MAC Tropical Taboo Kohl Power Eye Pencils Review, Photos & Swatches

MAC Tropical Taboo Kohl Power Eye Pencils

The MAC Tropical Taboo Collection for Summer 2013 includes two MAC Kohl Power Eye Pencils ($16 USD / $19 CAD).  This limited-edition collection features a beautiful array of glowing, mineralized products and bold, tropical hues. Available online now and in store June 26, 2013 (North America), July 2013 (International excluding China) & August 2013 (China) at MAC.

The two shades in the collection are Orpheus, which is described as an intense black with gold pearl, and Feline, a matte jet black.  We saw Orpheus launch with the Glamour Daze Collection for Holiday 2012, and Feline has been a best-selling permanent shade for MAC for a long time now.

MAC Kohl Power Eye Pencils
Love how Orpheus looks close up- check out all those colors!
MAC Kohl Power Eye Pencils
Note the size

I find Orpheus to be more of an antiqued gold on the skin, with almost a bronzy tone to it. Feline is just as described; rich, matte black. Both are ultra pigmented and smudge beautifully for a smoky look (just like most Kohl eyeliners do), however I find they are quite difficult to apply and tug at the skin quite a bit because of their hard texture.

They line the waterline really nicely, and there’s a lot of merit to why Feline is one of MAC’s most popular eyeliners… but they just aren’t for me. I find they migrate and smudge throughout the day, leaving me with racoon-eyes. They just don’t have the waterproof and budge-proof qualities that I’ve come to expect from eyeliners these days. They do create gorgeous, dramatic looks that would be fantastic for a photoshoot or special event, but for everyday wear I just prefer to opt for something with a little better performance.

As much as I love the intensity of these colors… I just don’t love racoon eyes by 4pm.

MAC Kohl Power Eye Pencils
MAC Kohl Power Eye Pencils in Orpheus (left) & Feline (right)
MAC Kohl Power Eye Pencils
MAC Kohl Power Eye Pencils, Swatched (L-R) Orpheus & Feline

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[tab id=1]$16 USD / $19 CAD

  • Amount: 0.05oz / 1.45g
  • Value: $320 USD per oz / $380 CAD per oz

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[tab id=2]Limited Edition. Available now online and on counters June 26, 2013 (North America), July 2013 (International excluding China) & August 2013 (China) at:

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[tab id=3]2 Kohl Power Eye Pencils in the collection; both shown here.

See the rest of the MAC Tropical Taboo Collection for Summer 2013 coverage here.

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