Monday, May 9, 2011
MAC Eye Kohl
The MAC website gives an overall description of the product and the reasons that an eye kohl is different than a traditional eye liner. "A soft-on pencil liner that lines, defines, and shades the eyes with rich colour and a silky smooth, matte/pearl finish. Ophthalmologist tested." An eye kohl is softer than a traditional eye pencil and therefore is easier to smudge and make the smoky eyes. A traditional eye pencil provides more of a sharp line and is much harder to use to create that type of eye look. I do have both types of liners in my collection since I don't really believe that one type of liner provides all the eye makeup looks that I carry out.
This product features some shades that are best for the night and some that can work during the daytime too. The shades are...
- Fascinating - intense matte white
- Minted - vibrant mint green with pearl
- Rosemary & Thyme - mid-tone olive gold with shimmer
- Powersurge - bronzed-brown with golden shimmer
- Costa Riche - rich coffee bean brown
- Teddy - intense bronze
- Tarnish - blackened forest green
- Smolder - intense black
- Blooz - intense blue with blue shimmer
- Prunella - shimmering black-eyed plum
- Phone Number - smudgy charcoal
I currently own two shades of this product, Smolder and Rosemary & Thyme. Smolder is the shade that is used to create the dark smoky eye and I believe is their best selling shade of this product. This is the darkest, deepest black liner that I have ever used, with the exception of liquid liners. I bought this shade to create smoky eyes and that the best use for it. The other shade that I have is actually the more versatile of the two shades. I first boiught Rosemary & Thyme when it was released with To The Beach last last spring and I will confess that I pretty much bought it only for the beautiful packaging. But this ended up being one of my favorite purchases from MAC ever. It is a deep olive green with the gold shimmer and it creates some of the most beautiful day or night eye looks. It works in the day with a golden eye or a subtle neutral olive eye. But at night, I pair this with vibrant olives and golds and it creates the most unique eye looks that I have ever done.
This product is very easy to use. I soften it quickly between my fingers and then apply it right to the upper and lower lash line. I smudge it only on the upper lash line since I prefer a tightline on the lower lash. The formula is easy to smudge but you must do it quickly because it will set within minutes. After the smudging, I use whatever shadow I am following it with right over the line and then smudge shades into the gradiation.
Since I am so happy with this product already, I feel that I should add to my collection with some browns. Powersurge and Teddy will work with all my bronzes and golds to create my gilded eye looks.
photo courtesy of MAC