Saturday, January 26th, 2013

MAC Dangerous Cuvee Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Dangerous Cuvee Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Dangerous Cuvee Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($18.50 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “frosted cool grey.” It’s a muted mauve with a frosted, metallic finish and a gray cast. If Maybelline Tough as Taupe wasn’t a matte, I think they’d be similar, but Dangerous Cuvee has a ton of shimmer in comparison, so it looks lighter as well. Too Faced Framboise is purpler and a powder product. NARS 413 BLKR is less shimmery and a powder product.

It’s an interesting color, and even though it is a darker color, can still work as a single color worn on the lid–except for its dratted texture, which clings and bunches up and generally makes my eyelid look like a raisin. There is something about how this finish dries down that results in a very dried, frosted, and clingy look. I experience some mild fall out after eight hours, but it wasn’t too noticeable. It didn’t fade or really crease when checked by pulling my lid taut at the end of the twelve-hour test.

It is so weird, because to the touch, it has good slip and a creamy feel, just as you’d expect. The dry down was a wee bit longer than other Paint Pots but barely longer. When it’s set, there’s a very dry, almost flaky feel to it. It was semi-opaque when applied to the lid (I tried both the 242, which is promoted alongside the PLW Paint Pots, and the 217 to blend/soften).  When I tried patting on the color with my fingertip, hardly any color would transfer.

FYI: the ingredient list for the Pro Longwear Paint Pots is the same as for the regular Paint Pots when I compared against the list for Constructivist! It’s off by one ingredient when compared to the Paint Pots from Posh Paradise.

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It is so weird, because to the touch, it has good slip and a creamy feel, just as you'd expect. When it's dry, though, it has a dry, flaky feel, and the way it looks, reflects that.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, January 26th, 2013

MAC Chilled on Ice Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Chilled on Ice Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Chilled on Ice Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($18.50 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “frosted white gold.” It’s a pale peach with a bright golden shimmer-sheen. At certain angles, it almost looks cool-toned. Shades like Maybelline Barely Branded and Estee Lauder Halo both have a warm, golden kind of coloring, but they don’t have the same sheen or base color. Make Up For Ever #101 is the closest dupe I could think of, but it is a powder product, and it is not as metallic.

I reviewed it when it originally came out here, when it was just a regular ol’ Paint Pot. Though the formula is touted as highly-pigmented, Chilled on Ice is semi-opaque even when heavily layered. It has a creamy consistency, but it just sucks and clings to the lids and creates creases and lines in a way that only incredibly dry, frosted finishes can do. The texture looks gritty on, and there was some residual fall out during wear, even though it stayed put for twelve hours overall. There seemed to be some sparkle-gathering in the creases just ever-so-slightly.  Whenever I wear the really sparkly Paint Pots, my eyes seem somewhat irritated after six hours or so, and my feeling is that it’s the result of the sparkles getting into my eyes.

FYI: the ingredient list for the Pro Longwear Paint Pots is the same as for the regular Paint Pots when I compared against the list for Bare Study/Constructivist! It’s off by one ingredient when compared to the Paint Pots from Posh Paradise.

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It's not a very buildable color, so it never reaches that "highly-pigmented" claim MAC makes. I also experienced fall out during wear and some slight creasing.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

3.5/5

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Saturday, January 26th, 2013

MAC Blackground Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Blackground Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Blackground Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($18.50 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “black grey with multicolour.” It’s a soft, medium black with brow undertones and a very soft smattering of silver shimmer. Urban Decay Spell has more multi-colored shimmer and is a powder product. NARS Empire is similar in color and is also a cream product. MAC Backlit is less warm-toned and has multi-colored shimmer.

The Pro Longwear Paint Pot formula is supposed to be “long-wearing,” “highly-pigmented,” and also “[blend] smoothly over the lids.”  For a cream eyeshadow in black, it applies better than many do; it’s not fully opaque, and it has a tendency to look grayer on the lid than when swatched as a result of the slight translucency. While it doesn’t apply solidly, it does apply fairly evenly overall.   It didn’t crease or fade during the twelve-hours I wore it for, so it can be worn alone or used as an eyeshadow base.  The consistency if Blackground was creamy and smoother, finer in a way, compared to some of the other shades. Because it didn’t have sparkle, there was also no problems with fall out.

FYI: the ingredient list for the Pro Longwear Paint Pots is the same as for the regular Paint Pots when I compared against the list for Bare Study/Constructivist! It’s off by one ingredient when compared to the Paint Pots from Posh Paradise.

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I like Blackground, but when it comes to black cream eyeshadows from MAC, MAC's own Blacktrack is still my go-to. It's more intense, though, so if you prefer a softer black this would be a better choice.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, January 26th, 2013

MAC Antique Diamond Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Antique Diamond Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Antique Diamond Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($18.50 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “frosted olive silver.” It’s an olive green-tinged brown with a general mutedness and a sprinkling of silver sparkle. MAC Enviable is darker and a powder product. Dior Khaki Design #3 is greener, less metallic, and a powder product. MAC Cakeshop is greener. Benefit Skinny Jeans is similar–it has a more satiny finish than a metallic one (and for the record, Birthday Suit is less green-tinged).

I decided to review each of the shades separately, because the quality varies from shade to shade, and since these are permanent, then it is definitely worth doing to make them easily searched for and read about in the future. I think one of the more frustrating characteristics about any product formula is when it is inconsistent, because then you can’t count on one shade being as good as the first one you tried (or that they’re all as bad as the first you tried).

The Pro Longwear Paint Pot formula is supposed to be “long-wearing,” “highly-pigmented,” and also “[blend] smoothly over the lids.” Where Antique Diamond excels is in overall wear; once it sets, however it does, it stays put and doesn’t fade or have any fall out problems for the next twelve hours. Where it falls short is in its opacity and buildability in color, because when I tried to apply it to the inner half of my lid, it was uneven and a bit patchy. I tried using MAC’s own 242 and 249 for application, as well as using a fluffy brush (217) and my fingertip to try to blend out the color so it would at least be even, if it wasn’t opaque. It has a thin, lightweight consistency that feels creamy and smooth, but it didn’t quite apply that way.

Antique Diamond is the kind of color that works well as a one-and-done color that’s more than just beige.  It can also be used to smoke out the lash line or as a base for a smoky eye.  However, the way this applies, dries down, and generally sits on the lid, it’s not fantastic.  I’d heartily recommend Benefit Skinny Jeans, which has a superior formula and is very comparable in color to this one.

FYI: the ingredient list for the Pro Longwear Paint Pots is the same as for the regular Paint Pots when I compared against the list for Bare Study/Constructivist! It’s off by one ingredient when compared to the Paint Pots from Posh Paradise.

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Antique Diamond is the kind of color that works well as a one-and-done color that's more than just beige. It can also be used to smoke out the lash line or as a base for a smoky eye. However, the way this applies, dries down, and generally sits on the lid, it's not fantastic. I'd heartily recommend Benefit Skinny Jeans, which has a superior formula and is comparable in color to this one.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3.5/5

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Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Estee Lauder Cosmic Shadow Paint
Estee Lauder Cosmic Shadow Paint

A Cosmic Explosion of Sparkle

Estee Lauder Cosmic Shadow Paint ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a warm, reddened copper brown with pink and bronze sparkle. MAC Ever Elegant is slightly less red-toned and is a powder product. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #2 is very similar in color but has no sparkle. Tom Ford Illicit is less red-toned. Make Up For Ever #14 is browner.

This is one of the sparkly shades from the launch, so the texture is a bit different. It doesn’t, initially, feel any different; as it is still rather creamy and thin, but it dries down to a slightly gritty finish. It doesn’t apply as evenly as the other shades; there’s a noticeable texture and unevenness on the lid. The worst, though, was the continual fall out over the twelve-hours that I tested Cosmic for! The color didn’t crease, but it did seem a little faded and had definite fall out issues.  It has a really lovely sparkling finish, but that pretty finish is the problem, as it makes yields uneven color payoff and tons of fall out!

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It has a really lovely sparkling finish, but that pretty finish is the problem, as it makes yields uneven color payoff and tons of fall out!

Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

3/5

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Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Estee Lauder Chained Shadow Paint
Estee Lauder Chained Shadow Paint

A New Long-Wearing Eyeshadow from Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder Chained Shadow Paint ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a warm, coppery brown with a golden champagne shimmer-sheen. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning #7 is slightly browner, less coppery, and it is a powder product. Cinderella Drizella is slightly browner and a powder product. Make Up For Ever #12 is slightly more coppery but is similar when sheered out.

This shade applied fairly well; it was more prone to sheering out and didn’t want to build to fully opaque color, but it was very even in color overall.  Depending on your skin tone, it may work well as a barely-there wash of color or to add definition to the outer lid/crease area.  When I wore it alongside Halo, it lasted a full twelve hours without fading or creasing.  It has a thin, creamy consistency that blended out easily on the lid.  Despite its very wet-feel, once it dries down, it’s totally set for the rest of the day.  The drying time on this shade was about average; not too long, not too short. I had enough time to maneuver and play with placement without it setting instantly.

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Chained was a nice cream eyeshadow to work with overall; it wasn't completely perfect like Halo, but it has a good formula and depending on how you like your browns, it may readily become a go-to.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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