I'm swatching shades #3 and 4, #6 and 7 and #10 and 11 of MUFE Aqua Liner. These are waterproof, high-precision, smudge-proof and super-easy to apply and come in colours as diverse as pink and orange and as wearable as deep brown and deep blue. There is something here for everyone.
I bought my first MUFE Aqua Liner - the red one - in 2011 and have been buying replacements each time I travel. Some of these are at their product-journey's end and they are on my wishlist for my December trip.
Packaging of the MUFE Aqua LinerYou've got to love the thin pens which are spill-proof. You can see the colour on the tube. MUFE Aqua liners come only with shade numbers, no shade names, so I've made up my own, which MUFE is free to use :D These are made in Germany, contain 1.7ml product, and you don't have to store them upside down or anything.
Applicator of MUFE Aqua LinerThe applicator is a tapered foam brush that is surprisingly soft. I must say that none of them has fallen off or been damaged in any way despite rough use - even though the product has got over. My problem with Bourjois Clubbing Liner is, great product, horrible brush that sheds inside the tube. Nothing of the kind with the Aqua Liners. You get just the right amount of product for one eyelid on the brush. And it gives an incredibly thin or a thicker line, depending on how you hold it.
Formula of MUFE Aqua LinerVery pigmented - but surprisingly thin. Thinner than Bourjois Clubbing. Thinner than Too Faced. But more intensely pigmented than those. Not watery, runny thin, but not the thick, gloopy kind either. The formula of the Sephora eyeliners (swatch-fest another time) is closest to these, though Sephora's formula is thicker. This is one stroke each, brush at a thicker angle, indoors with flash.
Look and feel of MUFE Aqua LinerSome of these are rather shimmery shades. There's a story behind the red one. In 2010, when I was newer to makeup and falling in love with coloured eyeliner, I spent the whole of October hunting every Sephora, Macy's and Nordstrom outlet in Seattle and Washington, D.C., for red eyeliner. Every SA I spoke to thought it was a great idea for Hallowe'en. I finally ended up with a red Aqua pencil and wasn't too pleased. MUFE launched the Aqua liquid liners soon after and I picked up quite a few. The red liner can be worn subtly enough if I strictly avoid eyeshadow and red lipstick with it.
Staying power of MUFE Aqua LinerThere's insanely good staying power here. More than Sephora. More than Too Faced. More than M.A.C. More than Bourjois. More than Max Factor. More than... hold your breath - Lancome. Won't move until you remove it. And I have oily eyelids. On the other hand, it's quite easy to remove, not scary-hanger-on. All it takes for me is a wet wipe followed with Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion. These swatches (to the right) are in natural light.
Dupes for MUFE Aqua LinerVery similar packaging is sported by M.A.C.'s Superslick Liquid Eyeliner and Max Factor Colour X-Pert Waterproof Eyeliner. Even the rounded top is similar, as also the size and brush. M.A.C.'s entire tube sports the same colour while MF goes in for the customary "X" logo.
The differences lie in:
- Staying power and
- Color range.
The horizontal swatches are those of dupes. There is a reasonably close dupe for MUFE Aqua Liner #3 (which I call Olive Green) in the form of M.A.C. Superslick in Treat Me Nice (left extreme. MUFE is vertical, M.A.C. is horizontal). However, M.A.C. is more sparkly, thicker and less pigmented.