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MAC Paint Pot
Member Name: Machair1
MAC Paint Pot
Date: 06/06/11, updated on 17/06/11 (66 review reads)
Advantages: Can be used as a primer or an eye shadow.
Disadvantages: Glass container makes it difficult to carry when travelling and expensive.
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.
Summary: The best eye product I have in my make-up bag.