We were never meant to be | MAC Teddy Eye Kohl review

The product: MAC Teddy Eye Kohl

The shade: Well, this would be the reason why so many others are in love with Teddy, and why I want to be as well. It’s just – I suppose when you get down to it, it’s “just” brown, but it’s a particularly breathtaking brown, you know? It’s a lovely, warm shade; the perfect intensity given even more depth with a smattering of really finely-milled gold shimmer.

The texture: And here’s the catch. While the soft, smooth texture of MAC’s eyeliners make them a breeze to apply, I feel like it might be the reason why they move around so damn much on my lids. I can’t get more than an hour or two of wear out of Teddy, and even less on the waterline (a half-hour, tops, before it’s completely gone).

For me, it’s a total dealbreaker – even if I set with powder and layer a primer underneath, I just can’t get Teddy to stick around!

MAC Teddy swatched in indirect setting sunlight, without / with flash.

Makes me think of…

  • Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes E104 {review}
  • Ulta Eye Shadow Molten {review}

The verdict?

If you’re one of the lucky few who don’t have to deal with migrating eyeliner (that is – if you haven’t hooded eyes or monolids), don’t let this gorgeous shade pass you by. If travelling liner’s a worry for you, though, give it a skip!

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  • Aww. It always makes me a little sad when something that works for me doesn't work for someone else. Alas, cruel fate. =P
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    • Haha, true :p If only I had (gorgeous) lids like yours! *Everything* seems to move on mine.

  • I love using Teddy on my waterline! It is my favourite brown eyeliner to do that. It is most gorgeous! Another one I really like is Prunella. I only use MAC Kohls on my waterline because you're right-they move around.
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    • It does look lovely on the waterline, doesn't it? *sigh* When it's all in my eyes and creating raccoon circles, though, it's substantially less attractive! :P

  • Saddest title ever, Rae! :( This one is prolly going to be a skip for me, but it's because I already love UD so much :P UD's Bourbon is this color on me, I think. Underground is gorgeous, too, though it's…taupe-ier.

    Yeah…I need to stop buying eyeliner.
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    • Haha, sorry darling :P Not the best way to start off a Tuesday, yeah? (Ha! "Start off" – at ten in the morning.)

      I actually find the UD's move around quite a bit on my waterline as well, unfortunately, though Bourbon in particular does catch my eye!

  • D.Sadie

    Aww, I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you. I have yet to try this so I can’t really say if I like it or not. Haha.


  • Nina

    Oh I'm sorry you two can't get along :( It's not moving around that much on me, though I can only use it on my waterline and lower lash line because I have so damn oily lids that nothing can stay on for more than 15 minutes. But on my waterline it's stable and for me easier to apply than Clinique's Chocolote Lustre Cream Shaper.

  • Good to know! Some days my eyes are hooded, some days they look monolid, some days it's one and the other! I'm a fan of the dollar brand kohl eye liners, but i'd expect more staying power from a mac one!
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    • I know, right? I figure if I'm shelling out $17 for an eyeliner, it should (should being the operative word here, I suppose) stick around for more than an hour!

  • J C

    I think it looks good… I know you feel it's a boring color but I think it's pretty. Sorry to hear you didn't like it.
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  • lyn

    Sorry to hear it didn't work on you. I used to have a couple of Mac Technokohl pencils but they tend to smudge and migrate too :-( They lasted just a bit longer with a primer but not by much.
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  • AdorableOnYourVanity

    I have hooded lids, but i love love love love love love MAC Kohls despite the fact that they travel all over my lid. A cheat way to make it work is to set it with a similar shade eyeshadow. One way I love to wear smolder is by smudging it with a colorful, metallic e/s with a pencil brush. Try it and maybe you can change the fate ;)
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    • Ooh, that sounds gorgeous! It's not enough for my lids, though – I just can't seem to lock this one down :(

  • Nina

    Unfortunately no :( Everything is the same when on my lids, even UDPP did not work. Though I'm secretly planning one last try with Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base and if that doesn't work either than I'm gonna quit trying completely.

  • Kate & Zena

    Awwwwwwwww, poor Rae. I'm sorry you and Teddy (okay, that really sounds wrong) didn't work out.

    Does that mean I can have it? :p (Although, this does remind me that I need to go through all my nail polish and crap and throw out all the old crap and find new homes for the stuff I haven't touched. *looks over at the red nail polish* Yep, I'm just not a red nail polish kind of gal. Red lips? Yep. Red nails? It appears not. I have three that are untouched, I think. Sad, I know.)

    • Lol, I wish! At the rate Canada Post is crawling along at, I'm never going to be able to ship or receive makeup ever. again.


      • Kate & Zena

        Wow, your post must be really slow! Here, it depends where it ships from and how you ship it. I normally get everything within the week. Two, at the most (okay once a package took a month and I was pissed. Behold the power of USPS (or UPS or FedEx…we have a lot of ways of delivering a package).

        • Haha, they are – but what I meant was that they're on strike right now, and not going back to work anytime soon afaik >.< Surface mail to the US is (no joke) 5-7 weeks. And starts at like, $8 for a "small parcel."

          Ugh, I could rant about Canada Post forever! :P

          • Kate & Zena

            Wow. I don't think I've ever heard of the US Post officers going on strike. I'm not even sure they (meaning USPS) can go on strike. (Federal government workers can't strike here in the US. I know USPS is a government institution and it's federal so I'm assuming they can't strike. Even my dad doesn't know…I asked him. I'll ask the postlady tomorrow. I forgot her name. XD) That's unfathomable to me.

            It seems really odd that I'm always hearing about Canada and the UK post going on strike and I never know why (okay, I know UK went on strike about wages. What's Canada's post officers striking about?) I just can't ever imagine a government institution striking! It seems so….weird. Apocalyptic even. I think I'd even miss the junk mail!

  • Thanks for the heads up! I rarely wear liner on its own, but I'm guessing it would move around just as much as a base :(

  • fieran

    Sorry to hear this didn't work for you. No eyeliner stays on my waterline so I almost never line it. Don't throw it away though :) It will make a great base for a brown smokey eye..just smudge it all over your lid and then add some gold-ish shadow (Romp maybe?) and you'll look gorgeous.

    • Aww, I wish I could! It moves around even more when I try to use it as a base – creases and smudges like crazy, no matter what. :s

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  • Nina

    I have tried only two liquids in my lifetime :) MAC Penultimate and one from some local brand, and neither of them acted different on my lids. So I gave up. I'd like to try Ellis Faas and Marcelle but I don't think we have them here, and there's no going abroad in my near future (must save more money >.<) BUT, I have access to Lancome, and if you say it's worth a try, then I'll try (ahem, in month or so, it costs $48 USD here!)^^

    • Oh my god, that's crazy! I've seen Artliners online for much cheaper, though I'm not sure what shipping would be like :s Here's a link from MUA of a bunch of discount sites, if that helps:

      I do hope you can find a liner that'll stick around on your lids, my dear!!

  • Vesna (beautyaddict)

    It looks really nice. I have a similar shade already so I'll skip it for now. :)
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  • Oh no! I really do love teddy eye kohl and don't have the migration issue. Stinks that it didn't work out! I agree with some on it being a nice base for a brown smokey eye or bronze look!
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  • it looks really nice :)
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