MAC Liquidlast Liner Mini-Rant

Published in: MAC Makeup, Product Reviews

Feast your eyes upon the bane of my eyelining existence this past month, the dreaded tube of MAC Liquidlast Liner ($16.50) in Inkspill.


I’m usually a Fluidline/Technakohl kinda gal, but I’ve heard many wonderful things about MAC Liquidlast Liner and was stoked to pick up a tube. Plus, I couldn’t say no to the pearly deep green color.


Little did I know the world of hurt this tube would unleash.


The 266, the 209 – I’ve tried applying Inkspill with several different brushes but for some reason couldn’t draw a straight line to save my life. Every time I put it on I end up looking like a crazy, cracked-out circus clown! I briefly thought about posting pictures of one of my many bad Liquidlast experiments, but I am so not ready to go there.

After every ill-fated attempt I had to take off all my eye makeup and start over again because this stuff requires a strong oil-based makeup remover; otherwise, this liner stays put through your next few lifetimes.

But I’m not ready to give up the fight. There’s gotta be a way to make this work!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Vanessa says:

    HAHA liquidlast didn’t work for me either, it seriously refused to come off, and when it was dry it was hard as a rock and started to flake and make my eyelid feel tight, and on top of that I had a reaction to it! At least I was able to exchange it for another paint pot! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Beauty Bug says:

    Karen – this isn’t a liquid last question, although I envision myself having the same trouble that you did, but I was wondering what you use as foundation? Liquid? Powder? Studio Fix?

  3. Karen says:

    Hi Vanessa,

    I’m bummed because it’s such a pretty color. ๐Ÿ™ But I will give it a few more tries (I guess I’m stubborn!) before I let it go.

    I just stopped by your site and got all drooly over your Fluidlines!

  4. Karen says:

    Hi Beauty Bug,

    I use a few different things. It depends on the season and how much coverage I need, because I have tough-to-match skin. But right now I’ve got a few foundations that I rotate between:

    1. Laura Mercier Oil-Free tinted moisturizer
    2. Laura Mercier Oil-Free foundation (although I suspect that this is breaking me out)
    3. Maybelline Pure Makeup foundation (suprisingly great for the price, doesn’t break me out)

    I’ve heard great things about Smashbox and Chanel powder foundations too. I don’t need a lot of coverage but think I want to check these out just for fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lemme know if ya have any more question and have a great weekend!

  5. Christy S. says:

    Tried using this also, but turned out to be too thick and messy as hell!!! No more of this! Threw a whole tube away!!! Hated it.

  6. Karen says:

    Hi Christy,

    I might have to gift my tube off to a friend too. I think one has to have advanced eyelining skills to use it. I’m so bummed because it’s so pretty but oh well!

  7. Samantha says:

    Ok boo, I am IN LOVE with this product. Here is how I have mastered it. It’s a little time consuming but the end result is amazing. I first line my eyes, top and bottom, with an ordinary usually MATTE eyeliner… try Lava Matte from Too Faced. Anyways, then I apply my eye shadows, and then I apply the liquidlast eyeliner. It ends up looking amazing, and since it ends up with a matte texture, the Lava Matte ends up looking amazing. I have tried this product in the Black and this pearly bright purple as well as a metallicy maroon. I forgot the colors and I am too lazy to look them up. I hope this helps but honestly this product is life saving. Try my idea and let me know how it works for you!

  8. Karen says:

    Thanks Samantha. I am a big fan of layering eye products so I will def try these tips.

    I know so many ladies, like you, who rave on and on about Liquidlast. Gotta make it work, gotta make it work!

  9. Danny says:

    i’m actually a retail artist for MAC, and i do admit NEVER picking up liquidlast liner. i was, however, forced to learn how to use it- and with a seperate brush too. go ahead and use a 266, or 209, but due to the consistency of this water-proof product, don’t apply too much onto the brush. get the brush real flat, and kind of do a stamping motion onto the eyes, rather than a dragging motion. the stamping motion will get you a straight line, and the dragging motion won’t really do so well. then grab more product onto your brush, and keep on stampin. try it! hope it works.

  10. Karen says:

    Hi Danny,

    Thank you so much for this Liquidlast mini-tutorial. I am really looking forward to working it out with this product! Come hell or high water I’m gonna make it WORK!

    Thanks again and have a wonderful holiday ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Neelu says:


    I too just bought the Inkspill Liquidlast, and I am beginning to have serious doubts…I cant even draw a straight line with it on my hand, am not sure how I will manage on my eyelid. And its so much more expensive in India…roughly the equivalent of $28…I could cry.

    However, I read on another blog that the way to use it is to make little dots and then join then up, rather than trying to draw a straight line…guess I will try that now.

  12. Karen says:

    Hi Neelu,

    I haven’t had the patience to work with it. (sigh). Danny, a MAC artist, left some similar instructions in the comments above regarding the dot method. I hope it works out for you!

  13. Christina says:

    Hi Karen!

    I’m intrigued by Liquidlast Liner after reading all the rave reviews about its staying power. However, I’ve had absolutely no success searching the net for its ingredient list (it’s not on Specktra’s “MAC Product Ingredients” thread either) and I was wondering if you could post it.

    Thank you!

    P.S.: And when I find a technique to make it work, you’ll be the first to know! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Stef says:

    Hey guys

    I’m a huge fan of liquidlast liner, but it took me a while to get the hang of it. I use the supplied brush, with only a little product on it – pull your eye gently to the side and starting in the centre of the eye, use small strokes to apply. Go back and join inner eye to the line you started. Just practise with it. You’ll need an oily cleanser to remove it but I own this in Inkspill as well and it’s my staple! I’ve also used it on a bare eye and covered it with pigments to get a different colour look.

    So seriously, just give it time and don’t stress. It will work!!


  15. Tabz says:

    I’m a huge fan of liquidlast! Especially the bright and beautiful Aqualine! I agree, don’t give up on them! If you pull the eye taught when you are applying it and use a 209 brush very carefully you can get a straight line! They’re not for the faint of heart as they are a little bit tricky at first, but really worth it when you get the hang of them! The Point Black colour is gorgeous as it stays ‘wet looking’ throughout the day! ;0)

  16. Kristian says:

    Hey Karen,
    I just bought the baby pink color and gold colors. I read some reviews on a site and they were all good. I know how you feel though. I have 5 Urban Decay eyeliners and due to tremors they didn’t go on well but God is good and now my tremors are gone…. soooooooo I am happy with it but I couldn’t find a good pink or gold on so I found the LiquidLast and I can tell by the brush size that it’s not going to be easy but I never give up. You can do it lol. Rock on!

  17. Karen says:

    Hi Kristian,

    I’m glad to hear that your tremors are gone. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you are looking for a easy liquid liner I just found one by Sally Hansen/Carmindy. You can get it at the drugstore and the brush is perfect… makes it super easy to apply!

  18. Rara says:

    Funny I bought this yesterday, and I loved it when I put it on, and my husband loved it too. I first had a normal black eyeliner and I traced the MAC Inkspill across the eyeliner. When I washed my face I was surprised it wouldn’t come off, so I used Vaseline and VOILA! it came right off!

  19. crystel says:

    well after years of mastering the eyeliner…. I Decided too waste aboout 150$ on Mac products and the only reason i bought was because Lady Gaga uses them… yes yes i am obsesed so within my purchase i bought the liquid last liner. in black….. and it came out perfect after my layers of eye color ….lol.. but anyway its a good waste of money on my behalf..And if u have baby oil lying around ur house its perfect to use it when trying to take of the eyeliner no need to buy expenses makeup removers….

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