MAC Black Swan Pearlglide Eyeliner
MAC Archie’s Girls Pearlglide Eyeliners ($16.50 for 0.04 oz.) includes four shades: Black Swan (black with gold pearl), Designer Purple (violet with pearl), Lord It Up (bronze with pearl), and Petrol Blue (deep navy with pearl). Also, all of these shades are part of the permanent range, so if you don’t care about special packaging, you can grab the permanent version (standard black packaging) for $15.00–$1.50 less.
There are (at present) some stocking issues, as both Black Swan and Lord It Up are missing-in-action. They were up briefly, and I was able to add them to my cart, but by the time the Pearlmattes were purchasable the two eyeliners were removed from my cart. I wasn’t able to actually purchase them, and they have since been fully removed from the listing (not even as “coming soon!” or “sold out.” It might be a stocking or manufacturing issue, but if other retailers and counters/stores have them available, then hopefully online will eventually have them, too.
Black Swan is a dark black with subtle brown undertones and blue/silver shimmer–it looks silver straight no, then flashes a little to blue at an angle. It has great color payoff in a single pass and is buildable–it doesn’t bunch up or skip if you go back and forth. (Part of Betty’s products.)
Designer Purple is a violet purple with subtle red undertones and silver sparkle. This had decent pigmentation in one stroke, but it was less buildable than the other shades. For a purple eyeliner, it is pretty good. The sparkle in this shade is particularly chunky. Urban Decay Delinquent is more muted. (Part of Veronica’s products.)
Lord It Up is a medium-dark brown with yellow-brown undertones and a gold/copper shimmer. It had decent to good color payoff in a single pass, and it was also rather buildable. It is similar to Urban Decay Corrupt. (Part of Betty’s products.)
Petrol Blue is a rich, navy blue with lighter navy blue shimmer. It had fairly good color in a single go, and it was also buildable. For dupes, you can see comparisons to other navy blues here. (Part of Veronica’s products.)
Pearlglides are soft and very creamy, but in my experience, they wear well. I get a full eight hours with all of these shades without the colors migrating, smudging, or fading. They’re rather pigmented in a single stroke, but one pass back and forth is usually enough for full opacity and the texture isn’t very waxy, so they build up color well. One word of caution: be careful if you wear them on your lower lash line not to get them on the water line, because the sparkles in the eyeliner can be very irritating to the eye. (This, of course, will depend on your sensitivity.) As far as I know, these are not waterline safe, which makes sense, given the sparkly nature of the pencils.