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I love eye shadow, who doesn't? But I don't always have time in the morning to do all my makeup then apply primer to my lid and powder eye shadow making sure it is perfect before I can leave the house. I needed something more, something different to my makeup routine to make it quicker, simpler yet effective in the mornings when I just want a natural look but in a rush.
Looking for a new eye shadow on the MAC counter I was immediately drawn to their Shadow Paints. Shadow Paints are in a line and look like little artists paints so reflect the name beautifully.
MAC says their Shadow Paints are high tech and high performance eye shadow that are crease proof, all day perfect wear and colour intensive. This creamy formula dries to a power smooth finish with a hint of peal iridescence.
Normally I stay clear of creamy eye shadows as they crease on my oily lids within seconds but trusting the MAC Artist there I took home colour Sublime Nature for £13.50, which can also be purchased from their online website maccosmetics.co.uk
When I bought Sublime Nature, which is a lovely natural naked beige there were also nine other different shades on offer from everyday natural to the daring bright pink , now MAC have discontinued their daring shades and stuck to six natural earthy shades from Bare Canvas, which is a light champaign colour with light shimmer that can also be used as a primer to be used with any powder eye shadow to their darker colour of Bamboom, which is described as soft beige brown with golden shimmer.
The packaging is what caught my eye first and it is easy to see why, MAC Paints look like an artist tube paint but come in a smaller tube of 6.5g. The tube is matte black metal with a black screw off lid at the bottom. The bottom of the tube shows you what colour is inside the tube. The writing on the front says MAC Paints and the back tells you what the colour is called and how much product is inside.
Unscrewing the lid and gently squeezing the tube I was disappointed with the tube design as the metal tube crunches at the point you squeezed and product likes to flow out at full speed leaving you with a lot more product than what was needed and less in the tube that can't be put back, you quickly learn to squeeze the tube very slightly and screwing the lid back on quickly.
Because MAC states their Paints are crease proof I first applied it to my lid without a primer and applied with my fingers. I was surprised to see how easy it was to apply with a cool, wet and creamy feeling on the lid. Paints blend beautifully and a little goes a very long way with little effort. Sublime Nature is a lovely colour that looks a natural brown on the lid that is perfect for everyday wear with a hint of pearl shimmer. Paints are very pigmented with colour that can be built up for a night time look and with a little applied to the lower lash line.
On the lid MAC Paints look smooth, creamy, natural with a slight light reflection to give you that little extra definition. It seemed to set to my lid within seconds of application and looked like a powder shadow that felt soft and silky.
With no primer on my lids I was amazed to see it lasts all day and with no cracking, it seems to have flexibility that no other cream eye shadows have, at the end of the day paint hadn't faded and still looked lovely and pigmented without any smudging or moving around the lid.
MAC Paints are also great as a primer for your powder eye shadows, I have used Sublime Nature with a darker brown powder shadow and it brightens the powder up giving the powder more life and more definition to the eye area making your eyes pop making powder shadows look less flat.
Because MAC Paints adhere to the lid so well taking it off at the end of the day can be a little tricky but I find gently rubbing your eye make up remover into the product it is easier to take off and gilds off with a warm cotton pad.
Unlike cream eye shadows or crease proof shadows that can dry the lid I find Paints don't do this and don't irritate delicate eyes in anyway.
As Paint is a cream shadow if the lid is left off for a significant amount of time the product will eventually dry out.
Even though Paints are lovely to use and the packaging is cute I also find it annoying especially when you are reaching the end of your paint. To get all the product out you have to roll the metal tube like a toothpaste but when you get to the end of the tube because the tube is metal it gets very hard to bend and squeeze anything out is impossible.
Bearing this in mind I have had my paint for over six months and would purchase again, this is a great cream to powder eye shadow that I won't be without.
Anyone who reads a lot of my reviews will know exactly what I'm going to say here...I bought this product for my wedding a couple of years ago. I purchased it from House of Fraser, along with lots of other MAC goodies, and it cost £12 for a 6.5g tube which seemed reasonable to me especially since I imagined it would last a long time.
Funnily enough, I thought the Pigment (see separate review) was a waste of money as being loose powder it would be gone in no time,whereas this should see me through a good 6 months of careful use. Well how wrong I was...the Pigment was still going strong a year later whereas this was long-gone within 2 months of daily use.
The first thing that appealed to me about this product was its original packaging. MAC have them lined up on a stand so that they look like tubes of artist paint rather than makeup, which immediately catches your attention. I like things that are a little bit quirky so this immediately impressed me.
The product comes in a small tube with a screw-off round bottom. You squeeze the tube to get the product out, but like toothpaste you need to do it gently or you will end up with lots of makeup all over (and little left in the tube!). The tube itself is the trademark MAC colours - matt black with white minimalist lettering. As I always say, I love the MAC packaging because I think it looks very stylish in your makeup bag. I would love a transparent makeup bag full of solely MAC products as they look so sleek....but unfortunately they don't make enough products I like. For eyes though, they cannot be beaten. Anyway, I digress...
The productis described as a high tech high performance eye shadow which goers on creamy and dries powery. It does go on creamy and it does dry powdery (well actually it dries claggy) but in my experience it is neither high tech or high performance - just high disappointment I'm afraid.
MAC claim it is ideal for colour-intensive, texture-rich looks that need to last, which I guess is why it was recommended for me to wear as a base to last my whole wedding day. It is made with concentrated pearl pigments in a cream colour formulation, the its "transformative" abilities allow for easy application, blendability, and flexibility of coverage. Its transfer-resistant finish creates a smooth, crease-free, slightly shiny, reflective look to the lid...according to MAC, that is. My experience is a little bit different to this.
The product is very thick, and the best way to desrcibe it is like very thick paint. It has a creamy consistency and you apply it with a clean finger to your eyelid and up to your eyebrow if you wish.
The reason I bought this product was that I was advised it would work as a primer and hold the Pigment in place for longer, and also give extra depth to the Pigment's colour. It can be used as either a primer or an eyeshadow in its own right.
I would not advise using it as an eyeshadow for two reasons:
-Firstly, the colour choice is very poor. It does not come many colours, and the majority are akin to foundation shades with a couple of more pinky-red options (which I think look more like a bruise colours and I don't want a black eye effect, thanks) and personally I like a bit of definition to my eyes so I like colours to blend rather than skin-tone shades.
-Secondly, as it is creamy, I found that when I did try it alone it clumped into the creases of my eyelid rather than giving me a smooth finish all day. Clearly this is not good for a pretty expensive eye colour.
These MAC paints come in little tubes of 6.5g and are currently being sold for £12.00 a piece... a bit pricey I hear you say? Well, let me give you more info and tell you about my experience and hopefully this will help you make up your mind a bit better on whether it would be worth you investing in one of these.
There are 9 different shades of MAC paint but I only bought one a few years ago. I got the one in shade bare canvas, which is a shimmery champagne colour. This product was recommended to me by one of the MAC make up artists as it would compliment the 4 eye shadows I bought in browns and beiges to get a pretty neutral look. These were the first ever MAC eye shadows I had purchased and as part of my make over, she used some of this paint that she applied with a blending brush.
She explained to me that this paint would help act as a base for my eye shadow and prevent my eye shadow from fading and creasing during the day. I thought that wasn't too bad so I went ahead and bought one. I loved the result of the make over and couldn't wait to try it out for myself.
Paints can be used as a base, a shadow colour on its own, or to make your other eye shadow colours that you put over the paints pop. I didn't really like it on its own as I found that it creased a bit and didn't hold as well as I hoped it would.
I used it for the first few times but I found that it did not spread as nicely as the way the make up artist did it and I just didn't bother using it anymore after that... I then discovered Urban Decay primer potion and have never looked back at my paint since. What a waste of money I hear you say? Well, yes, for me it sadly was.
I don't know how the make up artist at MAC got it to go on so smoothly and make my eye shadow look so perfect and crease free... It just didn't work for me in the same way and I also found that after 9 months or so, my paint had dried out so I just couldn't be bothered to give it another go and buy another one. It's way too pricey for me and just doesn't act that well as a make up base. This is one MAC item I can gladly live without.
As a dedicated user of MAC Cosmetics, there are not many of their products of theirs that I have not tried. The MAC 'Paints' being no exception.
At £12.00 each, they are not cheap but I hope that the price does not discourage people from at least trying them.
They are a cream to powder product that dry quickly, to a smooth crease resistent finish. The 'Paints' are available in a range of shades (although, since the release of the 'Paint Pots' MAC have discontinued a few of the brights) and finishes. They blend extremely well, especially if you start to do so as soon as possible after applying.
Although marketed as an eyeshadow, I find they work nicely and possibly better as a base instead. Especially the paler shades which sometimes do not show up extremely well on the lids. When used as a base they act as a primer/barrier and increase the wear of the products placed on top, meaning little to no creasing. They also create a more even/slightly tacky texture than bare skin itself, thus allowing any shadows applied after to really 'grab' onto it. Both the very dark and very pale shades will intensify the tone of shadows placed on top, perfect if you're not happy with the payoff of the shadows alone.
I also recommend using the natural, more-matte shades alone, simply to improve the the appearance of the eyelid. Bare, product free lids can show fatigue, redness and even small veins - A tiny amount of Paint will even the skintone and really highlight the lid.
For pale skins I recommend 'Bare Canvas' (neutral/yellow toned) and 'Untitled' (neutral/pink toned.) 'Sublime Nature' works great on medium to olive skins and for darker skins 'Bamboom' or 'Deep Shadow' are great choices :-)
They are packaged in small, metal tubes with screwtops. As long as the top is replaced shortly after use/kept airtight, one tube can literally last for years. Also, the design allows you to roll up the end of the tube as you use it, so you can really get to every last trace of the product. Great, great value for money especially as you only need a tiny amount for each application.
Although using a brush to apply may result in a more precise result, the great thing about these is that a clean fingertip can do a great job too :-)
Definately try these out!
Mac is a great range of cosmetics and a very high quality as it is used by make up artists all over the world. It is a brand that I try to use wherever possible, it is expensive but I think it is well worth it, although I tend to use it for special occasions rather than for work on a daily basis.
Mac Paint is an eyeshadow that is a very clever and is one that is a cut above the rest this product goes on as a cream and then dries to a powder finish, which makes it a lot easier to apply than powder, but you then get the same effect that you want from a powder which make it a brilliant product.
It is an eye shadow that lasts for a long time, unlike some that fade after a few hours of wear, so in my opinion is worth every penny. It also comes in a wide range of colours you will be spoilt for choice and have a colour for every occasion.
Mac paint is easy to apply and for best results I used the primer to neutralize my eyelid, then I apply the Mac paint, which is easy to apply as you are able to blend it and apply with ease as it glides on as a cream. I then apply my eyeliner, then curl my eyelashes and then apply my Mac mascara which adds volume and length making your eyes perfect and looking wonderful like a make up artist applied it.
Unlike most cream eyeshadows this does not crease with the creases of your eyelids and it has a smooth finish with a great shine and shimmer to your eyelid without it looking like glitter.
If you are looking for an eyeshadow make this is one to try.
A creamy eyeshadow that dries to a powder finish / It is ideal for colour-intensive, texture-rich looks that need to last /