Summer calls for lazy days at the pool or beach so you want your makeup to last through the day’s shenanigans be it lounging in a deck chair or cannonballing into the pool. MUFE has got your back! This summer, MUFE has released a range of new products for their AQUA Summer Collection 2013 which features AQUA CREAM (cream shadow), AQUA EYES (pencil eye liner), AQUA LIP (lip pencil) and AQUA ROUGE in exciting aquatic pop colors! Known for being both waterproof and smudge-proof, once they’ve set after application, these products aren’t going anywhere!
AQUA CREAM – [Limited edition] Pearly Pastel Green, Pearly Green Lagoon, Pearly Muave (SGD$41)
AQUA EYES – Matte Brown 25L, Pearly Green Lagoon 52L (SGD$33)
AQUA LIP – Pomegranate Pink 19C, Baby Pink 20C (SGD$33)
AQUA ROUGE – Coral #18, Bright Orange #17, Fuchsia #16, Pomegranate #19, Baby Pink #20 (SGD$40)
I had the opportunity to try out a couple of the AQUA LIPS and ROUGES so here are some swatches and reviews for you.
Pearly Pastel Green: A mint green shimmery cream eyeshadow base to help your eye makeup last!
Although the staying power was excellent, it was difficult to work with in terms of ease of blending, thus this isn’t one of those swipe-and-go type of shadows. The colour also came across as more white than green. That said, they make a very good base for brightly coloured eyeshadows and help to make the colors really pop on the lids and also last much longer.
These are your standard lip pencils amped up with long-wearing and water-resistant hold. Infused with jojoba oils and Vitamin E, its soft and creamy texture makes for comfortable application and wear. Both shades had about 4-5 hours of wear when worn alone, although it is recommended to wear them under a lipstick or gloss to prolong the wear time. While it does come off after a meal, removal is easy as makeup remover does the job easily without having to tug on the lips.
Baby Pink 20C – Pastel baby pink shade
Pomegranate Pink 19C – A dark reddish pink shade, great for lining the lips if you’re going for a dark lip color.
These double-ended rouges come with a vibrant lip color that dries matte on one end and a clear gloss on the other that is meant to go on as a topcoat to protect the color all day. While the staying power of these rouges were impeccable, lasting for 7-8 hours and even through meals, they were very drying on the lips as is the case with most long-wear lipsticks. As it also clings to dry flakes, you have to prep your lips well before application (such as using a lip scrub) to ensure that the color goes on smoothly and does not dry your lips out even more.
Although some would prefer a matte finish, it is not advisable to forego the gloss because the topcoat really helps to even out the texture of the lip color and make it look less patchy, as it is prone to do when worn alone. A nifty tip would be to moisturize your lips first with a lipbalm before applying the product. Be sure to let the lip color dry completely first before applying the top coat or it will run! Removal can also be a hassle because once dried, they almost impossible to remove without an oil-based makeup remover and even so, some tugging is required to remove all traces of colour.
Natural look: These 2 shades are perfect for everyday wear to work or school as they give the lips a sweet and natural finish.
Coral #18 – True to its name, Coral is a breezy coral shade that looks natural on the lips and gives the face a warm summery glow.
Baby Pink #20 – An adorable bubblegum pink, Baby pink is a light pastel pink shade perfect for the young (& young at heart)!
Evening look/Statement lips: You can party the night away with these 2 budge-proof colours without having to worry about them slipping and sliding all over your face and ruining the rest of your makeup!
Fuchsia #16 – My personal favourite, Fuschia is a bright fuschia colour that really pops on the lips. It’s an updated alternative to the classic red lip and still appropriate for both day and night.
Pomegranate #19 – Pomegranate is a pretty raspberry colour that would go well with a neutral eye for an effortless yet chic look.
The MAKE UP FOR EVER AQUA Summer Collection 2013 is available at all Sephora outlets islandwide and at the MAKE UP FOR EVER Academy & Pro Loft (36 & 38 Armenian Street #01-06 & #02-06).
Sephora outlets in Singapore:
Ngee Ann City
Marina Bay Sands
Great World City