This is one of the most used and most loved products in my makeup bag. I walked into MAC one day asking for eyeshadow primer, and the makeup artist introduced me to Paint Pots, telling my eyeshadow wouldn't budge all day. I'm so glad she did!
She introduced me to Bare Study. It was creamy, long-wearing, and easy to apply, and it did what it was supposed to do—keep my shadow in place all day. But I found a little pale on its own. I also found it lightened my eyeshadows just a tad. So, after reading rave reviews in the beauty blogging world about an alternative that was a little more nude and a lot more matte, I decided to give Painterly a try.
Jackpot! (Heh, heh.)
Colour-wise, MAC's website describes Painterly as a nude beige (cream), which is bang-on. It's housed in a heavy-ish glass jar, with a black plastic lid you need to screw on tightly to keep the product from drying out.
Have a look:
Painterly is even creamier than Bare Study, and it blends beautifully. It sets and dries quickly, and stays all day without creasing. It also makes my eyeshadow stay put.
I find it creates the perfect blank canvas—my eyelids have some discolouration as you'll see in the photos below, and Painterly covers it completely. It's perfect under my eyeshadows, but on days when I'm in a hurry, I can pat it all over my lid, add some black eyeliner and mascara, and I'm good to go.
I use my finger to apply it to my eyelid, though lots of people also use fluffy eye brushes to apply it. It's truly an HG product for me.
Here's what it looks like on:
Would I repurchase? Absolutely without a doubt. It's a permanent fixture in my makeup bag. Fortunately, it lasts several months even with daily use, so it's well worth the $22 price tag.
Rating: Five stars out of five. I've seen no downside so far.
Have you tried MAC Paint Pot in Painterly? What do you think?
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