MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Constructivist: Review and Photos

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Constructivist.

If you've been reading my blog awhile, you know I have a soft spot for MAC Paint Pots. They're creamy, (usually) opaque, and so versatile—I use them as eyeshadow base, eye colour, and, occasionally, eyeliner. Applied as a base, they make sure eyeshadows don't move, and they make colour more vibrant or deeper (depending on the colour of the Paint Pot). I love 'em.

My newest addiction addition is Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Constructivist.

This promotional image is what made me fall in love: 

Promo image from MAC's new Pro Longwear collection.

Promo image from MAC's new Pro Longwear collection.

Gorgeous, luscious warm brown. Love it! Alas, a MAC makeup artist informed me that a powder eyeshadow had been layered over Constructivist for this look. This becomes obvious as soon as you swatch Constructivist on its own. MAC describes it as "metallic brown with red pearl," but the colour on the model above is much redder than Constructivist on its own.

This knowledge did not deter me—I loved how dark and deep Constructivist looked on my eyes. I'll wear it alone or as a base for a brown smoky eye. 

Quality-wise, Constructivist is par for the course. It's creamy, opaque, and long-lasting. I also see no difference in wear time between regular MAC Paint Pots and the Pro Longwear Paint Pots—all I've tried are awesome.

I have only two small complaints with Paint Pots: One, they set quickly, so you need to be sure of yourself when you wear them. Apply and blend an eye at a time. Two, they may dry out faster than I can use them up. Note that this has happened only with Bare Study so far—all my other Paint Posts are still creamy and wonderful. I'll keep you posted.

Ready for a look? 

Like all MAC Paint Pots, Constructivist is housed in a heavy glass jar with a black screw-on lid.

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Constructivist.

Do you love the look of a fresh Paint Pot as much as I do?

When I saw photos of Constructivist (left), it immediately reminded me of Eclair (right). As you can see, Eclair is quite a bit lighter and more coppery.

Comparison swatches (left to right): MAC Mulch, MAC Constructivist, MAC Eclair, MAC Friendly, and Brown from Annabelle's Chai Chai Chai quad.

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Constructivist applied over Painterly (which I use to neutralize the colour of my eyelids).

Same look, different angle with MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Constructivist. I applied the colour to my lid with a dense eyeshadow brush, then blended through the crease with a blending brush (I believe it was the MAC 217).

In an attempt to come up with a colour like the one the model is wearing in the promo image, I layered MAC Mulch, a powder eyeshadow, over Constructivist. This was the result—not quite, but close. Has anyone tried a different colour with better results?

MAC Mulch eyeshadow over MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Constructivist.

Would I repurchase? If it ever runs out, I'll think about replacing it—though there's always another beautiful brown eye colour to try! (Can you ever have too many?)

Rating: Four and a half stars out of five.

Available: Online at, and anywhere else MAC Cosmetics are sold. This shade is now permanent. 

Have you tried MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Constructivist? What did you think? I'd love to hear and see what you've paired it with!

Disclosure: This product was purchased by Eyeshadow Addict. 


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Review and Photos: MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Dangerous Cuvée

Dangerous Cuvée, a new Pro Longwear Paint Pot by MAC.

Dangerous Cuvée, a new Pro Longwear Paint Pot by MAC.

I was introduced to MAC's Paint Pots a couple of years ago. Life-changing little things. In my experience, they're far better than the average eyeshadow primer. They're creamy and easy to apply, they dry quickly, they last all day—and they make your eyeshadow, should you choose to apply it over top, last all. day. long.

My first introduction to MAC Paint Pots was Bare Study, which is a light, shimmery champagne colour. A year or so later, I added Painterly to my collection. Painterly is the more natural of the two—it looks like a perfected version of my eyelid, and makes colours appear true.

A MUA at MAC applied this to my eye recently under a smoky eyeshadow look. It's more sheer than the Paint Pots from the permanent collection, but it added a beautiful dimension to the smoky colour.

Dangerous Cuvée, part of MAC's limited edition Pro Longwear Paint Pots, is a sheer bluish-grey with fine glitter:


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Here it is swatched on the inside of my arm: 

Left is swatched heavily, right is blended out—you can wear this shade either opaque or sheer. 

Here it is on my lids—I went more opaque for this look because I wanted to show you the colour. Most days, I'd be more likely to wear Dangerous Cuvée as a base under a smoky look like I did in this post.  

I first applied MAC Paint Pot in Painterly all over, then I applied Dangerous Cuvée. I finished with MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack and Clinique High Impact Mascara.

Same look with MAC's Dangerous Cuvée, different angle. What do you think? 

It wore very well throughout the day, as I find all MAC shadows do. I experienced no creasing and no noticeable fading. My only complaint—and it's a small one—is that there was some slight glitter fallout by the end of the day. The glitter is so fine that it didn't bother me very much, though. Far better than the raccoon look that some unfortunate products give me by day's end (Ahem...Lancome Hypnose Mascara...I want to love it—I really do!).

Would I repurchase? If I could, probably—but it's limited edition. I use MAC Paint Pots regularly as an eyeshadow base, and sometimes alone. 

Rating: Three and a half stars out of five. 

Available: MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Dangerous Cuvée is still available in stores and at for $22 CAD. You can also find it at

Have you tried any MAC Paint Pots? Do you have a favourite? Let me know in the comments below! 

Disclosure: This product was purchased by Eyeshadow Addict. 


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