Which black is the blackest black? That is usually the oh-so important question that determines which liner we buy, and so in today’s post I decided to compare MAC’s Ebony, Engraved, and Smolder. Can one black be blacker than the other? Most definitely! With these swatches you can see the major differences in the way the liners appear, and later I will explain the differences in how these liners apply and wear. Ebony vs Engraved vs Smolder… I will be rating these on a scale of 1-10 describing how dark the shade of black is. LET THE SHOWDOWN BEGIN!!
From left to right: Ebony, Engraved, Smolder
EBONY: Ebony is called an “Eye Pencil” by MAC but it is drugstore quality disguised in MAC packaging… what a huge disappointment! The color is so light that it isn’t even black. It also is a very dry liner so when used on the eye lots of pulling and tugging — NOT cool! When you finally get it on, the wear isn’t very good, and just forget about trying to get it on your waterline! Fail. Rating: 1
ENGRAVED: Engraved is called a “Powerpoint Eye Pencil” by MAC which basically means that it is waterproof and longwearing. It has medium darkness, but it is a total neutral black, not leaning cool or warm! What makes Engraved special is it’s wear. I love that it won’t smudge or budge, but that’s also what I don’t like about it. That may sound crazy, but hear me out… because it wears so long it applies sticky. When used on the waterlines, it feels especially so. I don’t like for my eyelids to feel like they are sticking together everytime I blink. Some people love this liner, but personally the stickiness is a deal breaker. Rating: 6
SMOLDER: Smolder is called an “Eye Kohl” by MAC, which means that it is a soft-on liner that is very pigmented and great to smudge out. This is my favorite of the three and I highly recommend it to anyone! It’s amazing on the waterline, and stays put most of the day. Ladies with oilier lids may need to set it with a black eyeshadow on the upper lashline. This one is definitely the deepest of the three, but has the slightest blue undertone. This liner smudges when I want it to, sets quickly, and stays where I put it. LOVE. Rating: 9
MAC makes a couple other blacks and occasionally they’ll even come out with limited editions. My next purchase will be Feline, which is considered to be the blackest of them all! I will be sure to do a review. I passed on Graphblack, their twist up black, because I’m not a fan of twist up liners. I hope this post was helpful! Don’t forget to subscribe!