Mac Rich Purple Chromagraphic Pencil Review & Swatch

by mehak on January 28, 2012

in Eye Products, Eyeliner, Grade B+, MAC, Reviews

Mac Rich Purple Chromagraphic Pencil (Mac Fall Colors Collection)

There are some things that are better rich- Coffee, Men , and the Color Purple. While i can whip up a mean rich, creamy coffee for myself (the secret is to keep beating it till it turns white and then add cinnamon powder to it), finding a rich purple pencil that is a luxurious vivid color without bordering on black is hard to find. Mac Rich Purple Chromagraphic Pencil fits that bill to the T!

So what the hell are Chromagraphic Pencils? Dont get too confused with the scientific sounding name. Mac says that these are basically multi use pencils. You can use these as an eyeliner, as a lip liner, to sketch body art and tattoos on yourself . (If you are one of those cheapy couples who write Raju <3 Leela on their hands this is perfect for you!). Some of the beige pencils can also be used as concealers. For me, Mac Rich Purple Chromagraphic Pencil is essentially an eye pencil and thats about it.

Mac Rich Purple: The Color

Mac Rich Purple is a vivid eggplant purple. I am partial to purples when it comes to eyepencils and love to hoard up on these. While most purple eye pencils are like Colorbar Prunella– a blackened muted  purple, Rich Purple is much more vivid and true to the color Purple. I have to say, i absolutely love the color on this , and specially those with brown eyes i can see them looking all doe eyed with their brown peepers looking like pools of liquid chocolate with this on top. Brown eyes + Purple = Stunning-ness! Mac does mention that RIch Purple is NOT Waterline safe, so try at your own risk. I did try it and it didnt sting, but i dont want to take too many chances with my eyes.

Thoughts on Chromagraphic Pencils Formula

Now usually, MAC Chromagraphic Pencils are extremely pigmented,  decently long wearing with a super smooth creamy texture. Unfortunately Rich Purple lacks on a few fronts . While it is extremely pigmented when you swatch it , on the lids it does take a while to show up- im talking going over it about 2-3 times to get a smooth vivid line. It also has a slightly waxy texture which is strange because its the first mac eye pencil with that strange texture which makes it to go on slightly unevenly. In General the Mac Chromagraphic Pencils last about 5-6 hours  on me after i notice fading and this one was no different. The waxiness is evident in the picture below.

Overall Verdict: B+ 

Product:4/5, Pigmentation:3.5/5, Texture:3/5, Longevity:3.5/5, Value & Packaging:3.5/5

Price: 900/- Approx

Recommendation:  Mac Rich Purple Chromagraphic pencil is part of the Fall Color Collection and is a gorgeous vivid eggplant purple that  is a stunning color. While MAC Chromagraphic Pencils are more like  A+ products for me, this one  lacked slightly  in the texture department (waxy) and was not as pigmented as other pencils can be.Still a good solid pencil though, that does everything an eye pencil should!

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Samyukta January 28, 2012 at 6:59 am

this is a gorgeous shade mehak… i have never tried MAC pencils.. not sure if they would stay on my oily lids.. but this post does tempt me to try one out :)


mehak January 28, 2012 at 11:29 am

Oh they make really nice ones….you should try the mac technokohl liners as well as the eye kohls..chromagraphic pencils are usually amazing, but this one ws slightly waxy


pavani reddy January 28, 2012 at 7:16 am

this is an amazzingg shade mehak…looking very stylish!!


mehak January 28, 2012 at 11:30 am

Thanks pavani..i love the color


Kejal January 28, 2012 at 10:46 am

lovely shade..but m a big fan of butter smooth pencils. Prob not for me this one


mehak January 28, 2012 at 11:30 am

Yup same here!


vertika January 28, 2012 at 12:22 pm

I love the purple shade, looks great on you.


Karishma January 28, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Yes!! I finally found the perfect pencil for writing Kara<3 Gaggi on my arm!!
Great review.. :D


Mehak January 28, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Hahahah !!!


Neeraj January 28, 2012 at 3:44 pm

i am so upset that this was out of stock on the first day itself at MAC Palladium store.It looks lovely and I hope a PRO store comes to India so that I can buy all this.
Nice color and a wonderful choice.


Donna January 28, 2012 at 8:46 pm

It’s funny that this looks perfect on your eye and not so great on the swatches. Usually it’s the other way around!


mehak January 29, 2012 at 4:25 am

Yeah i went over it 2-3 times on my eye i gues thats why!!!!


Donna January 29, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Oh wow. That’s not good. I guess I will keep shopping around for a vibrant purple eyeliner then!


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