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.