Bobbi Brown Jet Long-Wear Eye Pencil, Too Faced Perfect Black Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner, and Make Up For Ever 0L Aqua Eyes Review & Swatches

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Today I am comparing 3 black mini eyeliners from 3 different brands. All of them have been receiving positive reviews across the blogosphere, however, I find one of them to be a complete flop! Can you guess which one it is? It may be the one you least expect!

Bobbi Brown Jet Long-Wear Eye Pencil, Too Faced Perfect Black Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner, and Make Up For Ever 0L Aqua Eyes

Bobbi Brown Jet Long-Wear Eye Pencil, Too Faced Perfect Black Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner, and Make Up For Ever 0L Aqua Eyes

Similarities

L-R: Bobbi Brown Jet Long-Wear Eye Pencil, Too Faced Perfect Black Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner, and Make Up For Ever 0L Aqua Eyes

L-R: Bobbi Brown Jet Long-Wear Eye Pencil, Too Faced Perfect Black Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner, and Make Up For Ever 0L Aqua Eyes

All three pencils come in a pencil form, sharpening-required. I normally prefer eyeliners that I can sharpen to a pointy tip so these fit the bill in that respect. They also claim to be “smudge-proof, waterproof, long-wearing, with the richest, blackest color payoff”.

Differences

L-R: Bobbi Brown Jet Long-Wear Eye Pencil, Too Faced Perfect Black Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner, and Make Up For Ever 0L Aqua Eyes

L-R: Bobbi Brown Jet Long-Wear Eye Pencil, Too Faced Perfect Black Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner, and Make Up For Ever 0L Aqua Eyes

Brand
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil
Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner
Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes
Color
Jet
Perfect Black
0L (matte black)
Black intensity
Medium black
Inky black
Soft black/dark gray
Color payoff
Excellent
Excellent
Poor
Budge proof/ long-wearing
Yes
Yes
Yes
Finish
Matte
Matte
Mostly matte (although the description says “matte black”, there is visible shimmer in the formula)
Tightline
Safe
Safe
No, due to shimmer content
Formula, glide, and overall experience
Creamy. Goes on fairly smooth without skipping or tugging and leaves a smooth and even finish with minimal effort. I like that it's not too creamy so there is not much wastage during sharpening. The formula allows for easier control whether you are drawing a thick or thin line. It dries down quickly, though, so you won't have a lot of play time. Use a speedy hand and smudge quickly if desired. I feel that this one is a happy medium between the other two liners in terms of ease of application and color payoff.
Creamiest. Goes on incredibly smooth, almost liquid-like. Best application on the lid without tugging, pulling, or skipping and leaves a super smooth and intense finish. However, being too creamy, the tip is prone to becoming dull and you may find yourself sharpening the pencil every time after use. It is also quite difficult to create a thin line with this liner due to the formula being extra creamy. It also tends to be smudgy in the beginning so be mindful not to blink too much before it sets especially if you have hooded eyes.
Dry. Glide? What glide?! I seriously cannot get this pencil to create a decent line on my lid without tugging and pulling the skin! Together with the poor color payoff, the line always looks less than ideal with dry, jagged and patchy finishes. I have such a hard time using this liner. It is frustrating that I have to press the pencil so hard on my lash line in order to see anything that resembles a black liner. I just do not understand the hype over this liner at all. Is it possible that I have got myself a bad batch? It seems to be the only logical explanation!

 Swatches

L-R: Bobbi Brown Jet Long-Wear Eye Pencil, Too Faced Perfect Black Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner, and Make Up For Ever 0L Aqua Eyes

L-R: Bobbi Brown Jet Long-Wear Eye Pencil, Too Faced Perfect Black Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner, and Make Up For Ever 0L Aqua Eyes

The smiley faces above pretty much sum up how I feel about each liner. :D See the Too Faced one (middle)? The black is so intense but the line it creates is so thick and therefore may not be the best option for minimal makeup or office wear. It comes in handy for party looks or when you want to create some serious grungy/dramatic smokey eyes, though! The Make Up For Ever one (right) is quite a disappointment as you can see how dry and faded it looks. As I said, it is possible that the mini version that I have may have been from a bad batch and may not represent the true performance of a full-size. The Bobbi Brown one (left) is a happy medium between the two with the right amount of pigmentation and glide. It is an all-round good quality eyeliner for any occasion.

Bobbi Brown: BUY ▶ US$25 | Nordstrom // Thailand ฿1,150 | Central
Too Faced: BUY ▶ US$18 | Sephora // Thailand ฿850 | Sephora
Make Up For Ever: BUY ▶ US$19 | Sephora // Thailand ฿850 | Sephora

26 Comments So Far & Counting!


 
  • Eesha says:

    Hi Jaa… I am alway in search of jet black eye pencils. I am loving my YSL and UD Perversion currently. But, can’t seem to resist the MUFE one. <3 <3

  • Sunny says:

    Oh wow, what happened to that MUFE one? Is it a dud? Generally speaking I hear great things about the formula. Too bad it’s a flop for you! I have given up on pencils in general. The only “pencils” I can use are the Bobbi Brown and Hourglass gel liner in a pen ones, and you know how much I love the Hourglass formula!

  • Awesome comparison, Jaa, your reviews are always da bomb. I wonder if the MUFE pencil is a dud… I’ve always had good experiences with MUFE’s eye pencils.

    • Jaa says:

      It has to be! Although I have seen some less-than-stellar reviews, too. Or maybe they got a dud like I did. Hah!

  • krithi says:

    OMG i never thought MUFE will be flop
    and Bobbi is winner in eye department all the time right :P
    she can not fail ever …I love u bobbi hehehe

  • Leah says:

    I love my MUFE liners and they always go on smoothly. Of course, I’m always willing to try new products.

  • Agata says:

    It does almost seem like you got a bad one from MUFE. I tried these pencils on my hand in the store many times and they seem to apply and glide really easily. That Too Faced pencil looks amazing, look at that pigmentation!

    • Jaa says:

      I remember trying them in-store as well and actually was quite impressed overall. I don’t recall testing the black shade, though!

  • Fiona says:

    I love how you compared each one. Such a shame that MUFE is a dud! And Too Faced looks good like very good:)

  • GlossBerry says:

    I knew I had to try the Too Faced ones. What a great review Jaa!

  • Sylirael says:

    (((((((((JAA))))))))) :-D I love your smiley-face rating system! It’s adorable, it’s descriptive, and it’s a built-in swatch! Genius!

    Sucks about that MUFE pencil, although if you were curious, I’d swatch one instore to compare. My first experience of UD Perversion liner was an epic fail – it is the other end of my double ended pencil with Demolition (my HG), and it was TERRIBLE. Hard, waxy, flaky, tuggy…just horrible. But I’ve since acquired two more Perversion liners (full size) from other sets, and both have been excellent, just as people described. Hope that’s the case here, although I kind of like the Too Faced one better anyway, LOL!

    • Jaa says:

      I am planning to do that the next time I’m in a store! :D So glad to hear about your Perversion experience (eh… that sounds weird, haha)! Maybe the formula got mixed up with Demolition or something since it’s on the same pencil? Just my guess! So glad you got it sorted out, though!

  • Liz says:

    I can’t remember if MUFE reformulated their pencils since the days I used to buy them but I wasn’t very impressed then either. I think they’re on the dry side to begin with. Bobbi Brown looks good!

    • Jaa says:

      Glad I’m not alone on this! Even with the new formulation, I still think they are on the drier side of eyeliners. :-/

  • Erin says:

    Bummer on the MUFE :(

  • Lily says:

    What an awesome comparison! I’ve only tried the Bobbi Brown one, and I really like it. I haven’t tried anything from Too Faced, and my experience with MUFE eye products haven’t been good. Thanks for sharing this so I know not to even try that pencil.

    • Jaa says:

      No problem! It’s really a shame! I do like other MUFE products, though! Their lipsticks and eyeshadows, for example, are awesome!

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