Price: $14.50 (regular); $8.70 (pro)
Release date: Dec. 24th on maccosmetics.com; Dec. 26th in stores; Jan. 2010 internationally
Size: 10g / 0.35 US oz.
A soft-on pencil liner that lines, defines and shades the eyes with rich colour and a silky-smooth, matte/pearl finish. Ophthalmologist tested.
I Get No Kick is the one eye kohl pencil released with MAC’s Cham Pale collection. It is a shimmery champagne color with a hint of icy pink. This product is intended to be used as an eyeliner to highlight or brighten the eye area.
I Get No Kick comes in traditional pencil form. Since it is not retractable, you will need to manually sharpen this product to continue using it.
This pencil isn’t soft the way, say, Stila’s kajal eye liners are. And because of his, I Get No Kick won’t show up on the waterline very well. But for being such a firm consistency, it does a decent job of applying to the lash line without tugging on the skin.
The color is pale and the effect when first applied is subtle, which makes this a good choice for day-wear. If you want a more noticeable result, you will need to build up at least 4-5 layers.
This product could alternatively be used as a base to enhance a shimmery eyeshadow. But it will crease over time, so you should use a primer first.
Ease of Use: 7.5/10
The subtlety of this product means you will have to layer it several times on your eye for it to be noticeable, which can be a hassle. On the other hand, you may only want a slight shimmer for everyday-wear, so building up the color may not be a problem.
Although MAC is, overall, very reasonable priced for being a high-end brand, $14.50 is probably more than you need to spend on this pencil. I would suggest investing in MAC’s Bare Study paint pot or Beige-ing shadestick instead of I Get No Kick. Each of these alternatives is more cost-effective: they both will last longer and can not only be used to highlight the inner corners of your eyes, but also to act well as primers and bases for eyeshadow.
Update (1/1/11): MAC’s website currently lists Beige-ing shadestick (among other products) as being discontinued. MAC has done this with shadesticks before; some of you may remember when Sharkskin was discontinued but then brought back. I do not know if Beige-ing will be returning, but I would suggest getting it now if it is a product you are interested in.
I Get No Kick is currently sold out on MAC’s website, so I would suggest giving your local MAC store a call if you’d like this product.
Extra Credit: +2
Although I do not think this is the best option for the eye area, this eyeliner gets extra credit for being multi-functional. You can apply it to your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, or on your cupid’s bow and blend it out with your finger as a subtle face highlighter. It is especially nice to use on your cupid’s bow because the pencil form lets you have a lot of control and precision for small areas of the face.
Try if: you’re interested in trying a highlighter than can work both on your lash-line and face
Buy if: you want a subtle, shimmery highlighter for the eyes or face
Alternative products: MAC’s Paint Pot in Bare Study MAC’s Shadestick in Beige-ing