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Oct 23, 2008

MAC Little Darlings Softsparkle/Eye Pencil Set Review and Swatches

The Muse's wishy list is filled with dreams of the gloss sets from the MAC Little Darling Collection! However, today she'll forsake the glosses and bring you a review of the next best thing, the MAC Little Darling Softsparkle/Eye Pencil Set!


About a week ago I brought you some swatches from items I already own from this particular set and today I'll bring you the remaining swatches. When I first heard about this set I got uber excited as I thought that the set included ALL MAC Softsparkle Pencils. I got even more hyper when I thought the set included two shades of Softsparkle Pencils I didn't already own.

But duh....

The Muse quickly realized today upon opening the canister up that it actually included three SoftSparkle Pencils and two regular eye pencils from MAC!

Well, slap me and call me silly who knew?

The good news is I now have a backup of my very favorite pencil Peacocked! w00t! And the better news is I have a brand new SoftSparkle Pencil I've never even heard of entitled Chocolight!

This is fairly great deal at $29.50 USD as it contains five nice size (not full size) eye pencils from MAC. For all those technical people out there that means the large size pencils are 1.68g/0.059oz and the mini size are .95g/0.03oz. Either way you deal it, the Muse thinks it's a good deal as it's like paying under $5 USD per a pencil!

The pencils you'll get with this set are:

MAC Softsparkle Eyeliner Pencils in:

  • Peacocked (a sea foam green shade with shimmer)
  • Chocolight (light caramel brown with shimmer)
  • Mint & Green (olive green with shimmer)

MAC Eyeliner Pencils in:

  • Black Funk (true black shade)
  • Fab Orchid (true purple shade)

I simply adore Softsparkle pencils however a few things you'll need to know, 1. the formula isn't particularly fabulous and 2. I don't think they are waterline safe. The formula on these are a tiny bit hard so if you're used to using MAC Kohl or Technakohl don't expect the same melty, buttery formula, these just don't have that beautiful glide. A bit of tugging is invovled to get them on and a little bit of lining and re-lining to get the color on properly is required. However, after all that drama you're left with a beautiful sparkling liner look so all is forgiven and right with the world again!

Similar problem with the MAC Eyeliner Pencils, they just don't have a soft formula and they involve a bit of tugging to get into place but thankfully no re-lining is required, they normally go right on without streaking or need for another application! These are actually my least favorite in the MAC eye pencil line up and I don't actually own any aside from these two that came with the kit! They are good but they aren't great.

The pencils come housed in a bright red canister which resemble last year's packaging aside from the fact that these are a lovely bright red. I shamefully admit I threw out my canisters from last season as in the Muse's life there is such a thing as just "TOO MUCH crap!" But don't follow my rules! The canister is actually a nice way to store and travel with the pencils or if you want you can tuck other small makeup items into them! Or if you happen to be of the Martha Stewart variety I bet you could come up with some fabulously awesome idea for using this thing! It's a good thing!

All in all I think the MAC Little Darlings Softsparkle/Eye Pencil Set is a fab package and well worth the price tag with a few minor rants here and there from your dear old Muse!

I'm looking forward to nabbing the MAC Little Darling gloss sets shortly so expect a review and swatches as soon as I can get them in my greedy little hands!

MAC Little Darlings Product Photos and Swatches

MAC Adoring Carmine Face Brush Set Review

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Blogger Askmewhats said...

Peacocked look so pretty!!!! I wonder how much they'll sell it here :) thanks for the info

October 23, 2008 at 8:49 PM  
Blogger Aline said...

oOoo these look interesting...

i was really disappointed with the softsparkle set from last year... i didnt really know anything about them at all, so the name alone attracted me..

the only color i really liked was goldenair.. everything else was kinda meh to me... only because i was expecting the pencils to actually have a SOFT sparkle lol... not glitter.. i have to admit though im really loving the chocolight, mint & olive, and fab orchid pencils... the packaging alone might be enough to tip me over lol..

werent the softsparkle liners from last years set full size?

and no worries on the delayed responses muse... i really appreciate the fact that you take the time out to respond personally to everyone..

you rock girl!!

take care


October 23, 2008 at 9:01 PM  
Anonymous prettybeautiful said...

the set is gorgeous! but what's reasonably priced in US is all expensive when it is in malaysia

October 24, 2008 at 12:01 AM  
Anonymous Paopao said...

Hi Muse!

Wow! I like fab orchid and the green one!!! But I'm completely broke, don't know if i'll be able to save from now to christmas...

Have a great weekend!

October 24, 2008 at 3:51 AM  
Anonymous Ann* said...

umm.. *trying to feeeeel* sorry! not feeling it.


October 24, 2008 at 5:18 AM  
Anonymous Nell said...

I´m certainly no Martha Stewart (nowhere near;)), but I think the canisters are great for pencil storage on your vanity.

October 24, 2008 at 5:35 AM  
Blogger Tammy M said...

I guess I must of the Martha Stewart variety! When I picked up last years collection at my CCO, I took the lids, filled it with some floral beads and used them as brush holders and liner holders for the top of my vanity...recycle and re-use!!!
I think I will pass on these, but pick up the glosses instead.

October 24, 2008 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey nikki!

Peacocked is my very fav :)
You're most welcome!
Hope they pop up your side!

October 24, 2008 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi aline!

How are you? HAPPY Friday! ;)

I didn't indulge last year but I understand how you felt. The pencils are gritty..I like the finished result but I don't like the application process :P Goldenair is yums :) It's a fav of mine and I think it actually has a softer format than the others!

Lord knows I've been guilty of purchasing stuff for packaging alone..blush!

No :( sadly it's always mini versions..!

I love talking to you so it's my pleasure to reply :) Thanks for always taking time out to comment, I appreciate it greatly :)

Aw shucks thanks! Hugs aline!

Have a fab weekend!

October 24, 2008 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi prettybeautiful!

Aw :( I need to hire a jet and buy major amounts of products and bring it over for all my Malaysian readers heehee!

the price jack always stinks sigh!

October 24, 2008 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

morning pao pao!

Believe me this time of the year makes me broke too :P Collection after collection after collection holy good night!

Have a fab weekend!

October 24, 2008 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

lol ann!!!!

October 24, 2008 at 9:43 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey nell!

lol me either :) they'd do great as pencil or brush holders! Agreed :)

October 24, 2008 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey tammy!

lol that's perfectly cool ;) I guess I am too to some extent :)

That sounds perfect! I think I'll do the same with the red one this year :)

I want the glosses too! Dying for 'em actually!

They look lovely!


October 24, 2008 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger pinkyping said...

oh man i can feel it calling me.. especially I think I'm addicted to eyeliner hahahha

October 24, 2008 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi pinkyping!

LOL! ;) I hear you pinky!

October 24, 2008 at 2:02 PM  
Blogger Phyrra said...

I wish Fab Orchid or Rave came in the Technakohl liner format, or the fluidline. Sooo pretty, yet not in a formulate I like.

October 24, 2008 at 4:22 PM  
Blogger Connie said...

I can't choose a favorite! hmm... peacock maybe? and fab orchid? so pretty!

October 25, 2008 at 2:09 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

agreed dd! I'd love to see fav orchid in a pot :)

October 27, 2008 at 1:49 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

peacock connie!

It's simply gorgeous ;)

October 27, 2008 at 1:49 PM  
Blogger C said...

OMG! I am so excited!
everything looks so amazing!

October 29, 2008 at 7:10 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

me too me too squee :)

I can't wait to review the palettes!

October 29, 2008 at 10:37 AM  

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