The Line Up Project: MAC Chromaline
Review by MUA's Cavewoman
I haven't had any new liners to review in quite a while, but I am on the lookout, just in case some new ones pop up that need to be tested and reviewed. And so when I heard about the new group of MAC liners in their Pro line, I had to try them out. These are called Chromaline and they are supposed to be waterproof. Of course that meant to me, good staying power, and I eagerly bought the Black and the Rich Purple. Well, good thing I read the little paper enclosure in the box. The Purple, along with five other shades, is listed as "not eye safe." Okay, MAC, why make a liner that is not eye safe? It's not lip-safe either, according to the paper enclosure. I'm not sure what I am supposed to line with this product. But the black was eye-safe, so I tested it.
In terms of texture, I would compare this one very closely to the Smashbox Jet Set. It's slipperier and creamier than the MAC Fluidlines. I could barely tell the difference between the Chromaline Black and the Smashbox Jet Set that I reviewed last month. It took a bit more patience to get a wiggle-free line, same as the Smashbox, and I kept thinking how similar they are. I used my Sonia Kashuk bent-angle liner brush to apply the MAC Chromaline. Staying power was no better than a regular MAC Fluidline on me. And it removed easily with the Benefit Gee That Was Quick eyemakeup remover. I have to say I am sadly unimpressed. Or, as Michael Kors would say, "I'm underwhelmed."
Both of these Chromalines are going back to MAC.