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1.45 g / 0.05 oz
Price $15 USD
Origin Made in Italy

MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder Review

Our Rating
7.0
Good: Great to use as a base under eyeshadow, or alone when smudged.
Bad: Breaks off easily & hard to sharpen; messy to apply so it's hard to get a straight line.
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  • A soft pencil that applies as a matte black with a very slight pearl finish. Easily smudges for a smoldering, smoky look. Ophthalmologist tested.
  • Hydrogenated coco-glycerides, Triethylhexanoin, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Copernicia Cerifera wax, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Ozokerite, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Lecithin, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), CI 77000, CI 42090, Bismuth Oxychloride, Carmine, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Chromium Oxide Greens, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Manganese Violet, Ultramarines, CI 19140.
  • Carefully sharpen pencil to a point. Apply on eyes with a gentle hand, with care so that smudging can be avoided (unless smudging is intentional). Set with a similar colored eyeshadow powder for lasting power.
  • MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder can be found in any MAC stores or counters. Alternatively, you may purchase this from the MAC website.

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I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with MAC Eye Kohl. I love it for its many good qualities, but I hate it because it does have its flaws as well. However, I still believe that it is a great product–one that I’m really happy to have in my stash. I love using MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder during photoshoots, when my makeup work is focusing on bringing out the eyes of the model/person. With the proper tools and techniques, this product becomes really easy to work with and can even be used to create some interesting looks.

MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder is excellent when you want that deep black line. It truly applies in one of the blackest blacks I’ve seen, as you can see in my swatch below:

Swatch on Hand of MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder

From Top to Bottom: Smudged, swatched once, swatched twice

One thing I really like about this pencil is that it works great as a base for a smoky eye. All I have to do is apply some over my eyelid and then smudge the line and voila–I have the perfect base for a dark-colored smoky eye. So yes, as a kohl pencil, it really does work great. It applies dark (it’s one of the deepest black pencils I own!) and thins out to a dark gray when smudged.

Swatch on Eye of MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder

It works great on my upper eyelid, but also works excellent in the waterline, although you should see first whether you tear up a lot or not because if you do you might end up in raccoon city (what works for me won’t necessarily work for you!). Fortunately, this eye kohl is somewhat waterproof–when it’s wet it doesn’t run. You can definitely expect it to budge if you rub at it though.

Naturally, if we have the good, then we also have the bad. I suppose I can’t expect one pencil to be able to do it all, but I do dislike the consistency of the pencil. By its nature, kohl pencils are supposed to be soft, but MAC’s Eye Kohl is so soft that it becomes nearly impossible to sharpen properly. Because of this, it’s really hard to get a clean, straight line during application. MAC’s Eye Kohl is also a little sticky so when I use it, it drags on my skin just a tiny bit, making a clean application even more difficult (but I suppose Kohl isn’t really made for a clean application!).

The consistency of this product makes it so that it creases quite easily if applied all over the eyelid. This is why if you want to use this for a smoky eye, it’s best to set with a powder just to make sure your eyeshadow doesn’t crease all over the place. Setting with a similar colored powder is also a great way to prevent further smudging!

One last thing I don’t like about the MAC Eye Kohl is the price. $15 for one pencil is a bit to swallow, but at least you’re paying for quality.

That’s it for my review! Oh, and I have a few tips for using MAC Eye Kohls! If you want a really clean application, it’s best to apply this product with a synthetic angled eyeliner brush like the MAC 263. Set with powder to prevent any smudging!

 

Chriselle Sy

Chriselle Sy

Chrissy is a makeup afficionado who decided to take it one step further by devoting a little corner of her life for her choice of art. She enjoys blogging about everything related to beauty and loves being a freelance hair and makeup artist — she practically lives and breathes makeup.

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  1. Jewe
    May 27, 2014, 1:37 pm

    thanks for the review. could i know what the metallic glittery makeup is that you used for your lower waterline on one of the photos? are all metallic glittery eyeliner or eyeshadows safe for inner rim/waterline ?

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    • Makeup Mew
      July 4, 2014, 12:20 pm

      can’t remember but to play safe, you should stick to pencil instead of liquid for the waterline. Some liquids can really burn the eyes.

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