Last Updated:11.25.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Paint is essentially a cleverly named and packaged cream-to-powder eyeshadow. Dispensed from a tube (don’t apply too much pressure because you’ll end up wasting product), the concentrated formula blends very well and has a natural opacity that can almost take the place of your foundation or concealer as a means for evening-out skin on the eyelid and underbrow area. Most of the 20 colors are neutral and workable yet supply intense shine. There are a few softer shades that can work for a mildly shiny look. Paints can be used alone or mixed with other products, and they sheer out well if you prefer a subtle wash of color. Regardless of color or shine intensity, these tend not to crease and last all day without fading or smearing.

Brand Overview

M.A.C. Cosmetics At-A-Glance

What more can one say for this long-standing makeup line whose products have spoken eloquently for themselves for years? In many ways, M.A.C. Cosmetics is a pivotal line not only for makeup artists but also for any in-the-know cosmetics consumer. Although M.A.C. has several singularly outstanding products, they generally excel by virtue of the range of choices offered. The color selection for everything from lipsticks to foundations is exceptional. Most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes.

When it comes to skincare you may be tempted to dismiss the small assortment M.A.C. offers and skip right to their makeup with its well-earned positive reputation. But doing so would mean missing a handful of beautifully formulated products that are worth trying. By no means is M.A.C.'s skin-care line one-stop shopping (at least not if you have blemishes, skin discolorations, or require more than a couple options per category), but you'll find more than just the color products impressive here, and the prices aren't unreasonable either!

M.A.C.'s salespeople are often trained makeup artists, too. This is especially true in the freestanding M.A.C. boutiques, where the staff tends to be true makeup artists.

Note: M.A.C. sets itself apart from other beauty brands by staying ahead of the curve by launching a seemingly-constant rotation of impressive limited edition products, usually with fashion-forward themes. Though it's impossible to review every limited edition product, many of M.A.C.'s are as impressive as those in their permanent collection.

Strengths: Some impressive moisturizers; praiseworthy foundations in a mostly gorgeous range of shades; good concealers; several great powder-based products including blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow in various finishes; dizzying array of lipstick shades in mostly sumptuous formulas; several very good mascaras (regular and waterproof); top-notch makeup brushes; many of the Prep + Prime products work as claimed.

Weaknesses:A few products with high levels of potential skin irritants.

For more information about M.A.C. Cosmetics call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.

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Will not budge

The tube packaging means this stuff will last forever (I tried a pot of cream shadow from Stila and it was very similar but dried out quickly.) I use it alone or under shadow and it stays put all day, no creasing whatsoever. I have even worn it to a funeral where I bawled my eyes out and my eye make-up stayed put.

Reviewed by
Crystal M
Don't Put On Shadow Without It

I always use a base before shadow and 90% of the time the base is a MAC Paint. A little goes a long way (a tube can last FOREVER) and a thin, smooth application will keep your shadow from fading or creasing for hours. I also like to use them to boost the intensity of my shadow colors, but MAC has discontinued most of the bold colors in favor of Paint Pots. Still, those w/ fair - med complexions can't go wrong w/ Bare Canvas and Untitled.

Reviewed by
Shekinah S
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