MAC Grey Tide, Groundbreaker, Long Espresso Modern Twist Kajal Liners Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Grey Tide Modern Twist Kajal Liner
MAC Grey Tide Modern Twist Kajal Liner

MAC Modern Twist Kajal Liner ($17.00 for 0.01 oz.) is supposed to be an “easy-glide formula” with a “soft texture that’s perfect for rimming the sensitive waterline” that has “colour intensity and extreme depth” in a “long-wearing waterproof formula.” It’s a slim, twist-up eyeliner thas has light slip–not enough to slide around too easily but enough not to tug–with semi-opaque to mostly opaque coverage in one stroke. They felt creamier rather than waxy to me. On me, the formula wore between six and nine hours on me before noticeably thinning. None of them lasted for more than a few hours on the waterline, and some shades applied better/worse on the waterline. Some shades flaked while they wore, between four and six hours in (noted by the shade). The new formula launches on February 25th online and in-stores March 3rd.

Grey Tide ($17.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “platinum.” It’s a medium, taupe brown with warm undertones and a sparkly, silver sheen. This was the most sparkly of the range. It had semi-opaque coverage in a single stroke that was buildable to mostly opaque coverage but was always a little sheer in places. The consistency was lightly creamy without smudging easily nor dragging or tugging the skin. It lasted for four hours on the waterline (and it was a little irritating when I tried it that way), and it lasted for eight hours on the lower lash line.
Fenty Beauty Later, Crater (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Nude Reflection (P, $7.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Pistol (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Quarzo (2) (LE, $34.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Perle de Lune (916) (LE, $33.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Revelation (897) (LE, $33.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Groundbreaker ($17.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “warm, rich bronzy brown.” It’s a dark, red-toned brown with fine bronze and copper shimmer. It had semi-sheer coverage in one pass, which was buildable to semi-opaque coverage with two to three layers. The consistency was a little drier than other shades, though it didn’t tug (it felt and applied better than it looks swatched!) and set quickly. It didn’t last long on the waterline–four hours–but stayed on the lower lash line for eight hours. MAC Broque (P, $17.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Our Secret (P, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Rum (LE, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Overboard (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Zoeva Glance (P, $7.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Cocoa (P, $10.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Amber Moon (LE, $27.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Mulholland Drive (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Brun Agape (943) (P, $33.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Hustle (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Overboard (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Eternal Bronze (PiP, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Long Espresso ($17.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as an “espresso brown.” It’s a dark brown with slight, warmer tones (but not strongly warm-toned) and a matte finish. This was one of the more matte shades in the range. The texture looked drier than it felt, which isn’t usually how it goes, but ultimately it’s a good thing as it doesn’t tug on the lash line. It wore for five hours on the waterline and eight hours on the lower lash line. Buxom Here's My Number (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Stomper (P, $6.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Burberry Chestnut Brown No. 02 (P, $29.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Solaris (Shade) (LE, ) is darker, brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Stew (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Diving in Malaysia (18) (DC, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Express-Oh! (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Coco Bar (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Coffee (PiP, $16.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Lush (P, $20.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Stubborn Brown (PiP, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Christian Louboutin Beaute Zoulou (P, $40.00) is darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Chocolate (LE, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty (Earth)quake (P, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Stag (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Mole Brown (LE, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Stomper (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC  Modern Twist Kajal Liner
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MAC Modern Twist Kajal Liner

MAC Grey Tide Modern Twist Kajal Liner
MAC Grey Tide Modern Twist Kajal Liner

MAC Grey Tide Modern Twist Kajal Liner
MAC Grey Tide Modern Twist Kajal Liner

MAC Grey Tide Modern Twist Kajal Liner
MAC Grey Tide Modern Twist Kajal Liner

MAC Groundbreaker Modern Twist Kajal Liner
MAC Groundbreaker Modern Twist Kajal Liner

MAC Groundbreaker Modern Twist Kajal Liner
MAC Groundbreaker Modern Twist Kajal Liner

MAC Groundbreaker Modern Twist Kajal Liner
MAC Groundbreaker Modern Twist Kajal Liner

MAC Long Espresso Modern Twist Kajal Liner
MAC Long Espresso Modern Twist Kajal Liner

MAC Long Espresso Modern Twist Kajal Liner
MAC Long Espresso Modern Twist Kajal Liner

MAC Long Espresso Modern Twist Kajal Liner
MAC Long Espresso Modern Twist Kajal Liner

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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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Well, I can skip this whole line. I’ve found far better eye liners for a lot less that last forever +17 hrs on my oily lids ( BM Round the Clock, Sephora Contour Matte Gel, Prestige Total Intensity, BH Cosmetics Party Girl Waterproof Gel, Charlotte Tilbury Rock N Roll ), although none have lasted very long on my wet waterline…..someday, someday

You are more than covered 😉 MJB’s does the best on the waterline for me, though MAC Chromagraphic Pencils do well (in some shades).

I wish I could wear Charlottle Tilbury’s Rock n Kohl on my waterline. They are gorgeous. But, they are probably the only liner that make my eyes burn and tear like crazy ( beside MAC Pearlglide) . I envy you for that. What does BH stand for?

I’m not sure what BH stands for, but the company is called BH Cosmetics, and I have their Waterproof Party Girl eyeliners in 5 colors, all except the green. They last like iron on my oily lids (7AM- 11 PM bedtime), need to take off with waterproof makeup remover, and they have subtle sparkle, very brightening for eyes. Only $8 each and they have 50% off sales or BOGO all the time. But since they have some glitter/sparkle, not sure if good for waterline. Their Carli Bybel shadow/highlighter palette also got rave reviews, always sold out, but I haven’t tried it yet. If you’re interested, you can order online thru website.

MAC. Again? Drugstore pencils are better! Disappointed in this Hoped was to be good. Love ZOEVA pencils when see them here Shipping so much! Great dupes.

If you don’t expect to wear it on the waterline, they’re okay – but there are better formulas out there, including drugstore liners (though some of the shades are easier/harder to find at lower price points!). Grey Tide was surprisingly similar to Zoeva’s Nude Reflection!

Thank you! I do like the colors but own so many liners. If shades have any similarity I’m happy! Lionfish looks amazing on you! (KaePop pic) Quoting Nancy, Dayum. Grey Tide would be cheaper than ZOEVA! The reddish plum ZOEVA is so pretty too. They look unique to my eye. Would you say they’re unique enough to warrant an order?

I don’t think two are worth the $16 flat rate shipping, IMO. I am also not certain that the Zoeva reddish shade is eye safe here in the U.S. (that’s mostly a FYI, do with it what works for you, as obviously it is A-OK elsewhere!).

If Sephora’s eyeliners work for you, Sephora Flirting Game usually keeps my taupe needs at bay, even though Nude Reflection is lovely.

I wouldn’t recommend it! I know MAC mentioned using the formula on the rim specifically, but the sparkly shade(s) may not be appropriate.

Sparkly liner made for the waterline? That sounds like a bad idea… Weird move from MAC to introduce a new formula that sounds so lackluster. I hope the other shades fare better!

Yeah, I’m not sure – it is one of the more sparkly shades (most aren’t sparkly), but they were specific about using the formula on the waterline. I didn’t notice any inserts in my boxes, but mine were press samples so there might be an insert on some shades for final packaging if they aren’t all waterline-safe. I like them as a standard pencil eyeliner, but they aren’t spectacular on the waterline!

Disappointing. Especially considering that MAC does have some decent eyeliners like Chromographic. Oh well, there’s my nice stash of Sephora Contour Pencil eyeliners and Nyx Slide-On Waterproof eyeliners, too. I have got to get the one by Sephora, Flirting Game, that has that taupey-mushroom tone!

Not good. MAC seems like it gets more low and mediocre grades than most makeup companies. I’ve never actually used this brand though I know ppl who will use nothing else.

Well this is disappointing. I had hope that these might work in the waterline as promised. I don’t know that I would put something so glittery in the waterline. And I definitely know that I won’t be investing the extra money when they are graded so poorly. Thank you so much for the review!

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