MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner Review & Swatches

Today's post is a review of my absolute, most favorite, and most used eyeliner – the MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner! :) I think the name is very fitting too since these liners have extremely intense pigmentation, are infused with pearly particles, and glide on effortlessly.

MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner

MAC makes a total of 7 beautiful shades of this formula and they all come in a pencil form with a color-coded end. The pencil shaft is pearly black with a matching black cap but they occasionally release these in a different packaging as well. For example, in the Archie's Girls Collection (Spring 2013) they were packaged in a white pencil with red heart pattern (it's really cute and I couldn't resist buying at least one color even though I already have the same color in the regular packaging!). They have traditional pencil and not twist-up style so sharpening is required (sharpener not included but they should fit most regular sharpeners).

MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner

I currently have 5 shades in my collection:

  • Black Line – black with golden pearl but in certain lighting it looks like olive green!
  • Black Swan – deep black with silver pearl
  • Lord It Up – dark warm brown with copper pearl
  • Designer Purple – beautiful iridescent purple with pink pearl
  • Petrol Bluemost striking color of all – deep navy blue with sapphire pearl

The other 2 shades that I don't have are Undercurrent (teal) and Industrial (smokey grey/silver). They are all permanent colors and vary in terms of “sparkliness” but they are all sparkly nonetheless.

MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner; L-R: Black Line, Black Swan, Lord It Up, Designer Purple, and Petrol Blue
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner; L-R: Black Line, Black Swan, Lord It Up, Designer Purple, and Petrol Blue

The number one thing I absolutely love about these pencils is their deep, rich, intense, and opaque color. I've never found anything as rich and still glide on the skin with zero effort and without any tugging or pulling on the eye area. One pass yields full opacity but you can go back and forth to build the intensity for more drama without moving the existing layer underneath.

The formula is ridiculously soft and creamy, so much so that you have to be careful while handling them, because just a light accidental touch can literally smush the tip. These liners feel like a gel eyeliner infused with fine pearl particles and then molded into a pencil form and yes, it gets tricky when trying to sharpen them which you may have to do so after every use if you like your liner to be pointy sharp (they get dull easily). I just throw them in a freezer for a brief 10-15 minutes before sharpening to reduce wastage.

They go on soft and smudge-able (for a smokey eye look, if desired) but you have to be quick since they set rather quickly into a budge-free finish with a slightly wet sheen. They last a long time on my primed, oily lids but I do occasionally notice them transferring to the crease area and collecting at the outer corner of my eyes when the weather gets warm, not a deal-breaker though since a quick dab with a makeup remover swab fixes the problem in a flash. I don't notice any fallout with any of the colors except for Black Swan which has only just a little bit of fallout.

Another thing to take into consideration is they may not be safe for use on the waterline as the glittery particles can be irritating. As for contact lens wearers, these are safe to use as I wear contacts myself and have not had any problems with these at all.

Black Line

MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Black Line
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Black Line
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Black Line
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Black Line
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Black Line
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Black Line

Black Swan

MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Black Swan
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Black Swan
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Black Swan
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Black Swan
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Black Swan
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Black Swan

Lord It Up

MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Lord It Up
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Lord It Up
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Lord It Up
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Lord It Up
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Lord It Up
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Lord It Up

Designer Purple

MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Designer Purple
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Designer Purple
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Designer Purple
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Designer Purple
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Designer Purple
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Designer Purple

Petrol Blue

MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Petrol Blue
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Petrol Blue
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Petrol Blue
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Petrol Blue
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Petrol Blue
MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Petrol Blue

MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner is something I highly, highly recommend everyone to at least try one. They are one of the smoothest liners I've ever come across with the pigment so vibrant and unique that I can't think of any dupes. If you are just starting, you can try a more subtle option such as Black Line or Lord It Up but if you want something a little more high-impact, go with Petrol Blue or Designer Purple. I am more than certain you will love the formula and will be wanting to buy more shades after you try one. Speaking of the shades, I think I really have to pick up Undercurrent and Industrial ASAP! And I need to get a back up of Black Swan too (as seen in the photo how very little I have left!).

Have you tried these? Do you like them? What's your favorite color? :)

Edit 02.27.15: For updated swatches of the entire line-up including Undercurrent, Industrial, and Chlorafill (LE), please visit this page.

Purchase

US$16 at NordstromMAC

At MAC counters

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9 Comments

  • I am also obsessed with these! They are AMAZING! Lord It Up is my #1, desert island, HG, top of the pops liner! The golden shimmer is so beautiful and makes any shadow combination I’ve come up with look that much better. I did make the mistake of using this on my waterline once like a moron and yeah…that didn’t work out too well! When used properly, though, these are the jam. I first tried one during the Archie’s Girls collection and I’ve since acquired Designer Purple as well. Now you’ve got me wanting Petrol Blue! I really want them to make a burgundy/deep cranberry one. I would buy it immediately! Great – and highly unique! – pics, as always, Jaa! :)

    • We seem to have similar taste in makeup!! :D And you MUST try Petrol Blue – I love love love this color! Burgundy/deep cranberry color would be really nice too I agree and I’m also thinking something like emerald green or blackened purple… omg I’d go broke if MAC were to release all these colors haha!

  • Omg I love sparkly eyeliners!

    I have not tried a single thing from MAC (Lol I know right) but these are SERIOUSLY opaque! All of the colours are amazing hahaha. But I would really only wear the brown on a daily basis because I’m more of a neutral person! :P Although I wouldn’t mind using petrol blue either, that colour is really gorgeous.. Haven’t seen any other eyeliners like this!

    Damn! Maybe I should get these too!

  • As much as I love your pictures, I cringe every time you smashed them products LOL Oh…what we’d do for great photos….

    • Haha it’s not that bad actually! It’s just the very small tip of the pencil but when you zoom in real close, it looks bigger than it actually is. ;D

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