Product Reviews

MAC Penultimate Eye Liner

A liquid pen-style liner that provides the ultimate precise, bold line.
Average Customer Rating:
3.239 out of 5
3.2
 out of 
5
(117 Reviews) 117
1 out of 5(20%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Penultimate Eye Liner
Review 1 for Penultimate Eye Liner
Date:02 01 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
BEST EYELINER EVER
Tags +Long wearing, Bold Color, cat eyes
I have been using this eyeliner for almost 4 years. I'm shocked to see all the negative reviews because I have never had a problem with this product. When getting the product the eyeliner is SUPER black and glides on so well. After having the eyeliner for about a year, you can tell if its getting low because the black wont be as dark as the previous months and the tip won't be that sharp...but its because you need a new one! I love love love this eyeliner and always get tons of complements when I do a cat eye look.
+67points
68of 69found this review helpful.
 / San Francisco
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 2 for Penultimate Eye Liner
Date:02 27 2013
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fantastic.
Tags +Long wearing, Bold Color, longwear bold color easy application.
I have yet to find any eyeliner pen that is this precise and this bold with its application. At first, I shared the sentiment a lot of people here that left reviews had in that it dried out incredibly quickly. I was angry and frustrated that I spend $20 on something that only lasted a few weeks.
Lo and behold, I told my makeup artist friend that works at MAC this, and she informed me that you can pull out the felt tip, flip it around, and push it back in. Voila! Dry tip problem solved! For anyone who claims the pen dries out too quickly, try this first. Every time it dries out, flip the tip. When it finally doesn't help the issue, your penultimate is probably at the end of its days.
My only complaint is that I wish I didn't have to flip so often. But for a pen type liner, it's somewhat to be expected. I also get incredibly long wear time out of this. Usually all day and I have excessively oily skin, especially on my lids.
+85points
87of 89found this review helpful.
 / USA
Product Purchase: Department Store
Review 3 for Penultimate Eye Liner
Date:08 16 2015
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Works well when you get a good one
As a user of this product for 8 years, I've recently decided to stop buying it. After getting a faulty liner that hardly worked and could not give my eye a smooth clean finish. I thought maybe it's just a bad one and replaced it. The new one worked great and after about 5 months I decided to replace it. The new one also wouldn't work so I finally decided to complain and let MAC know of their issue. They were prompt and sent me a new one, but funny enough. THE REPLACEMENT WOULDN'T WORK EITHER!
I love MAC, but very disappointed for the quality that I pay for.
+1point
1of 1found this review helpful.
 / Denver, Co
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 4 for Penultimate Eye Liner
Date:05 27 2014
Overall Rating: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Dark Brown Please!
Please make this available in dark brown-- it's a universal shade like black, but unlike black can be worn by my skin tone and in harsh summer light without looking severe and fake. PLEASE????
+27points
41of 55found this review helpful.
 / Nannerl
Review 5 for Penultimate Eye Liner
Date:10 04 2011
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Penultimate is a no go for me
Why can't this penultimate eye liner distribute the product like the penultimate brow liner?? If it did, it would be spectacular! I've tried using it every different way, reading the review from the person below me and all the others... I just can't get the product to come out like I think it should. It's a very soft black and you can hardly tell it's there. Almost like the liner has dried out.
Super bummed about this. Totally useless for me :/
+14points
16of 18found this review helpful.
 / San Diego, CA
Review 6 for Penultimate Eye Liner
Date:09 29 2014
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Frustrating Eyeliner
I have really tried to like this liner. I need to use several short back and forth strokes on my eye to get any of the color to come out, and even then the color is a dull grey/black - not bold, rich, or pigmented. It takes a lot of work for only a little bit of color. I have tried using it all different ways, but nothing helps. I'm wondering if mine was dried out to begin with ? I'm so disappointed because I feel like I wasted $20.00.
+9points
15of 21found this review helpful.
 / Laguna Niguel, CA
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 7 for Penultimate Eye Liner
Date:08 08 2012
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Mines completely dried out in 3 days
Tags +dull color not long lasting
I got this a few days ago and it lasted for 3 days. On the first day when i decided to use it, the color came out very dull and greyish black which dissapointed me... it smudges too and the color was like almost dried out and very very light as iit's not saturated enough. This is definately not BOLD in color, more like DULL. I regret purchasing this eyeliner and thought that it was not worth the price for something that lasts 3 days. Will not buy again!
+10points
11of 12found this review helpful.
 / NY
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 8 for Penultimate Eye Liner
Date:12 30 2013
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Tags +Long wearing, Bold Color
i really do love this eye liner. it's a nice, dark black. the only small complaint i have is that personally, i have to go over a few times to achieve the level of blackness i prefer. otherwise, it seems a bit grey to me at first. other than that, its rather enjoyable. the pen form makes it easy to hold and apply. i also find it easier to apply onto other people with this vs using a brush or shorter handled liquid liner. worth the buy. at least give it a try!
+12points
16of 20found this review helpful.
Product Purchase: Department Store
Review 9 for Penultimate Eye Liner
Date:08 28 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
My HG eyeliner
Tags +Bold Color, Color true, Long wearing
This eyeliner pen makes it easy to do winged liner or a cat eye look. It lasts all day on me and doesn't fade or flake off. It shows no sign of drying out, I just keep it stored on its side as recommended. I prefer this to pencil eyeliner because this doesn't smudge or budge one I apply it. Highly recommend!
0points
0of 0found this review helpful.
 / NYC
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 10 for Penultimate Eye Liner
Date:04 26 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Amazing! Love Love Love it!
Tags +Long wearing, Bold Color, long lasting beauty!
I was nervous the first time I bought this pen. I have been a pencil user for years because I had always made a mess with the liquid liners. I absolutely fell in love with this pen! It stays beautifully! I put my makeup on at 4:30am and take it off after 9pm and it looks just as perfect as it did when I started my day! Now if only there were more colors!
+5points
5of 5found this review helpful.
 / Seattle
Review 11 for Penultimate Eye Liner
Date:09 25 2011
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
It IS a great liner!
Tags +Long wearing, Bold Color, winged effect, not harsh looking
i've read the reviews below and people really are hating on the penultimate liner... the girl at the store told me HOW to use it and it works wonderful! you have to hold it tilted and sweep the side of the tip out and you can wing it or cat eye it from there. you have to shake it before you use it. and it will come out dark and wet and wonderful:) it takes some getting used to, but you can't use it point straight on and you have to use the side a lil more than you are used to.. the reviewer who said she sweeps a little black tied over it with an angled brush, brilliant, so pretty!! i would buy again.
+6points
7of 8found this review helpful.
 / Las Vegas, NV
Review 12 for Penultimate Eye Liner
Date:07 25 2015
Overall Rating: 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Disappointing
Tags +smudges
I was so excited to try this, it looked great in the store. The color for me is good and is dark, unlike other reviewers. Unfortunately it does not last. If i touch my eyes at all, it completely rubs off. This does NOT last. It is a great pen but I would not waste money on this again because it never stays on.
0points
0of 0found this review helpful.
 / California
Product Purchase: Department Store
Review 13 for Penultimate Eye Liner
Date:08 22 2012
Overall Rating: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Loved loved dissapointed
Tags +Long wearing, Bold Color
I fell in love with this product since the second I put the first stroke on. It has a great bold color and unlike other eyeliners it lasted ALL DAY. For about twenty dollars I expected alot, and it met up to my expectations. I don't usually wear makeup often so when I do this was my go to, although as I noticed over a month of only using the eyeliner about ten times it was OUT. If I am going to spend twenty dollars on an eyeliner I expect it to be a miracle in a bottle.. not a ten day supply. I wish this really did last longer though, it's a great liner.
+4points
4of 4found this review helpful.
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 14 for Penultimate Eye Liner
Date:07 07 2011
Overall Rating: 
2 / 5
2 / 5
My least favorite mac product :(
Tags +beginners
This is the first mac product that i don't like.
When I tried it on the back of my hand at the store, I thought it was great.
When you put it on you eyelids, it's completely different. If any product comes out at all, its a very light grey. You have to press REALLY hard for a reasonable amount of product to come out.
Maybe I just had a dry one?
If the product actually came out, it would be a good first liquid eyeliner for someone who has very little experience. The applicator makes thick and thin lines.
I'm definitely sticking to liquidlast until it gets discontinued.
+4points
4of 4found this review helpful.
 / New York
Review 15 for Penultimate Eye Liner
Date:07 16 2015
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
I don't like this, :(
-1point
0of 1found this review helpful.
 / New York
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 16 for Penultimate Eye Liner
Date:03 04 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I DiG IT
Tags +Waterproof, Long wearing, Bold Color
I actually really like this eyeliner. It's really easy to make the perfect wing. I haven't had any issues with it.
+3points
3of 3found this review helpful.
 / Vancouver, BC
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 17 for Penultimate Eye Liner
Date:06 28 2015
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Dries out !
Tags +Bold Color
As soon as I purchased this it was already drying out ! Not worth buying !
0points
0of 0found this review helpful.
 / Tennessee, USA
Product Purchase: Department Store
Review 18 for Penultimate Eye Liner
Date:07 15 2011
Overall Rating: 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Dont like it....
While this product is very easy to use and application is smooth, it smudges easily and never seems to fully set. As soon as I touched my eye about an hour after applying this product it smudged everywhere.
Will not use it again.
+4points
5of 6found this review helpful.
 / St.Croix, VI
Review 19 for Penultimate Eye Liner
Date:12 07 2010
Overall Rating: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Smudgy
Tags +Smudgeable, Bold Color, smudging.
I was so excited to finally get the Penultimate Liner, and I tried it on at home, and went out. I rubbed my eye,and it completely smudged off my face, onto my cheeks and my finger....I was so disappointed!
+3points
3of 3found this review helpful.
 / NYC
Review 20 for Penultimate Eye Liner
Date:06 03 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
THE BEST
Tags +Long wearing, Bold Color
This is my all time FAVORITE liner. It gives the perfect cat eye. The tip is defined & precise, every time.
0points
0of 0found this review helpful.
 / Lake Ridge, VA
Product Purchase: Department Store