MAC Unsung Hero: Blacktrack Fluidline

Published in: Eyes, MAC Makeup, Unsung Heroes

Raise your hand if you’ve ever thought, “Ahhh, fresh Blacktrack!”


If you have, then hello there fellow member of Cult MAC Blacktrack ($15). 🙂

If you haven’t, however, then allow me to introduce you to your new favorite (hopefully) gel eyeliner.

During my LBB years (aka Life Before Blacktrack), every liner I’d try would slip right off my oily skin. Blacktrack changed everything.

True story: I was wearing it when I watched The Notebook for the first time, and by the end of the movie my liner was still going strong. ‘Nuff said.

That’s Blacktrack at work along the upper lash line…

Its deep matte black glides on and offers major flexibility. I like to use it along my lash lines for crisp cat eye looks or smudged out for softer, subtler effects. I think it’s also fantastic for lining waterlines (both upper and lower) or for creating really dark smokey eyes with plenty of depth, where I’ll use it as a long-wearing eyeshadow base.


5-minute makeup tip: Here’s what I’ve been doing sometimes when I want something smokey-ish but don’t have time/energy for a full smokey eye…

  1. Start by lining the waterline (both upper and lower) with Blacktrack and Sonia Kashuk’s Bent Eyeliner Brush.
  2. Next, pack some Blacktrack onto the lid with a MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush, blending away any harsh lines with your fingers.
  3. With the same 239, pat a shimmery gold or shimmery teal directly on top of Blacktrack; draw the color up into the crease, and sweep along the lower lash line.
  4. Finish by curling your lashes and adding lots of mascara.

And try not to be intimidated by the pot (heh, I said “pot”). I’m the biggest klutz in Makeup Land, and even I managed to make it work. Before long it was as easy to use as a pencil liner (well, almost).

Just make sure you have a good brush for detail work, and by good I mean one you’re comfortable using. Sonia Kashuk’s Bent Eyeliner Brush ($6), Laura Mercier’s Flat Eye Liner Brush ($25) and the MAC 209 Eye Liner Brush ($17.50) are a few to try.

Have you taken MAC Blacktrack for a spin? How’d it go?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. knownever says:

    Using it as an eyeshadow base is a great idea! I just got into doing that with a shu uemura gel liner that I got and it really takes a smokey eye to the next level!
    .-= knownever’s last blog post… Juicy’s Luxury Dust-Cloud =-.

  2. Kelly says:

    I love Blacktrack and also use Sonia’s bent liner brush. I actually got the idea to wear it on my waterline from you, and it lasts way longer than Smolder or Feline on me. 🙂
    .-= Kelly’s last blog post… Nicole by OPI Spring 2010 Nail Polish Swatches & Review =-.

  3. Marina says:

    I like Blacktrack. It is easy to work with plus it stays on for a long time. But I heard that BB liner is better. Hard to tell because I don’t have it.
    I also use it with MAC’s 209
    .-= Marina’s last blog post… Bobbi Brown Color Strips Collection for Spring 2010 =-.

  4. Arianne says:

    I use UD Pencil in Zero dipped in Blacktrack Fluidline to make my liner last on my waterline ALL DAY. I have pretty watery eyes from allergies but I am very pleased with this combo. 🙂
    .-= Arianne’s last blog post… Fighting a Makeup Rut EOTD: I’ve Got the Blues. =-.

  5. Amanda says:

    I LOVE Blacktrack, I have had this since Christmas 08 and have used it almost every day since, and I still haven’t finished the jar! I agree, this really is waterproof, I have horrible allergies and I have cried, rubbed, slept…you name it, and this liner didn’t budge. This is my holygrail eyeliner!

  6. I’ve stopped using blacktrack for a while, but I’ve dug it out again thanks to you! 🙂 x
    .-= Princesa Livia’s last blog post… Blog Sale~!!! Please Buy My Stuff! ♥ =-.

  7. angie says:

    i love blacktrack, however my latest pot is only half empty and dry enough that it’s starting to skip…this isn’t the liner’s fault..ahem someone “borrowed” it from me and left it uncapped for up to 2 days. since i didn’t want to buy a brand new one already, i just purchased Wet N Wild Creme liner. It’s blacker than blacktrack, and way more budge proof. however it has one drawback, the for some reason the formula is kind of hard to build upon if you want to thicken your line. there is also no room for error b/c its super hard to remove. so…i still prefer blacktrack overall but it’s a nice cheap alternative.

  8. Frances says:

    I haven’t tried blacktrack. I have used Bobbi Brown’s gel liners, but I usually prefer the quickness and ease of using a pencil.

  9. Karen B says:

    The marvelousness of Blacktrack Fluidline. It was my first MAC purchase (well, part of my first haul) and still it has a dear place in my heart. I can’t thank you enough for that rec btw 😉
    .-= Karen B’s last blog post… AIW Palette in Stock! =-.

  10. Sophia says:

    I got one of them eye kits in MAC’s Christmas collection (for some reason, I’m completely blanking on its name) and it had a small pot of Blacktrack. Actually, it might have been full size … I just have no basis for comparison at the moment.

    Anyway – I agree, it’s amazing. I love to wear it on my upper lid with falsies and lots of mascara, and maybe a pale, shimmery eyeshadow, but not much else in eye makeup way. It’s very retro chic, and I pair it with red lippy, and it’s love. <3

  11. Ashley says:

    I don’t use Mac Blacktrack Fluidline but I do use cream eyeliners. I love how precise & neat my lines look when I use an old liquid liner applicator! Of course I wash it but I can’t stand buying a $10-20+ eyeliner brush when an old liquid eyeliner brush works even better! I’ve even tried EcoTools angled eyeliner brush but it gives me too thick of lines.

  12. El says:

    I’ve been using the BB gel liner for years. How does it compare to that? Do you think Mac’s staying power is longer and smudge factor less?

  13. mill says:

    ah, for me its all about the Smudge Pot. does that mean we can’t be friends?

  14. el says:

    I like MAC’s fluidline but you should try Clinique’s cream eye liner. It’s much darker/blacker than fluidline and stays on even better!
    .-= el’s last blog post… Thought of the day =-.

  15. Catherine says:

    Hmm. I wore top liner for the first time for Valentine’s Day when the Shu Uemura MA put it on me along with the lashes I bought. I never wore top liner before since my lids are unevenly creased and I could never get it to look even, but now I’m thinking I should really learn how to do it! Would you recommend Blacktrack for a liner n00b? Also… would you possibly have a felt tip pen recommendation? Those just look easier to work with. I have pretty oily lids to the point that even with UDPP + Painterly the UD 24/7s and every other liner I’ve tried still smudge a tad on my lower lashline. Thanks!
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… Valentine’s Day Love from Lulu ♥ =-.

  16. Michaela says:

    I’ve been using a teeny tiny paintbrush from the art store with my gel liner for years, because I found that none of the liner brushes sold in stores could give me a thin enough line.

    Plus it was $1 and hella good quality!

  17. Jess says:

    haha it’s funny, i just purchased it today! can’t wait to try it. but i want to purchase another brand, any recommendations? i think i might try shu uemura or bobbi brown, do you own either?

  18. sarina says:

    mine always fades slightly :S because of my oily eyelids :(.. does anyone know what i can do about this?

  19. Haley says:

    I haven’t tried MAC’s gel eyeliner, but I am absolutely in LOVE with bobbi browns eyeliner..So.. i don’t think ill be trying MAC’s anytime soon!

  20. Tiffany says:

    I haven’t tried blacktrack, but I have 2 of the other colors. I really wanna try your 5-min makeup tip – it sounds awesome!

  21. Cas says:

    This would be great for a smokey eye look!

  22. HC says:

    Is it blasphemy to say that I don’t own blacktrack?!?! haha I have macroviolet and I LOVE that color. I also have leathertte from Buxom (Bare Escentuals). Sigh, I must get my grubby hands on blacktrack!

  23. Fie says:

    It’s been a while since I used Blacktrack. I ran out and I didn’t repurchase. I bought Shu Uemura’s Painting Liner in Black instead; I find this stayed on longer than Blacktrack, IMO.

  24. Connie says:

    This is my go-to black gel liner. I’ve tried many others and I still come back to Blacktrack. My only complaint is that I’d like it a little darker. I use it with elf Studio Small Smudge Brush which works really well
    .-= Connie’s last blog post… Review: The Body Shop Honey & Oat 3-in-1 Scrub Mask =-.

  25. Christina says:

    LOVE Blacktrack! Still on my first jar from like 3 years ago. Oops. Probably should throw it out but I just can’t find it in my heart to do so when there’s still so much product in there!

    Haven’t tried it on my waterline but it definitely doesn’t budge on my lashline. Everything else smudges like crazy! Maybe blacktrack won’t, hmmm. I’ve been trying to find a true blue with Blacktrack’s richness and depth but I just haven’t had much luck. BB’s have too much shimmer and the MAC blue is really not pigmented! Any suggestions?

    • Karen says:

      Funny, I’m looking for one too. I have Lancome’s Declaring Indigo from a while back but it’s pretty shimmery… I want both a matte navy and a matte true blue. If I find something I’ll holla at you!

      • Kelli says:

        you should try the L’oreal HIP colour truth cream eyeliner in midnight blue. it’s a beautiful navy blue though I don’t think it would ever last as long as the MAC fluidline! 🙂

  26. Jen says:

    I LOVE Blacktrack. I’ve had it for quite some time… and its fab.

    But… my comment is not about blacktrack. It’s about me saying Thank you! I had my FIRST official makeup session today. My friend Sara asked me to do her makeup FOR HER WEDDING!!!!! So we had a try-out today. I was nervous but after carefully studying your site, your FOTDs, after dreaming about makeup and beauty blog, I felt ready… and SHE LOVED IT!!!! Saturday is the wedding!
    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    .-= Jen ‘s last blog post… The post where we show you what we look like… =-.

  27. Kathryn says:

    I adore MAC’s blacktrack! I’m not sure how I even did my eye liner before it. I do a winged line every day and love it!!!!

  28. marisol says:

    I used this baby today. Love it. It’s the first gel liner I ever tried & been a fan ever since. I actually have 3 black gel liners – MAC, BB & MUFE and i like them all.
    .-= marisol’s last blog post… This is me lately =-.

  29. This is my HG liner…can’t live without it!
    .-= Kajal Couture’s last blog post… My Newest Blogging Adventure – Maharani Weddings =-.

  30. marisa says:

    <3 blacktrack! i use it almost EVERY day….it's the only thing that stays on my waterline, too. i had a black smudge pot from the holiday set and gave it to my mom because i can't bear to line with anything but blacktrack.

  31. amy says:

    I love Blacktrack and I used it almost everyday when I first got it. It also makes a great base! However, I usually use it only for the upper lash line because somehow I just can’t put on Fluidline on my lower lash line and waterline properly.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… EOTD Pink, Silver and Black: Urban Decay Sphynx, Perversion and Gunmetal =-.

  32. kitty says:

    H. G. !!!

    i used to use shu uemura painting liner but converted to blacktrack immediately after the first time i tried it. it always goes on smoothly and evenly and lasts forever. it is the :only: black liner i use on my upper lashline, and it works well for tightlining and the waterline, too, and is a fantastic e/s base.

    couldn’t. live. without. ^^

  33. NINA says:

    I do actually use it as an eyeshadow base …. its very versatile!!!

    Plus the lasting power as a liner is just fantastic!!!

  34. Aniela says:

    I love love loove Blacktrack. I have the same problem as you Karen, any other eyeliner I use fades away by the end of the day, so i just can’t get enough of this stuff!, definitely one of my faves.
    .-= Aniela’s last blog post… MAC Viva Glam Lipstick: Lady GaGa =-.

  35. Christina C says:

    I also love love love Blacktrack. Before Blacktrack, I used Bobbi Brown’s Gel liner, which I also love but tried Mac’s because it was cheaper. I got my friend to try it too!

    My brush of choice is also the MAC 209. LOVE it!!!

  36. Mariepouliche says:

    Have you ever tried Buxom lash liner? Its amazing too! I have oily lids too and I NEVER had any problems… altought I was not wearing it while watching The Notebook 😉

  37. Suji says:

    I just bought the Sonia Kashuk bent eyeliner brush yesterday per your recommendation 🙂 Tried it out this morning. I use it with the Buxom lashliner — love it!

  38. Andrea says:

    I think it’ time for me to try it, I’ve always heard good things about it. Besides my powder eyeliner (I use a damp brush to apply it) flakes or smudges off sometimes and it just looks messy! I’ll definitely get blacktrack soon…or a dark brown or dark gray color…someting not as drammatic…any recommendations ?

  39. Marce says:

    I love Blacktrack. Same oily trubs as you, and same glorious happiness when I saw it didn’t smudge on my waterline or eyelid. Though Feline had similar results…both are my luvvas 😀
    .-= Marce’s last blog post… Maybelline’s Answer to MAC’s Shadesticks =-.

  40. Angela says:

    I love blacktrack, but it never occurred to me to use it as an eyeshadow base! I`m still trying to figure out the smoky eye, so I will definitely try your tip!
    .-= Angela’s last blog post… quo "renaissance flare" reconnaissance mission! =-.

  41. Anh says:

    This was my first cream liner. I like that it’s easy to use but I wish it were blacker.

  42. Annë says:

    I’ll admit I’m a bit late, but I had to comment when I saw this. I LOVE Blacktrack! I’m very young and very fair, so I can’t wear super dramatic eyes very often, but whenever I do, I reach for it. I even use it for shows–I’m hair and makeup crew for a musical, and one of the female leads has super sensitive skin. She had a reaction to the cheapo drugstore liquid liner, so I pulled out my blacktrack to do her ridiculously corny eyes and it stayed all day.
    I use it underneath my top lashes, too–just dot it into the top waterline, and it makes your lashes look twice as full. 😀

  43. Cindy says:

    I’ve been using it for 3 years now (4 in December) and I can’t rave enough about it!! I haven’t really tried any other kinds of gel liners just because with this, I don’t feel I need to. Always keep one in my kit =D

    I’m so sad cuz I dropped it, the pot broke, and even after I managed to put the pieces back together, it’s drying up in no time! ):

  44. Has says:

    I use this everyday, its the easiest eyeliner to apply. I also use it as cream eyeshadow. My only issue is that when I do a cat eye flick with this it tends to fade on my oily skin

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