Thursday, September 27th, 2012

MAC Fascinating Eye Kohl
MAC Fascinating Eye Kohl

Old Standbys Get a New Outfit

MAC Marilyn Monroe Eye Kohls ($15.00 for 0.05 oz.) sees the promotion of two permanent shades: Fascinating (intense matte white) and Smolder (intense black). If you purchase from the collection, the pencils you’ll receive come in a glossy black box and are packaged in a glossy black pencil, compared to the matte black packaging of the permanent shades. They cost exactly the same, and while online is listing these as 0.05 oz. (or 1.45g), my pencils say 0.048 oz. (or 1.36g), making them the same size as the permanent ones as well.

  • Fascinating is a bright white with a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation in a single pass. Dolce & Gabbana white is similar but a bit brighter, not as cool-toned. MAC Pure White is also similar but more of a neutral white.
  • Smolder is a dark black with a near-matte finish. It had good color payoff in one stroke. It’s a basic black eyeliner, so it has many dupes available.

The Eye Kohl formula is supposed to be a soft pencil eyeliner that delivers rich color along with a smooth finish.  Smolder was really creamy and glided on easily, while Fascinating was a bit drier, but it still applied evenly and didn’t pull or tug on the lash line.  Smolder remains smudge-able for awhile and eventually sets, but I did see some additional smudging after wearing it for eight hours on my lower lash line.

Keep in mind, online retailers like Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Bloomingdale’s will also launch the collection online. These retailers typically launch close in time to the in-store release date (October 4th).

The Glossover


MAC Fascinating + Smolder Eye Kohls Reviews, Photos, Swatches

I don't get the best wear with these, so for me, they're not my go-to pick for eyeliner. I'd rather use MAC's Chromagraphic Pencil formula (which is PRO) or their Technakohl range.











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MAC Fascinating Eye Kohl
MAC Fascinating Eye Kohl

MAC Fascinating Eye Kohl
MAC Fascinating Eye Kohl

MAC Fascinating Eye Kohl
MAC Fascinating Eye Kohl

MAC Smolder Eye Kohl
MAC Smolder Eye Kohl

MAC Smolder Eye Kohl
MAC Smolder Eye Kohl

MAC Smolder Eye Kohl
MAC Smolder Eye Kohl

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC Cosmetics; September 27th online at and October 4th for in-store. $15.00.

Is it limited edition?

Yes, in the glossy packaging, but both shades are part of the permanent range.

Any dupes?

See individual shade review! :)

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4 thoughts on “MAC Fascinating + Smolder Eye Kohls Reviews, Photos, Swatches

  1. Joanna

    Thanks for all your thorough reviews, Christine! I know you have a wedding coming up, so it’s a lot to balance. Best wishes!

  2. Kris (kmk05)

    Yes, but their permanent colours are so great! I can think of Teddy which is just… Mmmmmm 😀 I was about to type ‘Coffee’ too but went to check, and that one’s not an Eye Kohl! You learn something every day.

    Thank you for your thorough reviews, Christine!

  3. anybdy else find smolder changes to having a greenish cast after awhile?