Eyeliner Reviews

As requested by juicycouture, I will be starting a list of eyeliner reviews.

MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil ($13.50)
When MAC came out with these, I was stoked. Unlike MAC’s regular eye pencil, these are so much more easier to blend and they stay on a lot better too. They are also different from MAC’s Eye Kohl because they are waterproof. I have Forever Green which is a shimmery forest emerald green and it makes my brown eyes pop.

MAC Eye Kohl ($13.50)
I have this in Smolder, a basic black color. It is very soft and super easy to blend. There are also many pretty colors to choose from. The only downside to kohls is that they smudge like crazy. Having said that, they are great for the smoky eyes look. But if you have oily skin or the habit of rubbing your eyes, do not even think of getting this.

MAC Pearlglide Liners ($14.50)
These are definitely MAC’s best pencil liners! They are ultra creamy and glide on so easily! There are a total of 8 gorgeous colors available and they are all rich and metallic with a sparkly finish. You can smudge them out for a softer look or you can just let them set for a more solid effect. The staying power is also great. I ended up with Black Russian and Rave and they make my brown eyes pop! Click here for the swatches.
Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. MAC does have a black shade for its powerpoint pencils – it’s called Engraved. I have never tried it myself but if you want something that is black and will stay black, I suggest you try a liquid liner or MAC’s fluidline in Blacktrack.

  2. Hey..stumbled on ur blog thru google…i had a query….well can u use d mac fluidline under ur eye…n i wud like to give a very bold gothic look to eyes widout gettin it smudged…wot do u suggest?? Thanks…i wud be glad if u can help me wid this!

  3. Hey..stumbled on ur blog thru google…i had a query….well can u use d mac fluidline under ur eye…n i wud like to give a very bold gothic look to eyes widout gettin it smudged…wot do u suggest?? Thanks…i wud be glad if u can help me wid this!

  4. Hey..stumbled on ur blog thru google…i had a query….well can u use d mac fluidline under ur eye…n i wud like to give a very bold gothic look to eyes widout gettin it smudged…wot do u suggest?? Thanks…i wud be glad if u can help me wid this!

  5. hey swati, sure you can use the mac fluidline for the gothic look! whether you wanna smudge it or not is totally up to you. in fact, if you don’t want it to smudge, i say definitely use the mac since that baby hardly budges. let me know if you have more questions!

  6. http://www.vivepro.com/
    hi,the girls r so pretty in the above site<3could u recommend me some good,thin n waterproof eyeliner which could make tht look?if u want to hav a close look on their eyes,click to’Oh, shoot!’then click makeup,on the last few secs of the clip,u could see it.its pretty obvious tht their eyeliner is very thin,the artist said tht he used eye shadow,but is ther any good eyeliner which could make a similar look?thz so mucchhh

  7. hello there! i really like your blog, your tutorials are so useful! btw, new version of the Majorlica Majorca liner has come out. the pigmentation is better now. :-)

  8. Hey Phyllis,

    To let you know your site is very great. I was wondering which store can you purchase the MAC’s fluidline? If it is possible can you e-mail it to me, my e-mail is kaozchang@gmail.com. I had been looking for a long time for some dark black eye linear that will last for a long time and the MAC’ fluidline sounds like it is the one. Thank You Very Much. Hoping to hear from you soon.

  9. hey, im having trouble finding an eyeliner that does not transfer onto my eyelids. Ive tried the MAC powerpoint eyeliner but it sill transfers =( any suggestions? (contemplating to whether try fluidline or liquidlast)

  10. Hey I was just looking for some eyeliners and came across your site. Now I know which one I should buy lol! But, I would have to disagree with you on the MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil, I HATE it. It smudges too easily, and it isn’t waterproof z.z

  11. Hey. You’re absolutely gorgeous and your make up is great as well. One question though, can the MAC Liquidlast liner be used on the inner rim of the eye? I’ve been trying so hard to find a liner that will last all day and won’t smudge. Thanks!

  12. Hey !! luv the blog its addictive !! =) i can’t live without eye liner either and i absolutely luv revlon’s bedroom eyes too, u guys should also try Victoria’s Secret very sexy eye liner its awesome, *NEVER* smudges [unless u want it to] and its very soft I’ve been using it ever since they came out w/ the line and I refuse to go for another eyeliner… anyway, Thanx for all the info Phyllisss <3

  13. Hi, i’m not a real makeup person but i’m trying to get into it. Would you suggest liquid eyeliner or pencil eyeliner?


  14. thanks for your great blog! i was wondering what mac eyeliner would you recommend for the waterline/lower eyelid? thanks so much!

  15. Know any good eyeliners for the waterline? Possibly something from a drugstore? I have one from loreal paris it glides right on and its very black, but it doesnt stay on very long

  16. After lining my eyes with a pencil eyeliner under my eyes, I always notice how it starts to smudge after a quiet short period of time. This happens very often to me. I have tried waterproof and nonwaterproof. They all get smudge ad fades away from my eyes. I am guessing this is due to oil production from my skin ?
    Is there away to prevent smudging?
    I have tried sealing product from Benefit ( transparent gel) but this thing really is harsh on my skin.

  17. saw review on Bourjois Easy Application Liner, it is different from my experience. The eyeliner very smugy and I do not recomend to anyone!

  18. thnx so much for all the reviews, now I know I reallly want the MAC fluidline TT__TT lol…I was wondering could u also review some more of the drugstore eyeliners since a lot of the other ones I wouldn't be able to purchase >__<

  19. ,okay so im black , and ive went through my fair share of eyeliner :/ …. and i really need a very dark perfabally black eyeliner or something that will at least show up… & everytime i try to use my liquid eyeliner i guess my eyes just water it straight out, or like leaks in my eyee!!!

    lol helpp me

  20. hi just wanna say love your blog
    also ,what do you think its better foryour lower waterline ,liqid or pencil liner ? my probleem is my lower liner always smugde i use the fluidline from mac, and whit pencil it always end up whith a grey colour instead of black at the end of the day

  21. i know you love the MAC fluidline, but how do you compare it against Bobbi Brown’s gel eyeliner?

    and which brush do you use to apply? (i have the MAC 209 liner brush)
    i think i definitely prefer a pointed brush to an angled one, i feel the angled brushes just drag the product and the hairs can leave streaks…

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