MAC Dark Diversion Fluidline Review, Photos, Swatches

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MAC Dark Diversion Fluidline

MAC Stylishly Yours: Dark Diversion Fluidlines

MAC Fluidlines ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) sees the launch of one new and limited edition shade: Dark Diversion (blackened plum). Blacktrack (flat black) is also be repromoted alongside it.  Fluidlines are gel eyeliners that are best applied with an eyeliner brush (I prefer the 208, because of how thin and precise you can line with it).  They’re creamy and apply opaquely without a lot of product or needing layering.  For me, they last all day long and never budge or smudge.

Please note that I do not own Macroviolet so I can not make a comparison for you.  All I can say is they look similar but Dark Diversion seems browner and a little darker.  Without owning it, I really can’t make a fair assessment of it.

  • Blacktrack is a matte black.  This is a permanent shade.  You can see a review and swatch for it here.
  • Dark Diversion is a darkened burgundy-brown with berry-wine undertones and subtle berry micro-shimmer.  This is a new and limited edition shade.

MAC Stylishly Yours collection is a limited edition launch (official information and photos here) that is set to launch in-stores on December 26th in North America, January 2011 for international MAC locations. The approximate launch date for online is December 24th.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: It has amazing pigment and a very creamy, smooth texture so it applies beautifully. Nothing not to love here!

AVAILABILITY: MAC Cosmetics on December 26th (U.S. stores), January 2011 (International)

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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 matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I am loving the reviews and swatches. My shopping list is growing by the post! Do you think dark diversion is similar to micro violet and is calm mode lip balm similar to petting pink. I live in Ireland and popped into mac to ask for launch dates for these collections. They said they launch first Thursday of January. Hope that helps any fellow European girls!

I don’t own Macroviolet, so I could not say for sure – from what I can tell, Macroviolet isn’t as brown, maybe a little lighter, too.

Macroviolet is less reddish and brownish, and more purple and grey than this. Dark diversion might be a bit lighter, also. Looks pretty, I’d go for it.

Thanks!

I just picked up Dark Diversion and it is definatley a lot different than Macroviolet. Dark Diversion is more plummy whereas Macroviolet is a true dark violet. They look absolutley nothing alike. For fluidline fans this is a must

Thanks for the swatch! I thought that the color could look a bit flat, but I can see that bit of micro shimmer you described come up in your swatch photo and I love it.

this is so not what i was expecting it to be. the descriptions was accurate but for some reason i was imagining it to be more purple. it almost looks like it has a brown base and not a black base. thanks for the pics. my MAC to-buy list has dramatically shrunk thanks to your posts, which is good for my wallet. 🙂

Hmmm… looks a lot browner than macroviolet – Christine, I think you are absolutely correct.

I will be skipping though – not different enough from my beloved macroviolet to justify the price – I’d rather pick up another pigment!!

Christine
I’m NC20, Green eyes, med/dark brown hair…Do you think this used as a liner would make green eyes pop? Do you think on my skintone and hair color it would make me look “gothic” ?

You guys, this fluidline color is nothing like macroviolet. Dark Diversion has a finish that’s very similar to blacktrack….macroviolet is slightly shimmery and has way more purple tones to it. Also, no fluidline is recommended for the waterline. Yes, some people do use it there, but because it’s a waterproof product, it can clog the pours if you put it in the waterline. All of these questions should only be answered by a MAC artist at an actual MAC location.

Dark Diversion is much more burgundy/red than Macroviolet it looks like. Macroviolet is still a reddish purple, but this to me looks almost burgundy in comparison. Very pretty though. 🙂

There is a 1 year experation date after opening.

But I’ve had my Blacktrack for 3 years now the packaging has not allowed it to dry out unlike other gel liners.. O__O

I depot the small amount I use which helps the self life.

I NEED this. I love using blacktrack as a liner, all over the lid as a base, and sometimes even on the lips for a really weird textured black lip… and this colour is just amazing.

Nope! In Italy we received Dark Diversion, which is almost out of stock!

BTW: Macroviolet more on the aubergine side, instead of Dark Diversion which is definitely a burgundy. The formulation, also, is better.

Jup, I made the same experience in Munich today. The lady at the counter told me that MAC had some kind of delivery problem and that they will not get Dark Diversion AT ALL. (Too bad this is the only thing from Stylishly Yours whcih I really wanted to have…)
I do not know if this is only true for Munich MAC stores or if it is the same all over Germany. It is a shame for sure! On maccosmetics.de, they also only have Macroviolet.

Hey, Christine! I have Microviolet, and as it seems to me this Dark Diversion is not the same as Microviolet.
Microviolet is a way sheerer, less brown-ish, less opaque, and it’s not long-lasting as other MAC fluidlines. It was kind of dissapointment for me. To make it stay longer I layer it with pencil eyeliner or eyeshadows.

Thank goodness for a fluidline that is not brown or black! Finally MAC! I wish they would come out with different color fluidlines for a collection some time. I would probably go broke with that collection.

I bought this yesterday and I LOVE it. I also got New Hue and wore them together and they make my green/blue eyes really stand out! I am curious as to why the collection isn’t available online yet? I love the mascara, and I have dark long lashes, it provides just enough color to make my eyes pop without it blatantly looking like a purple mascara! I also got Virgin Isle and Madly Magenta cream color bases, and I LOVE them! Great collection! Anyone know about the status of the collection coming online?

you know, everyone says fluidlines are the best in terms of pigmentation, but I bought blacktrack a few days ago and it’s really weird! It doesnt apply as smoothly as the ones I see in the tutorials and it certainly isnt matte black! It’s like a fade out kohl black? Even my E.L.F. is more intense black that this and it also applies smoothly! Do you think I just got a bad seed? Thanks! Your input is appreciated!

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