I HAVE INTERNET! I know that's not exciting for most people, but it's really exciting for me (I'm paying bills, kids!) and now I can blog! (And just using exclamation points, I swear).
So I meant to review these a while ago, but I got distracted with life things. I actually bought the taupe one in January, and used it almost every day this past semester, and I'm only about a third of the way through! You can see the little dent I made below. I have #15 Taupe and #12 Golden Copper, both $23 at sephora.com. With the MUFE Aqua Creams, you get .21 oz. That's $109.52/ounce, compared to $118.75/ounce for the Benefit cream shadows, so it's a good deal.
They come in these little plastic tubs, with screw on black lids. I like that the tubs are clear, so you can really see the color you're getting, and while I'm usually scared of twist-on lids for cream products, because I think they tend to dry out, I've had that taupe one for months and it's still going strong. The packaging doesn't feel super luxurious, but it's sturdy and clean, which I like.
As for the colors, you can see in the swatch that the taupe on the left is warm taupe with a slight metallic sheen, and the copper is a very warm, golden copper with a strong metallic finish. I love the formula. It does a have chemical smell that isn't so pleasant, but it doesn't linger on the skin. In the tub, it feels firm, but when you run your finger across the shadow, it comes off on your finger like butter. It is so intensely pigmented that I can just dab it two or three times and cover my entire lid. I can really see one of these lasting a year with constant use. You do have to blend them pretty quickly, as they set and then do NOT budge, but I don't have trouble blending them.
The lasting power is phenomenal. I can go to the gym and run around all day, and it's still going strong 10 hours later, with little to no creasing (I do use a MAC Paint Pot as primer). What I really love about these is that I can throw one on my lid, blend it with a crease color, throw in a little highlight, and be done for the day. It's simple, but it can still be really high impact. I've honestly stopped using powder shadows on my lids because I just love the wet-look finish you get from cream shadows. Usually that comes with short staying power, but not in this case!
These Aqua Creams come in a wide range of fun colors, from the more neutral to the very dramatic. I'm looking at picking up the pretty Warm Beige next.
Awkward Chic rating: A+. I am so sold on these. I have next to no criticisms of them (the smell? Eh), and the price is right.