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

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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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32 Responses to “We were never meant to be | MAC Teddy Eye Kohl review”

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. D.Sadie, on June 21st, 2011 at 11:49 am said:

    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.

    -Dinah

  5. 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.

  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. AdorableOnYourVanity, on June 21st, 2011 at 5:14 pm said:

    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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  10. 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.

  11. Kate & Zena, on June 21st, 2011 at 10:39 pm said:

    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.)

  12. 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 :(

  13. fieran, on June 22nd, 2011 at 1:46 am said:

    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.

  14. […] I’d share a few photos after yesterday’s MAC Teddy review – because yes, even though the wear time is awful on me (even when layered over primer and […]

  15. 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!)^^

  16. Vesna (beautyaddict), on June 26th, 2011 at 2:48 am said:

    It looks really nice. I have a similar shade already so I'll skip it for now. :)
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  17. 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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  18. […] I’m happy to report that the eye khol, which I’ve reviewed previously, pairs just as well with the quad as expected (if not better). A review for the quad’s […]

  19. it looks really nice :)
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