MAC Blacktrack secret

I figured this one out a couple weeks ago — it’s really nifty! When you line on top of shadow with a black gel or cream liner (I used my Blacktrack, hence the title) it sometimes actually alters the colour of the shadow… check out the example below.I was in disbelief for a few moments (it’s so different! And pretty! So… blue!) and thus made sure multiple times this wasn’t some epic screw-up. When I swatched it to show you guys, I wiped off the liner before dipping in with a clean brush… and yup, it definitely does change the colour of the shadow! (Okay, okay, maybe it isn’t THAT different. But you have to admit, it is a pretty big change, especially as you’d expect no change at all.)

‘Kay, one more time: here’s a close-up. (Can you tell that I am absolutely MESMERIZED by this??! Yah, pretty much.)Just a nifty little trick that I thought I’d let you guys know about. Lesson: layer shadow under your black gel liners for a cool effect, or ensure that they’re going on shadowless skin if you want it super-black.

(The shadow used in this is Senna Fantasy, one of my favourite shades. It’s gorgeous and versitile, not to mention ridiculously vibrant for such a light colour.)

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  • rasilla

    I know that they do this with the shadows, (elf eye transformer smashbox eye illusio), but didn't think about the effect with liners (even though smashbox even states that you can as a liner XD)anyway thanks for sharing that~

  • beautifulmonday

    just to be a devil's advocate:
    how does this compare to layering the shadow (which IS lovely) OVER the liner?


  • Rae // theNotice

    Laura: lol!! You get more pigment overtop when you use shadow over liner, so it looks more like, well, shadow over liner! (As opposed to this, which irl just looks like a tinted liner)

  • Rae // theNotice

    rasilla: It's not quite the same thing, as eyeshadow transformers are made to transform the shadow into a liner, or "eye illusion"y products into a more shimmery version of themselves, rather than a total change in colour =P But I get what you mean!!Try it out sometime :) Definitely fun!

  • Sorcha the Plucky

    How interesting, I've tried layering shadows over Blacktrack (Stars N' Rockets turns out this amazing blue), but I'd never thought of trying it the other way around!

  • Rae // theNotice

    Sorcha: Me too! This was an accident — and a really cool one =P

  • Christy

    Ever tried it with Stars & Rockets? It's some serious <3

  • Rae // theNotice

    Christy: Lol! No I haven't, but if I ever pick up Stars & Rockets I promise I'll give it a go! Thanks hon :)