Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

MAC Wonder Woman Penultimate Eyeliner
MAC Wonder Woman Penultimate Eyeliner

MAC Wonder Woman: Penultimate Eyeliner

MAC RAPIDBLACK PENULTIMATE EYELINER ($18.50 for 0.08 oz.) is super-sized for Wonder Woman–the original (and permanently available) Rapidblack is $16.50/0.03 oz.–making this over twice as much for $2 more. This feels and looks a lot like a marker; even holding it feels like I’m getting to write a note rather than line my eyes. Personally, I think it may be too large to be of great use for most people, and if you have smaller eyes–forget it!

my thoughts on the formula: I really like the original Penultimate eyeliner for something quick and easy that doesn’t dry out and gives you a medium black eyeliner (though it photographs brown with flash–it is definitely black). The tip is thin enough and flexible enough to glide across the eye without skipping. It wears all day for me, and I like that you can do thin or thick eyeliner with it. You can see photos of the permanent Rapidblack here.

Also worth noting, but the outside packaging felt and seemed like a sticker to me. I couldn’t exactly get it to peel or slip off, but it was something that caught my eye.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 3/5
  • Packaging: 1/5

final thoughts: Way too large. This is probably the least useful jumbo-sized product of the launch; it’s not just an increase in overall product quantity, but it really changes the effectiveness of the product itself. I’d recommend their Superslick eyeliners over Penultimate in general (better overall), and certainly over this shade. The formula itself is nice, but the packaging gets a major thumbs down for me–fine, be jumbo, but at least work as well as the original.

where to buy: MAC Cosmetics

See more photos & swatches!

MAC Wonder Woman Penultimate Eyeliner
MAC Wonder Woman Penultimate Eyeliner

MAC Wonder Woman Penultimate Eyeliner
MAC Wonder Woman Penultimate Eyeliner

MAC Wonder Woman Penultimate Eyeliner
MAC Wonder Woman Penultimate Eyeliner

MAC Wonder Woman Penultimate Eyeliner
MAC Wonder Woman Penultimate Eyeliner

MAC Wonder Woman Penultimate Eyeliner
MAC Wonder Woman Penultimate Eyeliner

MAC Wonder Woman Penultimate Eyeliner
MAC Wonder Woman Penultimate Eyeliner

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MAC Wonder Woman will be available in-stores on February 10th, 2011 (North America) and March 2011 (International). It will be online approximately February 8th, possibly as early as the 7th. Many stores are holding unveilings on February 1st--call your local store to ask (or ask if they know of any in your area) to RSVP. PRO stores generally launch collections one week prior, so February 3rd, 2011. The collection will be available at all counters and freestanding stores. $18.50.

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21 thoughts on “MAC Wonder Woman Penultimate Eyeliner Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Allison

    Oh, how disappointing! I wonder why MAC would ruin a good product like that by supersizing it?

    I did like your “fine, be jumbo!” comment, Christine. Thanks for saving me $18.50!

  2. Hmm, this seems like it would be such an awkward size for using right up against the lash line! I don’t know if the extra value is worth the inconvenience. And that’s so strange about it photographing brown! I’ll probably pass on this one, even though I’ve been in the market for a felt-tip black eyeliner. I love my CK one, but they’ve sadly discontinued the entire line :(

  3. I would love to try a really thick cat eye with this, I like a challenge! But the color isn’t as opaque as I would like it to be so still a pass.

  4. Amy

    Ugh, I hate the misuse of the word penultimate! I don’t know if they mean for it to mean what it actually means (second to last)

  5. kiran

    So leaving it. Looks more like a giant marker. I doubt it would even look good on the eyes.

  6. It looks way too big to use on the eye

  7. Tula

    hahaha! fine, be jumbo! youre funny!
    omg i wanted it so bad before i saw the full review, it kinda looks like a Sharpie, isnt it? 😀
    oh and Christine, Temptalia is so pretty that way, but in the mobile site everything is like a giant review… =[

  8. Stephanie!

    I expected to dissapointed by this.. And I was right..
    Thanks for the honest review Christine, it really helps to decide which products are for me!!!

  9. vee

    ew! magic marker anyone?
    maybe good in theory, but with this packaging it belongs in a kindergarten crayon box.

  10. Ann

    I’m going to try this one out. I like that it looks like a marker- I could never get past the fine point of the penultimate so this may work out for me.

  11. Sarz

    Yeah, sure. And when I run out, I’ll always have my little sister’s crayola marker as a backup.

  12. pink

    i can get the same look with a black sharpie!

  13. Megan Kurzeka

    Hi Christine!

    Thanks for the review. Do you know if the penultimate liner can be used on the waterline?

  14. Michelle Trinh

    I just placed an order online today (Canadian Site), but I noticed the penultimate eyeliner wasn’t available. Even though the reviews arent great, I still really wanted to try it out. Hopefully it comes out in stores!

  15. Ingrid

    Hi, do you think you could try it on? I’m curious how it actually looks on the eyes. Thank you in advance :)

  16. Rebecca

    Oh the drama! You guys are obvoiusly looking for a barely there line and haven’t heard of overlapping. This eyeliner is awesome. Keep giving it bad reviews though. It’s sold out everywhere and I would rather someone who loved it had it than someone who will use it to write their grocery list.

    • Hi Rebecca,

      The review’s score is brought down by the packaging — the eyeliner formula is great, in its original form, but personally, I found it unwieldy.

  17. San

    The wonderwoman rapidblack is excellente! I completely love it the bulkiness doesn’t mean anything. Applies a flawless line every time for me with the utmost of definition. Use with l’oreal telescopic explosion mascara in carbon black and feel like wonderwoman for real lol. Idk what you guys are talking about this liner is out cold!

  18. I love this product, finaly I can make beautiful lines.