A black liner is de rigueur in any makeup collection. It is not surprising then that MAC has a range of black pencil liners in varying formulas that fulfil different makeup purposes.
Crayon black, smudgeable, smooth. Good for a smoky eye but won’t last long on your lid without a base.
Grey black, smooth, waterproof, once set. The most waterproof formula. Good for tightlining and lining the waterline.
For the latter, setting with powder eyeshadow is ideal. Sadly, its hue does not endear itself to me – it just isn’t black enough. For a soft and lasting smokey eye, this would be it.
An intense, richly pigmented black, super smooth and very smudgeable.
I LOVE its depth of colour. Unfortunately, this one smudges like crazy and has absolutely no hold. You will need eyeshadow to set this. However, doing this usually takes away its richness…leading to yet another makeup conundrum.
Similar to the grey black of Engraved, skips a little upon application, smudgeable.Unlike Engraved, it has the potential to be blacker with more layers. Its biggest drawback is its mechanical/self-sharpening packaging. Although it is deceptively more convenient to use than the other pencils which require sharpening, the product does not always sit securely in the barrel. I have experienced and seen Technakohls that have snapped off or were completely loosened from the packaging. One way to circumvent this is to scroll them up to reveal only a little nib; just enough for application.
I used to like Smolder for its blackness…but the luxuriant black of Feline raised the bar! Funnily enough, I was under the impression that Kohl Powers combine the best of two worlds – the intensity of kohls and the waterproof quality of the Powerpoints. I’ve since realised that the word ‘power’ refers to the rich concentration of colour, not durability.
As you can probably tell, I’ve yet to find my holy grail black pencil liner. Ideally, it would be a hybrid of Engraved (waterproof) and Feline (intensely black). Even with careful layering of the two, I can only achieve a semblance of what I want. All the black waterproof pencils that I’ve come across do not have the richness and darkness of Feline. They are either plain black or worse, veer on pewter.
It would be perfect if MAC could come up with one pencil with the qualities I desire (are you listening, good people at MAC?)!
|Product Name||Description by MAC||Weight & Origin||Price (USD/SGD)||Lasting Power (on a scale of 1 to 4; with 1 being the most lasting)||Colour Intensity (on a scale of 1 to 4; with 1 being the blackest black)|
|Eye Kohl in Smolder||A soft-on pencil liner that lines, defines and shades the eyes with rich colour and a silky-smooth, matte/pearl finish. Ophthalmologist tested.||
Made in Italy
|Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Engraved||Waterproof. Longwearing. Metallic, shimmer and matte finishes. Smooth to apply. Won’t transfer, smudge, or budge… Draws the line: powers your eyes. Makes its point. Lasts.||
1.2 g/ 0.04
Made in Germany
|Kohl Power Eye Pencil in Feline||A kohl pencil that has all the intensity and colour power of ultra-soft carbon. Specially formulated to provide deep, fully opaque coverage, provides an intense, smoked finish with duo-chrome pearl. Versatile in application: blend or smudge.||
1.5 g/ 0.05
Made in Italy
|Technakohl Liner in Graphblack||A mechanical pencil-style liner. In formula, soft and creamy, with an intense, rich, colour deposit. Blends on application: dries quickly to a long-wear, non-smudge finish. Versatile. An easy way to line the top and lower lash line of the eye. When applied at a 90 degree angle, provides a thin precision line. For thicker application, apply at a flat angle.||0.35g/ 0.012
US ozMade in Germany
A larger/clearer version of the table above:
The list of liners here is by no means exhaustive. Excluded from this comparison are Eye Pencil in Ebony and Black Funk from Dual Edged Pencil in Black Funk/Pop Blue.
I do, however, have Eye Pencil in Indigo. If Ebony is anything like it, it would likely be both precise and soft in effect, depending on stroke intensity and nib sharpness. Like the Eye Kohls, Eye Pencils are rich in colour but they are not as intense as the former. They last slightly better than the Eye Kohls but not as well as the Technakohls. In addition, the Eye Pencils are generally harder in texture than all the other pencils.
MAC Eye Pencils are now US$13, an increase from US$12.50. They should cost around S$26 in Singapore.