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Mac Cosmetics Pro Longwear Paint Pot Controversy: Is It As Great As Claimed?

a close up of MAC's pro paint pot in shade Painterly on white, furry rug

It is almost impossible to find a professional makeup artist or common makeup lovers, who have never heard of infamous MAC's Pro Paint pots - a long-lasting cream product that can be worn on the eyelids on its own or used as an eyeshadow base for loose and pressed eyeshadows. This multi-functional makeup product extends the longevity of the eye makeup, concealing the appearance of fine veins and other skin discolorations. Sounds like a must-have product for makeup enthusiast, isn't it? But do not hurry to grab it at Sephora, as there are a ton of polar reviews on this product. Let's find out if the MAC's paint pots are as great, as some people claim!

When choosing my paint pot I was in real doubts - to buy or not to buy this product. I needed a long-wearing eyeshadow primer that will not only set my eye look in place but will also provide a full-coverage to my eyelids. Something like an eyeshadow primer and concealer - two in one product. The reason why I stopped on paint pot is pretty obvious - thousands of makeup bloggers and youtube gurus swore on its quality and wearability. However, the other half of reviewers declared that paint pot is too dry and creases after the first few hours of wearing. They say it is almost impossible to grab the product with the brush and almost impossible to blend it evenly on the skin. Strangely to admit, but these controversial reviews only stirred me up to try the product myself and I picked out 'Painterly' paint pot as a sacrifice for my very own, independent review.

a close up of MAC's pro paint pot in shade Painterly on white, furry rug

Mac Cosmetics paint pot come in a sturdy, glass packaging with a tight black cover on the top. It has a sleek and classy appeal, easy to store in a makeup drawer and you can return the pot back to Mac store after you'll finish the product. Unlike squeezable eyeshadow primers, this format of a packaging is less hygienic, because you need to dip your fingers or the brush right inside of a pot. In spite of this, I prefer using glass pots over a regular tubes, plus you can't conveniently pack a thick, full-coverage eyeshadow primer in a tube. The pro paint pot has no scent whatsoever and there are 5 g/0,17 oz of product, so it will last forever!

'Painterly' paint pot is nude-beige product with a thick texture and water-resistant formula. The main ingredient of the product is Isododecane - an oil-free, vegan emollient that locks the moisture in, is not soluble in the water and feels weightless on the skin, which is a huge pro, when it comes to eye makeup. The next interesting ingredient in the list is Dimethicone. It is a silicone, widely-used in cosmetic industry that smooths the surface of the skin, making the products glide on it like a charm. Other products like Silica is meant to absorb excess oil and moisture, while Carnauba wax, a type of wax derived from the palm tree, keeps the thickness of the consistency.

a close up of MAC's pro paint pot in shade Painterly on white, furry rug

At the moment, there are only six shades of the Paint Pot available on the official Mac Cosmetics website: Bare Study - soft beige with gold pearls; Groundwork - neutral taupe; Layin' Low - warm, creamy beige; Soft Ochre - yellow beige; Vintage Selection - dirty peach shade with subtle frosties; and Painterly - nude-beige shade, with a slightly rose undertone. Sadly, most of the paint pots' shades were discontinued and, as you can see by the disappointed reviews of consumers, people are not satisfied with the situation. Hopefully, Mac Cosmetics will bring the best-loved pots back in the range. 

As I have mentioned before, my pro paint pot of choice is 'Painterly'. I can't say that this shade fits my fair skin perfectly (I use Mac's foundation in shade NC 10) , yet it hides skin discolorations and do not appear visible under the eyeshadows. To my mind, 'Painterly' paint pot is a very versatile product and can be used on every skin tone. The final finish of 'Painterly' is smooth and matte, but you can pick paint pot with shiny particles in formula for more sparkly finish.

eyeshadow swatch with and without eyeshadow primer/comparison

And now let's discuss the most disputable features - wearability and longevity of the product. Many consumers were dissatisfied with the drying texture of the products, yet I have never experienced dry feeling and skin flakiness, even though I have dry skin type. A throughout skin moisturizing right before makeup application may help you avoid this inconvenience, if pro paint pot dries your eyelids. 

The next complaint is about the product's crease resistance. Wearers were upset with the performance and claimed to experience eyeshadow creasing and glitter fall outs throughout the day. Do not sound too encouraging, right? But even these claims didn't stop me from purchasing paint pot and, luckily, I haven't noticed any creases at all! My eye makeup stayed put for a good seven hours, no cracks, fall outs and smudges were noticed. The eyeshadow colors look brighter on my eyelids and were so much easy to blend. On the swatch you can see the spotty appearance of Mac Cosmetics single eyeshadow in shade 'Espresso' and how bold and even it looks on the swatch with 'Painterly'.

a close up of MAC's pro paint pot in shade Painterly on white, furry rug

I absolutely agree that it is a little hard to work with the product on the skin, especially on a cold day. To make the paint pot easier to apply on the skin, use a finger - the warmth of your skin will melt the wax, making it more supple. It is important to keep the layer of the product thick enough to cover the discolorations, yet not too thick or it may start collecting into the crease and lines. Just follow the simple makeup rule - the less is more. You'll learn to apply the right amount of product for your makeup needs after a few tries.

Summarizing my review, I came to a simple conclusion - Mac Cosmetics Pro Longwear Paint Pot is truly a controversial makeup product, it is not for everyone. If you are not ready to learn how to work with the product, it is better to pick something more approachable and effortless. If you need a product that will keep your makeup in place with a simple swipe, you should go for creamy smudge-proof eyeshadow primers with an applicator. But, if you need a full-coverage, multi-functional product than give it paint pot a chance. Wear it solo on the lids for a no makeup, makeup impression or use as an eyeshadow primer for a pop of long-lasting color. Have you ever tried MAC's paint pots, lovelies? If yes, how soon did it dried in the pot? I would really like to know your opinion. Thanks!

Lots of love,
Liz