Tuesday, August 20, 2013

[Review] Makeup Forever - Aqua Cream #54 & Aqua Rouge #20

Hello! I'm back with a double review this time!

Today I'll be reviewing 2 products from Makeup Forever. You've probably heard of the brand, right? They're one of the most well known brands in makeup today, and everyone's seen the MUFE section in Sephora!
The products I will be reviewing are both from Makeup Forever's AQUA summer 2013 collection.

1. Aqua Cream #54 
- These Aqua Creams give intense colour that "lasts through even the warmest days". They offer crease-free, smudge-proof colour for both eyes and lips (they can even be used as blush, if you'd like). Evaporating oils and a "special filmogen polymer" work together in order to set the pigments and keep moisture out. 3 new shades have been introduced to the "Aqua cream" line: #52 Pearly Green Lagoon, #53 Pearly Pastel Green and #54 Pearly Mauve. (Pictures below)

From left to right: #52, 53, 54

2. Aqua Rouge #20 ("baby pink")
These are super vibrant shades, and extremely long lasting! They have 2 sides; you can wear the liquid lip colour alone, or apply the clear gloss on top of it for extra shine and for a beautiful, "kiss-proof and smudge proof" effect.
- 5 new shades have been introduced to their Aqua rouge line: #16 Fuschia, #19 pomegranate, #20 baby pink, #17 bright coral and #18 coral. (Pictures below)

From left to right: #16, 17, 18, 19, 20.

I was offered a chance to review 2 of these products - the Aqua cream #54 (pearly mauve) and Aqua Rouge #20 (baby pink). The package arrived in just a single day, and here's a picture of what I received.

I was told that the Aqua Cream would be quite difficult to get off (without an oil based remover), so they sent me a sample size of their Sens'eyes waterprof makeup remover! Quite nice, I do like that. ^_^

I'll begin the reviewing the Aqua Cream #54 (pearly mauve)

It's not often that I use eyeshadow - in fact, I barely do. I just like to use it when I'm reviewing something particular (circle lenses), so it's not a really big daily makeup routine for me. It's just a hassle to do, really.

In all honesty, I don't like having to prime my eyelids, picking different colours to apply, blending in between the colours (making absolutely sure they're blended), and possibly freaking out about the fall-out... It's just not my cup of tea.
What I do like: eyeliner. maybe mascara. bam - done.

So hmm. Trying out Pearly Mauve was a little different for me. First, everything listed above - and second - I've never tried a cream eyeshadow! I panicked a little at how hard the application would be...

But I'm happy to say that it wasn't hard to apply. And on top of that - I actually do think I've found a new goodie! Here's the swatches:

Left: 2 swipes. Right: 1 light swipe.
They're super duper pigmented. A little goes quite a long way - and blend very, very easily. Which obviously, every lazy person (like me) would like. Who likes to blend over and over again, anyways? No one's got time for that.

I was told that one of the best tricks is to use this Aqua cream directly onto the clean eyelid. Don't use primer or any base before, there needs to be "no barrier between the eyeshadow and the skin", otherwise it just won't stick as well in place. It stays on forever, and doesn't crease nor smudge, and the only way to remove it perfectly is through an oil based remover.

I was really impressed with this eyeshadow cream. It is incredibly easy to use, and quick at that! You could either do a light, simple eye make with this - or pack it on for a much more vibrant colour. Below, I just did a very, very simple eye. I literally just swiped this over my bare eyelids and put a bit of eyeliner on (ahem, and falsies but that's just for review purposes). It took me a really short while, and no crazy "oh god oh god too much" or "oh god oh god what is happening" mutters were muttered!

In the beginning and I was quite the skeptic: "Purple? Really? How wearable is this?"
But this colour is completely wearable! Trust me - I'm a 100% natural kind of girl, I'm one to not even wear any kind of eyeshadow, neutral or not. But this? I'd wear it out. 

1. It's easy and quick to use. (No excessive blended needed, no hassle!)
2. The colour is super pretty. 
3. Pretty versatile - I can play around with it. Simple and just a pop of colour or really, really vibrant (for one of those "yay colour yay!" days, you know.)

Recommend? I actually would! If you're looking for an easy to use eyeshadow with no hassle, this is a great product. I really, really like this colour - and I'll probably (given that I actually keep using this product and fall more in love with it) will buy a different colour as well. Maybe a peachy shimmer? Ohohoh!

I've actually seen these talked about on Wayne Goss's makeup channel on Youtube (Gossmakeupartist). He has a bajillion of these in different colours and uses them absolutely beautifully as well. If he finds it worth to spend so much (out of his own pocket) on so many different colours, then I personally think it's definitely worth it as well. ^.^ 

Now for the Aqua Rouge #20 (baby pink) review:

This is the other product that I tried out: The Aqua Rouge lipgloss in #20 baby pink. I've actually never heard about this product before, so I was definitely curious.

It's a dual ended lipgloss. One end has the pigmented colour, and the other end contains a clear gloss (Both, obviously, have their own brushes)!

I'm definitely a lip product girl - I will hoard lipsticks, lipglosses, lip balms, lip moisturizers... anything to do with lips. I don't know why, but I guess it has something to do with that fact that they're so wearable. Even without any other makeup on, I can just swipe some colour on my lips and hop out the door.

This being said, I did have quite high expectations of this lipgloss.

The pigmented gloss end is very, very... pigmented. It's almost like lipstick melted into a gloss (liquid cream)! There's really NO sheerness whatsoever with this baby. I did like that it was so pigmented, but really... I do like to stick to natural colours when I'm out (especially when I'm at school, library, etc. I'm a student, y'know~). It was fun playing around with the pigment-y part, but I figured I'd only use it for really "dramatic" days.

When applied, the pigmented part felt great at first. Moist, but not sticky at all. Then it started to dry pretty quickly, and the colour almost became matte. This really isn't my preferred look at all - I do like a bit of a gloss on my lips, you see.

But have no fear - that's when the other end comes in.

I do think the clear lipgloss part is a necessity to wearing this lipgloss. It gives the most prettiest glossy shine, and really moisturizes your lips as well. The previous "dry" feeling I got from only applying the colour gloss was completely gone after I swiped this on. I absolutely love this clear gloss.

The only thing that I would be "meh" about is that the clear gloss' brush gets a bit "dirty" after use. If you've got any remaining colour on your lips from the pigmented part, it might transfer over to this brush, staining it slightly with a pink colour. That just bothers me a wee bit, but oh well. Nothing's crazy perfect in life, right? xD (I'm probably just crazy)

Bare lips:

Right: #20 only. Left: #20+clear gloss

I personally wouldn't wear the pigmented end alone - I'd definitely recommened that you always use the gloss with it! It makes it so much more prettier, in my honest opinion. I truthfully and genuinely love this gloss.

1. Great colours (wide range, not just the 5 mentioned)!
2. Can use 1 end or another (but I recommend using both)
3. Very, very pigmented
4. Extremely long lasting. Nothing will stop this lipgloss from leaving your lips (except an oil based remover, that is!)
- Make sure you want to use the colour before you apply it, because it's going to stay on for a long, long time.

Repurchase? I would definitely purchase an Aqua Rouge lipgloss. I'm not sure what colour yet, but probably a lighter pink than "baby pink"! I really like this gloss - the second day I used it, I went out with a friend. Even though I knew the colour would be stuck (like iron) to my lips the whole day, I carried this gloss everywhere I went, "just in case". I have no idea why, but I just liked unnecessarily applying it. I love it.

So concludes my first "double review". I hope you enjoyed reading it, and maybe I've convinced you to take the plunge and try one of these products out!

If I personally had the choice to choose between purchasing an Aqua cream or an Aqua Rouge, I'd definitely go for Aqua Rouge. Why?
Although I genuinely like both products, I just can't imagine wearing eyeshadow alone, but I definitely can use the Aqua rouge on its own! ^__^

What about you?
Have you tried these products before? What do you think about them? 

[Note: You may be wondering where all the Korean cosmetic reviews have gone - no worries, they'll be back and comin' after this!]

Disclaimer: These products were sent to me for review purposes. As always, this review is 100% honest. My opinion will never be bought. 


  1. Wow! Both items look really pretty. :) I like purple shades for eyeshadow, so the Aqua Cream really calls out to me, while the pink lip shade is very cute and girly. :D I would love to see how the turquoise green aqua cream looks like, hehe~

  2. Baaah, you always have such wonderful reviews! I actually was either going to pick up these Forever aqua creams, but decided to purchase something more wallet-friendly and picked up a Maybelline 24 Tattoo cream shadow and I really like it. I'll have to swatch these next time I'm at Sephora and I may end up picking up a shade! The lip gloss looks great on you as well! Can I just say, I freaking love your lips! *___* *not in a creepy way* lol XD

  3. I'm in love with the purple cream eyeshadow! I should definitly go to my nearest Sephora and buy it ASAP!!
    I also loved you're "double review"

    -X♡X♡, ريفان(Refan)


  4. I love make up forever aqua eyes!!! ^-^ Hmm. maybe I can try the purple! Usually purple makes me look like I have a black eye. But, maybe I can wear this one ^-^

  5. wow I'm so in love with the colors~ both shades look pretty ^^..

  6. First off, purple!!!! Gosh the purple looks so beautiful with slight shimmers I just love it <3 the lip gloss looks so pigmented. And I thought you're supposed to apply the clear gloss first before the color? Haha but that might be me xD the pink coral ish color is so cute and lovely! I just love these 2 products. Though I'm just like you not really an eyeshadow girl lol eyeliner is enough for me xD but the color is really pretty and it's so pigmented it doesn't need eye primer :D thank you for the review June ^^


  7. i have the aqua rouge too and its super loveee
    try the coral shade, must be suits you too :D

  8. both of them are so interesting but i like the purple aqua cream so much! looks like it's so wearable alone ^^

  9. im not personally a fan of cream base shadows bc even with primer, that stuff always ends up in creases of my eyelids lol but that lip gloss looks very nice! i will have to go check it out the next time i pop in sephora! XD

  10. The purple is gorgeous on you, the colour makes your eyes look awesome! Great review once again June! ^-^ x

  11. I like to many of these products great job in the review Makeup for ever finishing powder rock.

  12. Makeup forever can never do wrong (bc the price *coughs*) the cream shadow looks very promising but purple just wont do on me (everything blue toned except blush) but might buy the cream shadow when i get older and get a job (bc again, the price)


  13. I havent got a chance to try makeup forever but I guess this weekend I will :) Love the eye-shadow expecially its color. (I'm obsessive with purple...) But lipgloss I dont know I dont use lipgloss... But looks nice on you

  14. I like the idea of the "kiss proof and smudge proof" lip product. I bought one like that on Elf and I'm kinda disappointed because even after leaving the product on my lips for 10mins to dry, the color still transfers when I test it. I'm so glad that your happy with this one. Maybe there is still chance for this "extremely longlasting" lip products. :)

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  15. The purple eyeshadow looks soooooo beautiful on you ^.^
    If only I could afford makeup forever -.-


  16. Great review! I'm tempted to buy the lipgloss <3

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  17. The purple eyeshadow looks very pretty. I like how shimmery it is.

  18. I like both products a lot even when I never heard of this brand lol. I like the purple eyeshadow. One time, a make up artist made my make up and he said that lilac color would go the best with brown eyes! So this color should be a really good match for all asians out here haha. I like the lipgloss too it's such a cute pink! I think the lipgloss makes them look even cuter and lighter hehhehh :3 Thanks for reviewing both of these products! ^-^* I always enjoy reading your reviews, not missing the korean products at all! :D
    And Thanks for giving me the a giveaway recommendation! I really appreciate it, June! :)


  19. I really like the pearly eye shadow...the purple is very prettty and lovely on your eyes =D

  20. that eyeshadow looks so pretty! and love your banner, so cute


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  21. those eyeshadows are gorgeous! I have one in a beige colour and i absolutely love it! and toronto represent! haha


  22. The purple did look like it'd be too overwhelming as it is, but it does have a nice subtle effect once it's on your eyelid. Great review!

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  23. love it
    wanna try it out so bad!

  24. Mmmm aqua rouge seems so pretty! In the tube, it looked kinda hot-pink but it looks so natural on your lips! It's hard not to like it! =D


  25. I've been curious about these products! Lovely post. xo.

  26. Oh sweetie the eyeshadow has a really soft and cute color. I love it the color of the lipgloss too. Thanks for your helpful review.xx

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  27. these colors are so pretty! will have to give them a thought once i get to IMATS

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  28. Cools! Great review, sadly there isn't any Makeup forever stores where I live! :(
    But they do look really pretty! :)


  29. Good review! I wish I could indulge more on make up than how I am right now. HIhi. :D

  30. Thanks for the review c: I love
    the texture of creamy eyeshadow!
    I think the color suits you well,
    not too bright and very subtle c:
    I'm surprised as well about the
    long lasting texture of that
    lipgloss! Xx

  31. Make Up Forever is always amazing!
    This eyeshadow is so pretty! :) It really suits to you!

    I remember the day when I was in middle school and I didn't know a lot about makeup.
    I wear dark purple eye shadow and I didn't bled it... It was horrible...
    I didn't really wear purple eyeshadow again after that. :P
    But now when I see this cream eyeshadow I would like try it.
    It really looks so natural and cute! And I would definitely blend it now! haha

    Lip gloss looks pretty too!
    I think that Make Up Forever products are always great!
    I love their Full Cover concealer and HD primer!


  32. I've heard about the Make Up Forever Aqua Cream eye shadows before but I'm always hesitant to buy cream shadows because I have oily lids! :( But I might try this one with a tiiiiny bit of primer ;)
    Thank you for the review!

  33. this is a nice review June:) i'm not into eye shadows but this one looks good when applied based on your photos.


  34. Thanks for these two reviews! I love the lip gloss. Your lips look so sexy ;)

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  35. yup aqua rogue looks super nice on your lips and can i just say your bare lips pic looks sooooo nice :)

  36. I love the look of the aqua rouge on our lips !
    I've got one of the AquaCream, I love it :)
    I'm following you right now ;)

  37. Nice stuffs ^_^ I love your lenses~

  38. I love the Aqua Rouge colours! I have four and I love them all!

  39. I am such a huge fan of both the Aqua Creams and the Aqua Rouges :) I've used Aqua Creams as eyeshadow bases, and then layered shadow on top, on my crease, to add some depth. My eyes usually cannot get away with just one flat eyeshadow color.

    Thanks for the post :)



  40. Really love the eye creams and liquid lip colors!!
    They look so nice and vibrant(:
    I'm really happy to hear that the lip color's
    long-lasting because all of my lipsticks and lip glosses
    always seem to go off somewhere after a while >_< ahah
    Thank you for the wonderful review!!
    Love your blog by the way, definitely following now^_^

    Much love,


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