Saturday, April 28, 2012

MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack

I have basically been without a real liner for a couple of months now. I just didn't know which one to get. But seeing the MAC blacktrack on so many tutorials swayed me to get this one. I basically got this free with some Macy's gift cards though but the retail price is $15.00 which is $6.00 cheaper than it's main competition- Bobby Brown's gel eye-liner.

MAC claims:
Ultra-smooth, Fluidline's gel formula provides the precision of a liquid liner with a silkier, softer finish. Goes on fool proof with a brush in an easy dip and stroke action. Long wearing. Smudge-proof. Lines up in a rich array of colors and finishes. Brushes sold separately.

So I've never used a gel liner and this one's texture was a bit surprising. It wasn't anything bad, it just takes a little bit of getting used to though and it takes a little bit of practice before getting the hand of it.

The texture is just like butter!! It glides on so smoothly and easily, although I have read some reviews talking about how it dries out after a couple of months. Mine is still good though but if that changes I'll come back and update. I've had if for almost two months now though.

This is where I'm kind of dissapointed. I bought it in Blacktrack which is described on the MAC website as a solid flat black...but I just feel like it's not black enough. When I put it on, it just seems like it get's muted. Especially if I'm putting it over some crazy colors.

Lasting Power:
No complaints here. Once I put it on, it pretty much stays till I was it off. It also is pretty water resistant.

Nice, sleek, and modern looking. I like it.

Other things I notice:

  • It looks a little bit more natural that some liquid liners tend to and depending on how you like your liner, that could be a good or a bad thing. For's not so good.
  • I also notice that this takes a bit longer to apply than a pencil or a liquid...BUT you can use it in the waterline (with no irritation but I prefer pencil for that)
  • It does offer some versatility, I really like to use it as a base for more dramatic eye looks. There are a few tutorials on youtube showing that.
  • It likes to harden on brushes so make sure to wash the brush or at least wipe the product off

Overall, it's just an OK product for me. Not a must have. I think if the color was a little darker I would like it more. (and I've tried it with a few different brushes, so it's not that) I will definitely be looking into cheaper alternatives and seeing if I like those any better..