Review: MAC Fluidline Eyeliner

By Voxy  

mac fluidline 1Yesterday, I had what can be officially certified as a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

Because of the vagaries of the teaching profession, there are a fair percentage of portions of days that are either Terrible, or Horrible, or No Good, or Very Bad. Sometimes things are Terrible and No Good together, or Horrible and Very Bad. But it’s rare to have a day that is Terrible, Horrible, No Good, AND Very Bad, all at the same time.

Any eyeliner that makes it through a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day deserves a gold star award, especially if the aforementioned Day includes a huge crying fit in one’s office.

I am pleased to report that MAC Fluidline eyeliner, in shade Blacktrack, did do exactly this, and so I award it an official Voxalicious gold star.


Up until the last month or so, I wasn’t a MAC devotee, but Marigolds told me that I must try the Fluidline eyeliner, so I did. Do you see how suggestible I am? (I also bought the MAC products that I mentioned in my Black Friday CCO post, and have had good results with all those I’ve tried so far.)

Marigolds was quite right that this is an excellent product, and although I worried that there would be a bit of a learning curve, I found that there really isn’t. If you can do a liquid eyeliner (and actually, it would probably be a good idea for me to do a post on How to Do A Liquid Eyeliner, because it is really much easier than most people think), you can do MAC Fluidline. No problem.

The product is slick, smooth, and gel-like when first applied, but within seconds it dries to a virtually unmoveable line, so this is not a product with a big “fool-around” window. Get in, do your line, get out. As per Marigolds’ caution, it is a good idea to wash the brush after every application, which is a pain in the neck, but as soon as you start playing around with the product it becomes very clear that if you let the brush sit there and dry with product on it, it will become a rock-hard hot mess. By the way, these don’t come with their own brushes, so you’ll have to devote one to the purpose. Either a slanted eyeshadow brush or a flat eyeliner brush will do (the smaller the brush head, the better).

Blacktrack is (unsurprisingly) the black shade of Fluidline, and it is opaque but not frighteningly so. That is, you don’t have to work to build the color, but you would be able to smudge and blend it (if you worked quickly) for a smoky eye or other eye makeup design. When applied to upper lids on top of primer, it lasted all day (seriously, all day), and endured a two-hour nap on the first day I tried it and the afore-mentioned crying fit yesterday. And I don’t cry delicately, either. No decorous single romantic tears for me. No, it’s snuffling and sniffling and hiccuping and gulping for air and tears streaming uncontrollably down the cheeks, and this eyeliner withstood it all. On the bottom lashline, it does smudge slightly by the end of the day, but there are plenty of ways around this, so I don’t regard it as a dealbreaker.

I do wish there were more shades in their general collection (i.e., not limited edition shades). There is the black that I have, a few browns, a dark blue, and a purple (which I would ordinarily be drawn to, but internet reviews say it looks more like black than purple on the eye). However, I’ve seen some pics of limited edition/discontinued shades, and I’d definitely be interested in some of these.

MAC Fluidline will wash off with cleanser and water, if you have a really good cleanser, but you might find it easier to use a makeup remover first.

Thanks to Marigolds for an excellent suggestion!


MAC Fluidline Eye Liner: $15

Provenance: purchased

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): good; more than I’d ideally like to pay, but I sense it will last me a long time.

Purchase again? Yepper. This is an outstanding product.

(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)

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  1. avatar Ranganathan
    Posted December 19, 2009 at 11:10 am | Permalink | Reply

    @marigolds- ah well, I’ll take any instructions on eyeliner I can get. =)


  2. avatar marigolds
    Posted December 18, 2009 at 7:49 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I’m glad you love it! I love it too! (Ranganathan: I don’t think the BB gel is anything like a liquid liner – at least mine never was. Mine’s quite dry and smudgy, not sharp-line-ish at all. the MAC is a whole different beast.)


  3. avatar Ranganathan
    Posted December 17, 2009 at 9:14 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I’ll also look for these directions! I have some Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Liner that looked great when the saleswoman applied it on my eyes and that I haven’t quite been able to duplicate on my own.


  4. avatar a biologist
    Posted December 16, 2009 at 7:16 pm | Permalink | Reply

    It would be great if you would do a post on how to use liquid eyeliner. I’m intrigued by the look, and if it stays on through a nap I’m sold.


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted December 16, 2009 at 7:22 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I will, then. I will need to figure out how to do pictures using my camera’s timer, because I think viewers need to see it as well as read the directions. Give me a couple of days until finals are over and I’ll get to work on it.


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