starts creasing/fading a little on the inner corners close to my “crease” (OK this is hard to explain. My “crease” is tucked under my visible lids when my eyes are open. Does that make sense?). With a primer it lasts all day. Alternatively I actually don’t mind carrying this pencil with me for some touch-up after 8 hours. As a general rule I don’t, but this is so much easier to carry than other cream shadows I own, I don’t need a separate brush, and it doesn’t get messy when it fades a little.

Some more pictures with my eyes looking down so you can see the color on me. I used 20E all over my lids with some MAC Satin Taupe blended on the outer half. I find this color easy enough to pair with other shadows though, so don’t worry even if you are just beginning to play with eye makeup!

Excuse the weird expression, but here you see the metallic finish:

Bottom line: I would recommend Aqua Shadows (at least the light shimmery ones. I heard the matte ones work a little differently) for quick summer looks! They’re easy to use, hold up well, and easy to carry for quick touch-ups if you ever want to do that!

Have you tried the Aqua Shadows? What are your favorite jumbo pencils? How do you keep your eye makeup going in the height of summer?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx



  • http://www.cuteandmundane.com Dovey

    Hi Sunny, I absolutely LOVED #20E. It’s such a gorgeous color and has amazing lasting power even without a primer. I think I’ll have to wear it tomorrow morning after reading your post! <3

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Haha have fun with it Dovey! I wore it today with Maybelline Bad to the Bronze and UD Busted. It seems like you can pair this with anything!

  • http://www.beauty-reflecttions.com Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    Eeeeep! It’s a taupe! I love it!! I haven’t tried these yet, but I like the sound of it! I love jumbo pencils-so fast and so easy. I really like our Canadian Annabelle ones.
    This looks gorgeous on you!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      I wish Annabelle were available out of Canada! I’ve seen so many promising products!

  • http://www.alaesmay.nl Esmay

    But that pencil is just beautiful! Love taupe <3

  • http://feveragnes.blogspot.com Miss Kwong

    it looks really smooth and creamy on the swatches.
    and on eyes it looks natural! lovely.

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    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Yup it is! It’s really pretty easy to use. Highly possibly easier than cream shadows in pots, because I can reach my inner corners more easily with the tip!

  • http://bronzerbunny.com Joyce (bronzerbunny)

    Pretty! :) I like this shade on you and pencil shadows are so fun in my opinion. I’ll have to take a look at the other shades, though this one is pretty but I think a bit too warm for me!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Hey Joyce, I think most metallic shades in the range lean warm, but you should definitely swatch them. The finish makes them a little more universal I think!

  • http://mybeautysample.com/ Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    I haven’t ever tried a pencil cream-shadow before–the tip always seemed a little too big for my small eyes and lids. But I was curious and heard good things, so I decided to grab a couple of the Milani ones instead. If I like them, I’ll probably go for the MUFE ones, as I already LOVE their Aqua Eyes liners. This color is gorgeous–congrats on your newest taupe. Are you hooked yet? :P

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Haha you should try these, Becca! My lids are small but this one is really easy to use, even for my inner corners. I think some taupes work well for me, but not all!

  • http://mybeautyhoard.blogspot.com/ mjacqueline

    I have both the shimmery and the matte and I feel the lighter shimmery ones easier to carry off. If I’m using the matte ones I apply them close to my lash line and smudge upwards. They do set fast. Sunny do you apply directly on lids or do you use a brush? I’m still experimenting on the bet way, or now it’s applying directly on lids and using my fingers to blend.

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Hey Jacqueline! I apply directly before blending out with my fingers. I always do this with cream shadows, because all the eyeshadow brushes I own have natural bristles, and I’m not too sure if they’ll work with creamy products.

  • http://www.peggytimmermans.Be/blog peggy timmermans visagie

    8 hours without a primer? That’s already worth an applause I think! Love the colour btw :)

  • http://shortisthenewblack.wordpress.com shortisthenewblack

    I love this color on you! I might have to check these out at Sephora.Hope you are doing well.

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Thanks Justine! You should check these out! Can’t say much about the matte shades but the metallic ones seem to work well!

      • http://shortisthenewblack.wordpress.com shortisthenewblack

        I just linked you in my latest post – be sure to check it out http://wp.me/p1XLFC-hf

        • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

          Thanks Justine!

  • http://www.valleydollbeautyblog.blogspot.com ValleyDoll

    Haven’t tried them yet but this one looks very good. I have a similar color from budget brand 2Be.

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Also a cream/stick shadow? How’s the lasting power?

  • Jennifer

    I love MUFE and I love these pencils. I have 5 of them now. The last two I recently purchased were 20E and 24E. I have satin taupe so I’m going to try your look soon. Thank you!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Hey Jennifer! You’re welcome! I’ve paired this with many different shades, and I haven’t found one it doesn’t like!

  • http://deijsprinses.wordpress.com/ deijsprinses

    8 hours? Seems like for ever!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Haha most of the time I prefer to have something that lasts longer than that, but it is impressive how well it lasts without a primer. With a primer it’s invincible!

  • http://www.bellachique.be/ Teri

    Another Mufe product on my wishlist, the colour is so pretty! And 8 hours without a primer is really good in my books!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      You should try one of these Teri! I’ve tested it out in Taipei and even in such weather it lasts all day on top of a primer!

  • http://www.nymphette.be marijke

    Such a pretty color!!

  • http://barelyorganizedchaos.wordpress.com Jen

    It’s very pretty. I bought all of the Sephora jumbo liners though, which are very similar, so I’ll pass on these. :)

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Lucky you get Sephora, Jen! We don’t and this is the first jumbo pencil I own (to be fair I tried the NYX ones, but they wouldn’t stay on my lids for more than 5 minutes)!

      • http://barelyorganizedchaos.wordpress.com Jen

        Yeah, I really wanted to love the NYX ones, but I had the same problem. They wouldn’t dry down and they creased almost immediately. If you can get a hold of the Sephora ones, I really like them!

  • http://brigidbeautyblog.wordpress.com Christine Brigid

    So, so pretty! Does it dry your lids though? I wore my maybelline color eye tattoo today and my lids actually hurt they are so dry. I’m feeling wary of long lasting cream eyeshadow, snif!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Hey Christine, I don’t have problems with anything drying my lids out, and this is no exception. Too bad to hear long-wearing products do that to you! Have you tried to use them on top of a primer to see if things get better?

  • http://emtiny.blogspot.com Em

    I totally get what you mean by “crease” haha. I am glad you get 8 hours before any creasing. I have very oily eyelids so I don’t know if this will work 8 hours for me!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      LOL it’s good to know I’m not the only on with a wacky “crease” like this one! My lids are normal to oily and this works fine. Even in Taipei it lasts ALL day on top of UDPP :)

  • LeeAnn

    Looks lovely, kinda like Amethyst in the Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks. I prefer the Caviar Sticks to any stick e/s formula, however, because it’s one of the few things that actually lasts forever!

    • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com Sunny

      Ahh thanks for the recommendation LeeAnn! I haven’t tried the Laura Mercier ones, but now I’m curious!