I'm on a sudden cream shadow kick. I've always avoided them because, well, I'm not great at applying shadow with my fingertips and my brushes never seemed to work. This summer, I had the brilliant idea of purchasing a brush made specifically for cream shadows, and my world opened up quite a bit.
I've already told you about my current favorite neutral creams from Benefit, R.S.V.P. and Get Figgy. I've had so much success with those two that I decided to branch out into more colorful options, and of course being me, I jumped right off the deep end and chose one of Make Up For Ever's most vivid Aqua Creams, #21.
Aqua Cream #21 (I must say it was nice not to have to deal with ridiculous and double-entendre names from MUFE, even though I can never keep the numbers straight) is a brilliant turquoise/teal with plenty of shimmer. Technically, it's formulated for the eyes and cheeks, as are 15 of the Aqua Cream Shades. The remaining 6 shades are formulated for lips and cheeks, so if you plan to purchase, you may want to pay attention to what you're getting so you don't end up applying a non-eye-safe product all over your lids or one that's not safe for lips all over your mouth.
The formula of Aqua Creams is outstanding. The feel is moist and extremely lightweight right out of the jar. The shadow glides easily and evenly over the lids and is a breeze to blend. Once it sets, Aqua Cream sticks like glue with no creasing or fading at all. I've worn it for up to 15 hours with absolutely no problems, even here in Atlanta with the 95-plus-degree temperatures and crazy afternoon thunderstorms. And that wear time was without primer.
As you can see above, the color is beautiful and makes me think of the beach (even though I haven't been near an ocean in years). It's very Carribean. However, as lovely as it is, it's a LOT of color. I tend to get drawn in to the pretty items and to not put much thought into how I plan to actually wear certain colors, and this is one of them. I applied #21 as a shadow across my lids and also as a contrast in my crease, and neither method worked for me. It didn't look bad, it was just a bit much for my 42-year-old eyes. Damn ageing! It's killing me. Add to that the fact that, frankly, turquoise isn't a color I'm accustomed to wearing, and I just couldn't pull this one off as easily as my typical array of purples, greens and deep blues, and I honestly felt like my eyes were completely overtaking my face, and not in a good way.
So, what to do? Here I am all excited about having a pretty shadow, yet unable to comfortably wear it in public. I chose to go the wimpy way and use it as a liner instead. It gives just a pop of color without overwhelming my entire face.
Using #21 as a liner turned out to be my perfect summery/colorful solution. It's easing me into the whole turquoise/teal thing yet doesn't overwhelm me or make me feel as if I'm trying too hard. Plus, my almost-15-yo daughter loves, loves, loves it. I'll give her an application lesson and let her have at it!
Bottom Line: Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams are amazing. I find them to be lighter weight and easier to work with than a lot of comparable creams, and they have amazing holding power on the lids. The only caveat is that they come in a variety of very bright shades, meaning a lot of you may not find one in your comfort zone. I can recommend #13, a shimmery champagne, as a great base for fair-skinned women, as well as #16 (pink beige) and #5 (pale peach). As both shadow and as liner, these creams are easy to work with. I plan to go back for more soon, but next time I'll stick to the neutrals.
I'm a cosmetics junkie with a weakness for red lipsticks and an addiction to sunscreen. My mother taught me you can learn a lot about a woman by the contents of her makeup bag, and I've learned she was right. Join me on my adventures through lotions and potions, powders and paint!