MAC Unsung Heroes: Prunella Eye Kohl

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Tabs has won a number of prestigious awards over the years, like the one he frequently cites in his email signature, “Winner of People magazine’s 2010 World’s Sexiest Tabby award,” but ya know, I’ve won a few awards of my own.


World’s Sexiest Tabby, 2010

No, not for my groundbreaking research in cat phrenology. My awards have typically been for less…influential endeavors, like my last place award in the 2007 Amateur Karaoke Championships (Western Division).

What a joke, too. That was supposed to be my year…

I’d planned to sing Easy Lover by Phil Collins, a song I knew like the back of my hand, but replaced it with Maria from West Side Story at the last minute.

It was an unorthodox move, to be sure, but a gamble that I felt confident would pay off in the end.

Wrong. I thought that with so many other entrants also singing Phil Collins songs, I’d pull ahead, but then I screwed up the lyrics to the song…

In the song, when I should have been emoting, “Mah-ree-ahh, Mah-ree-ahh, Mah-reee-ahhhhh,” my brain short-circuited, and I sang “Pru-nella, Pru-nella, Pru-nellaaah” into the microphone instead.

Prunella, like the name of today’s unsung makeup hero, the $15 MAC Eye Kohl in Prunella.

Seriously, how was I to know that this shimmery, blackish plum would infiltrate my psyche at such an inopportune moment? πŸ™‚

mac prunella swatch

Oh, sure, as a super soft, smudgy eye pencil, it looks fabulous all by itself when smudged along the lash lines, but still — that’s a long way from karaoke.

Okay, yes, I think it’s also super pretty paired with bronze liners like MAC Teddy. A dash of Teddy on the water line, a splash of Prunella on the lash line, and a heaping helping of mascara, and you get a smokin’ look you could wear every day.

And, I’ll admit, Prunella makes some seriously beautiful music as a base for purple, plum and bronze eyeshadows. I wear it all the time with MAC Sable, Trax and/or Mulch, and because it enriches so many different eye colors from brown, to blue, gray, hazel and green, I think it deserves the moniker, “universally flattering.”


Despite its bad timing when it comes to karaoke competitions, Prunella Eye Kohl often leaves MAC fans singing. πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. What a nice, long weekend. I hope you got some well-deserved downtime. I’m thinking about turning in early tonight, but not before I watch a few more minutes of Paul Rudd in I Love You, Man.

It’s one of those movies that always cracks me up! Paul Rudd’s character is just so awkward and charming that I can’t help but root for him on his man friend quest.

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  1. OMG Tabs is SUCH a ham in that picture–totally posing like the cat-model that he is! πŸ˜›

    And that shade is too pretty, though I haven’t and probably won’t ever try this MAC eyeliner formula–I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t stand a chance on my small, oily lids
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  2. BeautyBugCA says:

    I love Prunella! I think I’ll wear it tomorrow. Thanks for reminding me about this color!

  3. jaymie says:

    It is quite a lovely color. How similar is it to MAC’s Dark Diversion fluidline?

  4. Oh yum, this looks like something I’d totally wear! In fact, I think my beloved UD Rockstar is along the same line πŸ™‚

  5. I’m not too crazy about this color, but that’s just me, I don’t like prunes πŸ˜‰ Good color pay off, though, and very nice handwriting, Karen πŸ˜‰
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  6. lynn says:

    Hey Karen, just wanted to say hi, love reading your blog as always, and to let you know pumpkin spice lattes (& chais) and salted caramel mochas are back at Starbucks starting today!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lynn,

      You’re so cute! Thank you for remembering that those drinks are like my crack, LOL! I need to stop by Starbucks soon.

      Hope you’re having a nice Tuesday so far. πŸ™‚

  7. Nina says:

    Oooh I want this one. Its so pretty!

    • Karen says:

      What the what? You don’t have this one yet?!

      BTW — I finally got my hands on the follow up to Enclave! Wish I could spend the entire day reading it, le sigh.

      Happy Tuesday!

      • Nina says:

        I dont, which is strange no? I did buy Tarnish recently. Maybe it needs a friend!

        Im going to buy Enclave and the next one as a Kindle Ebook – that way I can carry it around w/ me and read when im waiting or bored!

  8. Emily says:

    This looks like a great colour for Fall, and great for brown eyes. I really like purple in my makeup even though I’m not a fan with clothes, so I might have to check this out!

    Thanks Karen!
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Emily,

      You’re welcome. πŸ™‚ I hope you give this color a try.

      Oh — I’m curious to know what other purple colors you like! If you have any recs please let me know.

  9. Kim says:

    You should totally be winning the “rocking handwriting” award. πŸ™‚ Prunella is a pretty color but the name reminds me of a Disney villain. Who could maybe use a little more fiber. πŸ™‚

  10. J says:

    This was the first MAC eyeliner I ever purchased! Actually, it was among my first purchases from MAC, period! I love it because it’s dark and does the job I expect from an eyeliner, but it’s a nice change from black that you can notice, but doesn’t look crazy.

  11. Sue Lin says:

    Prunella is such delicious Fall color. It even rhymes with Nutella! This is making me hungry somehow. I like rimming the eye with purple instead of black kohl liners these days. This looks like it would fit the bill.
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  12. Nadege says:

    Prunella is gorgeous! I grabbed Tarnish because of you now I want Prunella and Teddy! It reminds me of the pencil version of Dark Diversion fluidline
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  13. Imagine if you had been singing Umbrella by Rihanna! *Under my Prun-ella ella ella ella EH EH EH!* πŸ˜‰ It is lovely!
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  14. A Indian brand Colorbar has the same shade, also named Prunella πŸ™‚ Love purples and plums! I love watching Paul Rudd movies!
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  15. Karen, when I need a Paul Rudd fix I love Role Models. Cracks me up every single time!
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  16. Lorraine ER says:

    Have you seen “My Idiot Brother” or “Wanderlust?” Both have Paul Rudd and he’s great in them. I like Wanderlust better as a movie but I like his character in My Idiot Brother more. He can be really funny!

  17. musical says:

    Love this color, Karen! I have Rockstar by Urban Decay and i love wearing it!

    Tabs always makes my day! Thank you so much for sharing Tabster’s adventures, girlfriend!

    Lotsa’ love your way and mrrows to Tabby!

  18. kimberly says:

    So I was revisiting this tab in my browser to actually buy this product, but the link points to some lipstick: Might need to fix that.

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