Today I’ll swatch my collection of MAC Paint Pots and Paints. They’re an essential part of my daily eye makeup. My lids are quite oily and after years of trial and error, I’ve finally settled on the fact that I need both a primer and a cream eye shadow base to create a canvas for my powder eye shadows. MAC Paints Pots are hands down, one of the best cream eye shadows on the market. They help to prevent creasing, can be worn a lone for a wash of colour, and they do not dry out as fast in the pots compared to others on the market (Maybelline Color Tattoos, I’m looking at you!)
MAC Paint Pots ($26) contain 5g of product and are contained in glass jars, whereas the Paints (also $26) are in the squeeze tubes and contain 6.5g of product.
I own 8 Paint Pots and 4 Paints. I should mention that MAC used to only have Paints in the metal tubes (like real paint tubes) before they launched the pot version of them. I also love Paints but the metal tubes are a bit of a pain in the behind because they would squirt out a bunch of product as soon as the cap was opened (no joke, I went back to the MAC store once to exchange a tube and I demonstrated how the tube was just gushing product out, wasting it. The SA decided to open up a few tubes to see if they did the same thing and they ALL did this – in the end she didn’t feel right exchanging for another defective tube so she refunded my money). I suspect that MAC will eventually phase out Paints – there are only a few shades offered anymore. Packaging issues aside, Paints are more blendable compared to Paint Pots – and they don’t dry out in the tubes.
Paint Pots – the majority of mine were the original Paint Pots before they were renamed to Pro Longwear Paint Pots. Some of my collection are Limited Edition (sorry!) – all descriptions from MAC.
Soft Ochre – yellow beige (mine is 7 years old – I bought this when it first launched in 2008 and the consistency is too dry to use anymore – it’s going Back to MAC, watch for that post coming up this week!)
Painterly – nude beige
Nubile – light peachy nude (LE from Posh Paradise collection 2011 – I actually prefer this to Painterly as it has a slight sheen and the consistency is more blendable.)
Utterly Becoming – creamy beige (LE from Stroke of Midnight Nude Eye Bag 2013 – this is in the Pro Longwear formula)
Tailor Grey – muted grey (Pro Longwear formula)
Groundwork – mid-tone neutral taupe
Quite Natural – dirty chocolate brown
Eclair – light chocolate with gold pearl (Pro Longwear formula – LE from Baking Beauties collection 2013 – this is somewhat similar to the permanent shade Constructist which is slightly darker and more plummy)
Paints – unfortunately, none of the colours I own are available anymore. I keep meaning to pick up Bamboom and Sublime Nature before these get discontinued!
Magrittes – dirty mustard
Snapshot – grey taupe
Naturalism – warm brown
Artjam – metallic maroon
To keep the Paint Pots fresh, I’ve read that they’re suppose to stored upside down but I really don’t think that makes much of a difference. I do store mine upside down so that it’s easier to see the names and colours through the glass. And of course, it’s imperative that the lids are screwed on tightly after each use.
To apply cream shadow products, I use my ring finger and sometimes blend the edges slightly with a synthetic brush. My favourite MAC Paint Pots / Paints from my collection are Groundwork, Eclair, Nubile and Artjam. Are you a MAC Paint Pots / Paints fan? What shades are your favourite?