Paint Pot



Groundwork was a bit of a disappointment for me. I was hoping for a color that was a match for my skintone but this one is a little chalky on me. Overall, I do like the Paint Pots, you really only need a tiny bit and they last a long time. However, I prefer the new 24-hour color tatoo's from Maybelline. I'm probably going to give my Groundwork to a friend and stick with my color tatoo's.

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I'd seen so much about these MAC paintpots but didn't buy into it because I personally don't really care for cream eyeshadow type products. I use NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils as a base and I've been quite content with that. I was at a Cosmetics Company Outlet and saw a paintpot in the color "Delft" and thought it would look beautiful with their "teal" pigment. I was right. It made the pigment so much more vibrant and it didn't crease on me at all, which is generally my problem with creamy products (of course, I used TFSI under this). LOVE LOVE LOVE!! Will definitely be buying more (especially from my CCO where they're like $11!)!

*The picture is of "Teal" applied on top of "Delft." It's amazing.

Quickest Smokey Eye!!

As a MAC makeup artist I had appointments back to back and needed to think of ways outside the box to achieve my most requested look! Paint pots are great for several reasons 1. They are creamy so they allow you to blend away to your hearts content for about 20-30 seconds before they set. Also (and this is the best part) because they are a cream, you won't get any of that yucky fall out on your cheek that ruins your foundation. 2. They are crease resistant and water RESISTANT (not proof), so your smokey eye will stay put throughout the night! 3. You can build it up, you can start with a slight smokiness and add a little more at a time, however I would not put too many layers as it will look heavy.. instead add a bit of your desired dark shadow to intensify the look. I love MAC Paint Pots because they are so versatile and help your shadows last all day!!


I'm sad to say that this product wasn't what I hoped it would be. I've always used UDPP, but I was in the market for something new. After hearing all the hype on these paint pots, I decided that I had to try them. They made my shadows last longer, sure, but it still creased within an hour or two. Granted, I have significantly oily eyelids.

I will say that using these over my UDPP or TFSS, they're wonderful! I like the colors that they come in and how they can enhance my shadows' colors. I can recommend Blackout, Artifact, and Rubenesque.

My go-to base

Paint Pots are excellent, oil-free cream eye colours that are most used as a base.
It's pretty stiff, but if you take some and work it between your ring fingers to warm it up, it becomes much easier to apply. The Painterly colour neutralizes the eyelid on light to medium skin tones and gives shadow something to stick to. So, eyeshadows appear more vibrant and last all day long


My eye lids get very oily for what ever reason. This is the only thing I've found that works for me. I swear I've tried everything out there. I'm a hair dresser, I work long sifts with no time for touch ups and my eye make up does not budge!!!!!!

Beautiful, but...

I am a HUGE fan of Mac eyeshadow! I love the consistency and it's always super pigmented- so when I first invested in Rubeseque I was super duper excited to just try it on. I always use primer before shadow to prevent creasing and to make the shadows as gorgeous as possible, but I was the tiniest bit let down with Rubeneque. As a shadow on its own it stays vibrant for a few hours, but even with primer and a base, it creased by 4 o'clock... but nonetheless, I love Mac Paint Pots! The consistency is really creamy and it applies evenly! As a base for compacted eyeshadow, this works almost better than a primer and is amazing with primer. Overall, I'd suggest this as a product:) But you might have to reapply throughout the day.


I use this color as a base and sometimes I wear it alone with a dark brown crease for a natural look. The consistency is great and its blend-able


I love this product! It is one of most replenished items in my professional Makeup kit. With its creamy, yet dry substance, It acts as a amazing base, giving eyeshadow a vibrate non powdery look, that lasts all day without creasing! I use the colour painterly, because it is skin tone and does not alter the colour of your powdered eyeshadow, & gives life to even the most dullest colours!

Love in a pot

The MAC Paint Pots have be a go to of mine for a while. These small pots last for ages. They hold my eyeshadows in place and don't budge. While I own others, Painterly is always a favorite.