About a month ago, I decided that enough was enough and I was determined to get liquid eyeliner to work for me. I have a history of liquid liner mishaps that have nearly brought me to tears over the years. Never having the ideal eyelids for this type of thing, I had lost all hope of ever getting to wear winged eyeliner. My interest in liquid liners was suddenly revived when my August Wantable box contained one that wasn’t half bad. I immediately marched down to Sephora and Ulta and swatched a million eyeliners and brought home two that I liked. I challenged myself to use them every day for a week, and that week turned into an entire month. One of the liners I purchased was the Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner #15-Iridescent Anthracite, for $21.
15 is a gunmetal gray with iridescent sparkle and a shiny finish. On my eyes, it appears as a shiny, not-quite-black liner, and the sparkle isn’t too visible. The formula is smooth and not too runny or too thick. I really wanted to find a matte black liner, but the one available in this same line was too thin and quickly seeped into all the tiny lines in my hand. In fact, all of the ones in this line that contained sparkle were a thicker consistency than the brown and black mattes. In Sephora, this was the closest to black available, but online there is a diamond black that I would probably prefer. The liner comes with a pointy foam tip applicator with a long enough handle to allow for plenty of control in order to do some major detail. I can easily go between making thick lines to hair-thin lines. It took me a lot of time to perfect my lines at first, but I didn’t encounter any hang-ups due to the formula. Most of the issues I had were more related to my lack of skill. The applicator glides over my eyelids very easily and the liquid stays in the exact place I put it. No running, no shifting, no streaking. Now I can do it relatively quickly, and just like a pro.
Here’s how it looks:
Overall, the Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in #15-Iridescent Anthracite is a dream come true. It is so simple to use for those who lack the skill or have eyelids that present major eyeliner challenges in general. An added bonus is that this liner does not budge all day long and is pretty easy to remove. I’m not sure how long this will last me using it regularly, but the $21 price tag is a little steep. I’ve already purchased a few cheaper alternatives to see how they compare, but this collection has a wide range of beautiful color options that aren’t really seen in many drugstore brands. For now, this is my go-to, and I’m salivating over a few of the other colors that are available.