Reg: August 2001 Location: No. California Posts: 8194
Date: December 4, 2004
Price you paid?: $13.00
Subtle and may not show as much on deeper skintones
This has been discontinued.
This is a very different sort of an eyepencil, and what imo makes MAC eyepencils worth the extra bucks.
Heirloom is not quite lavender. It's silvery and also opalescent. It's more of an eyeshadow color than a liner color, but the liner form makes it easier to use as a liner--if that is not hopelessly redundant.
I've tried using this to line under my eyes; on me that doesn't work (I don't normally wear makeup under my eyes anyway). But to line the entire upper lids, adds subtle, can't-put-your-finger-on-it, doesn't-look-like-makeup, sparkle to your eyes.
Looks great paired with darker liners. I tend to use it with MAC Permaplum (very dark blue-based purple) rather than by itself. You can put Heirloom above Permaplum and sort of blend H. into P.
So far it's looked best without eyeshadow...there's something really attractive about this lavendery bit of glitz on skin...of course I will eventually figure out which shadows it matches.
Why 9 rather than 10? I can live without Heirloom where I really can't without Permaplum. I'm a deep-purple eyepencil ho.
Oh yeah, do the Eye Kohls last and do they smudge? Heirloom lasts pretty well on me considering it's a light shade. I would advise putting down a base of some sort first--I powder my lids with a little MAC Blot.
Update: August 25, 2005
Now that I've owned this for some months, a little update. I am just now discovering how to wear Heirloom.
It's...brilliant...with green, blue or grey shadows, colors that I don't generally wear every day. I had it on the other day with Nars Ireland green and a dark grey matte pencil, MAC Grey Utility, and this look would otherwise have appeared somewhat harsh on me. But lining the upper lids with Heirloom softened the look along with adding that elusive sparkle.
I think now that Heirloom is less of a conventional eyepencil in that, on me anyway, it seems to function best when you don't see it.
Reg: April 2002 Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada Posts: 3733
Date: April 17, 2005
Price you paid?: None indicated
Heirloom on me is a silvery lilac with some shimmer. I don't have a problem with the eye khol staying power on the top lid but find that they do smudge a bit on the lower lid. This is unfortunate in this case because I almost only use Heirloom to line my lower lashes. I prefer to have brighter or darker liner on top. Still, I'd repurchase Heirloom. It does a marvelous job of brightening my eyes when I use it.
Reg: August 2001 Location: Lexington, MA Posts: 2587
Date: April 18, 2005
Price you paid?: $14.00
I wanted to love Heirloom, I really did, but it doesn't like me. Alone, that is. It works, much like the Powersurge Eye Kohl, as the perfect cool-tone "base". It's both silver and lilac, and the shimmer is festive. It works well to anchor down powder liners and shadows in general (Beauty Marked, for example), but I feel that this is so much more limited in scope than Powersurge. Powersurge goes with everything, and it can be used alone. Heirloom is more a novelty than anything else.
Superb quality, of course. Not very long-lasting, but there are the Powerpoints for that!
This is an excellent khol - ten points! The color, silvery lavender, is *perfect* for green eyes. Somehow Heirloom melts into the skin and makes the eyes sparkle without looking made-up. You don't even need mascara. I wear it alone if I don't feel like wearing makeup. Staying power is good too.