Product Type: MAC makeup
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Sparkle those eyes with colour
MAC Eye Pencil
Member Name: HS28
MAC Eye Pencil
Advantages: Soft and Creamy texture, nice vivid colour
Disadvantages: Limited editon from the US, more for nights outs
I have been steadily building up my own personal MAC Empire over the years with an addictive need to purchase a MAC item whenever I am near the store. As I have said in previous reviews the nearest one to me is the Metro Centre and so I am not there often and buy a few items at a time or if holidaying in the US I stock up as much as I can as the $ to the £ is still a good deal and with MAC been a US brand you get it cheaper there than back in the UK.
**The Range of Eye Pencils**
The eye pencil I am reviewing is a limited edition Soft Sparkle Eye Pencil which is a glittery lilac eye liner. It is advertised as a creamy pencil style liner infused with micro fine glitter as limited editions and is available in night sky or lilac accents and priced $14.50 but is only available in the US. You can purchase it through MAC US online (although probably have to be in the states to purchase it) or like me go physically to the US to a MAC shop (which for me is only really an option when I am on holiday there!).
The US MAC stores sell the limited editions and a wider variety of ranges than the UK does as MAC is an American brand. On MAC online - UK version or in UK department stores there are plain eye pencils or powerpoint eye pencils on offer. The plain eye pencil is in 3 traditional colours of blue, brown and black and cost £10.00 whilst the MAC powerpoint liner in over 10 fabulous bold colours that cost around £12.00. The MAC power point liner is probably the closest to the Soft Sparkle one I have and is long lasting, waterproof and metallic.
**My eyeliner - Soft Sparkle Eye Pencil**
The Soft Sparkle Eye Pencil is a creamy pencil which has glitter in it to make it sparkly. The colour of my eyeliner is lilac accents and I paid $14.50 in a MAC shop in the US. It is 1.68g in weight and around 9cm in length. The pencil is shiny and sparkly on the packaging with a plastic lid. It is black in colour with MAC written on in white writing. It comes in a black MAC box also which I have not kept. As I have said this is a limited edition which MAC often do but is still currently available from the US.
As an eyeliner crayon it is easy to apply and the point is neither too soft nor too hard as it has a creamy texture. With the right pressure it is easy to apply to the eyes with a steady hand and creates a straight line well. The colour comes out quite a vivid purple with just enough sparkle and glitter to give you a good look. It does bring attention to the eyes and works well with thick black mascara and suits a plain eye shadow or glittery one. It doesn't smudge off once on and is water resilient too. MAC recommended not to use in the inner eye rim but can be used for the top and bottom eye. I have sensitive skin and have not found it an irritant to my eyes even when on for a while or when I get tired and tend to smudge or rub my eyes.
I have used it mainly on nights out rather than the daytime as it is quite bold and dominant. I use it only with high impact mascara and not an eye shadow as I find it is powerful enough to draw attention to the eyes alone without the need for an eye shadow. I don't find it over glittery or sparkly and not too young in look. I do feel l it is a bit too dressy for a daytime eye pencil. It is like other MAC products I own in that it does make a statement and help you stand out and you can adjust the amount you build up to increase the effect.
**The cost and re purchasing it**
It cost me $14.50 which was around £8 at the time and a few quid off what you would pay in the UK and similarly priced to Clinique. It has lasted me a while as I do not use it that much. The downside is that to re purchase this particular one is that I would have to hunt around on the web for specialised shops through ebay etc with it been a US range and a limited edition, which would cost me more than what I paid for it unless I made it back to the States.
Even though I only use it for nights out I do not feel it has a been a waste as it is a quality make up eye pencil and has lasted me a while. I do like to wear different colours and looks and so have not used it that often. I would like to purchase some of the other eyeliners from MAC in the powerpoint range as I can't escape to the US in the near future and they seem to be similar to this one I own.
I love MAC eye makeup and find it has a variety of bold and vivid colours to suit lots of people. The looks you can create are dazzling and pretty eye catching for both daywear and nights out. This eye pencil compliments the other products I have from MAC but also works well with other brands too and is one I would recommend to others. I would rate it a 4 star due to it been more of a night out eye pencil.
MAC make up is available in department stores like House of Fraser, online for those tempted to give it a go. www.maccosmetics.co.uk
Summary: A fab sparkly and vivid eye catching pencil