MAC Glamour Daze Kohl Powers Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Kohl Power
MAC Kohl Powers

Power That Builds

MAC Glamour Daze Kohl Powers ($16.50 for 0.04 oz.) are available in four shades: Feline (intense black with black pearl), Mystery (intense black with green pearl), Orpheus (intense black with gold pearl), and Raven (intense black with red pearl).

Feline has been reviewed previously here. As of the last one I purchased (back in 2010), it was still a lovely rich, intensely pigmented black eyeliner with a smooth, creamy texture that stayed put.

I purchased the recently released versions of the other three eyeliners, even though all of them are repromotes. The colors are all exactly the same, but the texture seemed a little drier with the new versions. Not a lot drier, just somewhat, and they’re not as creamy as Feline (so if you hated how creamy Feline was, you may prefer these). It is interesting to see your own evolution, because I remember loving the Kohl Power formula in general (being particularly taken with Feline), but I’m not really into these. They require a lot more building to yield good color payoff. They also have a tendency to look uneven if you don’t, because it’s like the color isn’t actually mixed–it’s black and then pearl, and it mixes as you move the pencil back and forth.

  • Mystery is a blackened teal. I couldn’t think of a possible dupe for this one. I imagine you could try to apply a black eyeliner and then apply a brighter teal eyeliner over it to yield something similar.
  • Orpheus is a dirty gray-brown with antique gold. MAC Uniform is a bit greener–more olive than brown/gray. MAC Black Line is blacker.
  • Raven is a dark burgundy-brown. Urban Decay Rockstar has more purple, less red in it.

Mystery was the least impressive; it was a bit drier than the other two, and it required some pressure and several passes to build up the color. It’s definitely possible, but after being exposed to a number of more impressive formulas, it could use greater intensity in a single go. ย The formula remains smudgeable for a few minutes after applying, but set down and on me, they wear good to great. ย They make it to eight hours, though withย Mystery I could see some had disappeared after eight hours. ย Raven and Orpheus lasted a full eight hours.

MAC Glamour Daze Kohl Powers Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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8.5
Product
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Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
84%
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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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Mystery looks like the eyeliner version of MAC Club/Too Faced Label Whore/Too Faced Petals to the Metal/UD Lounge/Wet n Wild Comfort Zone color, haha.

I compared all three to my original three, and the formulas aren’t much different – it just takes a lot of layering back and forth to get the color right.

My Mystery also looks different….I donยดt reach for it often, maybe I just forgot how it actually looks like, but I thought it was a lot more teal.

I used it on the eye, going back and forth maybe 5-6 times, and it was better! But it is kind of funny, because all the same – the way I applied them here is the way I apply all other eyeliners, too, so…

I just bought this one today, and I was able to apply it so it looks rich and pigmented! This did take a couple of passes, however, and I agree that the black base can look faded or muddy if the pencil is applied too lightly. Layering it over black liquid liner allows the pearl to stand out quite nicely — this could be a potential solution if you really love the look of the pearl!!

I was really hoping to like these, especially Raven, but I’ll have to pass. Texture aside, these seriously lack pigmentation, at least according to the color descriptions. They all look like muddy shades of brown.

How do Pearlglides last on you? I believe Pearlglides last a little longer on me. I know that some people have had terrible results with Feline (the most often repromoted, so it has the most reviews!), others fantastic ones. I might try googling for “kohl power” and “oily lids.”

LOVE pearlglides! Learned about them from you, btw :))))) I have 3 of each, that’s how much I don’t want to be without them “in case of an emergency” :))) I have Black line and Black swan, both so beautiful! I personally don’t wear bright colors

I’d like to try at least one of the Extra Dimension Eyeshadows because I wasn’t able to get any when they first launched earlier this year. After seeing your photo wearing Glamourdaze LS, I’m seriously considering it (it looks awesome on you)! I’d also like to check out the fluidlines and Iยดm hoping the eyeshadow palettes are high quality, because I’m loving the packaging!

Darn. I wanted to pick up raven eye kohl… but it is not as pretty as I remember. So its a pass.

I just reorganized my makeup… got some new Muji drawers and they are full full full. Not like I need anymore eyeliner… but oh my it’s so nice to have access to everything so easy, before it was all just stuffed in a traincase. I usually just go for a basic black anyway… but these blackened eyeliners are looking nice.

I might just pick up the new Laura Mercier set they have with black gold instead. I think that’s what its called.

If you don’t mind going over and over again with it, you’ll get better color – I never realized how much pressure and passes you needed!

I like the look of these pencils (in fact I like the look of nearly all Mac’s festive collections) but I am really disappointed they have started animal testing ๐Ÿ™

I have Orpheus from wayyyyyy back in the day (I’m aging myself) and your swatch of the new version isn’t even close to the original! Mine is super black with gold pearl, closer to the description I guess. The base is quite pigmented and blackish. It is absolutely one of my favourite eyeliners ever (that and Mac Black Karat from the McQueen collection, almost identical colours!) and was looking forward to repurchasing, but it’s just not the same. Oh well, save money for the next great item!

Another epic fail MAC! I have the original mystery and Orpheus and they are completely different. Mine are more pigmented and go on nicely in one swipe. I was hoping to finally be able to get Orpheus again, but no! MAC had to disappoint again.

I ended up getting Orpheus, and I love it. It definitely does require a bit of layering, but it WILL get opaque. And the color is just so pretty and unique! I love the shimmer in it, it really stands out.

which ones do you think will look best with carmel colored brwon eyes? i know i doent want mystery but out of the other 3 which 1 or 2 of them do you think will look best on me? thanks

Hi Christine, Im abit confused about the MAC Mystery Kohl Power swatch, becuase it looks like a brown, with tiny blue flecks.

But when looking at other swatchs on the internet of the same kohl shade, it looks alot more of a blue/green shine, do you know why this chould be please?
as i really wanted to buy Mystery, but from this swatch, its hardly noticeable.?

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