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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.

MAC Fluidline
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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!

An Overview of Anna Sui Eyeliners

In keeping with the style of Anna Sui’s fashion designs, her cosmetics line features eyeliners that come in many bright and fun shades. Her liners are definitely pleasing to the eye and have received praise from the likes of Kevyn Aucoin and Oprah. But do they live up to the hype?

The Kohl eyeliner gets points for its cute packaging. It is a chunky style pencil with an adorable flower motif on the cap. The application is fairly smooth but being a chubby-style liner it is difficult to get a precise line. It is much better suited to creating blended liner looks. Unfortunately it smudges after only a few hours. However, it is very creamy and the lighter colors such as the light green 902 and the pink 301 could also be worn smudged all over the lid as an eye shadow.

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The liquid eyeliner performs much better than the pencil liner. It comes in a small bottle with a brush tip. It lasts fairly long as far as liquid liners go but it is not waterproof. This means it’s not difficult to remove at the end of the day and doesn’t require harsh eye makeup removers. It also means that a few tears make this liner start to ball up and come off in little flakes. You can get a lot of use out of one bottle, but after a few months the brush tends to fray although trimming with scissors solves the problem nicely. It also has a lovely rose scent.

The bottom line is that when it comes to eye makeup products, these liners are good, but nothing special. They have a high price tag but don’t really perform quite as well as other liners in their price range. However, if you are seeking fun colors and cute packaging, you may very well find them to be worth it. But if you are looking for staying power and a good value, you might want to pass. :)