MAC Veluxe Brow Liners Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Strawberry Blonde Veluxe Brow Liner
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.

MAC Veluxe Brow Liners Reviews, Photos, Swatches

A-
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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MAC Strawberry Blonde Veluxe Brow Liner
MAC Strawberry Blonde Veluxe Brow Liner

MAC Strawberry Blonde Veluxe Brow Liner
MAC Strawberry Blonde Veluxe Brow Liner

MAC Strawberry Blonde Veluxe Brow Liner
MAC Strawberry Blonde Veluxe Brow Liner

MAC Strawberry Blonde Veluxe Brow Liner
MAC Strawberry Blonde Veluxe Brow Liner

MAC Strawberry Blonde Veluxe Brow Liner
MAC Strawberry Blonde Veluxe Brow Liner

MAC Strawberry Blonde Veluxe Brow Liner
MAC Strawberry Blonde Veluxe Brow Liner

MAC Strawberry Blonde Veluxe Brow Liner
MAC Strawberry Blonde Veluxe Brow Liner

MAC Redhead Veluxe Brow Liner
MAC Redhead Veluxe Brow Liner

MAC Redhead Veluxe Brow Liner
MAC Redhead Veluxe Brow Liner

MAC Redhead Veluxe Brow Liner
MAC Redhead Veluxe Brow Liner

MAC Redhead Veluxe Brow Liner
MAC Redhead Veluxe Brow Liner

MAC Brunette Veluxe Brow Liner
MAC Brunette Veluxe Brow Liner

MAC Brunette Veluxe Brow Liner
MAC Brunette Veluxe Brow Liner

MAC Brunette Veluxe Brow Liner
MAC Brunette Veluxe Brow Liner

MAC Brunette Veluxe Brow Liner
MAC Brunette Veluxe Brow Liner

MAC Deep Brunette Veluxe Brow Liner
MAC Deep Brunette Veluxe Brow Liner

MAC Deep Brunette Veluxe Brow Liner
MAC Deep Brunette Veluxe Brow Liner

MAC Deep Brunette Veluxe Brow Liner
MAC Deep Brunette Veluxe Brow Liner

MAC Deep Brunette Veluxe Brow Liner
MAC Deep Brunette Veluxe Brow Liner

MAC Deep Dark Brunette Veluxe Brow Liner
MAC Deep Dark Brunette Veluxe Brow Liner

MAC Deep Dark Brunette Veluxe Brow Liner
MAC Deep Dark Brunette Veluxe Brow Liner

MAC Deep Dark Brunette Veluxe Brow Liner
MAC Deep Dark Brunette Veluxe Brow Liner

MAC Deep Dark Brunette Veluxe Brow Liner
MAC Deep Dark Brunette Veluxe Brow Liner

MAC Deep Dark Brunette Veluxe Brow Liner
MAC Deep Dark Brunette Veluxe Brow Liner

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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 feel ya!! lol the only eyebrow pencil that was good for me was the mac impeccable brow in black and of course they had to discontinue it. found a website though where they sell it, and ive stocked up!! lol

LOL, until I find something HG (or at least *close*), I’m probably going to stick with WnW brow pencil in black. It’s actually a softer black, especially when “set” with powder, plus it’s only a buck. I used to use a powdery pencil from Lancome, which was sadly discontinued, as well, and it was actually an eyeliner. I don’t get why noone does black brow products…

i guess these companies think that people with darker hair and features dont need to fill in their eyebrows cos they are dark already, lol. But guess what they do! stop discontinuing!!!!

I’ve always had to fill in my brows, even before I began tweezing. Although the “width” of my brows was fairly broad, they were fairly sparse in between in some parts. Then, in the early-90s, I jumped on the whole skinny-brow trend, and they never fully grew back…

You really shouldn’t fill your brows with black anyway. It should be 2-3 shades lighter so it doesn’t end up looking stark (and if you have light hair use 2-3 shades darker). I have dark black asian hair and I used to multi use my mac pencil eyeliner as a brow pencil… And it had too much contrast. Like I had stuck fake brows on. And this was using it in softly too.

My issue is that I dye my hair, therefore the color is pretty much one dimensional, without any other colors running through it for any brow color (besides black) to pull from it. I’ve tried charcoal, dark brown, brown-black, you name it, and the only color that looks “normal” is black. Also, my skin is so neutral, that any bit of warmth in a color pulls orange or red, looking even more unnatural.

I’m not saying an almost different colour. I’m just talking from experience and recommendations. I like it when it’s defined but not a stark contrast that it looks like I used a felt tip pen. Eeeeew! Looks too look at me I drew on my brows!

Granted, I do have warm undertones though.

For reference I’m now using brow pencil in brunette. When I got it I was worried it would be too light and wondered if I should have gotten Spiked which is darker. But when I used it properly, the result looked really natural.

And this is an Asian jet black hair (I do have other colours in now from dyeing, but it’s mostly at the tips now), like blue black. Never touched the colour of my brows. And compared to eyeliner pencil in Ebony which draws attention to the brows.

Ziba sells a black eyebrow pencil that actually looks really good. I’ve been using it for over a year and most people can never tell I use black, not even when I tell them I do… it’s not overpowering or sharpie looking, at all.

Thanks, Sandra. I’ve never heard of Ziba, but I’ll definitely look into it. As I said, my WnW pencil is decent, and not as heavily pigmented as many other pencils I’ve tried, and the color isn’t very harsh, but it works for my brows (as an eyeliner, it sucks, LOL).

Looks like every other “redhead” pencil that ends up looking crazy on me. They are always too yellow or something. I did end up ordering this and the brow gel stuff too. You don’t know for sure until you try, Although I do wish I would of waited to see swatches.

It seems like a lot of “redhead” make-up is actually for people with dyed red hair and looks weird on real redheads. I went to a MAC make-up seminar a couple of years ago and the make-up artist from corporate said to never use red for eyebrows which I thought was kinda silly if your eyebrows are red naturally.

MAC used to make a brow powder in Auburn that’s the perfect shade for me. It’s discontinued now but you can often find it at CCOs and it lasts forever. I think it’ll last me until my hair is no longer red!

A few of the pics aren’t working. I don’t do a heck of a lot to my brows and there are a lot of cheaper options out there for someone like me so I’d pass on these but I imagine that for people who spend a lot of time and effort shaping and pencilling their brows, these might be a wonderful product.

That’s my issue too. I think the real problem for those of us with black or almost-black hair is not that these are too light but too warm. While the hairs in my eyebrows look black, if I filled them in with black they would look too heavy–I DO need a shade 2-3 lighter than my brow, but I need it to have the same undertone–so really I need a dark taupe. These so warm, they contrast with the color of my brows instead of blending in, making the pencil super-obvious.

I have black eyebrows. I mean, black…as in blue black. If I put something brown on them, they look fake…I use soft dark charcoal powders to fill them in, and it looks natural on me. I wish more companies had blackest brown or something…

Seems like brunette might actually work on me. I would prefer it a bit ashier, but at least it’s not too yellow toned like most other brow products.

Just wondering how these compare to the brow pencils that MAC already has? I have Lingering and really like that one, but I wonder if this is better, or how they are different? Thanks 🙂

The texture is different from what I remember – it has been a long time since I’ve used Spiked (which I used to use many years ago).

I’m so cheap I just go for a 99cent brown eyeliner and I just apply it very lightly. It seems to work okay (unless nobody in my life is willing to tell me it doesn’t, lol) Other “brow pencils” I’ve tried seem to take more effort to apply and they pull out my brow hair (which is sparse to begin with).

Deep Dark Brunette looks like something I have been waiting to find forEVER. Oh gosh, I now I absolutely must save up for this.
I got sooo used to using Whiskey by Urban Decay for my brows but now I’m about out and they’ve failed to make it permanent. =[

Goddamnit, why are all the auburn-based ones so yellowy and pale?! Definitely sticking with my Illamasqua brow cake over these, even if it is a bit more fiddly/messy to apply than a pencil :/

Christine, I am ashamed to admit how much money I’ve spent since discovering your blog only a week ago, but I just can’t help myself! Your work is comprehensive, easy to navigate, and honest. It’s difficult to say no to products when they’re staring me down, shouting how awesome they are! I’m hooked! Thank you for what you do.

A week only? Wait till you follow Christine for years…you will be spending so much more…I think I spend more money on makeup than on food each week…..I am not joking…I buy all the high end stuff and sometimes in two when I like it so much..I already own so much makeup before reading Temptalia that I never have to buy makeup ever again, but do I stop…no because you cant when you read Temptalia…the pics are so lovely…

Yes, only a week! Total newbie! So much to catch up on; I’ve just been searching and swatching and reading and being teased incessantly by the fiancé. 😉

I need a grow pencil in the color of Mac Spiked. I love the color and it works better with my brown skin and deep red hair but the pencil is a little too waxy and it smudges.

It’s nice that MAC is finally coming out with official brow products, but the price and length of wear are disappointing. I’m going to stick with using MAC eyeshadow as brow powder. It lasts all day on me and there are TONS of color choices–I have super dark brows and use Brun, and a friend of mine had never been able to find a brow powder that looked natural on her til she went to MAC.

I really, really appreciate your thoroughness in presenting products, showing them on skin and really describing them. I think I might spring for Brunette in this product, even though I’m a redhead. I agree the red colors are so yellow/orange they just look like Lucille Ball colors.

Wow, that is a limited range. o_0 I recently dyed my hair a few shades darker for winter, but none of these are dark enough even for my natural brunette. I also need ashier shades, myself, so I’ll probably be passing them up.

This is really poor color selection which surprises me since it’s MAC! LOL!

I prefer brow cakes, Illamasqua ones to be precise. I dye my hair black and I use their brow cake in shade Gaze. Even if these pencils had according shades they are still way too expensive when you compare the amount of product you get here and in Illamasqua eye brow cake (0.15 oz for $23).

Brunette looks promising… I have black brows, but since I’m medium toned, if I use too dark brow powder/pencil/pen my brows just look too harsh and unnatural. So I go for ash/taupes/light brown shades.

However, do you know if the other brow pencils will still be available??? I like Lingering a lot.

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