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MAC’s A Fantasy of Flowers collection is full of bright, beautiful colors that are perfect for Spring. It was released on Thursday, February 6th… I apologize for just now getting these posts up but I’ve been working a lot! The bonus of that is that I got to play around with these products a lot before writing my reviews… The down side is that they may or may not be sold out, especially these Fluidlines. These are so unique and bright that they’re rare little gems in MAC’s world of eyeliner.

A Fantasy of Flowers is a big collection… It actually has two parts with separate displayers at counter, with one being green and displaying the more peachy and neutral colors, and one being pink and displaying the more pink and violet shades. It’s pretty obvious which displayer these two Fluidlines will be sitting one once you see them! They’re bright and intense, which is a perfect counterpart to the lighter, softer colors of the lip and cheek products and even the Mineralize Eye Shadows in this collection. These are perfect if you want a bolder pop of color somewhere!

Phlox Garden and Sassy Moss

Phlox Garden and Sassy Moss

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 I feel like it’s easier to control. While there aren’t waterproof, they are smudge-proof on most people (unless your eyes are excessively watery). I don’t necessarily recommend these for the waterline, but since these are creamy and don’t have any shimmer, you can always try it (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 get this liner!

Both of these are limited edition and are available now at www.maccosmetics.com as well as at MAC stores and counters. Unfortunately, since it’s been about a week since this collection came out, these are currently sold out online, as well as at some retail locations (sorry for getting this post up so late!). However, you may want to check back on MAC’s website since they restock limited launches sometimes. These sell for the usual $16 and contain 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product.

TIP:   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!

FoF Fluidlines with Names

 

FoF Fluidline Labels

 

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Fluidlines swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Fluidlines swatched on NC15 skin.

Phlox Garden

Phlox Garden

Phlox Garden:   This is a “vivid violet” with a creamy matte finish. It’s a medium-dark, slightly cool toned, purpley-plum violet that has no sheen at all. Color payoff is true to the color it is on the pot and Phlox Garden is totally opaque with little product applied. The texture is really smooth and applies easily. Wear time is also great… I got around 8 hours of wear before I noticed any fading or smudging.

Dupes:   I honestly can’t think of any! Phlox Garden is really unique!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Sassy Moss

Sassy Moss

Sassy Moss:   Sassy Moss is a “vivid green” that has a creamy finish with a soft pearl. It’s a medium, cool toned, bright minty green with a subtle golden pearl. The pearl effect isn’t as intense as it is in the pot but the color payoff in general is great. Coverage isn’t quite opaque unless you apply this pretty liberally, which is pretty easy to do with the right brush (like the ones I mentioned above). It has a super creamy texture that glides on. Wear time with Sassy Moss was actually better than Phlox Garden, lasting over 10 hours before fading or smudging.

Dupes:   Minted Eye Kohl is close, but is a pencil and lacks the golden pearl.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

 

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MAC’s Divine Night collection is the color collection that was recently released for Holiday 2013. It’s full of shimmery, rich looking colors and the Fluidlines are no disappointment! There are a total of three that came out with this collection. One (Macroviolet) is permanent, so I will not be reviewing that one, but the other two will be included in this post.

Divine Night Fluidlines 1

 

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 so I feel like it’s easier to control. While there aren’t waterproof, they are smudge-proof on most people (unless your eyes are excessively watery). I don’t recommend these for the waterline, especially these shimmery ones, but they do wear well on both the upper and lower lashlines.

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 angles brushes… It’s very easy to get the perfect wing with these! I’ll actually try to post a tutorial soon on how to get a perfect wing using these products 🙂

The Divine Night Fluidlines are limited edition and are available now online at www.maccosmetics.com, as well as at MAC stores and counters. These sell for $17.50 (a little more expensive than usual, due to the beautiful special packaging), and contain the typical 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product.

TIP:   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.

Divine Night Fluidline Labels

 

Divine Night Fluidlines 2

 

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Fluidlines swatches on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Fluidlines swatches on NC15 skin.

Deliciously Rich

Deliciously Rich

Deliciously Rich:   This Fluidline is a “shimmering dirty taupe”… It’s a medium-dark, warm toned taupe with loads of multidimensional bronze and golden shimmer. I love this Fluidline because it’s soooo shimmery and perfect for holiday or any other time you want a pop of shimmer. The color payoff is great! I got nearly opaque coverage with Deliciously Rich and about 12 hours of wear before any smudging occurred. Since the shimmer particles in this Fluidline are a little large, I prefer a 266 angled brush to apply this with so it goes on as smoothly as possible.

This color was previously released this year with the Indulge collection, so it’s a repromote… You may want to check your collection before you purchase this in case you already have it!

Dupes:   There aren’t really any Fluidlines I can think of that are similar to Deliciously Rich, but Lord It Up Pearlglide Eye Pencil is very close. It may be a pencil, but it’s very smooth, shimmery and wears all day!

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Stares & Speculation

Stares & Speculation

Stares & Speculation:   This is a “dirty olive with gold pearl”… It’s a medium-dark, neutral, slightly olive toned grayish-brown with warmer, almost golden shimmer. When applied, the shimmer gives this Fluidline a nearly foiled effect… It’s so beautiful! I got great great color payoff, opaque coverage, and around 12 hours of wear with Stares & Speculation. This applied very smoothly since the shimmer particles are very small.

Dupes:   I can’t think of any off the top of my head… It’s a pretty unique color and definitely worth adding to your collection if you like Fluidlines!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

There are four Pearlglide Intense Eyeliners that are being repromoted with the Archie’s Girls collection… Two are part of the Veronica side (Petrol Blue and Designer Purple), and two are part of the Betty side (Black Swan and Lord It Up). These are actually all part of the permanent line so don’t worry if you can’t get your hands on the ones with the special Archie’s Girls packaging!

Keep in mind that the ones I photographed for these posts are the permanent version, so they do not have the special Archie’s Girls packaging… The boxes that the limited edition ones come in are white with the Archie’s Girls logo, while the pencils themselves are a glossy white with cute little hearts all over them.

Veronica Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner Labels

 

Betty Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner Labels

Pearlglide Intense Eyeliners have a very creamy texture that’s smudge-able but once they set, they won’t budge! These are one of the few liners that I can wear below my lower lashline that don’t move around and end up smearing and sliding into the little lines under my eyes. I typically get about 8-12 hours of wear with these before any fading occurs. Pearlglide Intense Eyeliners are exactly that too… Intense! The color payoff and pigmentation is really bold so you don’t need much product to get the look you want. Even when you blend these out, they don’t lose that intensity. Along with bold color, these all contain shimmer, which adds to the intensity but makes them unsafe to use on the waterline. Of course you can try it, but MAC (and myself) suggest against it, especially if you wear contact lenses! What can happen is that the shimmer particles get into the eye and can cause scratches and irritation.

The Archie’s Girls version of the Pearlglide Intense Eyeliners are limited edition and available now online at www.maccosmetics.com, or at any MAC counter or store. They contain 1.2 g / .04 US oz of product and sell for $16.50. The ones from the permanent line that do not have the special packaging have the same amount of product and cost $15… So it’s up to you if the cute little hearts are worth an extra $1.50! Honestly, I prefer the limited edition packaging and would have bought them but I don’t need two of the same thing haha.

 

Veronica Pearlglide Intense Eyeliners:

Designer Purple and Petrol Blue

Designer Purple and Petrol Blue

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Eyeliners swatches on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Eyeliners swatches on NC15 skin.

Designer Purple:   Designer Purple is a “violet with pearl”… It’s a medium-dark purple with red-violet undertones and light, silvery lavender shimmer particles, which are numerous, but not super big or chunky. It’s one of the brighter Pearlglide Intense Eyeliners, but it seems like it sets a bit faster than the others do. It also doesn’t give the super bold color payoff with one swipe, so you may need to build on it a bit. The texture makes that easy to do though and it shouldn’t look heavy even after layering the product.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Petrol Blue:   This is a “deep navy with pearl”… It’s a dark navy blue with lighter, sky blue shimmery bits. There doesn’t seem to be so much shimmer in this one but there’s enough to notice even once it’s applied and even blended out. The bold color of Petrol Blue is the first thing you notice when you apply it… It’s also one of the creamier Pearlglide Intense Eyeliners and glides on easily. I like this color on people with brown eyes… It really makes them pop!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

Betty Pearlglide Intense Eyeliners:

Black Swan and Lord it Up

Black Swan and Lord it Up

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Eyeliners swatched on NC15 skin.

Black Swan:   Black Swan is a “black with gold pearl”… It’s a warm black with multidimensional shimmer, as in it looks different depending on the angle you look at it. You can probably tell from the photo that some shimmery bits look silver while others look blue or green. The color payoff is amazing with one swipe of this eyeliner so you don’t need to apply a lot. The texture is super creamy and it blends out easily if you like a softer, more smokey look.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Lord It Up:   This Pearlglide is described as a “bronze with pearl”… It’s a medium-dark, warm toned brown with fine bronze and rosey-golden, shimmery particles. Even though it’s not a super dark liner, it has a smooth texture which makes it easily buildable if you want to look a but darker. It has good color payoff and coverage and is a great liner for a softer, more daytime kind of look. Lord It Up also looks amazing on blue eyed people… There’s something about warm browns and golds that make blue stand out!

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

 

Gosh, it’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to review a new MAC collection, so I’m pretty excited about Styleseeker! I’m really loving all of the deep, rich colors for fall and this collection definitely has something for everyone.

Two of these Fluidline Gel Eyeliners are permanent (Blacktrack and Rich Ground), while Dark Diversion is limited edition but is a repromote (it’s been out several times). Local Wares is brand new, limited edition, and is my favorite from Styleseeker.

 

Photo taken indoors with natural, direct sunlight.
Sorry for the glare… I was losing my light and the sun was in a bad spot!

 

MAC’s Fluidline formula is gel based eye liner, which goes on smoothly and effortlessly. It’s long-wearing and smudge-proof, but not waterproof. For me, This wears all day long with no smudges, unless my eyes are exceptionally watery from bad allergies. Even then, it only barely smudges at the outer corner of my eye. My favorite brush to apply this with is the MAC 266 angled brush… It’s a soft, precise angled brush that’s perfect for creating a cat eye look. If you want a thinner, more detailed line, a MAC 210 or 211 brush is great. Those brushes will also work for a cat eye, but it takes a little more effort to create the cat eye shape.

As I mentioned before, Blacktrack and Rich Ground are permanent, while Dark Diversion and Local Wares are limited edition. These are all available now both online at www.maccosmetics.com and at any MAC store or counter. Fluidlines contain 3g/0.1oz of product and sell for $15.

 

Styleseeker Fluidlines Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   4

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight on NC20 skin

 

Blacktrack:   Blacktrack is a “solid flat black”. It’s a deep, bold, not too matte but not shimmery black… I would say it’s slightly satiny, but dries nearly flat. When I think of a classic cat eye look, I think of this liner. Blacktrack is permanent and is one of MAC’s most popular products! This is a must have for everyone… As you can see, mine is used quite often haha.

Dark Diversion:   This Fluidline is described as a “blackened plum”. In the package, it looks a bit more shimmery than it does once it’s been applied. Once applied, it still has some shimmer, though, so it gives it a nice sheen and adds dimension to this Fluidline. Coverage and color payoff are awesome… It’s nice and bold with one quick swipe. This is the second one that I have purchased (I got them both last time they came out), so obviously I think quite highly of Dark Diversion! It’s a nice break from Blacktrack, and is flattering with all eye colors and skin tones. Although this looks good on everyone, I find that it really brings out the color of brown or green eyes!

Local Wares:   Local Wares is the newest Fluidline from MAC and it’s GORGEOUS! It’s a “dirty olive with multidimensional pearl”. It’s a slightly brownish, grayish, olive with tiny little bits of multicolored microshimmer. The color payoff and coverage for Local Wares is on par with most other Fluidlines… The shimmer shows up more once this is applied, but the olive tone fades a bit and can look more grayish-brown. Either way, it’s beautiful and looks amazing on everyone. Local Wares is great all year round too, not just for fall!

 

Rich Ground:   Rich Ground is a “reddened coco with frost”. It’s a beautiful reddish coppery brown that has intense amounts of frost. It’s not so much multidimensional pearl or microshimmer like Dark Diversion or Local Wares, but true frost. The color payoff is great, although the coverage is not as heavy as some other Fluidlines. Still, this is unique and one of my recent favorites. Although this is suitable for all skin tones and eye colors, I find this to be especially pretty on people with blue, green, or hazel eyes… It REALLY makes blue eyes pop!

Yay! Finally something new that’s going to stay permanent! These eye pencils are AMAZING, trust me! They released some Pearlglides a few years ago but they weren’t as vivid and bright and the formula seemed a lot more dry. However, these new and seemingly improved Pearlglide liners are so rad! They apply really smoothly and they’re all intense, highly pigmented, and contain a hint of shimmer. Their soft texture allows them to glide on and be smudged a bit before they set if you like, but once they set, they won’t budge! I have a hard time finding eye pencils that last all day when I wear them under my lower lashline, but these give me about 8-12 hours of budge-proof wear. Since these contain those nifty sparkly particles, they aren’t recommended for wear on the waterline, as they can maybe possibly cause some scratching and we don’t want that!

These go for $15, like most other MAC eye liners and can be found at any counter, store or online at www.maccosmetics.com. As I mentioned, there’s no need to go snatch these up in a hurry since they will be sticking around as part of the permanent line of eye pencils!

I tried to take individual pictures of each liner but they turned out horrid with the basic lens I have… Hopefully after another paycheck or two I’ll have a new macro lens that’s better for that kind of thing!

Left to right: Black Line, Black Swan, Designer Purple, Industrial, Lord It Up, Petrol Blue, Undercurrent

Swatches taken on NC15 skin in natural sunlight. Left to right: Black Line, Black Swan, Designer Purple, Industrial, Lord It Up, Petrol Blue, Undercurrent

Black Line:   This is a “black with gold pearl”. It has cool brownish gray undertones and gold and copper shimmer.

Black Swan:   Black Swan is a true “black with pearl”. It’s not a super-deep black, but it’s rich and intense. The shimmer particles are very fine and have a cooler, blue-ish silver color to them.

Designer Purple:   Referred to a “iridescent violet”, this is a warm toned purple. The color payoff is awesome! The shimmer particles in here are very visible and contain silver and maybe some pinks (from what I can see anyway). It’s intense and great to wear as a pop of color under your lower lash line.

Industrial:   This is a “periwinkle grey”, so it’s basically a cool, blue/grey color… I even see a taupe-ish undertone to it at times? Sounds weird but I swear it’s there. The shimmer in this one is fine and blue/silver. It’s not as intense as the other Pearlglide Intense Eye Liners, but still unique and pretty.

Lord It Up:   Lord It Up is a “bronze with pearl”. It’s a soft bronze/brown color and doesn’t contain quite as much shimmer as the other Pearlglides do. The color payoff is nice and what little shimmer is has is a golden, coppery, pearly kind of color.

Petrol Blue:   Petrol Blue is a “deep navy with pearl”. It’s a deep, true navy blue that is intense with one swipe. The pearly look to is it very fine shimmer that’s medium to deep blue.

Undercurrent:   This is my absolute FAVORITE colorful eye liner EVER!! It’s a “teal with pearl” and it’s super intense with only one gentle swipe. The base color of this Pearlglide is cooler and more blue based, while the shimmer is warm and golden, aqua and teal. It’s different and bright and I am totally in love. It’s really flattering on everyone and especially makes blue or brown eyes pop!

Finally… New Fluidlines!! When I got the chance to play around with them I had to have them! They’re all unique and not too bright or dark… These are softer looking shades that are incredibly flattering with so many eye colors and eye shadow combinations. Sometimes it takes something a little different than your basic Blacktrack Fluidline to really make your eyes pop 😉

MAC Fluidlines wear for a solid 8-12 hours with no flaking or smudging. They aren’t waterproof, but they aren’t likely to move around if your eyes are watery or you get rained on, have water balloons thrown at you, or accidentally fall into a fountain. These are best applied with something like a MAC 266 Brush if you are going for a more intense, cat-eye look… or a MAC 210 Brush for a thinner, more detailed line.

These three colors are all limited, and may be sold out at a great deal of locations, but if you CAN find them, it will be at any MAC counter, store, or online from www.maccosmetics.com for $15.

The freestanding MAC store in the Plaza El Segundo shopping center just south of LAX airport in Los Angeles still has all of these in stock in limited numbers!

Clockwise from top: Added Goodness, Wholesome, Midnight Snack

Swatch taken on NC15 skin in natural daylight... Sorry it's fuzzy, the shimmer didn't photograph well! Added Goodness, Midnight Snack, Wholesome

Added Goodness:    This is the most unique of the three Fluidlines from this collection. MAC refers to this as a “blackened mauve”, but I see shades of plum, taupe, gray, mauve, and black all mixed together. It has a slight shimmer to it that’s really multidimensional, but it shows up more in the pot and on the swatch than on the eye itself unless you apply a pretty thick line (like with a cat-eye). It’s really cool because it’s soft, but you can still see all of the different undertones and shades this has to it when it’s applied. Added Goodness is one of my favorite Fluidlines of all time!

Midnight Snack

Midnight Snack:   Midnight Snack is a “soft black”. It looks more like a very deep, slightly shimmery gray to me. It does look more black when applied though… In a way it kind of transforms depending on what color your eyes are and what colors of eye shadows you have on. Pretty rad if you ask me! I find myself reaching for this Fluidline a lot lately, since it’s Spring I’m digging the softer colors right now. Definitely another unique one… I tried to find something close to it in my collection and couldn’t. I wish I had stocked up!

Wholesome

Wholesome:   If Dipdown and Blacktrack made a baby, it would be Wholesome. It’s definitely a “blackened brown”. I was thinking this was close to Avenue, which came out with MAC Me Over last fall, but it’s not. Avenue seems lighter and maybe a little cooler toned. Wholesome is different from any other Fluidlines I have and I find myself using this a lot on my days off when I go for a more natural look.