MAC Temperature Rising – Powerchrome Eye Pencils: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

Although MAC’s Temperature Rising collection hit counters in late May, I know for a fact that some locations still have these Powerchrome Eye Pencils in stock… They’re a brand new formula, although they do resemble the Shadesticks of the past. These are a really great product, which I use regularly, but I feel like maybe they were a little misunderstood so they didn’t sell out as fast as the rest of the collection did. On the plus side, hopefully you can still find these if you want to try them out!

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These, like the other products in this collection, have special packaging with bronze accents and come in a matte bronze box with the color of the pencil on the tip.

Powerchrome Eye Pencil Box

Powerchrome Eye Pencils are a creamy pencil that’s very long wearing. They’re highly pigmented so you don’t need much product to get great color payoff. My favorite things about these pencils is that they’re versatile… They work well as either a base for other eye shadows (like a Paint Pot) or on their own and can be used as both eye shadow OR liner. It’s a fat pencil, so you’ll need to have a larger size of sharpener (MAC sells a duo sharpener with for both small and large pencils that works well).

With these Powerchrome Eye Pencils you do have to work quickly to blend them out. They set very quickly, so be sure to have your blending brush handy as soon as you apply your pencil! My preference for brushes is something flat and dense if you’re applying it all over the lid… Like a MAC 239, 215, or 242 brush. For the crease, a 217 or 224 works well. For a liner, any small, dense liner or smudge brush will work… My favorites are a 219, 214, 212, 266 or 263 brush. Even though you have to work quickly with these, once they set, they’re not going to crease or smear or go anywhere, so you’ll easily get 10-12 hours of wear time!! These are one of my favorite products that MAC has released over the past few years… I just wish some were permanent!

Since these were limited edition, they may or may not be sold out at some locations. They contain 1.6g / 0.05 US oz of product and sell for $21. I do know that Polished Jet and Life’s Luxury are both still available at www.maccosmetics.com.

NOTE:   Due to the shimmer particles in these, they are not recommended for use on the waterline and can irritate your eyes if applied to the waterline.

Powerchrome Eye Pencil Labels

Powerchrome Eye Pencils Product

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Powerchrome Eye Pencils swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Powerchrome Eye Pencils swatched on NC15 skin.

Copper Strip

Copper Strip

Copper Strip:   This is a “frosty mid-tone copper” with a warm shimmer. It’s a medium, warm toned copper with a warm, golden frosted shimmer. It feels creamy and applies with no tugging on the eyelid. It’s super pigmented and looks true to color on the skin. It also gives completely opaque coverage with little product.

Dupes:   MAC’s Eye Shadow in Bronze is close to this in color, but as a powder, the texture is obviously very different. For a cream shadow, MAC’s Eclair Paint Pot from the Baking Beauties collection (released in Spring of this year), is very close in both texture and color, though it may be a tiny bit darker.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Life's Luxury

Life’s Luxury

Life’s Luxury:   Life’s Luxury is a “deep bronze brown” with a softer type of frosted finish. It’s dark, rich warm bronze that has red undertones and a soft, deep coppery shimmer. It gave perfectly opaque coverage and applied and blended out smoothly. The color payoff is also fantastic without having to layer the pencil at all.

Dupes:    As far as permanent dupes go, Constructivist Paint Pot would be closest for both texture and color. Teddy Eye Kohl is also similar, but a bit lighter. There’s also Carbonized Eye Shadow that’s similar, but a powder formula. It was limited edition and released with the MAC Me Over collection in Fall of 2011 but it will be re-released soon with the Antonio Lopez collection in the Creative Copper eye shadow palette that contains 6 shadows total.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Polished Jet

Polished Jet

Polished Jet:   This Powerchrome Eye Pencil is a “charcoal with pearlized pigments”… It’s a deep charcoal with an almost steel colored, pearly shimmer. Like the other Powerchrome Eye Pencils, this gives totally opaque coverage and perfect color payoff, feels smooth, and blends easily.

Dupes:   Black Swan Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner is probably the closest permanent product you’ll find to Polished Jet… The pearly shimmer and color are very similar, though Black Swan may be a bit darker. Another permanent option would be Blackground Paint Pot, though it’s not as shimmer and is obviously more of a true black color.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Rich Glance

Rich Glance

Rich Glance:   This is a “light gold” with a metallic finish. It’s a light, slightly warm, creamy golden color with a highly reflective golden sheen. This is yet another fabulous Powerchrome Eye Pencil with the same creamy texture that’s easy to blend out. Like the others, it’s also totally opaque and gave me color payoff that’s true to the color it is in the stick.  

Dupes:   To be honest, I can’t think of any really good dupes for this. The closest thing would probably be Mooncake Pro Longwear Paint Pot from the Baking Beauties collection, although it’s more sheer and shimmery. Luckily, that seems to be in stock at several locations where I’ve been recently, so hopefully you can find it if you want to purchase it!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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