MAC is such a good line (for most colors) that my expectations are pretty high for their products. This is just an average, blah, brown pencil. Nothing special. That would normally get 3 lippies from me, but because the MAC name is part of why I bought it (over my initial instinct to pass), I have to ding them a lippie. MAC Fluidline Dipdown is a better chocolate brown liner. This one is going "Back to MAC" because I waited too long to do a return.
Me - 44, auburn/hazel, fair/medium
Love the powerpoint pencils in general. Love the consistency, the fact you can smudge or not, great on lower and upper lids. This is a dark brown, good color for my dark brown eyes. Its hard to say brown is the most lovely color, but this is a good standard color for everyday wear. Will need to keep this on-hand, its the prettiest brown I've found in a darker brown.
Beautiful deep brown color. Great for everyday wear. Only problem is that is smudges on me a little (only on my bottom line). Which is weird because the other PP's dont! Will repurchase though, great eyeliner.
A nice, dark brown. Lasts pretty well (although not on my waterline).
This is one of my absolute favorite brown eyeliners, ever! The color is a nice rich dark brown-not too light, not too dark on my fair skin/hazel eyes. It lasts all day with minimal smudging and is easily applied and blended for a smokier look. I really enjoy the texture, it simply glides on the skin aand doesn't skip or drag. This is a great standard eye pencil and I would especially recommend it as a basic for somebody just getting interested in make-up.
I love Powerpoints, they are my HG pencil liners, I will not wear any pencil liners except Powerpoints and Technakohls, they don't tug on delicate eyelids which is very important to me. I'm also surprised that Powerpoints will smudge a lot on some people whereas Technakohls last forever on these same people, perhaps it has something to do with the degree of oiliness on eyelids? Anyways I have just the opposite experience: Powerpoints WILL NOT budge or smudge on me the whole day long whereas Technakohls only have so-so lasting power on me and I usually need to touch up, although only once a day. Stubborn Brown is, as all the Powerpoint colours I have tried, a beautiful gorgeous colour. It's a deep dark rich brown, as someone said similar to Dipdown gel liner, another gorgeous eyeliner. I never used brown eyeliners before because I thought they would be boring, but they are not the least bit boring on a brown-eyed girl but rather they really complement brown eyes. Stubborn Brown is the exact same colour as my eyes (so you can see I've got really dark eyes) and I suppose that is one of the secrets as to why this colour works so well on me. Some people complain that this colour is too dark and dramatic but I think it would only be too dark and dramatic on people with lighter coloured eyes. People with very dark eyes like me seem to have the opposite problem: lighter coloured eyeliners just look skimpy and wimpy and washed out, not to mention just plain weird, on dark-eyed girls. I mean, imagine, your eyeliner is paler than your eyes! So Stubborn Brown is just the perfect shade for me, really makes my dark brown eyes stand out and emphasizes their brownness and their darkness, if that makes any sense. Tip: As someone else mentioned, I bought the MAC pencil sharpener and it is perfect for keeping all my Powerpoints sharpened and in tip top condition, other cheapy sharpeners just won't give your Powerpoint a fine tip and they may break the Powerpoint, the MAC sharpener will not and it is also cheap.
The MAC sales associate recommended Stubborn Brown after I said I wanted to try something different than the MAC Coffee eyeliner I always wore. Stubborn Brown is a nice dark brown color (very similar to Fluidline Dipdown), but it doesn't go on very easily and smoothly for me. I also have to sharpen it each time I apply. Staying power is great though. I don't think I'll repurchase, however, as I'm now hooked on the Fluidlines.
I'm very impressed by this product. I wear very minimal makeup, and usually only eye makeup (eye liner and mascara) I searched for years for an eyeliner that wouldn't smudge. I have sensitive eyes and I wear contacts so my eyeliner would invariably smudge after a couple of hours. I finally found the Powerpoint and I'm not looking back! The colors are fantastic and they do not move until I remove my makeup at night. Stubborn Brown is my everyday color. I sometimes wear it with Handforged to soften the look a bit. I just finished my first pencil (I bought it about 1 and 1/2 years ago) but I already bought another one and will continue to. I have no desire to look for another product, this is perfect for me!
Stubborn Brown Powerpoint is a good brown liner but on my oily lids it just doesn't have the staying power of my Colorstay liner by Revlon. I have many MAC Powerpoint liners but I would not repurchase this one as there are better alternatives out there in this fairly standard colour.
i love love this eyeliner! the color is my HG dark brown :) i usually use this pencil for every eye look i do :) it works well glides on smoothly and stays on all day! :) huge rave