Rated 4.58 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 956 customers Lovely product
cheryl h from MI
Lovely and smooth going on. I didn't realize it wasn't for use with a brush, at first, but it's nice anyway.
Scout from Detroit
I use this to even out my eyelid and help to keep my eyeliners on all day.
AyyTayy21 from Grand Blanc, MI
So the product itself is defiantly unique.. but I'm not sure how to apply to eyelid and they didn't offer any assistance in finding such. I use my finger now and it sort of cakes on... or doesn't apply at all. No happy medium. Doesn't last all day either but is a nice base for other shadows
jeger from Newport, PA
I was skeptical....and now I am amazed. This really does hold your eye shadow. I have hooded eyes and my eye shadow never lasts, always creases within an hour. But, with this paint pot product, my eye shadow doesn't not crease!
Love Paint Pot
René in the South from Alabama
I have used the paint pots for at least 10 years, I love this color too! Great base color, I use this to set my shadow b/c it lasts all day and I also use as my highlight shadow color. Easy to apply, creamy and smooth. Surprised when I read some of the other reviews this didn't receive 5 stars across the board. Please do not discontinue this product or color. That's my biggest complaint abt MAC. Still waiting for FRENZY lip color to come back!
Look no more
Leslieniqole from Alamogordo nm
This keeps eyeshadow in place all day. NO lid crease whatsoever and best of all, a little goes a long way. I use it also to help cover blemishes before I put on foundation. Also helps with my waterline and keeps liner from running as much.
Lipstick doesn't bleed into lines now!
Golden from Salt Lake City
I dabbed around my lips and on my eye lids and my makeup doesn't move into fine lines any more. This stuff is awesome!
Kristen from Sumter, SC
I love the paint pots! They are great to use alone or under eyeshadow. I am wondering what happened to all the other colors though? I have been watching some youtube videos and they have several colors that are not listed. Did MAC just do away with some colors?
The best -- eyeshadow and primer in one!
Manaism from CO
I use the color Painterly. It works with every eyeshadow I own. I especially love it because I can also wear it alone on those "no makeup" days.
Love this product!
Mg1112 from Texas
This product is AMAZING & works really well. I would definitely recommend using your finger to apply this.
Painterly..NOT AS BRIGHTENING AS I EXPECTED
Lana from Scottsdale Az
Painterly was described as a great color to brighten your eyes. It does cause some brightening but its colorless. I wanted it to add a little soft color as well. Its definitely waterproof!
Great as primer
berelinde from NJ
A lot of primers make my eyes water, but not this. I have oily, profoundly hooded lids and this prevents creasing, and, to some extent, transfer. It would prevent transfer entirely on someone whose eyelids don't constantly rub against themselves all day, but we deal with the face we have. I do wish there was a cooler toned shade lighter than painterly tho...
my go to!
sadie :) from AL
i'm fairly new to the makeup world, but i heard all good thing about this and gave it a shot. i personally love it! the only thing is it's kinda hard to blend eyeshadows unless you set it with a light layer of translucent powder.
Best primer ever
LissaC from SC
Ive been using this since it came out..its the hest primer hands down. Not only does it works as a primer, but its good on your nose..absorbs oil..good for concealor also.
Loce this stuff..a pot lasts me almost a year..what a bargain.
Bea from SD
I heard great things about this... and I ended up not using it for 6 months. It's so pricey and concealer will probably do the trick. I've heard elf's is a great dupe but I haven't tried it myself.
Wish I could give 0.
Kahle from Maryland
I hate this product and It doesn't live up to the hype. It is so so dry and does not blend whatsoever. It balls up on my eyes and even it I can finagle it to sort of work that all goes down the drain when I try to put eyeshadow on top. Even my best, most pigmented and bendable shadows literally just stick to it and won't blend even though I set it with a skin color shade or translucent powder. I even did one eye with concealer and one with this and you can probably tell which one worked, not even the best, but at all. I love MAC but this was a huge miss. So I do not recommend this at all and you can get the job done with another primer/base or simply concealer.
Definitely not what I expected!
K from Maryland
So this, obviously, has had so much hype for years and I figured I'd give it a try and I was extremely disappointed. It was so dry and incredibly difficult to blend out by itself or the shadows on top. I tried a brush and even my finger to warm it up some to help with blending and still nothing but a mess. Don't recommend.
Jg from Wyoming
The BEST eyeshadow primer ever
Melll from Phoenix, Arizona
I have been using MAC paint pots forever and they are amazing for eye shadow bases. They go on smooth, blend well, and do not crease! Painterly is a great neutral to add to your makeup collection!
Makes eyeshadow last forever!
Karol H from Florida
Love this product.
Works better than any I've tried!!
Carissa from Wilmington, NC
So I was skeptical, it's expensive for an eye primer to me, but I always see everyone rave about it. It was on sale and decided to give it a try. An I am loving it. I have dry, but hooded eyelids, so it makes my eyeshadow crease bad. With this I've noticed that I can go a full work day and my eyeshadow will stay the way it looked when I first applied my eyeshadow. It doesn't dry my eyelids out. An a little goes a long way. I am a light/cool undertone and painterly looks like my skin. Bomb! Will repurchase!
mature lady from San Antonio
Great product! Very creamy, goes on easily with suggested MAC brush. Doesn't settle in creases. Great for mature eyes. Definitely will purchase again, and again...
I am disappointed in this product.
Nisi from Monterey Park, CA
I have purchased this product in the past directly from MAC counter. I lived the product. Not sure if this one is old or expired but it is very dry & did not go on smooth.
Finally gave in, and I'm not mad!
T-dog from Berlin,WI
I've been hearing about this for years. I finally decided to try it because it was 20 percent off and I love it!
I love it
Jojo from Arizona
I needed to create a Smokey eye and I applied this on my eyelids as a primer. Not only did my eyeshadow stay in place for 9 hours in extreme heat and humidity from my mask ,but the color was still vibrant and beautiful. Will be using this again and I wish I found it sooner!