August 4, 2014

MAC Fluidline Eye Pencil Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

MAC Fluidline Eye Pencil

MAC Fluidline Eye Pencil ($16) is a new, twist up eyeliner pencil that MAC launched with their new A Novel Romance Collection. Being a massive fan of MAC Technakohl I was excited about a new mechanical eyeliner pencil plus add to the fact that Fluidline is one of MAC’s more legendary products and it seems I had an instant hit on my hands.

Mmm or not…!

MAC Fluidline Eye Pencil will be available in seven shade selections with the MAC A Novel Romance Collection launches August 21st. Fluidline has always been in a pot formula so I guess MAC decides to give the pots a rest and go with a mechanical pencil design. These are a twist up eyeliner but they d not not come with a smaller sharpener on the top the way some of the newer mechanical pencils do. I stopped using Technakohl because I hated when the fine tip would wear down and I had no way to sharpen it. Not a big issue really because you can always grab one of the smaller sharpeners you have from other mechanical pencils but for $16 bucks a pop it would have been nice to have one built into the lid.

MAC Fluidline Eye Pencil Swatches

MAC Fluidline Eye Pencil Swatches (Earth Sign, Atomic Ore, Deep Blue Sea)

MAC Atomic Ore Fluidline Eye Pencil

MAC Atomic Ore Fluidline Eye Pencil

MAC Deep Blue Sea Fluidline Eye Pencil

MAC Deep Blue Sea Fluidline Eye Pencil

MAC Earth Sign Fluidline Eye Pencil

MAC Earth Sign Fluidline Eye Pencil

I tried these in three shades and honestly wasn’t all that impressed. Fluidline in the pot has a gel formula with creamy formula that typically applies without tugging or skipping. In many cases, Fluidline is almost always very pigmented as well no matter what shade MAC releases it in.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have the same experience with Fluidline Eye Pencils. These are disappointing. They feel very dry to me and do tug on my lash line a bit plus I feel the need to go over the line twice before I see a good, solid, even finish on my lash line. They don’t well on my waterline unfortunately as the drier texture means they don’t produce a good pigmented finish on the waterline. They do smudge easily enough and might be a hit for those with an oily lid as you might see a better glide with such a skin type. However, those with drier eyes might not appreciate the drier formula.

The colors are quite pigmented when swatches however, on the lash line you do have to go over the line for most pigmented finish.

Overall, I felt like MAC Fluidline Eye Pencils were a downgrade from the original formula. If you already like the pot version I say stick with it as the new eye pencil format isn’t all that great!

These launch on counter and online at this August.

Anyone try them?

Do share your thoughts!

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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    • Isabella Muse

      lol no prob maybe test them on counter who knows you might love! unfortunately I thought them dry 🙁

  • MakeupTray

    I really wish your review on ANR collection would have come out last week. I was given an exclusive opurtunity to purchase the collection and I bought the shadows and liners. Now after reading your reviews, I wish I hadn’t.

    • Isabella Muse

      sorry I didn’t have the products to review last week. Maybe you can return them?

  • Madison

    Hey! If you’re having trouble sharpening any mechanical pencil, try rolling the tip on a paper towel to rework into a point.

  • Leah

    Thanks for the review. I wanted to get the Atomic Ore, but after seeing the swatches, I have changed my mind. I have been a huge fan of MAC Fluidline since those little pots came out so I was hopeful with these, but I trust your reviews as they are always right on the mark. I will probably check them out in store, but won’t be purchasing several colors unless or until I see how one works out. If it’s a fail for me, I have two daughters who can take it off my hands. At least I know what I can expect. Your reviews are awesome and I appreciate your honesty.

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thank you leah I’m very flattered to hear that. I’m a fan of the pot as well and was surprised they didn’t do these up a little better! perhaps some of the other shades are better but these didn’t rock my world 🙁

  • Aye

    thanks for the review, im planning to buy this but i think i should search more other brand. im planning to buy eyeliner for my waterline, Whenever I wear pencil eyeliner on my waterline, it always smudges to the side of my eye and I don’t even touch it. i dont know what king of product or brand should i try.