My dear MAC Fluidline Blacktrack, You Were Wonderful While It Lasted. Too Dry, Goodbye.


Google ‘best gel liner’ and you’re bound to see a slew of reviews, articles, videos on the MAC Fluidline Blacktrack. Often compared to the Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner, these two brands serve the I-need-smudge-proof-eyeliner market like dental braces to crooked teeth.

HAHA. I don’t know why said that. I’m glad my braces days are over though.

Let’s go back a little in time, to when my MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack was fresh, creamy, soft and nothing less than awesome.


Due to my extremely oily skin and eyelids, I’ve always had trouble getting liquid and pencil eyeliners stay on my lashline. The closest bet I had to a non-smudge eyeliner was the Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eyeliner. It stayed on my lids no doubt, but it also transferred onto the skin above the fold. Throughout the day I had to check if there was any transfer and remove it. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero works for many people, but it smudges like mad on me. It works like a charm for tightlining though! (What is tightlining?)

To me, an eyeliner’s ability to stay on, and on, and on, and on…… ranks pretty high on my priority requirements. Given my disappointing experiences with liquid and pencil eyeliners, the MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack was a burst of fresh air with its remarkable long-lasting and smudge-resistant results.

I’ve cried and perspired (went to the gym right after work without removing makeup) with the MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack on and it barely smudged.

It matters just a little with and without primer. I use the Urban Decay Primer Potion (which I depotted in 5 minutes) underneath eye makeup and Blacktrack stays longer than if the eye area wasn’t primed.

Seriously, the total number of times when I don’t prime my lids can’t be more than the fingers on my hands.

Very black

The color of MAC Fluidline Blacktrack is a no-nonsense matte jet black that enables me to create the blackest and most intense eyeline. One swipe produces enough pigment on the lids, so you don’t have to go over it many times, but I like mine to be black – harsh black. Some people go over the line with a black eyeshadow color or use a smudge brush to soften the line, but I like my lines harsh with very defined edges.

Texture: Creamy

(but very dry now)

A light dip of my Sonia Kasuk Bent Eyeliner Brush into Blacktrack punctuated its smooth surface, leaving it with an unsightly dent the first time I tried. It felt like semi-melted butter or ice-cream was taken out of the freezer for 3 minutes.

Its buttery texture is of optimal consistency – not too gooey, not too heavy. It glides on effortless on the lids with the help of the Sonia Kasuk brush so you can imagine no tugging, no lifting of the eyelid or skin around the eye is needed.

Worth every penny

Although the MAC Fluidline Blacktrack (U$15.00) is slightly cheaper than its famous rival –Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink (U$21.00), it is still perceived as pricey. I also think it is expensive, but if you think about it, for all its merits – smudgeproof, easy to apply, matte jet black, it is a small price to pay for having racoon-free eyes all day long!

Does not run, yet easy to remove

Blacktrack doesn’t run under water nor sweat, which makes it rather difficult to remove if you use only water or a very mild makeup remover. I have no problems removing any kind of eye makeup with my favorite (and best!) Biore Eye and Lip Makeup Remover. I’m on to my 4th bottle already.

That was about 6 months from 12 September, 2010 when I first bought it. Yes, I keep a record of when I buy my cosmetics products so that I know when to throw them out when they expire.

>> Fast forward to June 2011

The once glorious MAC Fluidline Blacktrack is now a lump of black rock-hard substance. It is no longer creamy, no longer soft and no longer easy to apply. It still works, but I’ve to dip the brush into the pot more often to get product out since it is so dry now.

That’s my awesome Sonia Kashuk Bent Eyeliner Brush, coated with dry Blacktrack. =(

Flicking out to get a precise winged-out cat-eye effect gets harder each day. The worst thing is how badly it flakes when I layer it on.

A few weeks ago I did my friend’s makeup for a dance competition. I wanted an intense eyeliner look but the MAC Fluidline Blacktrack totally failed on me. The more layers I put on, the more black specks fell on her face. Embarassing – MAX!

Some people in forums suggested using a few drops of saline and mix it into Blacktrack, some others suggested scraping off the top to reveal the possible underlying less dry layer. I did that, it worked for a couple of weeks, but now it’s dry again.

What to do to prevent MAC Fluidline Blacktrack from drying out

It is probably too late for me to do anything now, but it has been recommended that if you leave the pot upside down it dries out slower. Remember to keep the lid tightly closed too!

Seeing it drying out and dying such a terrible death makes me reconsider buying the other colors like Waveline and Macroviolet. Thank you Blacktrack, you were good while it lasted. I will continue using you until my order for the Bobbi Brown Black Ink arrives. (Update: Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Liner in Black Ink review)

Despite it drying out like that, 6 months is a pretty long time for a gel eyeliner to stay functional, and I still think Blacktrack is really in a class of its own among all gel eyeliners in the market.

Get MAC Fluidline Blacktrack here

Bun Bun rates MAC Fluidline Blacktrack when it was still creamy:

Bun Bun rates MAC Fluidline Blacktrack when it became dry and stupid:

What do you think of the MAC Fluidline Blacktrack?

Have you experienced any gel eyeliner that dried out?


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  • molly

    It seems to me that layering is key: a dotted pencil line, topped with a slanted brush loaded with a corresponding shadow, smudging and fixing.
    Then a fan brush with finishing/concealing powder starting JUST under drawn lines; then mascara. Ok…then hide in air conditioning! When will we be free?!

    • Bun Bun

      Free from all that layering? I love the layering bits though. Add this, add that, then this, and that… =) The only thing I wanna be free is from UV. What do you want to be free from, Molly?

  • priscilla

    Wow cool! I wish I knew how to use these fluid eyeliners..

    I’m no good at liquid/gel eyeliners.. i think water- & smudge-proof crayon types are not bad though~ Can last me the whole day through.. only problem is that i have to continuously sharpen it every now and then to make sure the tip is still sharp enough to draw a nice line above my lashes..

    • Bun Bun

      They’re gel eyeliners, Fluidline is just the name. =) I don’t like sharpening, and pencil or liquid liners usually smudge on me. Gel eyeliners are really the best! Once you’ve tried it once, you will use it forever. Haha… Don’t worry, I have a tutorial coming up on how to use gel eyeliner! Stay tuned, Pris!

  • K / Cosmeddicted

    I’ve never used MAC Fluidline, but I’ve used other gel eyeliners and they’ve all dried up before I could use them up. I remember someone posted a youtube video on how to revive dried eyeliner. I haven’t tried this yet, but do let me know if you do!

    • Bun Bun

      That’s a shame, to have all your gel liners dry up before you could use them all! Thanks for the video! I love Enkore’s videos, don’t know how I managed to miss this one. I might really go try out his method. Are you gonna? I’ll do a tutorial if mine turns out successful haha. Drop me a message if you get yours done too!

  • a!k0

    Hi dear!! It’s me again! been awhile :D Oh I am sorry that your fluidtrack has turned dry, have you tried to revive it?? if you havent you should!! Enkore has a video on YouTube on how to revive dried out gel liners :D I heard a lot about MAC gel liners but have not have the chance to try them :) maybe one day! :D


    • Bun Bun

      HEYYYYYY a!k0! I missed you! I was wondering how come I haven’t heard from you in such a long time! Busy much? =) And yes, I heard about the Enkore’s video from another reader too. He always makes things seem so easy, haha I’ll probably try it out!
      But you know what, if you haven’t tried MAC fluidline, you might wanna look into an alternative. I recently bought another brand of gel eyeliner and it is WONDERFUL. I’m gonna do a review soon! I’m in love!
      Glad to hear from you again dear! =D

      • a!kO

        ^^, I have missed reading your blog and have missed you too!! :D Yeah, I have been quite busy the last few weeks, with wedding and stuff, I need to update my blog!! =___= Ahhh yes maybe try it on your MAC if you haven’t tossed it away yet :D I love Enkore’s tips, sounds so simple right?? Have not tried any gel liners so far, can you believe it? :P I might go ahead and try the Maybelline one since in the cheaper range XD but I saw the ones from INGLOT and I love the colors!! I just found out there’s an Inglot store in Malaysia and if I knew would’ve gone there last month!! I feel so deprived :P

        Oh which alternative brand did you try? Can’t wait to read the review :D I am so curious now!!! :P My friend have been nagging me to try get liners for so long…I might get an Inglot one if I am in KL but I don’t know if I am willing to spend it on a gel liner…although I am hoping to go to one in the states XD


        • Bun Bun

          Gaaaahhh! It’s a pity you didn’t manage to visit INGLOT when you went to attend your friend’s wedding in KL! It’s at Sunway Pyramid. I really feel like crossing the border and taking a 4-hour bus ride there just to get my hands on INGLOT cosmetics because it’s the ONLY store in Southeast Asia! I’m so jealous of people who have easy access to INGLOT! Hope they decide to come to our shores soon! =D

  • Bea

    Have you tried to add some artificial eye tears? I saw the tip on a website, although I haven’t tried it yet. I have some gel -liners from ELF and they are still creamy maybe you can try them out.

    • Bun Bun

      Yea I read about using lubricant eye drops too, but then someone mentioned that after she mixed it she got an eye sore!! That made me really afraid to try so I tried the safer way of just scraping the top most layer to reveal a more moist under layer. But then that layer got dried out after a while too. Haha. Hmm, ELF! Sounds promising, I’ve heard good stuff about elf gel liners too. Might try them out someday. Thanks Bea!

  • cal

    mine lasted 2.5 years!!!!

    • Bun Bun

      Goodness! How is that possible?! What did you do to preserve it?

      • cal

        Hmm, I actually don’t do anything special at all! Maybe it could be due to where I live (Canada) that prevents it from drying up. I leave it in my makeup bag in my bedroom.
        But so far it’s definitely worth the money since I’m only about halfway; this may end up lasting me 5+ years lol.
        I heard Wet n’ Wild gel eyeliner is really good too! In fact, I bought it, but probably won’t get to use it for years since my MAC is lasting so long.

        Nice blog by the way, I liked your Asian eyes post :D I haven’t seen anything else on the web that thorough or useful for asian eyes!

        • Bun Bun

          Thanks cal! That was what I thought too, and that got me started on all those eye makeup tutorials for Asian eyes!

          I really want to try Wet n’ Wild products but they’re not available in Singapore! Have read many good reviews, especially on their eyeshadow quads…. Have you tried any?

          • cal

            No, I haven’t tried the shadow quads! I’d like to, but I have too much eyeshadow. =X

  • Vi

    I always put a drop of baby oil to my mac and it works amazing :)
    but dont put too much bc it’ll get too oily & wont dry fast enough as it glides on your waterline, good luck trying =)

    • Bun Bun

      That’s a new one. Thanks for the suggestion, Vi! After pouring in the baby oil, do you sorta swirl it in the pot? :D

  • Vi

    yup I swirl it so it will seep through the gel, it really maintains the consistency even when you leave it on for days/ months. I also put a drop baby oil on tissue/ cotton and sweep my gel liner brush to it to get rid of the clump packed inside the bristle. It’s a foolproof technique to get the nice stroke once you have that soft-feel of the fibers. ;)

  • angphan23

    That’s amazing it stays on you, that means my eyes and skin are 100 times more oily than yours cause black track, UD 24/7, mac liquid last, milani infinite liquid liner, wet n wild h20 none of those even make it past a 5 hour work day for me let alone a night out. I’m having trouble finding a pencil liner

  • JessC

    i Have this problem of it transferring to the upper part of my eye too! Apparently MAC Pro longwear eyeliner is less of a smudger. Its next of my list of eyeliners to try.. Just a suggestion for you??