Most of you who have been following me for a while know how much I love using cream shadows as a base underneath my eyeshadow. It’s a little trick I’ve been doing from the day I started doing eyeshadow and I still love doing it. For the longest time I’ve been using the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On And On Bronze, which still is one of my favourites. However, sometimes I like to change things up a bit and try something different for a change. Recently I had another one of those moments and that’s when I decided I wanted to try another MAC Paint Pot. I ended up buying one in the shade Idian Wood. I’ve been using it for a while now, so I think it’s about time for me to review it. So, if you’re interested in reading more about the gorgeous MAC Paint Pot in Indian Wood, make sure you continue reading this post!
First things first, let’s talk about the packaging. In general I’ve always been a big fan of the way MAC packages its products. I think that they keep everything looking professional and classy and I’m definitely a big fan of that kind of style. This little jar is no exception to that. What I like about it is that the jar itself is actually made out of glass, which gives the product a somewhat more luxurious feel. I also like the combination with the black lid and how simplistic the design is. Overall I feel like the product looks very luxurious and professional and it’s definitely something I love to look at in my makeup collection.
As some of you might know this isn’t my first paint pot. I also have one in the shade Vintage Selection and I used to have Bare Study but I sold that one. I have loved that for a long time, but somehow I did eventually go back to my trusty Maybelline Colour Tattoo. The main reason for that wasn’t the quality of the MAC one, it was more about the colour. Vintage Selection is a bit more of a champagne kind of colour, while my go-to Maybelline base is in a more bronzy colour.
However, I did have a very positive experience with the MAC Paint Pots, which made me want to get a new one in a shade more close to what I’d normally use and see whether or not I’d prefer it over my Maybelline Colour Tattoo. So that’s exactly what I did this time.
MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Idian Wood 5g – €23
The colour I chose is called Indianwood. MAC themselves describe this as a ‘metallic antique bronze’ shade. And I have to say I think that’s a really fancy way to describe what this is. If I have to put it in my own words, I’d say this is a warm bronze colour with a nice bit of shimmer to it. When I was buying this shade, I was opting for something that would look pretty similar to my Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze. This is the closest shade I could find to that and I do think it looks pretty similar. This is a bit more warm toned than the Maybelline one is, but it’s pretty darn close to be honest.
MAC Paint Pots are very multifunctional products. They basically are just creamy eyeshadows and therefore you can use them instead of an eyeshadow. You can just sweep this all over the lid, blend the edges a bit and you’re good to go. However, how I like to use products like this is as a base. I like to put this all over the moving part of the lid, in a pretty opaque way, and then use powder eyeshadow on top of it. This will make the eyeshadows you use on top of it stay in place better and it will make them look more intense. Because this is a rather dark shade it does also make them look a bit darker and because of the shimmer it also adds shine. I personally like those effects, but if you don’t they also have a really pretty nude colour in the collection that you can use. That won’t alter the darkness and amount of shine in the final eyeshadow look.
According to MAC this Paint Pot is supposed to be a highly pigmented, long-wearing eyeshadow that goes on creamy and dries to an intense, vibrant finish. They say that thanks to the innovative second skin-like formula, this wil blend smoothly over the lids and creates seamless, buildable coverage without looking heavy or cakey. Its superior colour purity is supposed to stay true and will not streak or crease. They also let us know that their Pro Longwear Paint Pot can be mixed with other products like eyeshadows and liners.
So, overall they claim that these are very smooth, very high in pigment and that they stay in place for a very, very long time. Well, I do agree with all that. Especially the texture part. You guys know I love the Maybelline Color Tattoo, but my main problem with that is that it dries really quickly and that it’s not as smooth and easy to spread across the lid. Especially if the jar has been open for a while, it’s hard to move the product around or even to get some product onto you finger or brush. With this MAC Paint Pot that isn’t the case at all. This one has such a soft texture and is extremely easy to pick up. You softly touch it with your finger and you’ve already got enough on your finger to cover one entire eyelid in a good coat of product.
I also like that once you’ve applied it, it stays wherever you put it. It doesn’t move around and it also doesn’t move around if you add another layer of this product. It just stays where it should be. This makes it easier to work with.
Top picture – MAC Paint Pot in Indianwood; Bottom picture: MAC Paint Pot in Indianwood + Eyeshadow on top – Eyeshadow swatch without MAC Paint Pot underneath
Looking at the swatches I think it’s really clear that MAC isn’t lying about the pigmentation of this Paint Pot. This product is packed with pigment. Because I’m using my finger to apply it, you do get a really concentrated amount of product. You could get a lighter finish if you’d be using for example a little blending brush to apply it with. So if that’s more up your alley, you can.
As you can tell from the second picture, the eyeshadow is way more intense when the Paint Pot is used underneath it. It does alter the colour, but in my opinion it does that in a pretty way. I really like the way that looks and it’s definitely a good tip if you’re using less pigmented eyeshadows. A base like this will make up for a lot.
In terms of staying power I’m also very, very pleased. My eyeshadow stays in place all day long when I’m using this Paint Pot underneath my eyeshadow. It doesn’t budge at all and it even survives a minor bit of rain. Of course you shouldn’t go swimming with it, but in general it does stay in place really, really well.
The only down side to this product, which is also the reason why I do still kind of prefer my Maybelline one, is because the colour is a bit more orangy than On and On Bronze is. I know this is just personal preference, but somehow I do like the final look better when I’m using the Maybelline Color Tattoo. In terms of quality and texture the MAC one definitely wins, but the shade of the Maybelline one is just more perfect in my opinion.
Overall I do really like the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in the shade Indianwood. I think that the quality of this product is just incredible and I think that it’s really an essential to have in your collection. Which shade might be perfect for you, you should definitely have one of these if you’re really into eyeshadows. The texture of this product is so incredible and so easy to work with and it really does help every eyeshadow look you can think of. The colour might not be as perfect as the Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze is, but aside from that this is the most perfect cream shadow ever!
That’s pretty much it for today’s post. I hope you enjoyed reading it, and be sure to let me know what you think of this shade and how you like the MAC Paint Pots!