5 years ago
USD $23. It's a tiny pot and very expensive, but you need only a tiny amount to achieve maximum effect, so it lasts and lasts. I'm MAC NC20/C2 (very pale east Asian skin), and this looks like shimmery dark taupe/pewter gray, depending on how sheer it's applied. I love how easy it's to get a smoky eye without overdoing it - the more you put on, the more gray it looks. The color also makes my dark eyes pop like crazy. As others know, it's budge proof, water proof, everything proof. I absolutely adore these. Now, the application - there's no way of getting around it, I found over the years: you must use your fingers. I take a Q-tip, scrape out a tiny amount, seal the jar as tight as I can (this is really important - see below), then put that amount on the back of my hand so I can start dabbing on with my fingers, on bare skin. You CANNOT put this on top of powder or other eye primers, I found, because it'll either ball or dry up like crazy or do something really funky. You can put it on top of liquid/cream foundation. Here's what I do: finish my foundation/tinted moisturizer/BB (whichever I'm using that day), put on the Aqua cream, then use powder/blush/mascara/etc. Also, try to layer it on in sheer layers, as a thick application will crease invariably. A little goes a very long way with these. Now, for others who complain this dries too quickly: In the years and years I've been using aqua cream shadows, I've never run out, but had to replace because the shadow will dry out before I use up even half of the pot. With that said, you must close the lid tightly to store it. I also keep it in a very cool spot (I actually have a mini fridge in my room for my cosmetics/creams/mister - crazy, I know, but it works for me). I've replaced a lot of these over the years, and when it's newer, it takes over a year before it dries up and has to be replaced. If yours dry up within a few weeks, it means that the shadow was already quite old by the time you purchased it. The ones that have been at the store for a while will develop cracks and start flaking within a month or two. When it's newer, it's blendable and super easy to work with but the blending becomes more difficult as it ages and dries up. I've had the most luck at buying from MUFE stores. The ones I've purchased at Sephora or online tend to dry up faster. Hope this helps!
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