Rated 4.55 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 1019 customers A Winner!
JR from CA
I use these eye shadows as a base then highlight with powder shadow. The versions with "sparkle" are a little much for my 72 year old eyes, but the others are great. I have sensitive eyes and skin and these shadows do not irritate. A nice product.
Anne from CA
I bought Painterly and Soft Ochre, both are great for a quick no makeup look or a base. They blend nicely and truly enhance any eyeshadow look. I want more colors!
Purduette from Brooklyn, NY
Got this because I love cream shadows and wanted one in emerald green. This one looks emerald green on the website and in the pot but actually goes on more like forest green. A nice color but not what I wanted. Also, it creases with or without primer.
Peloton girl from Jacksonville, fl
The reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because when I applied eyeshadow in the crease I was unable to blend it out because it really keeps any eyeshadow I put on top in its place. Which is a plus if you're using it as a primer.
Pam from Barboursville WV
I just wear alone to work for a minimal look and looks awesome alone
KPmagnet from Las Vegas
Too orange and very glittery
Not that great
Steph from Chicago IL
I use to wear the paint pots few years back before it was discontinued, the new formula is nothing like how it used to be, very drying and not creamy like the original paint pots!
Vintage Selection - love it!
Acekitty from Chicago suburbs
When this color arrived, I was initially concerned that it might be too shimmery or glittery, but it's not! This is a great product to wear by itself or as a base. It blends easily and lasts all day (I do use a primer first). I contour in the crease with a taupe or a plum - adds depth and looks so pretty!
Ash8 from Ks
I've owned painterly for over a year and it hasn't dried out. So I went ahead and purchased a few more when they came out with decent colors. When I opened Bare study, the gold sparkly one, I thought, "bull's-eye! that's just what I need." it's a pale, warm toned highlighter which is something I'm obsessed with for my cool tone skin and my love of cool Crease color. a warm tone highlight whether it's flat or shimmery is the best brightener & contrast for that. It's not something you can really find in a compact. When I opened the Peachy one I thought "this will be really good on age-spots. I've been hunting for a nice color stay peach color corrector and I even ordered a Mac color corrector in orange so that I might make my own peach cover. Basically, where have you been all my life. And it's a pretty lid color. I tried princess cut and I was happy about the intense sparkles it's very sheer, it doesn't have the opacity that Other colorS do. It's made just for sparkles. They don't rub or transfer or fall off or fall down throughout the day. another where have you been all my life. I've been a follower of Mac for a long time. When I tried let's skate I was immediately angry. I thought "I hate you for not having existed sooner." This is an opaque pink with rainbow sparkles like something you would find in the Sailor Moon palette and it will do a really good cut crease. It's really light and really bright. it's lighter than my skin tone by a shade which was hard to find. I wear NW15 but I would wear W15 if Mac made it and so when I try to use the painterly it's a shade dark for my skin tone, not brightening, but this let's skate shade is a shade brighter than my skin tone and it's in the same pink family. These DONT look dry on the lid. They look like normal shadows & stay on through everything. The sparkles stay sparkly all day. They are layerable. I put skate over peach & it's beautiful. They make good face highlight too. Finally Mac. Jeez
Definitely I would buy again as this eye show looks fabulou
Susan from Walhalla SC
I used it just under my brow to complement my light orchard eyeshadow. Received many compliments.
Creases and isn't long lasting.
Nik from APO
It seems the darker the color the worse the product is. This was a terrible primer and worse by itself. Doesn't apply smoothly at all and am left with bare spots. As a primer, it creased and flaked. Sadly, I have to return this.
Glitter fall out is out of control.
Grey from Ct
Unable to contain the fallout of silver glitter. Tried with eye primer Urban Decay for glitter and still had issues.
This is not a repeat on this brand.
Color is a bit of a surprise, but great staying power
Aunt K-K from Plano, TX
I bought the Bougie color thinking it had green in it to brighten my blue-green eyes. Instead, it's actually a smoky taupe-gray color. These cream pot shadows are tricky: they glide on, have great lasting power, but I've found you need to use them, or they dry up after a few mos.
Getting old isn't so bad from Jackson
I'm returning it
Jam from Norman, ok
This product changes the color of my eyeshadow so maybe I got the wrong color but it's also dry and just doesn't look at feel good.
Perfect eyeshadow base for me
Missy from Grand Rapids MI
I have used this for years but was having trouble finding it in stores. So glad Ulta has it. I have screaming white eyelids so using this as a base toned that down then I add powder shadow for a long-lasting result. I tend toward smoky eye looks so this helps.
I ran out so yes I love it and I've been buying this product
Pamii from Menifee
I use product before eyeshadow or as an eyeshadow and just put setting powder over it and too it off with my favorite eyeliner
black matte base
KaRi from Orange County
I bought ten of these and I was not too impressed with same formula for Black Mirror, the matte black one, t's Fabstract, the matte brown one, nor Contemplative State, the mustardy-tellow/tan matte one (also don't like how mustardy yellow tones look on my skin tone). Some seem shimmery in the picture...well...they're not. I guess that is just the reflection of the light making them look that way. The brown is a DARK brown/black. I feel the matte formula was a bit lacking. They are matte and creamy NOW but seeing that its not as buttery as the matte ones in the past, I am not sure how long these will hold out. I collect paint pots esp MAC ones (and fluidliners too) & have a lot of their colors. With that in mind I returned these 3 above b/c I also have MAC's creamy shimmery blk paint pot called Blackground as well as MAC's matte blk fluidline eyeliner called Blacktrack and they perform better than these paint pots. Heck, your pencil liners are probably just as creamy! Better take ur money for more unique colors? When swatching it on my arm, it tugged a bit and had to do a do-over swatch to get good opaque swatch coverage in case ur wondering what I mean by dry or not as creamy. So do I recommend this? Maybe, such as shades like BricABrack bc though matte, I dont have anything bright orange as a base. If you're looking for cheaper alternatives, look into maybeline tattoos or revlon colorstays (but be warned longetivity of those is not great as they dry up QUICK & separate from the glass, begin to shrink & crack). That reminds me, to best preserve these type of cream shadows, esp MAC since they're pricey, is to close them tight & store 'em upside down (black lid down) preferably in their original box to keep moisture out. Shades I loved: Belle Epic (matte terracota orange), Bougie (not taupe or gray, more like red-brown with a green duo shimmer layover), Current Affair (matte burgundy), UltraViolet, Moss-Def, Babe in Charms (NOT opaque but very shimmery as a layover).
senior citizen from TN
I have used this product before and knew what it would do. My eyeliner would fade some and crease somewhat by the end of the day , but this is a good neutral shade and works well
Like MAC club!
Kat from Okc
The shade bougie is just like the shade club! So pretty and unique.
What's the hype?
DP from Florida
I really wanted to love this because a fav you tuber I watch recommend it. I got the soft ochre for an eyeshadow base to prime my eyes. I tried everything, using my fingers, using a sigma brush...it just was too tacky to work with and it pulled on my eyelids when applying. Also, no matter how lightly I layered it, it accentuated any crease or lines. Ugh still have to search for the perfect eye primer.
The OG paint pots are better
laceyyy from Louisiana
Painterly, Soft Ochre, etc. are much better than the new colors. for some reason the newest shades are harder and less pigmented. Also, the colors do not look the same IRL as they do online.
Not Just An Eyeshadow Primer
Vandee from Ohio
I not only use this as an eyeshadow primer but also as a concealer! The absolute best product I have found.
This is a beautiful color to wear as eyeshadow.
Ingrid L. from Des Moines, IA
This product is very silky and long lasting as a cream eyeshadow. Beautiful!
Have been using this for 10 years
Lauren from Los Angeles
When I was starting to get into make up and MAC was the most popular brand, I walked in and asked for some help. I have extremely pink toned skin and back then, most make up products were geared to yellow toned skin. The woman suggested using the paint pot in painterly as a concealer and eye shadow primer. I've been using this since them because it's the only thing that matches my skin (and I've tried many). I use it for under eyes and pimples. It has also never failed me as an eye shadow primer. I definitely recommend trying this as a concealer if you are pink toned as well.