Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Worth it? Mac Kohl Power Pencil and Pro Longwear Eyeliners [ Swatches of Feline, Devotion, and Raven eyeliner ]

The Mac Kohl Power Pencil eyeliner in Feline was my first eyeliner. Well, I say my first but what I actually mean is that it was my mother's eyeliner of choice at the time and I just happened to pinch it now and again. I had grown out of lime green and lilac Barry M dazzle dusts and wanted to wear actual proper makeup. I didn't know anything about makeup at that point, being a clueless 12 year old and all, so I assumed Mac was the Holy Grail of All Things Makeup. And, when it comes to some products, it is. But years of wearing these eyeliners have taught me that I was wrong.

As you can see above, I only own three Mac eyeliners. (I'm on my third Feline pencil though)
I'll be giving a little review of each as I feel they perform differently.

Let me get Devotion out of the way first. This isn't a Kohl Power one like the other two, this is from the Pro Longwear range. Obviously, the staying power is far better than the standard kohl pencils. 

As for the shade, Devotion is a described by Mac as a "deep army green". It's very metallic, as you will see in my swatch. I'd probably pair this colour with hazel or brown eyes as I think deep greens go better with those than blue or grey eyes. However, the colour is very very dark - it looks almost black until you see it in the light and it's the most beautiful emerald green. 

I don't mind the Pro Longwear range of eye pencils, they stay for ages in comparison to the normal ones and they can withstand a lot of rubbing!

Here's Feline. And here's where my complaints begin. 
These pencils drag along your eyelid rendering it impossible for you to be able to achieve a perfect line. Be it cat flicks or the perfect slimline, this product will hinder you! 
Personally, I can't deal with this in a product. But wait, it gets worse!
No matter how much primer or concealer you apply under your eyes, it slips down your face! 
Not at all worth the money. Try anything else - I guarantee it'll be better than this! I'm really not a fan. 

The formula is just the same with Raven from the 2013 Winter Divine Night collection. However, I am willing to forgive this one because of it's gorgeous colour! As it is not pitch black like Feline, it is more subtle so the jaggedness of application won't be as visible - if at all! The colour is a taupe-y red-purple-bronze, if that makes sense. In case it doesn't, here are the swatches. 

I hope my description of Raven makes a bit more sense now! Feline looks a little blue-toned here, but it's really black in reality.

In conclusion, Mac do some gorgeous shades of eyeliner, but I certainly wouldn't invest in Feline! There are plenty of other great black eyeliners on the market that are much better.
However, they have many beautiful metallic shades that might be harder to find dupes for. If you think you can handle the downwards slip of eyeliner down your face then go for it! But otherwise, I'd give these a miss.

Have you tried Mac eyeliner pencils? What did you think?

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  1. Hi! What an honest post! I honestly think MAC is overpriced for its qualities. They are good however they should price it according to quality. I have cheap makeup and believe me, they work as good as MAC products. :) but MAC has great eyeshadows! :)

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  2. Every so often I'll be tempted by a new shade, but I've never actually used a MAC liner. UD are my favourite because they're so smooth and last forever on the eye.

  3. Great post!I like your blog))Would you like to follow each other? Just let me know in my blog. xoxo

  4. Oh god what a shame! And MAC is pretty pricey too so that's such a waste of money :-( I hate hearing that products are bad, especially MAC ones! Xx

    Beauty Soup | UK Beauty Blog

  5. great post :)

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  6. I haven't tried these before but look like such beautiful colours!

    Rebecca Coco

  7. I really enjoy kohl pencils. Because they are so soft and smudgy they aren't really meant for precise eyeliner work, so maybe if you tried switching up to a gel liner or a harder pencil you won't have so much difficulty :)

  8. I've never tried any of their eyeliners but Raven looks such a gorgeous colour!!! - They all look really pigmented too (which you'd expect) but still amazing colours!!!
    - Thanks for commenting on my blog too, Nice to have a comment that actually shows you've read what Ive put haha :) I will be posting lots of bath stuff soon (mostly lush so I hope thats okay) as I have a long line ready to use!!


  9. I' m totally in love with MAC, and their eyeliners' re of course really great :)
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  10. Devotion is such a gorgeous colour! I definitely agree in that it'd look great on brown/hazel eyes. It's a shame about the other two though as they're hard to use. I'm useless at applying any liner anyway so if it dragged along my eyes I think I'd just completely give up!
    p.s. I highly recommend the Rimmel kohl pencil in Nude for the waterline, it brightens the eyes so nicely. x

    Kathryn | effievanity

  11. I totally agree, Raven is such a beautiful color, I'm looking forward to getting one! Hopefully I will be able to apply it properly..:)


  12. i haven't tried their kohl liners but have a powerpoint one in buried treasure that i really love.
    A Beautiful Zen


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