Here is yet another outdated post for you! Again, my apologies for just now posting this, since it came out last June, but since I have all the photos and swatches done already, I wanted to share them so maybe I can help you all find something similar that you may already have or that’s permanent if you missed out on these Fluidlines when they were released with the Moody Blooms collection! Enjoy!
MAC Fluidlines are an “Ultra-smooth, gel formula that provides the precision of a liquid liner with a silkier, softer finish”. They’re a very smooth, easy to apply formula that wears all day without smudging or flaking. I’m not a big fan of liquid liners but this gel formula is thicker and creamier than a liquid so to me, it’s easier to control. While there aren’t waterproof, they are smudge-proof on most people (unless your eyes are excessively watery… then I just wouldn’t wear them near the bottom inner corner or maybe not below the lower lash line). I don’t necessarily recommend these for the waterline… The shimmery kinds are a definite no-no for that area, but the creamier ones can be tried on the waterline if you want to give it a shot (though MAC does not suggest using Fluidlines on that area of the eye).
For application you can use so many different brushes… It really depends on personal preference. For a smaller line with more control and detail, a MAC 210 brush will work well… A MAC 209 is also suitable and is a bit bigger, so you’ll get a thicker line. My favorite brushes, especially for a winged look, are the MAC 263 or 266 angled brushes… Fluidlines are the perfect eye liner for a winged look, so I definitely recommend picking up a 263 brush if you’re into that look and are purchasing a Fluidline or have some at home already!
TIP 1: When storing your Fluidlines in your makeup case or drawer, make sure they’re upside down with the label up! This will keep them from drying out.
TIP 2: These can also be used as eye shadow bases, like Pro Longwear Paint Pots!
These Fluidlines are all limited edition and were released on Thursday, June 26th, 2014. While these are limited, I DID find them on the Dillard’s website with all three colors in stock! This could be a good sign that you might still be able to find them at your local MAC counter or store, unless they have already RTV’d them (sent them back to the company), which they do when limited launch products don’t sell out after a certain period of time. They are not on the MAC website, though. Like all MAC Fluidlines, these come in a glass pot with a black semi-matte plastic, screw-on lid. They contain 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product and sell for $16.
Black Ivy: This Fluidline is described as a “blackened green” and has a creamy, but somewhat shimmery finish… It’s a deepened teal with cooler, blue based undertones with a creamy base that dries somewhat matte, and very, very fine shimmer particles. The texture felt smooth and creamy and was pretty easy to apply. Color payoff was good and looked nearly like it does in the pot without any layering. Coverage was also great and didn’t require much product on the brush to get an even application. I got over 9 hours of wear before I noticed any fading or smudging. Black Ivy was by far the best Fluidline out of this collection.
Dupes: Waveline, which is the only permanent Fluidline from MAC that’s anywhere close isn’t really close at all… It’s MUCH brighter, lighter and a true blue. Shade Fluidline, which was limited edition, it close, but lighter and more green based (I don’t remember the collection it was released with, sorry!). Canard Creme Liner from Laura Mercier is in the same color family, but is more of a brighter, lighter teal.
Overall Rating: 5 / 5
Color Payoff: 5
Wear Time: 5
Copperthorn: This is described as a “glittery bronze” and has a very glittery finish… It’s has a medium, warm toned golden-copper base with pretty decent sized pieces (for a Fluidline anyway) of gold, bronze, and coppery glitter particles. The texture was not my favorite to work with… I hate to say it because it’s sooooo pretty but it did take some effort to apply this evenly, no matter what type of brush I used. The color payoff is good and just as shimmery on the eye as it is in the pan. Coverage, on the other hand, was subpar. It took a bit of layering to get this to go on opaque, with the first layer being semi-sheer at best as far as the base color was concerned. I had to let this completely dry before I added layer two, then it looked much better… The only issue with having to layer a gel liner like this is that you can lose some precision in the process, so I recommend a very skinny brush for the wing! I got about 6 hours of wear with Copperthorn before I noticed some glittery fallout below my eye, but I didn’t notice much, if any, fading or smudging otherwise.
Copperthorn is an absolute NO-NO for the waterline! Do NOT apply this on the inner rim of the eye because the glitter particles can get into your eye causing irritation! I actually liked this Fluidline better as an eye shadow or eye shadow base on my lid, rather than a liner!
Dupes: Rich Ground is the closest permanent dupe, but it’s not THAT close… It’s deeper, has a micro-shimmer, but no glitter, and is more of a reddish bronze shade. Brassy (long been discontinued) is similar in color, but still has a more yellow based bronze color and no glitter. There are two limited edition shades from MAC’s Indulge collection (Fall 2013) that ate similar as far as the finish goes, but not quite spot on for color… Gilt Gourmet is lighter, more of a yellow-gold, and has smaller glittery particles, while Deliciously Rich is a darker, more cool toned brown/bronze with golden bronze micro-glitter.
Overall Rating: 3.3 / 5
Color Payoff: 3
Wear Time: 4
Nightshade: This Fluidline is a “blackened plum” and has a soft, shimmery finish… It’s a medium dark plum with warmer purple undertones and a warm sheen, thanks to the reddish/coppery/golden micro-shimmer particles in it! The texture feels smooth and easy to apply, though it seems to look a little patchy, despite the initial creamy feeling of this liner. Color payoff is good, though not as dark or intense as it is in the pot without some layering. If you want fully opaque coverage, you’ll have to do some layering for that as well. With one layer, it was kinda sort of sheer and as I mentioned before, slightly patchy. You definitely want to use something like a MAC 210 brush for application so you don’t lose precision when layering this liner. By layer two, it looked perfectly even and true to pot color. Nightshade gave me about 8 hours of wear before smudging or fading.
Dupes: Macroviolet, which is permanent, is darker and more of a true, cooler toned purple, but it’s the best dupe I could find!
Overall Rating: 4 / 5
Color Payoff: 4
Wear Time: 5