Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Highly Versatile!
Originally I purchased this in Constructavist to be a strong base colour for my darker shadows and it worked beautifully. It wasn't till I tried the shade Painterly, however, that the product's full potential was revealed. I now use that shade as my only eyelid primer. It creates a smooth base that hides any unwanted pigmentation or imperfections and helps all eyeshadow stick and be more vibrant. It works better than other eyelid primers and even has a third effect as a under-eye concealer (not it's best function mind you, but in a pinch it gets the job done).
Most Helpful Critical Review Colors, texture coverage vary
I purchased three of these a couple of weeks ago after having previously tried some colors. Overall here is the review of each color I have:
Painterly- Good basic eye base or for those days when you want bare but not red eyelids. It has no sparkle but doesn't give a matte dry look. Works well under other powder eyeshadow as it is a true neutral.
Constructivist- Great brown color that goes on beautifully with a finger tip and less so with a brush. This is the color that caused me to experiment with these things instead of powder eyeshadow. Good Brown, not red, not muddy. With sheen but not annoyingly sparkly
Vintage Selection- Kind of reminds me of All that Glitters; this paint pot has a sheer finish with gleam, not sparkles. I use this on its own, or as the base with a layer of anything else. I like this, the color is more Champagne, but not too pink or yellow- once again right in the middle.
Frozen Violet- While I like the color is is so sparkly someone that sees me everyday commented on it. The color is a medium, sheer plum, but once again, it has those sparkles that you cannot seem to get off your face everywhere you touch.
I ordered all of these (except the Constructivist- which I guess was limited series) off the MAC Pro website. So I did take a risk, but oh well. I would say NONE of the colors have a coverage that is like a matte- say Blanc Type, but if you are a natural girl they should work okay for you and of course you can layer. Just beware these do set fairly quickly. I find a fingertip application gives the nicest result. The synthetic brushes I have for some reason I hold on to the color and it applies unevenly.
Also, I want to say I have been purchasing MAC since they first came to the US with Nordstrom (1989).
Reviewed by 1067 customers Dry
Emok from New York
Formula is super drying on lids. Very hard to blend. Not sure if I received a bad product but I cannot use this.
Layin' Low is Perfect Base
Nina from Virginia
I've used Soft Ochre for years as a base. While it's a great eye primer, I was looking for a muted brown to act as a primer and transition color in one. Layin' Low is perfect for that! I use a flat Wet n Wild eyeshadow brush to apply it. I love using it as a "one and done" eyeshadow, or as a base for bronzer in the crease. (Note: I have oily eyelids. I always have to wipe my eyelids before applying any primer. I also have a light-medium skin tone)
Olivia from Santa Barbara
I love the Mac paint pot, it completely covers discoloration on the lid and really grips your shadows. It is worth the money imo, it really does make a difference. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is that if you dry eyelids, I find that this can look a little bit cakey/drying. Aside from that, it performs very well
This is not the same as it used to be…
Laura from Colorado
I used to use this product years ago when I did my makeup everyday and haven't ordered this in a while….this is very obviously not the same product/recipe and is just awful. I returned.
this is definitely up there as a Must Have!
JessicaIrene from Levittown, PA
I would recommend this product to anyone really, any age, any skintone. there's a "base shade, matte" for anyone to use as an eyeshadow base. i love to use Tailor Grey for any of my cool toned shadow looks..the black as a base for my really dark looks and soft ochre as my everyday base, although i will be switching to painterly.
fair skin - painterly
light-medium skin - soft ochre
medium-tan - groundwork or Layin' Low
medium deep (middle east/indian) - iodine ochre
deepest - it's fabstract or black
I have been using this product for years
Leslee from Long Beach
I use this product daily. Just this and mascara and you are good to go!
Nikka from Los Angeles
Been using the paint pots for 20 years it seems. Easy to apply, smooth, stays put and holds onto eyeshadows. Just bought the brown shade and love it for smoky eye looks.
Replacement for KVD On The Road
Skincare_Junkie from USA
Sooo happy - been looking for a dup/replacement for an old discontinued KVD shadow called On The Road. This is super close!!! Have MAC paint pot in Groundwork and have now gone through several of those so already knew I would like the product — but the shade bougie is has more dimension than a flat shadow! Can use as a one and done — absolutely love it!!!
Jeannie from John's Creek
Love this better than Painterly
I would not buy this product again.
Shosh from Tulsa, ok
The fact that it stays on a long time contributed to the difficulty of application.
Not what it used to be
Reviewer from California
Within 3h it creased up on me something fierce. I used to use this a few years back and swore by it but the new formulation is just terrible.
Super oily lids, but this works the best so far
Noom from Oregon
I use this as a lid primer. I have to put two layers on and fan dry before applying eye shadow. I heard that a little goes a long way and I am not finding that to be true. I do have super oily textured lids and hooded eyes. It's hard to find anything that works as a primer. This is the best I have tried so far, but the hunt goes on.
Babe In Charms - Iridescent Glittery Mess
AndiCandi from OH
I thought this was a rose gold with a tiny bit of shimmer. Makes my eyes look like an iridescent disco ball - hate it. I typically like the matte or slightly shimmery paint pots... I know they are marketed as a primer and a shadow, but I always need a primer underneath or it wears unevenly / off and creases.
Cosmetic Cole from Carbondale Illinois
This makes applying & blending my eyeshadows such a breeze. I highly recommend if you're in the market for a good eye primer & you love blending crazy colors or even neutral colors together!
This stuff is AMAZING
Rachel from Buffalo, NY
Best eye primer I have ever used. love it so much, I was a little put off by the price, but once I pulled the trigger I was so glad I did. it goes on like butter, blends seamlessly and lasts for hours. I even use it as a concealer on my no makeup makeup days.
not very long wearring
mom from usa
i wear it to work
Love this product!
Sharon from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
I use this product to cover the darkness under my eyes. It is absolutely wonderful! The best product I have found to do the job!
Does not work
S2 from California
Very disappointed. This does not work as a primer. At all. My eyeshadow totally creases after only a few hours.
not what I thought
SuzeQ from Los Angeles Ca
I ordered this online and in the picture it looked like a pinkish but natural color. I was hoping to use it as a shadow but it is too neutral to use alone. Only good as a base coat under something with more color.
Skip Princess Cut
jackieblue from Central NY
I have several Mac paint pots in different shades and I love them, so I was happy to see this new color. Pro: it's very pretty. Con: fallout everywhere all the time. I don't know how this shade of this product doesn't adhere to lids but can be found all over my face and it's so tough to get every speck of glitter. The matte shades I have are fantastic and I will continue to wear them, but this isn't just "original Naked palette" fallout we're talking here. So frustrating. I wish I didn't use my points on this and I am trying to figure out if it's worth it to return. I am thinking yes even if I feel ripped off because I am still scrubbing flecks of sparkle from places I did not originally apply this product. Wish they sold these in my stores so I could exchange for another matte shade.
Wonderful for Base of Cat Eye Look
Josette from Virginia
I have allergy caused watery eyes and also love a simple No Eyeshadow Cat Eye Look. This the 3rd time I've bought this in Soft Ochre in accord with my light yellow toned skin. The only way I can make my favorite look with my dark brown liner pencil followed by setting it with bark brown eye shadow on a little slanted brush. Without the Paint Pot it always moved and smeared or eye shadow that would get 'blotchy'.
good for a natural eye look
Dawson from Des Moines
if you're looking for a natural eye look or an eye primer, then this stuff is definitely for you!
No I would not buy this again
Vita from Highland. Ca
I did not like that this product is not easy to apply, it's thick, it does not smooth out if you wear serum's underneath.
Moss Definitely - A big no
Kristina from Indianapolis
This rating only pertains to this shade. I love this color however, regardless of how you apply it, or how much you apply, you'll never get this shade. One swipe on your lids with a finger = a muddy shade of greenish-black. Application with a brush yields a more fuller look / color but the shade is forest green. No emerald anywhere.
Lovely but dry
alystyle8 from Denver, CO
I bought this to use as a colored base for loose pigments that wasn't black. While it is pretty and I am glad I own it, it is drier than the painterly I use for my usual base, and it streaks. I struggle to get a smooth color, but as a base for pigments I am not too worried.