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I love Mac make up and along with Benefit it is my favourite brand of make up. At £16 a pot this stuff isn't cheap but I have always believed in paying a little more for quality. This IS quality. These little pots can be used as eye shadow primers or they can simply be used directly as eye shadows. I use them both ways and the particular shade I've got (Chilled on Ice) can also be used as a highlighter! Talk about getting your moneys worth!
These little pots contain so much colour pigment that a little goes such a long way. They glide onto your eyelids perfectly without needing much effort from you. The colour is outstanding. A little dab at a time goes a long way so each 5g pot will last you ages, despite the hefty price tag. My shade is pretty neutral so I can use it as either a primer or as an eye shadow by itself. The colour pot that I have is really nice and sparkly. It does actually look great just as it is and I can pat it onto my eyelid using just my fingertip. The colour lasts ages but it is easily removed at the end of the day.
Used as a primer this stuff helps my eye shadow to STAY PUT, it literally doesn't budge, which is great! The sparkly undertone of my shade means that the eye shadow that I apply over the top turns sparkly too!
It's also great used as a highlighter. I apply a small amount of it to my brow bones and I also apply a little down the bridge of my nose to "slim" it. I often use a little of it to highlight my cheekbones too. The pigment accentuates my cheekbones and again the colour stays put all day long.
I know these aren't cheap but these little pots are so versatile and they really are excellent quality. Why not treat yourself to one? There's plenty of different shades to choose from so I am sure you'll find one to suit you!
I am stuck in an office all day 9 - 5 days a week, the only way I can really feel 'me' in my work clothes is by expressing myself through make up. I always wear a smokey eye or natural look on my lids and love anything that can help me to achieve these looks !
Welcome to the world of MAC paint pots! I haven't always been as fussy with my make up, and often used to apply eye shadows without a primer or base, and since delving into the MAC world, I've learned the errors of my ways!
The MAC paint pots come in a range of colours and are great for priming the eye and giving a base for eye shadow. MAC's 'painterly' gives a great all over base colour for any one who is trying to create a natural look. However, if you prefer a more colourful look, you are definitely spoilt for choice!
The paint pots are a great dual product, you can use them as an eye shadow base, or just as a wash of colour over your lid.
Over time, the product can dry out, however this is more of an every day essential so it will last as long as you need it to. If you find that your product does dry out, there are several tips online on how to revive your product for even longer!
On a day to day basis I don't wear any eye make-up as I have found that a slick of lipstick and blush serves me well. I like to be as low maintenance as possible but that doesn't mean I don't love beauty products, I just like them to save me time as well as make me look reasonable! However, on nights out I do like to transform myself - which means wearing eye shadow, mascara, and the works! A smoky eye is a no brainer for evenings out and my small collection of eye products are all smouldering colours perfect for creating this look. I used to work in a large department store and would pass by the beauty counters every day to get to my department. The MAC counter always caught my eye and this is just one of the purchases that I made during my lunchtime!
This is essentially a cream eye shadow that doubles as a primer. I purchased the product in the colour Constructivist which the MAC website describes as "a metallic brown with red pearl". I decided to go for this shade as I read in a magazine that this is the shade that Alexa Chung uses when she wants a more dramatic look and I am a fan of her style.
--Application and Uses--
Primer - As a lot of the paint pot shades are neutral and they do not crease a lot of people use them as a priming base on which to layer the rest of their eye shadow.
Eyeliner - this product makes a really great liner on its own.
Eye shadow Base Colour - This is how I use the paint pot. I use it because it gives me a lovely smouldering chocolate brown colour which I can work in different colours. I normally use a wash of the paint pot in the eye socket and then add Barry M dazzle dust in bronze, gold or whatever I'm feeling like to create a statement eye look.
Whichever way you use this product it goes on really smooth and blends really easily which is important when creating a nice smoky eye. You have to work quite quickly with the cream as once it sets then it is hard to budge!
You only have to use a tiny amount of product for an incredible colour payoff - this creates a really deep base for a smouldering smoky eye. I love this colour in particular because it isn't matte but it has a nice iridescence and depth. I have found that it wears incredibly well and lasts the full day and night as well as not creasing.
--Price and Is It Worth It?--
This product will set you back £14.50 and is available from MAC counters and their websites. Considering that this product is essentially a single eye shadow colour the price tag may seem like a lot. However, as I have around 5 different eye products I don't mind investing in this as it is my go to product. Since this product was launched there have been drugstore imitations. The one that springs to mind are the Maybelline colour tattoos which are similar but don't come with the same price tag!
I love this product it can be used in a variety of ways and is so easy to use. I would definitely re-purchase - even though this product lasts so long I find it hard to envisage ever finishing it! It is a dream to use and wears really well - a smoky eye essential!
I purchased this product as purely a base after having smudging issues with my MAC fluidline.
This product I have found is best applied with your fingers, and easy to blend out. It definitely dries very quickly, and lasts for a fair amount of time, whilst ensuring any eye shadows and eye liner stay in place all day. One of the definite pros about this product in the colour painterly, is that it's near enough to skin tone, and evens out the colour on the eyelid, covering any veins of redness, creating a great base for make up. This product comes in a range of different colours and finishes, ranging from the matte nude colours (both painterly and soft ochre, depending on your skin tone) to frosty cream eye shadow colours.
If too much is applied - be warned it will look cakey, and not worth with your eyeshadows. As well as this I have found it creases very badly when a cream shadow is placed on top, however I haven't had any problems with powder eyeshadows. I personally think the price is worth it, as I've had mine for a fair amount of time and have been using it once if not twice a day and still have product.
I love make up and I am constantly trying out new types and varieties to add to my already rather full collection. I am fussy when it comes to eye shadows as you can get some really bad ones but as I knew that MAC was a good make, I thought that the Paint Pot eye shadows were worth a go.
What does the product do?
The product is a highly pigmented eye shadow which means that you can expect vibrant and intense colour and it promises to be long lasting. It claims that the colour will remain crease free and that it won't cake. The product can be used in conjunction with other MAC eye products so it is adaptable and its creamy consistency means that it will be easy to work with.
The product comes in a few different shades although they are all very tame and neutral so there won't e anything for the dare devils among you. The colours mostly include browns, beiges and creams. The products have quite interesting sounding names such as Painterly, Rubenesque and Indianwood. I chose Constructivist which is a deep dark brown colour.
How do you use the product?
The product is to be applied in the same way as a normal eye shadow. It can be applied using either your fingers or an applicator brush and it is to be swept across the eyelid. I then use my finger to blend in the product.
Packaging and Price
The product comes in a black box and inside the black box is an expensive looking glass jar with a screw top lid. The lid is plain black and there is no decoration on the jar but as it's transparent, you can see the colour of the shadow inside. It looks very classy and you can tell it is from a good make. Each paint pot will cost you around £15 and you can buy them from anywhere that has a MAC stand and also from a variety of online websites.
The product has the consistency of a cream eye shadow which I usually avoid like the plague because I don't like it when they crease and fade away. Despite this being a cream shadow, it actually changes its consistency when it is applied to the eye lid and it goes almost powdery and matte. You only need to use the tiniest bit to get a lovely and vibrant colour on your eye lid. It is easy to blend as long as you don't wait too long and you can work with it to achieve the look that you want. It feels completely comfortable on the eyelid and it hasn't caused me any irritations.
The product is almost like a stain and the colour is just as pigmented on the eyelid as it looks in the pot. The colour is extremely rich and vibrant, and it gives a clear block of colour so the end look is not subtle. Mine has a metallic finish that looks multi tonal and it shimmers with slightly different colours. It does look really pretty. It doesn't crease or clump just as it promised that it wouldn't and it is extremely long lasting, staying in place from the beginning of my night out until I get home. In fact, it's actually quite hard to get off, even with my usual make up remover. I've used mine quite often and I've barely made a dent in it so you don't need to worry about it running out too quickly which makes it worth paying for.
This is a really good eye shadow and it is definitely the best cream shadow that I have used. It gives vibrant colour that is long lasting and doesn't crease. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one of these Paint Pots. I think it is worth every penny.
MAC Cosmetics Paint Pot (shade: Painterly)
I purchased this product a while ago, when Debenhams were having their 10% off all beauty products sale/offer - which they seem to have on a lot of the time now but I have had this product for about three/four months or so. I have been wanting to purchase this product for a while but I was put off by the price, as in my opinion, it is a bit expensive. Although I did purchase it and I chose the shade 'Painterly', I also really like the shade name.
- Product description (from MAC Cosmetics UK website)
"A highly pigmented eye colour that goes on creamy but dries to an intense, vibrant finish. The next generation of a popular M*A*C formula, Paint Pots maintains all the intense traits of its inspiration. Long-wearing, colourfast. Creates seamless coverage without weight or caking. Blends smoothly over the lids. Cream-based, can be mixed with M*A*C shadows and liners. Available in satin, cream, frost, and pearl formulas."
- About the product
A paint pot is basically an eye shadow base/primer and that it mainly what I use this product for. I purchased the shade 'Painterly' although there are 10 others currently on the MAC website but with some collections (of which there are many throughout the year) new paint pot shades can be released and will be limited edition. Painterly is a permanent shade though so you can purchase it any time. This product comes in a small glass pot with a plastic screw top lid, which is black. The pot is fairly heavy so it is not the best product for travelling with - although I will probably be taking this with me on the cruise in august this year. The one pot contains 5g or 0.17 us oz. of product. MAC is an American company but I believe it is owned by Estee Lauder and this product is stated to be made in Canada.
- Shade: 'Painterly'
I purchased the shade 'painterly' as it is a good match for my skin tone so it would work really well as a plain eye shadow base for me and my fairly pale skin tone which has pink undertones. If your skin has more yellow undertones then the shade 'Soft Ochre' may be a better match. This shade is actually a great match for my skin, especially in the winter months as it is pale and it has pink under tones, like my skin. This shade does not have any shimmer/glitter in it which makes it great to use with my matte and shimmery neutral eye shadows. To me this shade looks a bit like a concealer in the pot but on my skin it looks a little paler/lighter than it does in the pot. This shade is described as a 'nude beige' on the MAC UK website. This shade has a matte finish as it does not really have any kind of shine/sheen to it and it looks fairly flat on my skin. I really like this shade as it is creamy and has a matte finish so it looks natural on my skin tone. I would rate this shade: 5/5.
This product is solid in the pot and I thought that it may be a little bit difficult to remove some of the product from the container but I was wrong. This product looks and feels solid but when I remove some of the product with my finger the product melts in a way and feels incredibly smooth and creamy on my skin. To apply this product I just use my finger to remove some of the product from the container - I find that I cannot really remove the product from the container with a brush as the product really needs warming up with the fingers to be able to use quickly and easily. So if you don't like using your fingers to apply and blend make up products then you will not like this as applying and blending with finger tips is the best, quickest and easiest way to use this product in my opinion. Once applied to my eye lids I then blend the product with my finger tip fairly quickly as I find that if I don't blend this product quick enough then it can set and it can be really difficult to blend once it is set. Applying and blending this product is quick and easy with finger tips and it feels really creamy and smooth on the skin. Also you do only need a small amount of this product as it is really quite pigmented. I would rate the application of this product: 4/5.
The main result I get from this product is coverage, in terms of this products pigmentation. I have discolouration on my eye lids due to eczema, so my skin there is permanently a bit red so I use this product to cancel out the redness I get and as this paint pot is really quite pigmented, it does cover all of the redness on my eye lids which is great. I love this product for cancelling out the redness on my eye lids and it makes a fantastic base for eye shadows. Although I find that if I apply even a tiny bit too much of this product it can look a little bit cakey/powdery - this effect is minimal and it only really occurs if I apply too much of this product to my skin. The ability of this product to cancel out discolouration is one of the reasons I wanted to purchase this product but the other reason is that it is supposed to help stop eye shadows from creasing which my eye shadows usually do after an hour or so, without a primer. I find that this is a good eye shadow primer but is does not stop my eye shadows from creasing completely (my new Nars eye shadow primer does this though!). This eye shadow base only keeps my eye shadows from creasing for about five hours, which is quite average in my opinion and I did expect a bit more especially considering the price of this product. Overall, I like the results but I find that this product is not as good as I thought it was going to be and I am a little bit disappointed with this product - in terms of keeping my eye shadows crease free. I would rate the results of this product: 3/5.
- Additional information (longevity of the actual product)
I have been using this product almost constantly for about three/nearly four months and I have only made a small dent in the middle of the product and there is still so much product left in the container. I think this product will last me a really long time as you do only need a small amount of this product as: it has really good pigmentation/colour pay off and it can look a bit cakey/powdery if you use too much. I doubt that I will be able to reach the bottom of the container with this product as it will last me ages and I may end up throwing this product away before I finish it - as cosmetics do have general expiry dates. Also I may not be able to keep this product for as long as I want to as it does dry out. I have only had this product for about four months and it is already starting to shrink slightly (come away from the sides of the glass pot) which means that the product is drying out slightly. One tip I have been using this keep it from drying out as much is to store this pot upside down and it seems to be helping. This drying out issue is supposed to be a problem with all MAC paint pots apparently.
- Price and availability
I purchased this product from debenhams.co.uk when they were having a 10% off all beauty products, which they have fairly often now but I have had this product for about four months or so. This product, when it isn't on offer, is priced at: £14.50 on the Debenhams website. This product can also be found at worldwide MAC counters, duty free and on the MAC UK website.
*Easy to use, apply and blend - it is also really easy to remove
*Provides a great base for all of my eye shadows and it makes my eye shadows appear a bit stronger/vibrant
*Cancels out/camouflages discolouration, such as redness, really well
*Container - design and it feels quite expensive as the container is glass
*The glass container is really nice but it is a bit heavy and not the most travel friendly product
*Only keeps my eye shadows crease free for about five hours - which is not enough for me
*The product starts to dry out fairly quickly - storing the pot upside down helps with this issue
*Price - at £14.50 it is a bit expensive, in my opinion
Thank you for reading my review - this review will also be posted on dooyoo under my username tigger1992
I have three of these paint pots and I love them all. I have nubile, which was limited edition, contrictivist and groundwork. They are all beautufully pigmented and super creamy. My fear is that they will dry up but they havent so far. I got them from seeing swatches online, and most swatches you find are true to real life. There are mixed reveiws about these but I love them. The colours are great and they are great under shadows or alone. They last all day and they keep shadows vibrant and on your lids.
Constructivist is a true chocolate colour with shimmer running through it. As far as I know it's part of the permanent collection so it should be available for all. Nubile is a gorgeous colour, and great as any eyeshadow base. It's a lovely light peachy colour that has a hint of frost to it. It's most comparable to painterly paint pot but instead of being matte like painterly it does have that hint of shimmer. I used under satin taupe and it's great. It doesn't crease on me, although not many shadows do. I got this in the "goodbyes" sects on the MAC site, and I don't think it's available anymore. it came out with the posh paradise collection in September 2011.
I purchased the paint pot as part of my wedding make up after an hour and a half in house of frazer with the most helpful make up artist I have ever met.
Basically it a eyeshadow pigmented in a cream. It comes in a small clear heavy glass pot wih a matt black lid, all contained in a small black box. Like other mac product it looks as a good as the brands name preceeds it. The lady in hof described it as adding some pow to your eyes, it basically is applied on your lid layer and dries to an intense base for your eye colour, mine is a neutral tone ( im not sure of the exact colour as it as now scratched off) and i use it now on a daily basis, it is smooth on application and yo need very little, I just use my finger to apply, but in hof , the lady used a brush, it does not crease or flake as other cream shadows i have used in the past, but it does open up my eyes dramatically when i use it alone and acts as a brilliant base for colour shadows when i go out in an evening. again preventing them from creasing also.
It does cost aroundf the £12 mark, but i use mine most days and it doesnt look like ive made a dent in it. so i can see it lasting for quite some time.
It last all day, as do my other mac products, which really creates the only disadvantage; that people do not know i own it as i never have to get it out to reapply, therfore i cant show off!
The Mac paint pots are one of my favourite products from the brand. The basis of these paint pots is that they are a very pigmented cream eyeshadow which goes on as a cream and sets to give a noticable colour finish. The paint pots are promoted as being long wearing and colour fast on the mac website, which blend easily over the lids. The paint pots come in four different formulas, satin, cream, frost and pearl.
My absolute favourite paint pot shade is 'bare study' which is a pale pinky golden colour. I mostly use my paint pot as a base for eyeshadow, I apply the paint pot first to my eyelid with my finger and then apply a shadow over the top with an eyeshadow brush. I find that whichever eyeshadow colour I apply looks very vibrant and the colour transfers even stronger then usual due to the paint pot. The paint pots do also make your eyeshadow last longer on the eye, however I do find that my eyeshadow still creases after about half a day and my eyeshadows don't last as long as they would with a sole purpose eye primer product.
In terms of using the product as a stand alone lid colour, I do agree that the paint pots blend easily over the lid and do set in place, however I find that they do begin to slip around on the lid a bit if they are not set with a powder eyeshadow. I think this may be due to the fact that the heat of your body keeps them in a creamy consistency, making them more prone to slipping. When I do use this product on its own, I generally am going for a simple look and so apply the paint pot and carry it around so that I can reapply once it has creased/slipped. The plus point of having cream rather than powder eyeshadow is that it is much easier to just remove the cream shadow with a tissue and reapply when out and about.
The paint pots themselves are £13.50 and come in glass containters with large black screwtop lids. The pots are very sturdy and as such you can carry this product around in your bag without fear of it breaking. The paint pots do not appear to melt in the pot during hotter days which is good. Once thing to bear in mind though is that if you dip a dirty finger which has shadow or something on it the colour can transfer into the paint pot making dulling the shade. The final thing to note about these paint pots is that after a few months they do start to dry out, but don't panic! This can usually be resolved by letting your finger warm the product slightly before trying to apply, or if it really dries out you can use a cotton bud to mix the product around and then it should become creamy again.
I will give these a 4/5 because I really enjoy using them to bring out the vibrancy of my eyeshadow colours. They are pricey but they do last a long time and as such I don't have to pay out for them to be replaced very often.
MAC Paint Pots- Primer and Or Eye Shadow- Your Choice!
Regular readers of my make-up reviews may know that I try to purchase items from organic and natural cosmetics collections if possible. However if I have a product that I really love, and haven't been able to find a natural alternative which matches up to it, then I will continue to purchase. One such product is my Mac Paint Pot which outshines any other eye product I have purchased over the years, and so far I have found nothing which comes close to what this make-up item offers.
MAC Cosmetics, if you are unfamiliar with them, are towards the higher end of the price scale, but not as expensive as top charging brands. Used by make-up artists worldwide MAC are true experts in their field, and everything I have ever purchased from this brand has been superb. Although you will find these in some department stores, they are also well represented at airports, so browsing in the departure lounge is something enjoyable to do, especially if you know what you are looking for and have researched the items on-line first, which is what I have tended to do in the past. Debenhams on-line stock this range, and if you join their beauty club, which is a free loyalty discount club, you can purchase these with free delivery. Clicking through from a cash back site such as Quidco or Topcashback will also allow you to obtain 3% cash-back on purchases. You can of course purchase from Mac themselves at www.maccosmetics.co.uk
I think researching is so important, as in the case of the Mac Paint Pots you may not understand what this product is for initially, unless you have a knowledgeable sales assistant to help. Intended primarily as a primer the MAC Paint Pot has a creamy consistency and is presented in a screw top glass jar. The beauty of this cream is that it can also be worn as a primer or as a shadow by itself, and the latest shades are all suitable for this, and tend to be in the neutral ranges making them ideal for that natural daytime look.
Pricewise these retail for around £13.50 but they last a very long time indeed; my current shade which I use every day is a year old, and I have only used a small amount from the jar. I have the shade "Painterly" which is as close to my skin tone as I could find , a pale pinky neutral, but there are several other gorgeous shades that I like, and use more when I want to use them on their own. MAC do offer limited edition shades from time to time, and you can often see these on Ebay, but be aware that fakes often pop up on Ebay so it is vital to check the seller's feedback rating to guard against becoming a victim of this. Having said that it is often possible to sweep up a jar that someone has purchased on impulse and is selling simply for genuine reasons.
The current range of shades for the paint pots on the MAC website at www.maccosmetics.co.uk are
Blackground- (very dark)
I would say the first four shades are the most subtle and suit a barely there look, whereas the others are more intense but still within the neutral umbrella. It is also worth saying that within these shades lie a selection of finishes. Painterly dries to a creamy look, Bare Study, Rubenesque, Constructivist and Indianwood all have a frosted finish, and this tends to catch the light really beautifully, and I really love this look for the evening. Groundwork has a satin finish which I can't comment on as it isn't a look I have tried to emulate. If you are looking to purchase a colour for the first time then Painterly or Bare Study would be the safest choice, especially if you wish to use them with other shadows as a primer.
Painterly is the shade I wear most often and I apply it with my finger all over the eyelid and eye socket itself. It sets within a minute and you can then apply other shadows over the top. You can also use a flat brush to apply the cream if you prefer.
I really love the Lily Lolo range of mineral shadows and usually apply a shade called "Vanilla Shimmer" again all over the eye over the Painterly if I want a very fast but natural daytime look. The MAC Paint Pot holds the shadow in place all day, and you never see creasing or fading at all if you apply it prior to the application of your chosen colour. This is really important to me now that I am in my early fifties as the MAC product promotes a moist finish and a more youthful look in my opinion.
If you want to wear it alone I would choose a Paint Pot with more colour such as Rubenesque which I really love. This is a peachy gold and looks beautiful by itself. The gold is really reflective and it looks so pretty for an evening look. You can also learn so much about these Paint Pots from talented make-up artists on YouTube who demonstrate different looks - some achieved purely by using a combination of Paint Pots alone.
Something Slightly Negative?
The lasting qualities of these MAC Paint Pots are very good, and I have found that their only slight problem is that they have a tendency to dry out slightly over time. This does not affect their performance on wearing, and I have found that if you store the pot upside down this does not happen with such frequency.
The small glass jar is really attractive, although for travelling it does present some negative points as it is quite heavy and of course it can be broken if not protected in luggage.
My Final Thoughts.
I really love these MAC Paint Pots and have no hesitation in recommending them especially if you enjoy creating a natural look. Their use as a primer and as a main shadow makes them so versatile, and the range of colours is beautiful and allows you to create a very pretty finish, whether you prefer a cream or a slightly frosted look. I especially recommend them if you are advancing in years, as they impart moisture and resist creasing, so avoiding the crepe paper eye shadow finish, which is not very flattering.
They are a substantial outlay to begin with but their quality and performance I feel justifies the expense.
This review has also been published on Ciao under my user name Violet1278.
MAC is the almighty God of the makeup world. The brand specializes in creating professional, high quality cosmetics, including: a vast array of eyeshadows; a sea of lipstick and lip glosses; flawless foundations and of course, these stubbing 'paint pots.' MAC was originally only available to makeup artists however due to it's increasing popularity, it's now available globally to everyone. In the UK, MAC counters can be found in most large department stores (House of Fraser, Debenhams, Selfridges etc.) but if you are lucky enough to live in the US, you can find MAC in free standing stores. Admittedly, the brand is quite pricey but you have to bear in mind that you are paying for products that actually work and are of amazing quality.
MAC really is my favourite range of makeup; there is so much to choose from! You will be like a kid in a candy shop when you visit their outlet. If you are stuck on what to purchase, there are plenty of staff on hand to help you choose what will best suit you. Their products range from prices £10 to about £30, but the products last months and months on end and deliver great results everytime without fail. MAC is used on TV shows and in the theatre so as you can imagine, this really is top stuff.
I brought this little beauty about a week ago upon visit to a MAC outlet, in Debenhams. I opted to have a makeup tutorial by one of the makeup artists, tutorials last an hour and a half and cost £50, which is redeemable in products. The pushy, slightly clown-faced assistant eventually persuaded me to buy one of these paint pots. She claimed they make your eyeshadow stay in place, make the colour more vibrant and doesn't crease your eyelid. At around £12.99 a pot, for a 5g jar, I decided to give it a go.
Packaging is very similar to their Fluidline range. It is a short, squished glass jar (about 2 inches in height) with a screwable black lid. The product is visible through the glass and looks very sleek. However, due to them being glass, they probably aren't ideal for traveling as they are quite fragile so if you want to take this on the go make sure you put some bubblewrap around it or some sort of casing. I also dislike the fact that you have to use your fingers to use the product, it's unsanitary, therefore it's sensible to cleanse your hands before usage. You could use a brush but it's much easier to apply with your fingers, you have more control of the paint. Plus, your fingers warm the product making it smoother to blend. Overall, sleek, professional packaging however it isn't ideal in some aspects due to hygiene and breakability.
The consistency of the paint pot isn't like actual paint at all. Afterall, it would be pretty daunting putting something as runny as that onto your eye area. Instead, the paint pot is quite dense and thick in texture. The product is tightly compacted into the jar, there is alot of product for a 5g pot. The paint is smooth and easilly slides onto your fingertips and glides onto your lids. The product is creamy without being too sticky or greasy. I think the balance in texture and product is perfect. It goes on light but dries to an intense, vibrant finish.
Application is seamless. Just take your ring finger, or a brush, and sweep it around lightly on the surface about five times. Then, gently pat it onto your eyelids then up to your brow bone. They dry straight away, so no need to weight for it to sink in. Paint pots can be used as an all over colour or as a primer to go under eyeshadows to make the colour really pop. I personally use it as a primer. After applied, I apply my MAC eyeshadows over the top of the thin layer of paint so my eyeshadow creates a gorgeous, intense colour. The eyeshadow sticks to the paint like glue and won't budge throughout the day or smudge.
There are 12 permanent shades in paint pots; some are limited editions that MAC re-released. The colours range from pale, creamy nudes to deep shimmery blacks and greens. You can either buy a shimmery one or if your not a glitzy person, a matte one. I could imagine the dark ones would look a little messy though if used alone, so if your looking for a great, all around colour go for a nude shade. I personally have the 'Bare Study' paint pot, which is a gorgeous pale, shimmery, champagne colour that looks stunning under eyeshadows and really highlight ny blue eyes, it dries to a subtle nude colour with gold and pearl reflects.
Other shades include:
Bare Study - a soft beige with gold pearl (frost)
Soft Ochre - yellow beige (cream)
Painterly - nude beige (cream)
Groundwork - midtone neutral taupe (satin)
Rubenesque - golden peach with gold pearl (frost)
Constructivist - metallic brown with red pearl (frost)
Quite Natural - dirty chocolate brown (cream)
Indianwood - metallic antique bronze (frost)
Blackground - black and grey with multi colour (pearl)
As you can see, all are colours to die for. Nudes would look great with any eye colour whereas darker colours would look great with darker, defined eyes for dramatic look. They all perfectly disguise blemishes although don't try to cover dark circles with them as they aren't formulated to do that. All are pretty colours but I would definately try them in real life, rather than buying them online, to see the colours in their true colours.
There are many ways to wear a paint pot to create different looks. With Bare Study, I firstly prime my lids with that in a patting motion; I then use the eyeshadow 'Orb' (a soft, matte cream colour) as an all over colour; I then take 'Dazzlelight' (a pearly eyeshadow with shimmery reflects) in the inner corners and as a brow highlight; then I take 'All That Glitters' and apply that in the outer 'v' of my eye, in the corner and blend that up to my brow again; then I take 'Swiss Chocolate' and apply that as a crease colour to complement my blue eyes and give depth and shape to my eyes, I finally finish with a black or brown eyeliner on the bottom lashes and on the upper lash line and then finish with a volumizing mascara. This look is achieved using all MAC eyeshadows. It's a very subtle, daytime that anyone can pull off.
In conclusion, a perfect, shimmery paint pot that can be used as a highlight, primer or as an all over lid colour. It's truly beautiful. I cannot wait to buy more pots in future, particularly matte, cream based colours. Anybody can use these paint pots and they are the perfect addition to my makeup collection. It's a great multi-purpose product. They can be used to create dramatic or subtle looks for any occasion. I only brought it last week but already I cannot imagine life without it. It's a must-have MAC product. I would strongly advise anybody to give it a go.
The first time I bought any MAC products was after having a consultation with one of their make up artists at my nearest MAC in Selfridges.
Before applying my eyeshadows, she told me that they have these pots of highly pigmented colour. They are creamy and easily applied to the eye. She said that when doing make overs for customers she found the nearest shade to match their eyelids and used it as a primer for eyeshadow. The colour she used on me and I purchased is Painterly. The shade matches my skin tone when gently smoothed onto my lids.
Paint pots are available in lots of different colours, from nude skin colours to bright colourful shades. It comes in a small glass round pot with a black srew lid.
The product itself is creamy and I find the best way to apply is to use a clean finger and dip into the product then smooth over the eyelid. Do make sure your finger is clean to avoid any germs going into the pot, and I'd advise using your ring finger to smooth the cream over the eye as using your ring finger reduces pressure on the skin which prevents the skin from creasing and damaging the skins surface which can cause unwanted wrinkles. The paint pot doesn't give a cakey look but gives a seamless look, the product blends really well. I have only ever used Painterly which I use as a base for my eyeshadow but the difference is amazing. I get so much more colour from my shadows. The colour is more vibrant. It means my eyeshadow stays on my eyelid for longer before wearing off and you don't get creasing from your shadow. It stays smooth and even.
Due to the price I haven't yet invested in any of the other shades, as a 5g jar costs about £12 or £13 I think....sorry it was a while ago I bought mine. But I will visiting MAC as soon as my purse will allow to purchase a couple of paint pots in vibrant colours to have a play with and experiment!!
I was bought a pot of the MAC paint for a Christmas present (I wish I could say I was a regular purchaser of MAC but sadly my bank manager doesn't allow it). At just under £12 for a pot, it was a lot but it has certainly been well worth it.
I always get complimented on this whenever I wear it. It's incredibly versatile as well. You can use it as eyeliner, as an eye shadow by itself or you can wear it as a base and put different shades on top of it. I have been experimenting with it ever since I got it and still haven't got bored of the different options. It glides onto your eye - you can use a normal eye shadow brush/applicator for it. What I liked about it was that it stays on your eyes and you don't need to use massive amounts of it in order to get the desired effect.
All in all, I would say it is a top beauty buy and I would be happy to purchase, or have purchased for me, other colours in this range.
I have been using MAC for many years, and I've even managed to get my Mum and friends hooked on them too. It's one of the only make up brands that I actively recommend.
Up until last year I had been skeptical about wearing eyeliner - I wasn't confident at putting it on and making it even. I went into MAC and the girls in there have built up my confidence and showed me how to apply the paint pots as eyeliner. I find that as it is a cream consistency when you put it on, it manipulates really well, so if you want a definite line, or if you are looking to smudge with other eye colours, it has the ability to do that. Only a couple of minutes after its been applied it's virtually smudge proof (unless you want to moisten it up and smudge it in some more). The great thing about paint pots is that they don't crease if you use them all over your eye, unlike other cream based eye shadows.
I originally bought the black paint pot, and have since bought a couple of other colours. They also provide a fantastic, if a little heavy base to work your other eye makeup onto.
Is it an eyeliner, is it an eyeshadow? Who knows, the versatile nature of this product will keep you and your make up bags happy for quite a while!
Price: £14.50 for 5g pot (MAC Store, June '13)
Bad point: sometimes I fell MAC is a little pricey, but, the paint pot lasts a long time so I think it makes up for it here.
For a long time I've loved MAC's vast range of eyeshadows - any colour under the sun is pretty much guaranteed to be included in their collection and in variety of finishes to boot! My only real gripe with them is that I find that they tend to crease on my eyelids halfway through the day which is a real problem if you tend to be drawn towards the brighter colours. I was interested in purchasing a primer to help tackle this problem, and before heading into the MAC store I was all prepared to buy MAC's standard primer for eyes - Prep & Prime. But when I got chatting to one of the makeup girls she convinced me that their Paint Pots actually make a wonderful primer, as well as a cream based shadow so essentially you get two for the price of one! According to MAC the Paint Pots are 'highly pigmented eye colour that goes on creamy but dries to an intense, vibrant finish' with a 'long-wearing, colourfast and crease free result.'
The colour range is not as extensive as their regular shadows but includes 12 shades, mostly fairly muted colours - mainly creamy nudes, pale pinks, but also including a muted green (Delf) and a dark grey/black (Blackground). The shade I chose was Painterly, a pinkish nude, which makes the perfect base colour but is pink enough to work well as a stand alone shade.
The Paint Pots come in a small glass pot with a black screw top lid, each containing 3g of product. Like all MAC packaging it looks great, and the glass feels substantial and weighty, reassuring you that it's not going to smash if you drop it on the floor. Application is straightforward - you could use a brush or sponge-tipped applicator to apply, but I prefer to use my finger, 5 year old style! Just make sure it's clean!
The application is lovely - the creaminess to it means that it goes on really smoothly with no dragging of the skin. The colour distributes evenly and is easy to apply as little or as much as you need for your desired effect - if you just want a subtle wash of colour, or if you want a striking effect, these are really versatile.
Initially I was dubious as to how well a cream shadow would work as a primer as I tend to find that creamy textures crease more easily than powders, especially on my lids which do have a tendency to be slightly greasy. But the creamy texture is great and really allows the powder shadow to grab onto it, intensifying the colour and hugely increasing the staying power. I found that when wearing this underneath my normal shadow it managed to stay put throughout the day and into the evening without the need for reapplication. It also works pretty well when used alone, but I did find that towards the end of the day it had creased, so it doesn't quite stand up to the 'crease free result' that MAC claim. But since I mainly wanted this as a base that's not something that bothers me too much and I'm very happy with how it performs in that respect.
The Paint Pots retail at £12.50 which I think is a good price for the quality of the product and the fact that you get two products in one. It's also one of those products that seem to last for all eternity, so no fear of it running out in a month's time. This is certainly a product that I wouldn't hesitate to purchase again and one that has been perfect for what I wanted.
MAC Paint Pot / A highly pigmented eye colour that goes on creamy but dries to an intense / vibrant finish / The next generation of a popular MAC formula / Paint Pots maintains all the intense traits of its inspiration / Long-wearing / colourfast / Creates seamless coverage without weight or caking / Blends smoothly over the lids / Cream-based / can be mixed with MAC shadows and liners / Available in matte and pearl formulas.