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MAC Archie’s Girls Pearlglide Eyeliners Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Black Swan Pearlglide Eyeliner
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.

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MAC Black Swan Pearlglide Eyeliner
MAC Black Swan Pearlglide Eyeliner

MAC Black Swan Pearlglide Eyeliner
MAC Black Swan Pearlglide Eyeliner

MAC Black Swan Pearlglide Eyeliner
MAC Black Swan Pearlglide Eyeliner

MAC Black Swan Pearlglide Eyeliner
MAC Black Swan Pearlglide Eyeliner

MAC Black Swan Pearlglide Eyeliner
MAC Black Swan (left) / Lord It Up (right) Pearlglide Eyeliner

MAC Designer Purple Pearlglide Eyeliner
MAC Designer Purple Pearlglide Eyeliner

MAC Designer Purple Pearlglide Eyeliner
MAC Designer Purple Pearlglide Eyeliner

MAC Designer Purple Pearlglide Eyeliner
MAC Designer Purple Pearlglide Eyeliner

MAC Designer Purple Pearlglide Eyeliner
MAC Designer Purple Pearlglide Eyeliner

MAC Designer Purple Pearlglide Eyeliner
MAC Designer Purple (left) / Petrol Blue (right) Pearlglide Eyeliner

MAC Lord It Up Pearlglide Eyeliner
MAC Lord It Up Pearlglide Eyeliner

MAC Lord It Up Pearlglide Eyeliner
MAC Lord It Up Pearlglide Eyeliner

MAC Lord It Up Pearlglide Eyeliner
MAC Lord It Up Pearlglide Eyeliner

MAC Lord It Up Pearlglide Eyeliner
MAC Lord It Up Pearlglide Eyeliner

MAC Black Swan Pearlglide Eyeliner
MAC Black Swan (left) / Lord It Up (right) Pearlglide Eyeliner

MAC Petrol Blue Pearlglide Eyeliner
MAC Petrol Blue Pearlglide Eyeliner

MAC Petrol Blue Pearlglide Eyeliner
MAC Petrol Blue Pearlglide Eyeliner

MAC Petrol Blue Pearlglide Eyeliner
MAC Petrol Blue Pearlglide Eyeliner

MAC Petrol Blue Pearlglide Eyeliner
MAC Petrol Blue Pearlglide Eyeliner

MAC Designer Purple Pearlglide Eyeliner
MAC Designer Purple (left) / Petrol Blue (right) Pearlglide Eyeliner

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MAC Lord It Up $15.00/0.04 OZ.
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About the Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). (For more information, please check the FAQ.)

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I have Lord it Up and Black Swan but I need Petrol Blue- it is gorgeous. I wish they had a fern green color in the pearl glide as well.

MAC actually released a greenish pearlglide called black line not too long ago, check out Christine’s post about it in her original pearlglides review. I absolutely love it, the green isnt an obvious in your face green, its a blackened green and its just beautiful! it wears amazingly as well 🙂

My eyelids are like oil-slick city, but I have to say, I’m very impressed by the pearlglide formula. Amazing color payoff, and really easy to apply. No tugging or pulling of skin. I own all the colors from the permanent line. This stuff doesn’t move. It stays put. Even removing it takes time. I highly recommend these, even for oily lids

These are gorgeous! Too bad I’ve only budgeted for 3 lipsticks. I’m starting to regret not leaving room for one of these or the blush. Really pretty!

I rarely have any problems wearing eyeliner but I own designer purple, petrol blue and black swan and they are very irritating to my eyes. Especially designer purple and I really love the color! Every so often I’ll wear one of these and try not to get it on the inner eyelid. But by the end of the day I feel like I have sand in my eyes so I avoid using them. The black swan one seems the least scratchy.Too bad since I love all the colors!

They are gorgeous! 😀 I particularly like lord it up and petrol blue. How do they compare to the NYX slide on pencils in quality and consistency?

Hi Christine, i wanted to ask, Is the MAC Designer Purple Pearlglide Eyeliner still the same? just with different packaging? Many Thanks

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