MAC Ebony Eye Pencil – Review & Swatch

Guest Post by Vijetha

Amongst the MAC eye pencils, the holy trio of  Mac Feline,  Mac Teddy and Smoulder have a great fan following. However,  I’m going to review MAC Ebony  which is one of the lesser popular Mac Pencils. Wondering why I bought this and not one of the holy trio? Once when I was in a MAC store, one of the MAC artists did my eyes with MAC Melon pigment, some MAC eye shadows and then he lined my eyes with MAC Ebony. After seeing it on my eyes, there was no second thought and I just bought the pencil. Like a Salon hairstyle that looks different after a wash, MAC Ebony dint look as pretty at home as it did when applied by the MAC artist. I felt terrible for having spent money on it and for not having checked other pencils. This was my chance to experiment with makeup and to learn. Here I’ll show you how I’ve started to love this eye pencil and how I use it.

MAC Ebony – MAC claims this to be a rich formula that gives consistent color that is log lasting. It won’t irritate the eyes and can be used to line the eyes or create smoky effect.

MAC Ebony is a soft black pencil that is neither very black, nor grey or brown but like a mixture of all. It glides smoothly and can be smudged with a brush to create a smokey effect.  A lot of people are disappointed with this eyeliner due to its lack of color intensity. Well, Ebony is not meant to be a blackest of black eyeliners but it’s a hushed black eyeliner for those who like soft black.

I love to wear Ebony on days when I don’t want to wear jet black eyeliners or when I want to do a soft eye look. I like Ebony when smudged than as plain eyeliner. It’s great for beginners as Ebony won’t look garish if applied thick or not smudged well. Basically, the soft toned nature of this pencil makes it mistake proofJ It Sharpens well too, giving you a neat finish. Since Ebony is soft black in color, I don’t prefer it on my tear line as it looks too light. Also, it doesn’t stay put for long! Ebony stays for long on my lash line but not on tear line. Ebony is very easy to remove from the eyes (with any remover) and hence I love it as a base for smokey eyes. Removing Ebony is much easier compared to gel eyeliner or other base which feel heavy.

Here is Ebony slightly smudged (smudged the liner with a brush). Please note that I’ve not used any primer, base or concealer around my eyes. This image shows how the liner looks on plain skin.

Now, the Pros

  • It’s well pigmented and easy to apply
  • It is very helpful in creating a soft smokey look with less product (beginner friendly)
  • It goes very well with pastel colors to create soft eyes

And, the Cons

  • It’s not a super black eyeliner (this isn’t a product problem but I put it here since majority likes super black eyeliners)
  • Won’t stay long in tear line and also is too light for tear line

Verdict: A-

Price – Around 900 INR

Final Recommendation – Mac Ebony Eye Pencil is a soft , black that is more a blend of black, grey and brown. It’s super easy to wear and to smudge, but is not an intense dark black. If you are not the ‘always super black liner’ types, you must own Ebony for various soft and pretty eye make-up looks. I haven’t found any dupe for this that is cheaper and has the same staying power. Do share if you know any!

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