MAC Strawberry Blonde Veluxe Brow Liner
MAC Stylish Brow: Veluxe Brow Liner
MAC Veluxe Brow Liner ($19.50 for 0.042 oz.) is a new and permanent range of brow pencils that can be used to fill, define, and shape the brow. It comes in five shades: Strawberry Blonde (soft muted beige-taupe), Redhead (soft brown), Brunette (muted mid-tone gray), Deep Brunette (muted blackish-brown), and Deep Dark Brunette (dark dirty chocolate).
- Strawberry Blonde is a light-medium brown with a gray-ish cast.
- Redhead is a light-medium brown with subtle warm undertones.
- Brunette is a medium brown with a subtle gray tinge.
- Deep Brunette is a medium-dark brown with subtle, warm undertones.
- Deep Dark Brunette is a dark brown with subtle warm, undertones. It is only marginally darker than Deep Brunette and has less red undertones.
MAC described the pencil as a “rich powdery formula.” It is kind of odd to think of an eyeliner as powdery, but there is a little powderiness to the pencil here. That powderiness works well with the brow pencil, because it lends it a softer finish and feel, so it looks more natural and is more readily blended along the brow so it doesn’t create harsh lines.
After using the Brow Gelcreme, the Veluxe Brow Liner was less interesting. It’s not too soft or hard; firm enough to give a full, opaque line of color, but not so firm that it drags or pulls. Unlike a lot of pencil eyeliners, there is no dry-down–it’s like a pressed powder eyeshadow in pencil form. When I wore Deep Dark Brunette, I felt it was a smidgen on the light side for my natural brow color (dark brown, slightly black)–I typically use Espresso or Brun eyeshadows to fill my brows in–and it was faded in places (about 80% remained) after eight hours. Unlike the Brow Gelcremes, this range has more shades, though I think it is lacking a really dark shade and not enough ashy colors.
The five new pencils are permanent, per a Live Chat I did with MAC yesterday (and the website corroborates, as they aren’t listed as limited edition), so you can feel free to fall in love and make it a new staple in your routine.