Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Chromaline is described by MAC as:

A waterproof gel/cream liner that provides all the smooth graphic benefits of a liquid liner. Creates precise, long-lasting lines of intense colour with dense matte coverage. Versatile palette offers both vibrantly bright and blackened shades. Applies smoothly, sets quickly. Waterproof and smudge-proof. Best when used with professional tools and brushes.

Chromaline is available in the following shades:

  • Landscape Green Lust bright green
  • Bright Red Primary red
  • Black Black Deep black
  • Genuine Orange Bright orange
  • Pure White Whitest white
  • Marine Ultra Bright naval blue
  • Primary Yellow Bright clean yellow
  • Rich Purple Dense purple

What IS Chromaline? While the MAC PRO site described it as a gel/cream liner, I suppose you might think then it’s meant to be used as an eyeliner, much like fluidline. Well, you’d be mostly wrong, since the majority of the colors are not eye safe (and some aren’t lip safe, either). So then you’re left wondering, “What ARE these for, then?” I was chatting with Elessa from Pursebuzz about them, and she mentioned body art and body painting, which were both ideas I also pondered over. I think the only reason why it seems odd to use these for body is because both chromacakes and paintsticks are great for body art/painting and you get more product–these are the size of paint pots! Imagine using that to cover up a leg ;) But I have heard that these are an extension of the chromacake/paintsticks line, which definitely means they are meant for body and painting rather than regular consumer day-to-day use–doesn’t mean you can’t try ‘em out, though!

When I called up Los Angeles PRO to get Dame Edna stuff early, I figured I’d try a few of these to see how their texture/payoff/etc. was like. The texture is creamy, and all of the colors I tried were very rich and pigmented–all good things. As I mentioned, most of these are not eye safe, which is a bummer and kind of leaves me with no real usage for these. You can speculate on why they are or are not eye safe, but some reasons are staining or irritation from dyes (like red dyes).

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