MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots – Fall 2013: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

There are several new colors of Pro Longwear Paint Pots that MAC has recently released… There are a few repromotes with this collection as well (Antique Diamond, Blackground and Constructivist) but I’ll be reviewing the newest ones only. Everyone always begs MAC to come out with new Paint Pot colors and I feel like they really listened this time… Not only are there new cool and warm toned neutrals, there’s also a cool greyed taupe, pink/plum, a silvery white, and even an aqua shade. There’s a lot of variety with this release, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding something that’s perfect for you!

Pro Longwear Paint Pots Fall 13

MAC’s description for Pro Longwear Paint Pots is “A highly pigmented eye colour that goes on creamy but dries to an intense, vibrant finish. Long-wearing, colourfast. Creates seamless coverage without weight or caking. Blends smoothly over the lids.”   Pro Longwear Paint Pots are a cream eye shadow formula that has enough color and staying power to stand on it’s own as an eye shadow, or you can use it as a primer underneath powder eye shadows. As a primer, these are great for enhancing colors and making them pop, as well as making eye shadows crease-proof and long wearing. You can even use these as liners since they wear so well!

There are a few different finishes, with some being more creamy and matte, while other have a hint of shimmer. All of them wear for a long time though… We’re talking 10+ hours of wear! Seriously, I put these on at 10am and everything is still in place when I wash my face at 1 or 2am! They have a wonderful, creamy consistency applies easily and never feels dry or heavy, even after they’ve set.

There are several ways to apply these… You can use your fingers if you feel like you want a soft wash of color (this is how I usually apply if it’s just as a lightweight primer). Using your fingers also helps to warm up the product for easy blending. If you want heavier coverage, try a flat lid brush like a MAC 242, 239, or 282 brush. If you want to be able to blend this out easily or want a softer look, I suggest a fluffier type of brush like a MAC 217 or 286 brush. If you’re using this as a liner, try a MAC 210, 211, 209, or 266 brush.

All of these are permanent, so they won’t be going anywhere! They’re all available now online at  www.maccosmetics.com, or at your local counter or store. Pro Longwear Paint Pots sell for $20 and contain 5 g / 0.17 US oz of product (which will last you a long time).

TIP:   Store your Pro Longwear Paint Pots upside down (label up) to prevent them from drying out as quickly!

Pro Longwear Paint Pot Labels

Pro Longwear Paint Pots 2

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Pro Longwear Paint Pots swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Pro Longwear Paint Pots swatched on NC15 skin.

Camel Coat

Camel Coat

Camel Coat:   This is a “muted beige” with a creamy type of finish that dries to a matte. It’s a cool toned, medium gray type of beige color that looks much warmer in the pot than it does on the skin. It gave me full coverage, good color payoff and applied easily with a creamy texture. This is neutral enough to wear as a base with most eye shadows, especially cooler beiges and neutrals. It’s also really nice on it’s own for a quick, long lasting eye shadow.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Chrome Angel

Chrome Angel

Chrome Angel:   This Paint Pot is described as a “platinum silver” and has a shimmery finish. It’s a light, whitened silver that’s neither warm nor cool, so you won’t see any colored type sheen with it, common to a lot of shades like this. Applied heavily, it has nearly opaque coverage with more of a true silver color payoff. Applied lightly, it looks more like a shimmery white and has much lighter coverage. Either way it goes on smoothly and works well by itself for a soft wash of color or as a base for most eye shadows, especially silvers, whites, light neutrals, or bold, bright colors as it will help those show up true to pan color.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Clearwater

Clearwater

Clearwater:   Clearwater is a “sea foam” color with a mostly matte finish. It’s a light-medium, cool toned aqua with more blue tones than teal or green. It has great coverage whether you apply it heavily or lightly. Applied heavily it has true to pot color payoff, while applied lightly it shows softer, more blue-gray tones. Since this is a bolder color it works really well on it’s own all over the lid or blended into the crease. It’s also great as a base for blues, greens, and aquas.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Layin' Low

Layin’ Low

Layin’ Low:   Layin’ Low is a “creamy beige” with a matte finish. It’s a light-medium beige that has slightly warm undertones… To me, this is like a better, warmer version of Painterly, which used to be my go-to for a daily eye shadow base, but now I tend to reach for Layin’ Low! It’s super creamy and gives great color payoff and coverage. It’s suitable for a base for all skin tones and works really well by itself as a soft all-over lid color. It’s sort of the cream version of Soft Brown Eye Shadow, also from MAC.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Perky

Perky

Perky:   Perky is a “cream coral with white pearl” and has a satin-like finish with a pearly sheen once it sets. It’s a light to light-medium, warm, soft, coral-ish peachy pink. Applied lightly it has good color payoff, though not completely opaque coverage. If you apply it a bit more heavily, it gives true to pot color payoff and full coverage. Perky is beautiful both by itself or as a base for warmer colored eye shadows. This color was released previously as a “normal” formula Paint Pot.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Stormy Pink

Stormy Pink

Stormy Pink:   Stormy Pink is a “muted grey purple” with a matte to satin finish, depending on how much you apply. It’s a medium, cool toned greyed purple/plum that looks deeper and cooler on the skin than it does in the pot. Whether you apply this heavily or lightly, you’ll get great coverage. Applied heavily, this shows more grey tones, while applied lightly, it shows more of the plum/cool pink tones. It applies easily and feels very creamy. Stormy Pink is really nice as an all over lid color or as a base for eye shadows similar in color… So far I’ve used pinks, plums, purples, greys, and deeper colors like Folie or Embark over this and they all look great! I’ve also used this on my lips… It’s definitely one of those unusual, almost undead type of lip looks, but I really dig it.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Tailor Grey

Tailor Grey

Tailor Grey:   Tailor Grey is a “muted grey” with a mostly matte finish. It’s a medium to medium-dark, slightly warm toned taupey-grey. It does look warmer in the pot than it does on the skin, but even when applied, it still leans more warm than cool toned. I got full coverage and great color payoff when I applied this both lightly and heavily and it glided on with a creamy texture that made is super easy to blend out before it set. Tailor Grey looks awesome on it’s own for a soft, smoky look, or you can wear it as a base for any kind of medium to deep neutral.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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