Thursday, May 15, 2014

MAC Chromagraphic Pencils

MAC's recent Playland collection includes three of their gorgeous, brightly coloured chromagraphic pencils: Genuine Orange, Hi-Def Cyan, and Process Magenta.  Even as these beauties were selling out, I managed to track down an orange in stores (which is awesome, because it's the one I wanted most).  But while doing so, the helpful folks at the counter told me these were actually only part of an entire LINE of outrageous pencils, which are available year-round at Pro stores.  As a complete sucker for wild eyeliner colours, I was both thrilled and disappointed in myself for not already knowing about these.

I threw out the orange box because I don't think things through.

Since I just so happened to be in the area this week (I swear), I made a stop at the MAC Pro store in Toronto, specifically to give myself access to the full line of chromagraphs.  Which was probably a mistake, since these suckers are $19 a pop and I lack willpower, but I have rainbow eyeliner on right now so there are no regrets.

Sadly, I was able to resist buying the entire line.  This time.  I limited myself to colours I didn't already have and haven't seen anywhere else (yellow eyeliner, amirite?).  I'll update this post in the future when I purchase the remaining colours, which we all know I will.  In the meantime, here are some swatches of the boldest and brightest colours offered in this line.

Genuine Orange

This is the gem of the line for me.  (The yellow is a close second).

I can't help it, it's in my blood.

It's such a perfect bright orange, and I couldn't resist using it (more than once) before even writing this post. 

Primary Yellow

Yellow.  Eyeliner.  I know.

I have had mixed experiences with the payoff of yellow eye colours (which may or may not be related to the base I'm using, further experimentation will tell), but I adore the idea and keep trying to make it work.  This pencil did NOT let me down.

Just look at this swatch.  Be still, my heart.


Process Magenta

I seriously only bought this one because I couldn't think of a reason not to.  I'll work it into a few looks somehow to justify having it, because it's pretty.

Hi-Def Cyan

Despite the fact that we all own approximately 28,458 blue eyeliners (don't try to deny it), none of us own one quite like this.  This colour is neon bright and creamy matte at the same time.

Basic Red

I have a thing about red eye makeup.  I fucking love it.  I think it is one of those colours that shouldn't look good on anybody, but when it works, it really works.  The pigments that turn makeup red are not approved for eye-area use, which means that on top of being gorgeous, it is nearly impossible to find.  As such, I live in a perpetual state of "find the next kickass red eyeshadow", so finding this pencil was a huge slice of happiness for me.

Landscape Green

One thing I don't need in my collection is more green eye makeup.  But the reason I don't need more is that I keep buying it anyway.  Because look at this shit:

Nobody can judge me for buying that.

Overall, these pencils went on smooth, had great colour payoff, and lasted all day.  And as an added bonus, they are not technically eyeliners, and can be used anywhere you want.  (Except not really, because technically speaking almost none of them are approved for eye and/or lip area use, but let's be realists here).  I'm going to try using the yellow as a base for my yellow eyeshadow, and the red as an all-over colour and see what happens, because why not?  Even if that doesn't work out, I'll always have this in my arsenal:

PS: These pencils are not all I escaped from Playland with.  See my last post for a review of the loose pigment "Golden Olive".


  1. Oh. OH NO. There's a Mac store in a mall near me. I am developing a need to go visit it. Because that orange, that blue, OMG I NEEEED that red. I have become obsessed with orange eye shadow lately, clearly I NEEEEEEEEEEED an orange pencil to match.

    1. That was basically my reaction as well. Good luck to you, madam!

      PS: MAC pro products can also be bought online, if you go to the "pro" section of the website - they aren't shown when you browse through the normal products so you might think they're not on there, but they are. Tread carefully!