MAC Technakohl Liner in Auto-de-Blu Review

MAC Technakohl Liner in Auto-de-Blu Review

MAC Technakohl Liner in Auto de Blu Review

Product Description:

A mechanical pencil-style liner. In formula, soft and creamy, with an intense, rich, colour deposit. Blends on application: dries quickly to a long-wear, non-smudge finish. Versatile. An easy way to line the top and lower lash line of the eye. When applied at a 90 degree angle, provides a thin precision line. For thicker application, apply at a flat angle.


Rs. 1100/- for 0.35 gm.

I love pencil eyeliners. If you can find me a smooth, pigmented pencil eyeliner, then I am sure that I will never gravitate towards liquid or gel eyeliner again. Although, I have found great pencil eyeliners (Clinique, MAC, Maybelline) in colours like peacock green and light grey, I am still on the lookout for a nice, rich and smooth pencil eyeliner in a dark shade that will meet that staple makeup requirement. Even though I believe that people with intense dark circles (like me!) should steer clear of dark eyeliners and dark eyeshadows, I do feel the need for a nice, pigmented black or dark blue eyeliner time and again.


I bought the Technakohl liner from MAC in Auto-de-blu and not black because I thought that this would be a shade quite close to black (and would thus do the job of black eye pencil) without being the staple, common, all-too-dark black. The Auto-de-blu is a dark, greyish-blue colour. It is a retractable, pencil-style eyeliner.

MAC as a make-up brand has rarely disappointed me. I absolutely love their pencil eyeliners, but what I don’t like about pencil eyeliners in general is their need to be sharpened every other day. In that sense, swivel eyeliners are much more convenient. However, the downside is that they are much less creamy, much less pigmented and much less smooth! I wouldn’t say that the MAC Technakohl liner in Auto-de-blu is any exception to that rule.

I had tried my mom’s Technakohl liner in black a few times (about a year or two ago) and I don’t recall being unhappy with how it applied and looked on me, but buying this one in Auto-de-blu was all about being disappointed! It is a total letdown.

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I am a huge fan of MAC makeup and I still need some convincing that this liner is actually of the same brand that I am otherwise so devoted to!

Let’s go to the pros and cons list to help you see the whole picture:

Pros of MAC Technakohl Liner in Auto-de-Blu:

  • Convenient to use: mechanical-style, swivel eyeliner.
  • Available in interesting shades.
  • Can be used on the lids, the lash line and the waterline of the eyes.
  • Does it not seem like I just had to say something for the pros?

Cons of MAC Technakohl Liner in Auto-de-Blu:

  • Not pigmented enough. This just does not make the cut for a nice, pigmented pencil liner.
  • Not smooth enough. I really have to drag this across my lids to make a half-decent line.
  • Poor staying power. This does not stay on my waterline long enough. I have to swipe it several, several times to make it last.
  • On the lids, it begins to fade very quickly after application.
  • The colour is not very flattering. This is not a very flattering blue, in my opinion.
  • A sheer waste of money! The quality is just not up to the mark.

Finally, I must add that I cannot say the same for all the shades that are available for this liner. As I said, I don’t seem to recall having any such problems with the black shade of this range. But, as far as this particular liner and shade is concerned, I will admit most unremittingly that I am disappointed!

Would I Recommend MAC Technakohl Liner in Auto-de-Blu?

Absolutely not! Unfortunately, I have already wasted my money on it, so I’m stuck with it. But I hope that you don’t make the same mistake.


This liner is just not good enough. However, MAC does make some other good pencil eyeliners. Do take your time at the store sampling as many as possible before you finally choose one.

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18 thoughts on “MAC Technakohl Liner in Auto-de-Blu Review

  1. haaaw! for that price to find a dud will be painful! u can try depotting it, mix in some baby oil & that would make it creamier & like a gel liner..coz the color does look so good, hope u get to use it all up 🙂

  2. I love this liner !!! works great on my upper and lower lash line … doesnt ever budge… its great as a liner I find … not so good as a kajal though 😀

  3. thats bad! highly disappointing when you shell out so much and get such awful results….try navy blue from faces, gorgeous blue! Nafisa’s tip is great!

  4. Chambor has similar shade midnight blue kind number is 303 forever blue…i lv tht staying power on waterline is ok bt upper lid its quite stayon kind of till say 5-6 hrs

  5. oh my… i tried this same pencil during my mac makeup training… loved it.. it was smooth as butter…. maybe the pencil you have is from a bad batch 🙁

    1. I think so too! It seems like most people have had a good experience with this one. It could either be the batch or maybe just this particular colour..?

  6. Richa sorry to know that this didn’t perform upto your liking but i have a technakohll in black and i love it to stays put all day long:-)

  7. I also LOVE MAC and blue liners…. I had the jade in technakohl but even that was such a sad shade…. I guess only black is good in technakohls 🙁

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