Monday, May 24th, 2010

MAC Chromagraphic Pencils
Pure White, Basic Red, Process Magenta, Genuine Orange, Primary Yellow,
Landscape Green, Marine Ultra, Hi-Def Cyan, Rich Purple, Black Black, NC42/NW35

MAC Chromagraphic Pencils: Review, Photos, Swatches

Last week, MAC PRO launched a full collection of Chromagraphic Pencils. Each retails for $14.50, and all the shades are permanent at PRO stores. This collection is only available at PRO stores, but anyone can shop at a PRO store. You can even call up your nearest PRO store, and you can place a phone order for a flat-rate shipping cost. Keep in mind that these are PRO products, which means they were designed with the makeup artist in mind, not necessarily consumers.

These may seem familiar because MAC released two of the flesh-toned shades with Pret-a-Papier (NC15/NW20 and NW25/NC30). The other eleven shades are new. Chromagraphic Pencils are creamy pencils that glide on easily and smoothly. According to PRO, they are meant for lining and defining, which makes sense as they have other products (like Chroma Cakes and Paint Sticks) more suitable for larger areas.

I do really like the flesh-toned shades for use on the lower waterline to open up the eye. I find that the NC15/NW20 achieves that the best (the others being a bit too dark on me) myself, and I’m about NC25. Black Black is really intense, and it is safe for usage everywhere but the lips, and that’s the one I chose to test-drive first. It stays pretty well on the waterline and lash line – it looks intense and dark from a normal viewing distance, but up close, I can see that it looks a little faded–but it hadn’t faded any more after the initial inspection and stayed on for about six hours for me (on the waterline, over eight on the lash line).

The following shades are not to be used in the lip area: Black Black, Marine Ultra, NC15/NW20, NW25/NC30, NC42/NW35
The following shades are not to be used in the eye area: Basic Red, Genuine Orange, Process Magenta
The following shades are not to be used in the inner rim of eye: Basic Red, Process Magenta, Genuine Orange, Primary Yellow, Landscape Green, Marine Ultra, Hi-Def Cyan, Rich Purple

The darker, more pigmented shades will stain the skin a little if worn for prolonged periods of time. I did not wear the swatches of these for very long, but it took quite a bit of elbow grease to remove them entirely.  I think these are certainly a quick and easy way to put detail on body/face painting efforts.  I’m not necessarily sure how much use most of us would get out of these, though (which is just fine–these weren’t made for us!).

  • Pure White is a crystal clear creamy white.
  • Basic Red is a primary red, subtle orange undertones.
  • Process Magenta is a brightened pink, not quite fuchsia, definitely magenta.
  • Genuine Orange is a rich, almost neon tangerine orange.
  • Primary Yellow is exactly that–bright yellow.
  • Landscape Green is a medium grass green.
  • Marine Ultra is a darkened medium sea blue.
  • Hi-Def Cyan is a creamy sky blue.
  • Rich Purple is a darkened, red-toned purple.
  • Black Black is an intense, almost wet-looking black.
  • NC15/NW20 is a light beige/fleshy shade.
  • NW25/NC30 is a darker version of NW15/NC20. Almost looks like a darkened peach.
  • NC42/NW35 is darker version of NW25/NC30. It looks a bit peachy/orange on me.

See more photos & swatches!

MAC Chromagraphic Pencils
Pure White, Basic Red, Process Magenta, Genuine Orange, Primary Yellow,
Landscape Green, Marine Ultra, Hi-Def Cyan, Rich Purple, Black Black, NC42/NW35

MAC Chromagraphic Pencils
Pure White, Basic Red, Process Magenta, Genuine Orange, Primary Yellow,
Landscape Green, Marine Ultra, Hi-Def Cyan, Rich Purple, Black Black, NC42/NW35

MAC Chromagraphic Pencils
Pure White, Basic Red, Process Magenta, Genuine Orange, Primary Yellow,
Landscape Green, Marine Ultra, Hi-Def Cyan, Rich Purple, Black Black, NC42/NW35

MAC Chromagraphic Pencils
Pure White, Basic Red, Process Magenta, Genuine Orange, Primary Yellow,
Landscape Green, Marine Ultra, Hi-Def Cyan, Rich Purple, Black Black, NC42/NW35

MAC Chromagraphic Pencils
Pure White, Basic Red, Process Magenta, Genuine Orange, Primary Yellow,
Landscape Green, Marine Ultra, Hi-Def Cyan, Rich Purple, Black Black, NC42/NW35

MAC Chromagraphic Pencils
Pure White, Basic Red, Process Magenta, Genuine Orange, Primary Yellow,
Landscape Green, Marine Ultra, Hi-Def Cyan, Rich Purple, Black Black, NC42/NW35

MAC Chromagraphic Pencils
Warning sheet!

MAC Chromagraphic Pencils
Pure White, Basic Red, Process Magenta, Genuine Orange, Primary Yellow, Landscape Green

MAC Chromagraphic Pencils
Process Magenta, Genuine Orange, Primary Yellow, Landscape Green, Marine Ultra, Hi-Def Cyan, Rich Purple

MAC Chromagraphic Pencils
Marine Ultra, Hi-Def Cyan, Rich Purple, Black Black, NC42/NW35

MAC Chromagraphic Pencils
Pure White, Basic Red, Process Magenta, Genuine Orange

MAC Chromagraphic Pencils
Primary Yellow, Landscape Green, Marine Ultra

MAC Chromagraphic Pencils
Marine Ultra, Hi-Def Cyan, Rich Purple, Black Black

MAC Chromagraphic Pencils
Black Black, NC15/NW20, NC42/NW35

MAC Chromagraphic Pencils
Pure White, Basic Red, Process Magenta, Genuine Orange, Primary Yellow,
Landscape Green, Marine Ultra, Hi-Def Cyan, Rich Purple, Black Black


NC15/NW20, NW25/NC30

MAC Chromagraphic Pencils
Swiped once with a MAC Makeup Removing Wipe… tough suckers!

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68 thoughts on “MAC Chromagraphic Pencils: Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I want blackblack it looks amazing!

  2. Andrea

    The Purple one is very pretty

  3. Emmie

    “Tough suckers!” – Hahaha :) Man, I WISH we had a pro store in Ireland. These colours are so beautiful!

  4. Sofia

    If I could, I bought all of them! ahaha

  5. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Katie Katie

    I didn’t know I could order from a MAC PRO store. Now I’m picking stuff out, thanks!

  6. Chibu74

    OMG, such gorg vibrant shades….loves it!! thanks for the swatches

  7. AmyVA

    These are very, very appealing. I understand most of them, but have no idea how one would use the yellow or orange in a wearable-in-real-life way. Maybe that’s why they’re Pro products? What would people do with these [open question to anyone…]

    • Body painting, face painting, avant garde shoots :)

    • Danielle

      I would get a lot of use out of Primary Yellow (as well as Marine Ultra) as I am a student at West Virginia U. I love doing more intense make-up for game days, and since our colors are blue and gold, these would be perfect. In my head, these would be great to outline to the flying “WV” symbol that is so common. Next semester, I hope to make a little cash doing friends’ makeup :D GOSH I WANT THESE!

  8. With that many warnings, I’ll pass. I can never keep track of what’s safe with what and I’d probably end up poisoning myself :)

    • Most PRO products aren’t officially safe for use on the waterline (as aren’t most products!) – but the rule of thumb is reds/pinks are never safe!

  9. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Katarzyna kasiaj85

    Gorgeous!
    I wonder, so apart from the three shades: Basic Red, Genuine Orange, Process Magenta all others can be used as eyeliners? just not on the waterline? :) the green and purple ones are amazing!

  10. Bahar

    Im thinking the black one would be a nice eyeliner :)

  11. Yvonne

    Too bad we don’t have a PRO store in Hong Kong. I’d love to get my hands on Black Black, Landscape Green and Rich Purple…

  12. Dawn

    Wow, these are really pigmented!

  13. Kelsey

    Hi-Def Cyan looks so pretty!

  14. lauraaaaa

    these woudl be greeeeeeeeeeat e/s bases

  15. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Heather Heather

    Have a very theater, high definition look and appeal to them! I don’t see them being very popular to loads of others! Especially since they aren’t trustworthy on the eyes

  16. BobbieleeH

    Love them! they all look sooo pretty!

  17. Joy

    i would love those for summer! i just don’t have a mac pro store here :(

  18. OMG I so love these!

  19. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of konconsc konconsc

    Christine, do you if any of these pencils will smudge (raccon eyes looking) if worn as an eyeliner?

  20. Daphnee

    I’m sad that the only one I want isn’t safe for the eyes :(

  21. fari

    ooo theyre so pretty. they look like pastels.

  22. zoe77

    i wonder if these would be good to use as eyeshadow bases…

  23. Tatyana

    I got them ALL when they were first released a week ago. They are amazing as lip liners and eyeliners (waterline), and also for doing body art and drawings. Amazing.

  24. Pretty colours. :) But since most of them can’t be used on the waterline, I can’t see myself using these, so I’ll pass.

  25. Rawrzellers

    What can we use them for >.>;; gosh those warning sheets annoy me D:

  26. Sarah M

    Love!!!

  27. Ashley

    So I couldn’t use the NC15/NW20 Chromagraphic pencil around by lips instead of concealer?

  28. The colours are amazing! I hate how some are suitable for eyes, and others aren’t, with the same for lips. I’d find it hard to remember which I can use where. :( I’d want to use them all on my eyes and lips, though!

  29. Laura

    I LOVEEEEEE Process Magenta for lips, I also wish they made True Chartreuse in these pencils, cuz i have some shadows like bitter and rated R that it would be perfect for.

  30. Mary Ann

    OMG! I am gonna go broke tomorrow…I say that with a smile haha

  31. What happens if you use one of them in the wrong area?

  32. Claudia

    Christine,

    Do you think black black would work well on the waterline?

    I tried using Feline Kohl on waterline and it would not stay!

  33. Riki

    Ahhhh I want them all!!

  34. GG

    How does the black one compare to Felike Eye Kohl, Powerpoint, etc??

  35. Sara

    I want Black Black and Rick Purple! ♥

  36. Bellcheria

    The Basic red & Marine ultra isn’t eyesafe? Ahw ._. Well, thats leaves me with Black black xD

    And I lol’d at the last pic XDDDD Oh well, you can do that to soften up the look huh???

  37. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of aradhana aradhana

    nice to look at for sure…but i think not really suited to my use…i find it too stressful to have to remember what cant be used where…they DO look nice for face/body art however…

  38. Such vibrant shades! Thank god I don’t live super close to a pro store.

  39. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Diana Diana s.

    I went to the Mac pro store by me 2 days ago to pick up a few things and the MUA asked if she could try High-def cyan on me since it matched my dress…I have to say, it looked amazing!She applied a thick layer of it on each eyelid (like you would use eyeliner) then she applied a thin layer of black liquid eyeliner close to my lashline over the blue so I had 2 strips of eyeliner, it was so pretty, I plan to recreate that look!

  40. harley

    I wish I could get my hands on the purple one!

  41. Ani_BEE

    All I have to say is WOW. I’ll keep a mental note to pick these up with my next costume makeup. the look smother then the Chromaline.

  42. deanne

    I love the Hi-Def Cyan colour and the nude one NC15/NC20 colour, will def purchase those 2 :)!! Thanksss :))

  43. jen

    i LOVE LOVE LOVE my NC15/NW20 to line my waterline! it gorgeous and way more subtle then white liner. people say i look awake and i think it defines my lower lash line eyeliner. :)

  44. liv

    Hi there! So I bought the black chromagraphic pencil because of this review and i find that it smudges a lot on me. Do you have any smudgeproof black eyeliner recommendations?
    thanks!

  45. rania

    Hello,
    I have been searching everywhere, I want do buy the black black one any idea where I can get my hands on one in uk or online?

  46. Sarah

    OMG I want to buy Black Black right now, I love super insane black eyeliners-this better be a permanent!