Pro Longwear Paint Pot

by M.A.C.  
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$20 
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Category:
Makeup > Eyeshadows > Cream/Cream-to-Powder Eyeshadow
Last Updated:
11/4/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Pro Longwear Paint Pot comes in, you guessed it, a pot. Basically a newfangled version of a cream-to-powder eyeshadow, Paint Pots have a soft, buttery texture that leads to a smooth, even application, whether applied with a natural-hair or synthetic brush (the synthetic brush produces a stronger color, while natural-hair brushes net a softer color deposit). These set quickly to a long-wearing, waterproof powder finish, so be sure blending is quick and precise. Once set, these absolutely do not crease, fade, or smudge, which is very impressive. All of the colors are workable, though some are a bit too colorful. The matte options include Soft Ochre, Quite Natural, and Painterly, which works as a great base color for the eyelid. The others have a soft to brazen shine. Because of Paint Pot’s finish, you can apply other shadows or pencil liner over it without disruption.

When it comes to skin care 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!

Note:M.A.C. is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although M.A.C. does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

For more information about M.A.C., owned by Estee Lauder, call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.

M.A.C. Makeup

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. 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. Also, most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes. It is typically a pleasure to shop this line, though we wish the tester units (especially for blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick) were arranged by formula and finish rather than by color.

M.A.C.'s salespeople are sometimes trained as makeup artists, too, though being part of the Estee Lauder corporation means they have pressure to meet sales quotas (and no gifts-with-purchase to serve as an enticement). For this reason, you may prefer shopping at one of M.A.C.'s freestanding or Pro stores. The sales pressure is all but absent, the staff tends to be true makeup artists rather than only salespeople, and the stores routinely offer makeup how-to classes, which are both fun and informative.

M.A.C. has launched several state-of-the-art products since the previous edition of this book. The prime additions are several improved foundations and concealers, superior loose and pressed powders, a couple of mascaras that compete nicely with those from lash-enhancing leader Lancome, buttery-smooth powder blushes, and the very popular (and deservedly so) Pro Longwear Lipcolour. Couple this with their long-standing products that have always performed well and offered neutral shades (Studio Fix, anyone?) and M.A.C. is a force to be reckoned with in the world of department-store makeup. The only disappointment of note is that several of their liquid foundations with sunscreen still lack sufficient UVA protection. Why is it that Lauder-owned Clinique and Prescriptives continually get this critical step right, while Lauder's namesake line, Bobbi Brown, and M.A.C. tend to falter? It's especially upsetting in M.A.C.'s case because the affected foundations otherwise have exemplary textures and a vast palette of neutral shades for fair to dark skin tones. Other than this important point, you really can't go wrong shopping this line, whether you're new to the world of makeup or a seasoned pro.

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.

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  1. Annette D.
    Reviewed on Saturday, June 14, 2014
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • Results
      1 / 4
    Not for oily lids
    • I can't recommend this because I had problems with this product. And then when they renamed it to prolong wear I asked if it works for those with oily lids they said no. I asked someone who actually worked for the counter.

  2. Chrissy D.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, April 09, 2014
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    This product has got all your bases covered!
    • This is my never fail go to product for when I need a base that absolutely does not crease or wear off throughout the day. The best part is that it sets to a powder finish which means that you can apply powder over it with no drag at all!

  3. DEBORAH W.
    Reviewed on Friday, March 01, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Great as a base!
    • Wonderfully creamy, yet after applied there's no creasing or movement. Apply it with a full-ish brush and it goes on as sheer -- or as heavy -- as you want. Painterly makes a great neutral base for powder eyeshadows.

  4. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Monday, December 24, 2012
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • Results
      1 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    Not so good for older gals
    • I would not recommend this product for older gals. It is too heavy, and we don't need the extra weight on our eyelids.

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