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Review // MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner in Lord It Up

MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner - £16.00
Eyeliner! Ah, eyeliner. I only ever wear liquid eyeliner these days in the standard, black variety. But I never used to be so plain and boring. Oh no, I used to be quite risque when it came to eyeliner. If by risque you mean brightly coloured kohl pencils. I was a massive lover of the Rimmel kohl pencil when I was in secondary school. I remember receiving a set of brightly coloured eyeliner pencils for Christmas when I was much younger and oh my goodness, I was over the moon. Who knew that red kohl pencil could make a girl so happy??

Since then I haven't really ventured back into the world of pencil eyeliners but what is a better way of getting back into them than one from MAC? And not just any old kohl pencil. Oh no, this is a MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner in Lord It Up.

About the MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner:
"An eye pencil that provides rich, luxurious colour with a touch of shimmer and sparkle. Soft, smooth, creamy formula glides on for a perfectly intense line, yet its soft texture allows you to blend. Smudge-proof."

There are seven different shades within the Pearlglide Intense Eyeliners, with each pencil enriched with pearly particles hence the name and the beautiful shimmer within each pencil. Whilst I can't vouch for all seven shades as I have only tried one, they are incredibly soft and creamy in formula whilst being rich in pigmentation.

The Pearlglide Intense Eyeliners are formed like a traditional kohl pencil which need sharpening rather than having a twist-up motion. As much as I love sharpening my eyeliners, I always sharpen them too much and end up losing and wasting a lot of product and sadly this is no exception. As the formula is so soft and buttery, the nib crumbles very easily and sharpening is very difficult. I have tried to show this in the photos above but when sharpened, the edge becomes really sharp so it can be fairly prickly on the skin which can cause some discomfort on and around the eyes which is perhaps a place that deserves a delicate touch.

Lord It Up is a beautiful dark warm brown with copper pearl which looks wonderful on the eyes. I applied it thickly on the top of the eyelids and I absolutely loved the look. Paired with the MAC Paint Pot in Painterly, it lasted all day long without fading, wearing, creasing or transferring. That said, it may have last longer due to wearing it on top of a primer as my sister claims it wears off after a while when worn on its own so its worth bearing in mind.

Due to its creaminess, it is really soft on the skin and it glides on effortlessly. It doesn't pull or tug at all and is, quite frankly, hassle-free to apply. One downside to its creaminess is that you have to be very careful when applying as you only need a light hand when using as otherwise it can crumble and before you know it, you have wasted a lot.

I really enjoyed using Lord It Up. It was effortlessly easy to apply, rich in pigmentation and lasted all day long without wearing or transferring. It is a bit of a pain when it comes to sharpening the pencil and because the formula is so soft, it does crumble slightly. I would really like to try a few more in the range and see how they fare!



  1. The colour is just so pretty! I've never bought a MAC eyeliner before because it seems like a lot of money just on an eyeliner.. But i think i'm gonna have to if all the colours are as gorgeous as this one x


  2. They are definitely pricey but the pigmentation makes it worth it! I just need to work out how to sharpen them better x

  3. Oh this colour looks incredible, does it have a slight sheen to it? MAC is pricey but so worth the money in my opinion.