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Brand: MAC / Type: Eyeliner / Suitable for: Eye / What it does: smoothens, defines

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      25.05.2013 00:37
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      A good quality eye pencil

      If I could only choose one brand of make-up to use for the rest of my life it would probably be Mac. I find the brand very inspirational when it comes to make up. There's ALWAYS new collections and limited editions and all kinds of new exciting products coming out. Also when it comes to eyeshadows, blushers and lip colours they have the widest range of shades available. I'm always excited to visit the Mac counter, much more than the other brands out there.

      Mac is available in the bigger department stores and some Debenhams stores (sadly there's no where that close to me that stocks it) There are also Mac stores dotted around aswell, they have a pretty impressive website where clear swatches of the colours and a brief description of the shade is described.

      I chose to try the Mac Eye Kohl pencil after being disappointed with so many others. I find it hard to find pencils that give you enough strength on the fluidline let alone stay on all day!

      THE CLAIMS:

      * lines, defines and shades the eyes with rich colour and a silky-smooth, matte/pearl finish

      MY EXPERIENCE:

      I found this pencil gave very strong colour on the fluidline so was impressed by that aspect of it, one thing that I found to be a bit disappointing was how the product smudged after a couple of hours of use. However, when doing a smoky eye smudging can be a good thing! So I guess it depends on the look your going for...I love a smoky eye in the evening but don't want a smudged look at work and throughout the day. This eye pencil comes in 9 lovely shades, I have purchased both teddy and smoulder. The texture of the eye pencil is smooth and the colours beautiful so overall I was happy with the product I just wish they didn't smudge so much.

      PACKAGING:

      The packaging is very simple, black with a band round the end showing the shade of the pencil. I find this handy when looking for a specific shade.

      VALUE FOR MONEY:

      This 1.45g pencil is available for £14.00. I found the pencil lasted a long time so overall I was happy with the price I paid.

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      20.05.2013 06:09
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      Best eyeliner ever!

      I have got three MAC kohl eyeliners and I absolutely love them! They are by far the highest quality eyeliners that I own/have ever owned and they are well worth every penny! They retail at £14 each which I know sounds expensive for an eyeliner, but the price reflects the quality and you get what you pay for!

      Also, considering how much use I have got out of my three over the period of around a year I think that they're amazing value and I think they will all last me for a good while yet as they're not that worn down as they barely ever need sharpening because I only need a tiny amount for intense colour as the formula is so highly pigmented!

      I have three different shades - one is in the shade 'fascinating' and it is white (i use this one for making my eyes look brighter & wider), one is black and one is a charcoal grey shade. There are plenty of other colours available too and I am currently lusting after a khaki green shade which I think I will be putting on my birthday list! Each of the colours that I have are very rich and intense with the black one being particularly dramatic, and they really make my eyes look a lot wider, brighter and more defined.

      This might sound a bit odd but I also always find that my eyes look more awake and alert when I have put a little of this eyeliner on too. I love the finish as the formula has a very slight glossiness to it in certain lights which is really subtle. I love that because the formula of these eyeliners is so pigmented I only need one layer of it to make a huge difference rather than having to build it up. The formula of the eyeliner is amazing - soft and creamy without being too thick and it glides onto my lash line without dragging or feeling sharp/unpleasant. It is very easy to smudge with a smudging brush when I want to smudge it on purpose but it doesn't smudge if I don't deliberately smudge it so it stays in place all day looking flawless. It doesn't come with a smudging brush unfortunately.

      I do tend to smudge mine as I like the smoky eye look and this smudges effortlessly. It also stays in place nicely when I want a neater, precise look and it is very versatile. It stays looking flawless literally all day and although it is not waterproof it barely budges even when my eyes get really wet or when it is raining. It is easy to remove too and it comes away from my eyes with just a couple of wipes with a make-up removing wipe. The pencil has quite a soft, gentle nib but it isn't so soft that it is awkward to sharpen which is a big advantage and I've never had any problems with the nib breaking off or becoming mishapen.

      I love that each of my MAC kohl eyeliners came in a MAC box and the design of the eyeliner pencils is good - they each have a little coloured band on the end so I am able to tell which colour is which and each pencil comes with a lid to keep the nib protected. The size of each pencil is pretty average and I find the pencils easy to grip. Although the design of the pencils is very simple looking the overall finish is nice and sleek and you can tell from looking at the pencils that they are of good quality. The only minor disadvantage though is that the MAC logo on each of my pencils apart from my white one which i dont use too often is a little shabby looking but I have found this to be the case with most of my MAC products, it's a real shame but because it doesn't effect the quality of the eyeliner its self I am not going to knock a star off because of this. All in all I highly recommend the MAC kohl eyeliners and I give them a well deserved five out of five stars.

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        14.04.2012 15:00

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        The beat eyeliner I've come across

        If you are struggling to find the perfect eyeliner then look no further than mac! I only tend to wear a little bit of eyeliner under my bottom lash line for a bit of definition... I use mac teddy which is a gorgeous slightly shimmery dark brown which is a little softer on the eyes than some harsh black liners are. However I like to wear black if I am going out. The eyeliners are really soft and almost have a creamy texture that is easily smudge able if you want that smokey eye look.
        The price is a little pricey for a liner if you are comparing it to rimmel price however the quality cannot be beaten. The only real quarm I have with it is that it doesn't seem to sharpen very well which is annoying especially if you want a sharp point. This could be down to the type of pencil sharpeners I've used though!

        In a nutshell I definitely recommend this eyeliner!

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        18.07.2010 14:19
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        I wouldn't live without it!

        The smokey eye look is a classic and will be around for many years to come I am sure. However, I have always had problems getting this sultry look using other eye liners, it looked too harsh and almost Cleopatra like as I found I wasn't able to soften the kohl lines enough. Along came MAC, and now this eye pencil has become a staple of my everyday make up routine.

        The kohl eye liner is easy to apply when its warm. Sometimes I find I have to warm it up a little so that it applies smoothly with just one application. To achieve the smouldery smoky eye look you need to blend, blend, blend and this eye liner allows you to do just that. It's also perfect for achieving that sharp Cleopatra or cat eye flick that's been in fashion over the last couple of seasons.

        I also find that the MAC Eye Kohl is really good as a base for some of the pigments too, allowing the pigment to change texture and depth almost.

        I definitely think that the MAC Eye Kohl is worth it's money, just £12.50 considering the quality and the small amount you can use each time. There are about 10 different shades to chose from (and there are also a few limited addition colours).

        Bad points? Well I can't immediately think of any. Like any kohl liner if you stand facing into the wind all day you will get panda eyes to some degree.

        Overall I love MAC, and I couldn't live without my MAC Eye Kohl.

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        02.05.2010 02:43

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        Best eye kohl/eyeliner I have tried and have been using for 3 years now.

        I own this kohl in the shade 'Smoulder' and have owned about five of them. I have been using this particular pencil for around three years now and although I have flirted with other brands alongside it, I have now decided this is the best eye kohl you can get.
        It is quite a long pencil so lasts a long time, if you wear it daily like me then you are looking at it lasting for around 3-4 months, if not longer.
        The shade I am familiar with, 'Smoulder', is the best black eyeliner shade you can get in my opinion. It is a deep, intense black and is good for smudging or if you sharpen it you will get a more precise effect.
        In terms of staying power, it is pretty effective. I apply my MAC Eye Kohl at around 7am each weekday morning and it lasts 'perfectly' til around 1pm when I might touch it up but then that will last right through the rest of the day and it really is only a minor touch up. Some days I don't bother touching it up at all as it stays so well.
        If it is a windy day you can get a little bit of smudging around the inner corner of your eyes; it can be a little prone to 'bleeding' outside of the line but this can be avoided if you take care applying it.
        If you like dramatically black eye then this is definitely the right eye kohl to buy.

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        07.12.2009 22:25
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        I'm taking one star for the price!

        I have recently worked out that I have no money in part due to my love of buying new make up with nice packaging and in nice funky colours.

        MAC (make-up art cosmetics) is a brand which has stores on some highstreets, but can be found as a concession in some larger department stores too. It is a purely make up shop and it sells loads of really high quality things and the staff are all very highly made up but they will help you out (if you dare ask) and show you colours and put some make up on you lf you like which is nice if you are not looking for anything in particular. I have been to MAC stores both here and in the states, but I obviously prefer to buy over there as the prices are much lower. The UK prices can be rather high but they are ok if you understand you are buying a premium product.

        The eyeliners sell for £12 which is about double what I think you could get an ok standard brand one for. I would say if you have the money, go for mac.

        I have had a few of these kohl pencils as I find them easy to use, you can get a good smudge if you want to, and they are also easy to take off at the end of a long night partying away. My favourite colour is a browny gold called Powersurge which really goes with my green eyes but I have lost it so I am hoping I can maybe get my mum to get me one from america when she goes. If black's your thing I can tell you that the black is also really good (its somewhere in my room I just dont know where!) and it is really easy to get a good smoky effect with which is great.

        This eyeliner in the colour 'minted' is currently the most used eyeliner in my makeup bag. It is a dark metallicy green and it looks pretty funky for the night or if i put a little on in the day when I look a bit tired, I find it really perks up my eyes. This particular one has a metal lid which is ok but if you try to put it on the pencil in the dark or while drunk i have found it is too easy to smash the end and ruin the tip of the pencil.

        Coming on to the pencil, the body of it is wood covered in a black layer with writing on telling you the name of the colour, and whats in it. It also says MAC pretty big and tells you that (this one) is made in Italy.

        They make these in a wide range of colours and if they were cheaper I would snap them up because they really are great and everytime I buy something new like this I know I get a little boost and it gets me to try new bolder colours when I normally perhaps wouldn't. I find that as with all eyeliners, the small size and the frequent use means they are really easy to lose. For this reason I have to buy a few cheaper ones because I just can't afford to lose these expensive mac ones, even though I ususally end up finding them ages later.

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        10.07.2009 14:15

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        Brilliant eyep pencil lasts forever & a good price!

        Mac eye kohl is a super soft-on pencil liner that lines, defines and shades the eyes - at £12 it is a complete steal! The good thing is it is opthamolagist tested for you ladies with sensitive eyes and like all mac products it is not tested on animals and mac is also a fairly ethical company. The finish like all kohl pencil is rich sumptuous matte, the colours change seasonally but they tend to stay in the darker tones that are flattering to skin tones rather than bright theatrical colours which mac are popluar for. I use my kohl pencil for my eyebrows and beauty spots also - which is a bit naughty as mac do wonderful eyebrow products, but if like me youre a student like me and the makeup budget is tight if youre using brown shades it can be a two in one. My absolute favourite colour is smoulder it is the blackest of black eyeliners - more of a winter/fall look but its great for the evening and if you apply it as a basecoat for liquid liner your liquid liner will not budge all night! Remember always visit a mac consultant for your perfect shades!

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        17.04.2009 18:25
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        I will most probably buy again

        When it comes to make up I love eye make-up and have to wear eye liner daily even if at home. I am not a fan of liquid eyeliner for daily use and prefer the pencil look on my lower eye line instead and therefore a kohl sort of pencil is ideal.

        Now my problem was that I needed a soft pencil which was not too dark but blended in well and something that would last and not need re-applying too much.

        I decided to try Mac as so many friends seem to recommend it. I went to Selfridges and at the Mac counter tried the testers and found the shade I was looking for. I was trying to find this shade for a while but failed in other makes, it was a sort of dark grey/brown colour called 'teddy'.

        The product costed £11 which is expensive for an eye pencil as they can easily get lost in my experience. This product gives a smokey sort of look and for me it does not last for a long time on the eyes. I was disapointed about this as I assumed that it will be one of those products that will stay on for a long time but perhaps my eyes are extra watery or another reason as I know others praise Mac make-up and say that it stays on for ages.

        I was pleased with the shade and the effect it has when applied and it is a soft pencil which does not irritate the eyes and does not give a very defined look.

        A good overall product and easy to take along in the handbag but a bit pricey for a pencil eyeliner.

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          09.11.2008 20:43
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          Where would I be without my eye liner and the Mac Eye Kohl is a product that you will always find in my make up bag it is a truly magical product that should be in everyone's make up case.

          It is a soft pencil that has a great finish and comes in a variety of colours teddy, minted, tarnish, phone number and prunella are to name a few. For every day use the one that I use is smolder which is a shade of black and is the colour that I mainly use as it goes with everything. I have lately had a green craze so I have purchased a lot of green make up items and my green eyeliner works really well when I apply this to my eye lid and lower part of my eye, it is great to as it makes a change.

          Eye Kohl is a pencil that works well and leaves a soft silky finish leaving your eyes looking flawless. It retails at around £11 which I think is slightly expensive but it lasts a long time and is worth every penny. My biggest downfall is I tend to loose more eyeliners that I ever finish so I always have to buy a new one.

          Ever since I have started using Mac I have been more adventurous when it come to eye makeup as I have now purchased a decent set of make up brushes and I appreciate that blending and work that you put on your eye make up as it really makes a difference and a high quality eye liner last a lot longer when applied which is great as with cheaper brands I have to keep reapplying every hour or so.

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          07.11.2008 00:34
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          Love, love, love these!

          Kohls are my favourite of all of MAC's Pencil Eyeliners. They are creamy, longwearing and available in a nice range of shades.

          They have both shimmery and matte formulas available, depending on what type of look you are trying to achieve. They work well on both lashlines, lids and waterlines and can be smudged to easily achieve a 'smokey-eyed' effect. They last on both the waterline and lid all day for me, no touching up required, which is always a bonus.

          I like to smudge these around the entire eye for a quick, sultry effect. Or pair them with a contoured, matte, neutral eye as a 'pop' of colour on the lower lashline. The brighter shades (Blooz, Hyacinth and Minted) work especially well for this - Really attention grabbing :-)

          Blue eyes look great in the bronze/gold shades: Costa Riche, Powersurge and Teddy (My favourite!)
          Green eyes work well with these too, as well as: Prunella and Rosemary and Thyme.
          Brown/Hazel eyes also look great with: Blooz, Hyacinth and Minted.
          The darker shades such as: Smoulder, Tarnish and Phone Number work well with all eye colours and Fascinating is a white shade, which when used on the waterline will open up the eye and make it appear larger/more awake :-)

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          24.10.2008 19:45
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          This is my all time favourite eyeliner!

          This is my favourite eye liner. It can be used to create solid lines or smudged to give the 'smokey' effect.
          A tip that I do is if I want it to be a bit lighter / not as dramatic I just put it in the fridge for a little while before I need to use it. Also if I want it to be darker / heavier / more dramatic I just put it on top of a radiator or in hot water and it look great both ways.
          It can be used on the inside of the eyelid (around the rim of the eye) and it doesn't sting or leave any itchiness at all, this means that I no longer have tears in my eyes when appyling it there! Some of the cheap eyeliners leave my eyes itchy and watery. I have no complaints about this eye liner and completely reccomend it to everyone!

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            20.10.2008 20:40
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            Highly recommended.

            MAC do some amazing products, the best aspect of the brand being the fabulous colour range that the always offer. So, when I wanted to break out of my eye-make up rut I went directly to the MAC counter for a look at some exotic new options. The assistant used all sorts of impressive products on me (the primer, a shadow, two different liners, and mascara) and while I loved the finished product it was more fuss than I'd usually go to for my make-up, and I also wouldn't buy all those products at once - there are little treats, and then there's just going overboard!

            So the product I settled on was this MAC Eye Kohl in "Rosemary and Thyme". The colour is a gorgeous olivey green with a distinct gold tone to it. When you look at the pencil it looks green, but on application the gold undertones really shine through and it can look quite gold indeed. It is a classy and subtle gold though, which shimmers elegantly rather than glittering or looking at all cheap.

            Application of the eye kohl is very simple. You can either sharpen the pencil to apply a fine line all around the eye, or apply it more thickly. Because this shade is actually quite light I find that it can almost be used as a substitute for eye shadow.

            Using a coloured liner like this has so many applications because the colours can be accurately placed exactly where you want it (like in the inner corners of the eye) - very difficult to achieve with eye shadows - and you can still use your darker liner for definition. I like to apply this in the inner corners of my eyes with a darker liner towards the outer corners for a more subtle but interesting day look. Or, to get really glam, you can apply your dark eyeliner as normal and then use the lighter shade of Eye Kohl to give a line of colour above the darker liner on the upper eyelid and even below the darker liner beneath the lower lashline. I find that the subtle gold combined with the gorgeous green of "Rosemary and Thyme" really brings out my eyes, and is easy to apply because of the pencil rather than trying to use shadow brushes. Plus, because it is quite a soft pencil, it's relatively easy to either smudge the edges of the liner to create a soft finish, or just apply it so that the most intense areas of colour is near the lashline and a lighter application on the upper edge.

            I have also been impressed with how long the pencil lasts. I bought mine over 4 months ago, use it regularly, and still have approximately 15 cm left in the pencil. I imagine it will last at least another 6 to 9 months. So while the 11 pound initial outlay might seem a lot, I don't think it's too bad for a year's worth of fantastic colour!

            This is the first Eye Kohl that I've tried so I can't comment on the other colours. I know that there are some quite bold opaque colours available, but my advice, unless you're super confident at applying the liner, or absolutely love a particular opaque shade, would be to go for something with a more subtle colour and possibly with a metallic undertone, like Rosemary and Thyme. This means it's useable for both day and night wear, is easy to apply, and you won't get bored of the colour a third of the way through the pencil.

            Overall, I have been really impressed with the MAC Eye Kohl and will be investing in a new Rosemary and Thyme when my current one runs out. I might even see if there isn't another colour that takes my fancy in the meantime!

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              19.10.2008 17:49
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              its an ok kohl but i need something that will stay put

              MAC eye kohl come in 13 different shades and cost £11.00. They come in pearl and matte finishes and cover pretty much any colour one would be looking for. They can be used to line, shade or smudge to give a smoky look and are ophthalmologist tested.

              I bought one of these eye kohl pencils because it was in a particular colour I didn't have before. When the MAC make up artist applied it, it looked quite nice on so I was convinced that this was the kohl I'd been missing out on.

              When I tried to recreate the look at home, however, I didn't find that it quite worked as well; it didn't apply as smoothly and I felt that it was pulling the skin on my lid a bit. As the day went on, I also noticed that it looked too smudged and the top liner on my eye lid actually melted over onto the higher area of my eye lid. This did not look flattering at all.

              I tried it again, this time with an eye liner base but I still find that it doesn't stay budge proof so I was pretty disappointed. I haven't really bothered to use it anymore lately and have opted for a different brand that is smoother and softer to apply and won't smudge or budge at all.

              I guess it depends and varies from person to person but in my opinion, these eye kohl don't quite make it onto my make up must have list. This is one MAC product I'm disappointed in.

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              MAC Eye Kohl / A soft-on pencil liner that lines / defines and shades the eyes with rich colour and a silky-smooth / matte/pearl finish / Ophthalmologist tested.