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Mac Graphblack

Mac Graphblack

Hello everyone! I am back after a few days of festivities here in India. Today the product i want to share my views about is MAC Technakohl Liner in Graphblack.

Price : US$ 16.50 / Rs1100 for 0.35g

Product Claims : A mechanical pencil style liner with a soft and creamy formula and intense color.

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My experience with the product

So first things first, if you are an Indian (or from the middle east for that matter), you know you love kohl more or less like you love your mummy!! You think you need it like the air in your lungs and you go into respiratory distress if you can’t locate it in your vanity bag! I am pretty much like that! If it’s only one thing i would use before stepping out then it would be my trusty kohl. And honestly, i have had people ask me if i am unwell if they see me without kohl!

So of course the Indian make up industry also knows this about us gals and hence, the market is flooded with kohl & kajal pencils priced from Rs50 onwards.

And if you are a kohl junkie like me,you would have tried most of them! Well, i have. So when i say that this might me the best thing i have put on my eyes.. you should listen up!!

The packaging of the product is classic MAC and oh-so-chic. It comes in a black cardboard box like most MAC products and the kohl itself is housed in a sleek black pencil in a twist-up form. It is retractable, which means if you twist up way too much, you can twist it right back into the pencil casing.. which is not the case with some gel based pencil kohls from MAC. And mechanical pencil means no sharpening required so that saves a lot of product and less messy. Also, you can easily travel with it without bothering about carrying a sharpener along.

The consistency is the softest and smoothest one i have come across. It feels sooo cushiony that you almost forget you are applying a pencil. No tugging at all. Super comfortable! It blends easily if you are going for a smoky look. It can be applied at a 90° angle for a thin precision line and for a thicker application, you have to apply at a flat angle.

The color payoff of this kohl is phenomenal. Now dont be fooled by some of the reviews you have read before, it’s not the blackest of black you will ever come across. But, in a single swipe, it’s still very very good for a non-gel product.

Furthermore, it comes in 37 shades!!! You can’t ask for more!

The kohl is smudge proof as the company claims. Once it is set, it does not budge. So i agree that it is long lasting. In Fact, it is the most long lasting pencil kohl i have ever used on my oily lids.

It is sweat proof (gym safe) and survived the hot n humid Indian summer! 👍 But it is not completely waterproof. So if you apply soap and try to rub it, some of it will fade. Personally i don’t like to use waterproof products on my eyes because i have to rug and tug with makeup remover to remove it and i end up loosing some lashes. So water resistant works best for me.

To completely remove it,you have to use an oil based makeup remover.

The BEST thing about this kohl is that it is completely non allergenic. My eyes are really sensitive and would get red after few hours of kajal application. But this product just does not cause any redness at all. It is completely safe to wear by contact lenses wearers and can be safely applied on the waterline too.

Overall, I am in loveee with this product. I reach for it every single day for the last 3 months and i can see myself purchasing it over and over again. It is a bit pricey but its MAC you know. I would rate it a 4.9/5. (if only it were the blackest black).

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Disclaimer : This product has been purchased by my own money and i am not sponsored in any way to review it. All opinions mentioned are my own.

Black eyeliner is one of the most popular and widely used eyeliner that defines eyes well, making them brighter. With it, you can create cat eyes eyeliner, the popular Hollywood smokey eye gaze, an amazing weekend look or even a ‘cool chick’ look. However, it has a tendency of making things to look shrunken and receded if not used well. This is why most makeup artists will recommend to you to avoid using it on your lower eyelid, especially during the day to make your eyes open and awake.

Choosing Black Eyeliners

When choosing these eyeliners, you need to know that they come in different shades i.e. darkest, dark , medium dark,medium and light shades. In addition, you have a wide range of forms to choose from which includepencil, liquid, powder, creamy, glittery, kohl, waterproof, cake, etc. Generally, pencil black eyeliners are the most common in public domain.

However, liquid and cream black eyeliners are slowly creeping into the public domain with many people turning to them. If you want smokey eyes or rock-chick messy looks, cream will be ideal. It is also ideal for less smudging or if you are inexperienced, you will find it great. Liquids will be great in giving you the cat eye looks, since, it gives defined lines that are much shinier when it dries.

Best Black Color Eyeliner – Top Brands

When choosing the best black eyeliner, it is a good idea to know the shade that will work well for you. Generally, if you want a less harsh black shade, go for lighter shades. However if you are looking for any brand, here are some of the best ones I can recommend to you.

Shiseido The Makeup Smoothing Eye liner Pencil black BK901 Black Noir

Best Brands

MAC – Chromagraphic Pencil
MAC Feline Kohl Power
Urban Decay Perversion 24/7 LinerUrban Decay Zero 24/7 Liner
MAC Engraved Powerpoint Eye Pencil
MAC Smolder Eye Kohl
MAC Graphblack Technakohl
Milani-Liquif’Eye Liner
Stila Stingray Smudge Stick
YSL #1 Eye PencilBobbi Brown- Kohl Eye Liner
Benefit BADgal LinerBlack Color

Shades Eyeliners -Top Brands

As mentioned earlier, black eyeliner comes in different shades ranging from the darkest to the lightest. To give you a general guide to know what you need, I’m going to mention a few best black eyeliner brands for each shade. Again, the list is not conclusive but contains some of the popular shades in each category.

The various black liner shades

Darkest Brands:

Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Perversion
MAC Feline Kohl Power,
MAC – Chromagraphic

Pencil Dark Brands:

Shiseido – Noir Smoothing Pencil
YSL #1 Eye Pencil

Mac Graphblack

Medium Dark Brands:
Stila Stingray Smudge Stick
Milani – Liquif’Eye Liner
MAC Smolder Eye Kohl
Bobbi Brown -Kohl Eye Liner
Benefit BADgal Liner

Medium Brands:
MAC Engraved Powerpoint Eye Pencil
MAC Graphblack Technakohl

Lightest:
Urban Decay Zero 24/7 Liner

How to Use Black Eyeliner

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Black eyeliner can be used to give different looks. How you will end up looking like, is dependent what you want. Some of the popular looks you can achieve with these eyeliners include the following:

Natural looks – People who want natural looks need to use thin and very fine lines on their lash lines. This will give your eyes a pop up look andfuller eyelashes.
Dramatic Looks – If you want a dramatic look, you will need to slightly smudge it after applying it using a cotton swab or your fingers,
Small Eyes – People who have small eyes should avoid lining their top lash line with black liner. However, they can line their lower lash line with black and use a brighter color (e.g. gray) for the upper lash line. However, lining only the top lash line with it and applying white eyeliner on water lines will make the eyes to look bigger.
Big Set Eyes – If you have big eyes, line both your water and lash line to make them look seductive and smaller.
Deep Set Eyes – to get rid of the sleepy look on your deep-set eyes, use it on your waterline and both lashes but only up to a one-third distance, from your outer eye corners. Winging your eyeliner will be good for emphasis.
Hooded Eyes – Since the brow bone covers the eyelid, it can be tricky if you have hooded yes. You can however apply black liner on your upper lash line and add some fake or false lashes to help make your eyes pop up. If you want, you can thicken line drawn to strengthen your looks.

How to Ensure Your Black Eyeliner Does Not Fade

More than often, black eyeliners has a tendency offading, especially when exposed to the daytime harsh weather and daily activities. Here are some of the ways to stop it from fading.

Winged Black Eyeliner

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Apply a matte black eyeshadow on top of the eye liner. This will not only make it last the whole day but also make it more intense.Just as you do the on your face, use a good a foundation on your eyelids before applying any eye makeup. Liquid foundation is particularly good in ensuing your eye liner does not fade away. However, it should match the color of your skin. Ensure you let your eyelid surface dry after applying foundation before going on with the rest of your eye makeup. After you have applied it, putting a light powder on your eyelid is important in ensuring your it does not fade as well as offering a protective seal.Use an applicator that is marker like to ensure your eye liner is kept in place.Use a liquid eyeliner as it has a tendency to remain in place the whole day.Going for waterproof eyeliner is a great way of ensuring you keep it in place.