Although I had no intention of buying any MAC Pearlglides ($14.50 each) from the Art Supplies Collection, I completely caved when I played with them in person. I typically prefer gel or cake eyeliners, finding them easier to apply than almost anything in a pencil format. Nonetheless, I stopped at a MAC store over the weekend and couldn’t resist bringing three of them home.
I found that this season’s Pearlglides are remarkably soft and pigmented, and they have great staying power. With a pencil so buttery-soft, it can actually be faster to apply than a gel or cake, both of which require an extra brush. In fact, one of the pencils (Blackline) is so soft that care must be taken while sharpening because it seems prone to breakage.
Undercurrent is an intriguing blue-green with sparkle that has a duochrome effect. It’s very difficult to capture in a single photograph, so here are two where the arm is angled slightly differently to catch the light and show the color shift:
These are all pictures of the same swatch, although it looks more blue in the top two and more gold-yellow-green in the bottom. And yes, as one can expect from MAC, the same effect shows when applied to the eye.
Now, those of us who must attend conservative events sometimes want to add a little kick to our makeup routine just for fun. But I was concerned that Undercurrent’s bright tones might be too much fun, if you know what I mean. Over the weekend, I saw a member of Makeupalley suggest layering Petrol Blue over Undercurrent to get a more toned-downed effect. Here’s my experiment with this technique (click to enlarge):
The center swatch, which shows the combination, is very unusual and complex without overwhelming.
Ultimately, I wore the layered Petrol Blue-Undercurrent liner with a very neutral eye and really liked the effect. Here, you can see the layered combination across the bottom of the picture, together with some neutral MAC eyeshadows so that you can get a sense of itt:
These eyeshadows are, in left to right order, Shroom, Beaded, All that Glitters and Woodwinked. Of course, one does not have to wear all four– a combination of two or three may be sufficient. One might also try this eyeliner combination with a cooler light neutral, such as Armani’s Nude Contrastes 2 Eyeshadow Palette (reviewed here).
So, did you see anything good this weekend? What did you think? If you are interested in Pearlglides,you may wish to act quickly because these seem to be selling out.
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