A Beginner’s Overview of MAC Eyeliners
No matter what type of eyeliner you prefer, you can probably find the perfect formula and color somewhere in MAC’s extensive eyeliner range. From traditional liner pencils to kohl pencils, liquid liners, and gels, no one can walk away from a MAC counter and honestly say they couldn’t find a liner they liked.
Pencil wearers can choose from traditional Pencil Liners, soft Eye Kohl pencils and their more intense cousins the Kohl Power Eye Pencils, the mechanical pencil-style Technakohl Liner, and the long lasting cult favorite Powerpoint Eye Pencils. The Powerpoints are absolutely budge-proof. Permaplum is a very rich metallic purple that is dark enough to look natural. It also has a pink shimmer but don’t be put off by that. It’s not noticeable but instead has the effect of making the liner look multi-dimensional.
For those who never have any luck with pencils, there are a number of liquid options. Liquid Eye Liner is a standard liquid liner whereas Penultimate Eye Liner is a liquid liner with a pen tip. MAC’s Liquidlast Liner is a very long-wearing liquid liner with a brush applicator that stays on even through a day at the beach or after some serious crying. Not only does it not run, it also doesn’t flake, which is pretty impressive for a liquid liner. In fact, when it’s time to remove it, plan on expending an extra effort with a waterproof eye makeup remover. It comes in a lot of fun colors that can be hard to find in liquid liners, such as the teal-colored Aqualine.
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Fluidlines are the best of both worlds. They are gel liners that look soft and smooth like a pencil but without the hassle of sharpening. The Fluidlines do not smudge and come in cute little glass pots. You have a lot of control over the application because you can use whatever brush you want depending on the desired outcome. Blitz & Glitz is a classic black with a golden pearl twist. It seems almost impossible to go through an entire pot, but be sure to cap the lid tightly to avoid drying out the gel.
With so many great options, the only problem you will have when buying a MAC Eyeliner is narrowing down your selection!
MAC: Art Supplies Collection
Release Date: April 1, 2010
Art Supplies is everything you need to paint the ultimate self-portrait: Different styles of art pencils create eye looks that are expressive and individual, for a new kind of PowerPoint presentation. The pencil portion of the collection focuses on a Greasepaint Stick in eight fabulous, limited-life shades… the ultimate inky colour payoff is an homage to the success we had with Style Black and DSquared² last season. Use as a Shadow or Liner: ludicrously long-wearing, transfer- and water-resistant, flexible and five-star comfortable. New Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner with an exciting new shimmering sparkle effect, will also launch in limited-life, featuring six slick, smooth, sextronic shades.
Just as Art Supplies for Eyes invokes the vision, Art Supplies for Lips speaks to the ultimate in sensuality….Luscious lips drawn from innovative new Lipstain Markers and Pencils to use like a modern multi-media artist would – design and discover! Incorporating the concept of art tools into the world of M·A·C makeup, these pencils and markers create dramatically different lip looks. New Pro Longwear Lipstain Marker has the doodle-fun of a “pen,” but with sophisticated, light and long-wearing results. It’s all about artistic freedom!
MAC’s upcoming release, Art Supplies, is a really fun collection with a truly fitting name. Anyone who ever had an art kit as a child will get a kick out of the marker-like lipstains and the rainbow of greasepaint pencils and pearlglide liners.
There are nine Pro Longwear Lipstain Markers. These stains apply exactly like a marker and leave a stain on the lips that is very long-lasting. Runway Ripened is a raspberry color with just a hint of purple. For a less daring version of this shade, try Tomorrow’s Coral which isn’t nearly as coral as the name implies. You can still wear lipstick over top of these but they are great if you’re going out for drinks and don’t want to keep whipping out your lipstick and mirror for touch-ups.
Greasepaint Sticks are back and all of them are limited editions. Originally part of DSquared, these chunky pencils aren’t greasy as the name implies but more on the creamy side. They can be used as an eyeshadow base, liner, or eyeshadow. After applying, you can use a brush to blend them and they don’t crease at all. Dirty, a pearly blackened taupe, is one of those universal shades that is sure to be loved by everyone. Below Ground is a true bronze that would be the perfect base color for both brown and green eyeshadow looks.
Pearlglide Intense Eyeliners are also featured. These liners are sparkly versions of Powerpoints with the same staying power and a soft, blendable texture. Just like a box of colored pencils, there are several shades to choose from. Undercurrent is easily the most desirable color. It is a blue green with gold shimmer. Designer Purple is a medium purple with iridescence that looks incredible on green eyes. These are really pretty colors that can also be worn over black liner if you like the shades in theory but tend to be more conservative in your looks.
Greasepaint Stick $17.50 U.S./$21.00 CDN
Below – Ground Blackened bronze
Brown, Now – Blackened burgundy
Charred Mauve – Blackened violet
Dirty – Blackened taupe with pearl
Greengrease – Blackened forest green
Slick Black – True carbon black
Uniformly Blue – Blackened navy
Zinc Zone – Dark gunmetal
Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner $14.50 U.S./$17.50 CDN
Almost – Noir Dirty plum
Black Line – True black
Designer Purple – Iridescent violet
Industrial – Periwinkle gray
Petrol Blue – Deep navy
Undercurrent – Blue teal
Pro Longwear Lipstain Marker $16.00 U.S./$19.00 CDN
A Classic – Rose red
Full of Flair – Bright yellow-coral
Modern Mocha – Light brown
Point of View – Light neutral
Purposefully Red – Dirty red-coral
Runway – Ripened Berry plum-red
Stylesetter – Hot pink
Sunset – Coral brown
Tomorrow’s Coral – Mid-tone blue-red