April’s Brand Spotlight is on MAC Cosmetics! If you missed my introductory post last week where I wax poetic about one of my fave makeup brands, feel free to click here. Today I’m talking about what is likely my most used singular product in all of my makeup-wearing days: MAC Paint Pots. I’ve spoken about or mentioned them on here several times before, but I’ve never done a dedicated post until now.
If you’ve never heard of MAC Paint Pots before, here’s the official description:
A highly pigmented, long-wearing eye shadow that goes on creamy and dries to an intense, vibrant finish. The innovative second skin-like formula blends smoothly over lids and creates seamless, buildable coverage without looking heavy or cakey. Its superior colour purity stays true and will not streak or crease. Pro Longwear Paint Pot can be mixed with other products like M·A·C shadows and liners.
KEY CLAIMS AND BENEFITS
- Ophthalmologist tested
- Dermatologist tested
- Stay-true colour
- Provides flexible coverage
This is one of those rare cases where I agree with nearly all the claims a brand makes about their product (obviously I can’t attest to the first two claims). These are just great, reliable little products that I just can’t be without.
Primarily, I use Paint Pots as eye primers before I apply powder shadows, and this is something I’ve been doing since I started wearing makeup years and years ago. I’ve probably never been as dedicated to one particular product as I have been to the MAC Paint Pots. That is saying something! I’ve tried a lot of products in my time, including other eye primers like the Urban Decay Primer Potion and the Too Faced Shadow Insurance. But I’ve always come back to my good ‘ole Paint Pots.
Why, you might ask. Well, nine times out of ten my shadows apply smoothly and lock into place for long-wear with one of these babies underneath. (I never notice much creasing from 8 – 10 hours of wear, but anything after 10 – 12 hours is fair game.) They are also generally quite creamy and easy to apply with brushes or fingers. They also come in different colors and finishes.
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Right now I only have one in my collection – Camel Coat, a cool, slightly greyish nude which is pictured in this post. However I used to own several more in different colors. The thing with Paint Pots, which is really the only annoying thing about them, is that MAC likes to shuffle them in and out of their lineup. For example, Camel Coat is now discontinued as is both Constructivist and Quite Natural, two darker brown colors I used to own. However, their main lineup always includes the shades Painterly (a nude flesh color), Bare Study (a pearly beige), Soft Ochre (a nude yellowy color) and Groundwork (a neutral soft brown). Check out MAC’s official page here to see the colors available.
Painterly was the first Paint Pot I ever owned or used. I loved it dearly and used it to its last breath, and I will undoubtedly repurchase it once I’m done with Camel Coat. I also have my eye on Groundwork, which is a MAC classic that I’ve shockingly never owned.
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Do you have any specific hero products that you’ve used for years? From MAC or another brand? I’d love to know!
I seriously have to get a paint pot. My shadows crease after a few hours and that’s just ridiculous.
Yea, try them. I think they’re lovely and very useful, but I know some people think the pots dry out too quickly. That hasn’t been my experience though, particularly with the lighter shades like Painterly & Camel Coat.