Wearing the new Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in 23 Acid Green
I feel like in summer we should all get passes to go completely buck wild with our eye makeup, no matter what we’re doing or where we are.
I mean, we can do that now — wear whatever we want — but there are social mores, workplace policies and dress codes, and those are what the passes would cover.
Want/need to run to Trader Joe’s for an emergency box of Mango Bars, but you glance in the mirror and notice that oops! — you’re wearing bright yellow eyeshadow all over your lids? No problem, because you’ve got the pass.
When I started getting into eyeshadow in my 20s, I only wore two colors, brown or beige — unless I was feeling extra adventurous, in which case I’d spice things up with a soft seashell pink, haha.
Hello, change. My name is Karen.
The old 20-something me probably wouldn’t even recognize the 30-something me who groans like a brain-hungry zombie and makes grabby hands in the air when she sees bright products like the four new Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams in 23 Acid Green, 24 Yellow, 25 Pastel Blue and 26 Purple ($23 each).
“Brains! Brains! — No, I mean shimmer! SHIMMER!”
Please tell me you’ve experienced the nirvana that is the mighty Aqua Cream. If you have not, joy awaits.
These potted creams, which first appeared back in 2010, are some of my absolute favorite products in the Make Up For Ever line. They come in a ton of colors and finishes now, too — some for Eyes and Cheeks, others for Lips and Cheeks — and all of them have the same special ability.
Once you get them on your skin, they DO. NOT. MOVE.
Special evaporating oils help the pigments stick to skin, rendering them smudge-proof, waterproof and sob-proof.
Clockwise from the yellow pot on the lower left: 23 Yellow, 23 Acid Green, 25 Pastel Blue and 26 Purple
Seriously, you could have a nervous breakdown at an ATM machine, not that I’d know anything about that (“Holy crap, did you just eat my card?! A Windows blue screen — are you kidding me? FREAKING MICROSOFT!”), and your shadow would still look as fresh as a daisy.
So yeah. Love these things.
These four new summer shades, all of them for eyes and cheeks, might look a little cray in their pots, but babe, the second I got that first batch of swatches on my arm, I wanted to smear them all over my body like a technicolor tart (I suppose this is how some folks feel at Burning Man after one too many special brownies in the body painting tent).
To be blunt, they’re beyond bright!
Swatches from the left: 23 Yellow, 23 Acid Green, 25 Pastel Blue and 26 Purple
25 Pastel Blue
I like to take it a little easy with these pigments and find that a flat synthetic brush head seems to absorb less of the creams, although a brush with natural fibers should get the job done, too. To apply, I’ll grab something like the 249 Large Shader Brush, and sweep the product on my lids and just barely into the crease, blending out the edges quickly with a finger to sheer them out a bit.
Oh — it helps to work double time, because these dry really, really quickly. Even faster than I can gobble down a Mango Bar.
PRICE: $23 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora stores, Make Up For Ever Boutiques and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,