Review: MAC Pearlglide Eyeliner Pencils

By Voxy  

I know there’s been a disproportionately large number of MAC reviews on the blog lately, and I promise to stop it, but I have to do a review of these new shades of their Pearlglide eyeliners so that if you want some of these limited-edition shades, you can go out and snatch them up while they’re still around.

There are some things about MAC that I’m not wild about, such as their propensity to produce new “collections” every two or three weeks, many of which are merely re-promotions of existing permanent items. However, from time to time a product comes along that’s really worth picking up, and I would say that these Pearlglide eyeliner pencils are among these.

Since MAC is not yet sending me samples for testing and evaluation [waves to MAC PR people; hint, hint — voxy at foxyvoxy dot com], I am reviewing only the four shades I bought. Frankly, I only intended to buy two shades, but when they arrived and I saw how good the product was, I decided to pick up two more. This was, of course, before the low-buy. Ahem.

The first two I bought (online) were Designer Purple (cool purple) and Petrol Blue (dark blue), and then I added Almost Noir (warm plum) and Undercurrent (dark teal) after I’d tested the first two. Undercurrent seems to be the runaway hit of the collection, so this is the one that you’ll probably have the hardest time getting your little paws on.

Pearlglide pencils go on easily and smoothly — as long as you keep them capped, that is. The tester products in-store were considerably less smooth and broke very easily when I tried to swatch them on my hand. Had I not already tested the two I’d bought online, I might not have purchased additional products in-store based on in-store sampling. But the at-home and at-work trials of the Pearlglide liners went very well. The liner goes on smoothly, with no tugging at the eyelid skin, and the color lasts all day and (for the most part) stays in place. I had a tiny bit of smudging onto my lower lid, but all told this was a minor problem. You can smudge them on purpose if you want a smokier eye, but you don’t have a terribly long time to do it.

The color is intense and they have a bit of sparkle; it’s very finely-milled and not at all gritty. Both the cool and warm purples work beautifully on me; the Petrol Blue looks almost black in some lights and very blue in others, and the Undercurrent is a surprisingly (to me) wearable dark teal. I was really worried about that with my green eyes, but it works well. Brown-eyed gals will rock this one hard.

There are two other colors I didn’t purchase: Industrial, which is a light-but-bright blue/silver color, and Black Line, which is black with old gold sparkle in it. Swatches of my four are below!

L-R: Almost Noir, Designer Purple, Petrol Blue, Undercurrent. The pic is not perfectly in focus, so you can’t see the shimmer.


MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liners: $14.50

Provenance: Purchased.

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Good.

Purchase again? Yep.

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

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