MAC Smolder eye kohl : Review and swatches

Hi everyone!

Today I’m reviewing one of the most popular and much hyped products from MAC – Smolder eye kohl. ‘Smolder’ is basically a black eye kohl that comes in a sharpen-able pencil form. The USP of this product is that the shade is an unmatched blackest black!

Price: Rs 790

Quantity : 1.36 g


MAC Smolder eye kohl


What MAC says about the product :

“A soft-on pencil liner that lines, defines and shades the eyes with rich colour and a silky-smooth,matte/pearl finish. Ophthalmologist tested.”

My take on the product : Before my first MAC purchase I got a lot of recommendations on IMBB for this product. However, I couldn’t bring myself to spend Rs 790 on a kohl then. Much later, my Mum picked it up as a gift for me after I raved about how ‘black’ it is  O:-)


MAC Smolder eye kohl

The first thing I noticed about the product is that the pencil is really long. In fact, all MAC kohls come in  this size- much longer than the average pencil form products from other brands. On applying for the first time, I was amazed at how creamy and smooth it was, without being overly soft- thus it doesn’t break on sharpening or applying. And the third thing I noticed was the blackest black color with a glistening- slightly oily looking finish.


MAC Smolder eye kohl

It comes in the standard black MAC packaging– it looks classy and is very convenient to use. The kohl is soft but not so soft that it will break on sharpening. The pencil is quite long so it’ll last for a long time, I’ve been using mine for 3-4 months now , at least 4 times a week and I’ve barely used up 20% of the product.


MAC Smolder eye kohl


MAC Smolder eye kohl


MAC Smolder eye kohl

One of the biggest pros of this product is that it does transfer to my contact lenses unlike   almost all other kajals.

MAC Smolder eye kohl

I have used MAC Smolder to create a dramatic smokey eye look HERE.

Coming to the good and bad about the product..

The GOOD about MAC Smolder eye kohl :

1. Convenient and classy black MAC Packaging. The wooden pencil sharpens easily with a standard sharpener.

2. Super smooth texture and yet not overly soft.

3. Blackest black color- nothing else (Except MAC Feline kohl- limited edition) comes close to how black it is! Also has a slightly oily finish which makes the color looking richer.

4. Staying power – This product is essentially smudgy so for watery eyes, it smudges a LOT but stays put on my waterline for almost the entire day unless I rub my eyes.

5. Fades evenly with time, does not give me raccoon eyes unlike other kajals (but again, won’t suit people with watery eyes)

6. It can be smudged to create a variety of smokey looks. In fact, a MAC MUA told me it is meant for smokey looks. It does not ‘set’  or become smudge-proof after applying unlike some other liners.

7. Safe for contact lens wearers. Does not transfer your lenses(unlike other kajals). Opthalmologically tested.

8. Water -resistant (not waterproof though)

The NOT-SO-GOOD about MAC Smolder eye kohl –

1. Not smudge-proof .. smudges a LOT if you have watery and can give horrible raccoon eyes


Overall Verdict : It is super-black, very pigmented and smooth eye kohl that is best suited for creating smokey looks because of it smudgy nature. Can work as a wonderful kohl that stays all day long without smudging for people  who do not have watery eyes but otherwise it is capable of giving horrible raccoon eyes. The pencil is quite long and lasts a long time and despite being creamy, it is not overly soft and hence doesn’t break on sharpening/use. Safe for contact lens wearers and does not transfer to lenses like other kajals. The biggest CON is the hefty price tag of Rs 790.

I find Faces kajal a cheaper substitute for this product- the color is quite black and it doesn’t smudge like other kajals. Read review HERE.

Since it is meant to be used for smudgy ,smokey looks and not as simply as a kajal, I’m rating it accordingly.

Rating : 4/5 (-1 for being expensive)

Will I repurchase : At Rs 790, probably NO.

Have you tried MAC Smolder? Which is your favorite kajal? Share your comments by replying below.


  1. Neha S.
    June 24, 2011 / 11:25 pm

    not for me 🙁 my eyes are watery

    • Corallista
      June 25, 2011 / 10:40 am

      🙁 Only Maybelline gel liner stays on u na? I started using mine more after seeing u wearing it that day 😀

      • Neha S.
        June 25, 2011 / 11:14 am

        hahaha ya thats the only one.. colourbar midnight black comes cloe to staying on me .. but its not jet black.. maybelline drama gel is gdsent for me now…. bit i still wear it sparinglky coz i still dont know if its waterline safe… but ab tak whenever i wear … no complaints 😀

        • Neha S.
          June 25, 2011 / 11:14 am

          godsent* 😛

        • Corallista
          June 25, 2011 / 2:26 pm

          As long as it doesn’t irritate your eyes all good 😀

  2. Neha S.
    June 25, 2011 / 11:18 am

    have u tried the drama gel on waterline ever?

    • Corallista
      June 25, 2011 / 2:26 pm

      Nope..not tried on the water line ever!

      • June 25, 2011 / 10:55 pm

        I use it on my waterline everyday 🙂

        • Neha S.
          June 25, 2011 / 11:58 pm

          oh u doo!! yeayy i have one person ! ab tak i thot im the only crazy one 😛

          • Corallista
            June 26, 2011 / 8:32 pm

            😛 😛

        • Corallista
          June 26, 2011 / 8:31 pm

          Thats great! I have always been a little apprehensive since I use contacts so never tried in on waterline.

  3. June 25, 2011 / 2:56 pm

    I like the pigmentation, but smudgy eyeliners are just not for me.. 😛

  4. Shai
    June 27, 2011 / 4:37 pm

    I remember never using kohl when I wore lenses… now that I’m back to glasses, I don’t use anything else. Still I’d rather spend that kind of money of lip stuff or other make up.. will be content with my maybelline one for now 🙂

    • Corallista
      June 27, 2011 / 5:14 pm

      🙂 Btw why did u switch back to glasses? I find lenses much more comfortable and my power has also stabilized since I started using them.

  5. Manali
    August 1, 2011 / 8:12 pm

    uuuhhhh very expensive… :O

    • Corallista
      August 1, 2011 / 11:08 pm

      Ya but once you start using it, nothing else seems black enough 😛

  6. Bidisha Sinha
    November 6, 2011 / 2:03 pm

    its expensive :/
    and also i have watery eyes :((

  7. Roshni
    June 26, 2016 / 9:14 pm

    Faces kajal is awesome saying it so bcoz I hv tried all the best brands faces really works

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