Rated 4.48 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 1090 customers cakey and dry
phxaz602 from Phoenix, AZ
When I saw this on sale and read the great reviews, I was excited to try. I ordered the shade Painterly. After trying this, I don't understand why anyone actually needs it. I expected it to be light and creamy, but it was like a thick, very light tan paste that looks very dry and makes eyeshadow on top of it look cakey. By the end of the day, my eyeshadow appeared dry and had settled into the creases of my eyelid. Without this chalky paste my eyeshadow looks a lot more natural. I returned this and wouldn't waste money on it again.
Shelly from Cleveland
I purchased this on a recommendation from my hair stylist, and I'm so happy it was on sale. I snagged the shade "painterly" and it's a fantastic eye shadow base. It's creamy and I noticed it applies well with fingers or a brush. It helped my shadows last longer and I didn't have much creasing by the end of the night.
I think I'll get more shades!
Amy Lynn from Milton, PA
Purchased many colors: Painterly, Tailor Grey, soft ochre, groundwork and vintage selection. I love all of them but tailor grey seems to apply patchy on me. Ans if you apply on the patches it seems to still show through but its nice. These are creamy and east to apply.
Color description way off
Juliana from NY NY
This is described as "rose gold" when in actually fuschia gold glitter. Thought I'd be able to use it as a daytime quick eyeshadow definitely not.
BAV from Tampa
Ordered the color Groundwork and it is much darker than the image portrays.
good but not great
raiinbowbrite from Pico rivera
I love soft ochre & bare study, they've always been a staple in my collection but most of these aren't worth the price, not even if on sale, the worst one BY FAR was princess cut, I wanted to love it but there was nothing to love but the name brand & the color in the jar. I don't get all the hype of these
Kristina from Indianapolis
Because they don't make it obvious in the description - here are the mattes (list limited to what Ulta sells) Art-Thera-Peachy, Black Mirror, Brick-A-Brack, Contemplative State, Groundwork, It's Fabstract, Layin' Low, Painterly, Soft Ochre, Tailor Grey.
Black Mirror is a great base for intensifying shadows (just like white is).
I use the peach, painterly, and sometimes tailor Grey. The shimmer shades are hit or miss for me.
Holy Grail primer
Brandi from Kentucky
I recently asked myself if I REALLY need this product. After not using it for a few days, and using a regular concealer instead, I have to say my shadow has looked horrible for these past few days. When I use my paint pot, my eye shadow at the end of the day looks as good as it does upon application. It also has helped prevent any staining when I use darker colors. I will be purchasing a backup tomorrow during the 21 days of beauty. My current paint pot is almost 2 years old, and it is just as creamy as the day it was opened. Painterly is my favorite color.
SarahR3487 from Cleveland, Ohio
I have used MAC paint pot in the shade "Groundwork" for years. It is quite a bit darker than Soft Ochre or Painterly but (depending on your skin tone) I'd still consider it a "nude". I just love the tone of it, it's like the perfect neutral/cool toned brown. I don't know, there is something about the color that is just so flattering on the eyes. You can use it as a base for a smokier eye look or you can use it just by itself for a "one and done" eye look. It's just easy and dependable. If I don't want to do a full eyeshadow look but still want a little something, I will just pop on a little Groundwork, blend it on the lid and up into the crease and voila- done!
Mm from Ca
Probably won't buy this again. Not sure what all the hype was about this
Pass if you don't want glitter all over your face
Gsport from Ohio
The product is creamy, but if you buy the pink color you'll end up with glitter all over your entire face. It's ridiculous how you only apply it to your eyelids, but a half an hour later the product is all over your face. I'm in my 50s and looked like I was trying to pretend to be a 20 year old. I say pass on this product, at least in the pink color.
SBear from UT
Love it! Great color. Pearly and smooth. Lasts all day. Helps my waterproof mascara last longer. The only downside is that it's a very similar color to their paint pot bare study. Wish it was just slightly Pinker.
SBear from UT
Love this product! Great color. Lasts all day and looks very smooth. Kind of pearly. Helps my waterproof mascara last longer. Only downside is it's almost identical in color to their vintage selection paint pot.
Jane from Plano
I wanted to use this as an eyeshadow, but due to it being so dry I will be returning it.
Mairy from New York
Soooo I bought it cause of the hype, this product is ok it's definitely over hyped.
Best eyeshadow ever!
Jenn from Groton Ct
I live this product. It's easy to blend, and it last a long time. Just wish they had more colors. Great on older skin.
Alli from WV
There's a reason this thing is famous. It's the perfect eyeshadow base. Good colors, good texture, good coverage. Every other primer is subpar.
Babe n charms
Chellog from Los Angeles
I hate this stuff. The paint pots are usually such good bases and this is such a pretty color in the pot but every time I try and build it up it takes the product off and patches up. it's also so oily it bunches up into my crease within 5 minutes. I'm so sad.
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.