Have you ever purchased waterproof makeup, particularly drugstore brands, only to find that a single drop of liquid leaves your makeup melt like in the movies? Yup, me too. Having experienced the wonderful quality of Make Up For Ever’s products, I was very excited to try their Aqua range.
The Make Up For Ever Aqua range was originally created at the request of synchronized swimmer Muriel Hermine. The range slowly developed and Make Up For Ever is now a partner of the French National Swimming Federation. Make Up For Ever Aqua is now widely used by professional synchronised swimmers, even at the Olympics.
Make Up For Ever’s waterproof makeup lives up to its name. The colours are pigmented, and there is no smudging, fading or bleeding at all when I splashed water onto my face. No wonder athletes are fans of the Make Up For Ever Aqua range.
I love the Aqua Smoky Extravagant mascara (RM100) and Aqua Liners (RM95) as they are the first waterproof eye makeup products I have used that did not fade, smudge nor leave me with panda eyes throughout the day. The mascara features a Christmas tree-shaped brush and kept clumps to the barest minimum. Win!
There are new shades of glittery Aqua Liners this time around: 2 Diamond Black, 17 Diamond Grey, 18 Diamond Blue and 19 Diamond Pearly Pink. I have tried the Aqua Liner in Diamond Black for one of my aerial hoop classes, and despite all the sweating, my eyeliner stayed put as I first applied them.
For the lips, the Aqua Lip pencils (RM80) come in 5 new colours: 25C Orange Red, 24C Vintage Coral, 23C Apricot Pink, 22C Tender Pink and 21C Cool Candy Pink. If you’re looking for a matte lip colour, the lip pencils are smooth and buttery enough to be applied as lipsticks. The Aqua Rouge lip gloss in 3 Light Rosewood (RM100) also provides a matte finish, which can be switched to a glossy finish with a swipe of clear gloss. The Aqua Rouge does feel rather heavy on my lips, which I’m not particularly fond of.
One of the must-haves from Make Up For Ever is the Mist & Fix, now improved with the Mist & Fix O2 (RM115 for 125ml). The Mist & Fix sets makeup and makes it water resistant. Finally, a solution to our melting makeup in humid Malaysia. The Mist & Fix is so lightweight that I cannot believe it’s not water.
The Make Up For Ever Aqua range is definitely waterproof, but will fade off if pressure is applied onto wet skin. The products are easily removed with warm water and oiled-based makeup removers, leaving no stains and traces behind.
With athletes already showcasing how Make Up For Ever Aqua can withstand harsh conditions, it is no surprise that Aqua is a bestseller.
Photographed at Teluk Cempedak beach, Pahang