If you follow my blog for a while, you probably already know that MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liners are my absolute favorite eyeliner formula (although lately I’ve been reaching for the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayons just as often!). It was my long time wish that MAC would release more colors of the Pearlglides and alas, they finally did! The newly released MAC Isabel and Ruben Toledo Collection features a brand new shade along with another two repromoted colors. I didn’t want to review just the new shade so I thought I’d do an updated post of all my Pearlglides together so you can see them in action side-by-side! :D
- Black Line – black with golden pearl but in certain lighting it looks like olive green!
- Black Swan – deep black with silver pearl
- Lord It Up – dark warm brown with copper pearl
- Designer Purple – beautiful iridescent purple with pink pearl
- Petrol Blue – deep navy blue with sapphire pearl
- Undercurrent – deep green with gold pearl
- Industrial – periwinkle grey with silver-purple pearl
- Chlorafill (new and LE) – yellowish lime green with subtle silver micro pearl
As you can see I have the pencils in quite a few different packaging from different releases. The permanent packaging has a pearly black body and cap, the Toledo collection has a white body with Ruben’s illustrations of graphic lines and faces and a matching white cap, and the middle one is from the Archie’s Girls collection which has a white body and cap as well but with a red heart print instead. :)
My thoughts on these MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liners still remain the same as when I published my first review about them more than a year ago. In short, they are ridiculously creamy, almost like a gel eyeliner in pencil form, and they pack a punch of pigmentation! They glide on smoothly and flawlessly without tugging or pulling and depositing a deep, rich, nearly-opaque coverage in one pass. The coverage is buildable for more intensity and I like that the existing layers underneath don’t move around too much when I go back and forth on the line. They are smudge-able for a smokey eye look but you need to be speedy because they set rather quickly.
These pencils also have excellent staying power. I normally get a full-day wear with them but on warmer days, they seem to transfer and collect at the outer corner of the eyes a tiny bit. I don’t notice any fallout even though they are loaded with sparkly particles! However, I have read reviews where they report the sparkly bits getting into their eyes when these are used on the waterline. I have never had such problem myself but I’m always careful where I put them. Another aspect I feel that some may not appreciate is the fact that they get dull very, very easily. I practically have to sharpen them after every use and they are not easy to sharpen without pencil wastage.
The new shade, Chlorafill, is a nice and fun color to pop onto the lower lash line! It is the least sparkly shade as you can see in the swatches above. It has more of a creamy matte finish and the consistency is considerably softer and thinner than the rest. My favorite shade is still Petrol Blue, followed closely by Designer Purple and Undercurrent. For an everyday eye look, though, I reach for Lord It Up and Black Line a lot! Lord It Up is my good blogger friend Kristen‘s favorite shade as well! I do hope you give these pencils a try! They are cult-favorite for a reason! :)
And by the way, do you like the background I used in this post? It is my boyfriend’s half-finished painting! LOL!