Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Estee Lauder Extreme Emerald Shadow Paint
Estee Lauder Extreme Emerald Shadow Paint

Estee Lauder Extreme Emerald Shadow Paint ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is an emerald green with subtle cool undertones. On my warmer complexion, when it is sheered out, it almost looks warm-toned, but it’s really not. Milani Green Safari is very close, just slightly more frosted. MAC Feeling Fresh is warmer and lighter. MAC Fresh Flare is warmer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Earth Looks Small From Down Here is very close but a powder product.

Extreme Emerald had good color payoff–not fully opaque on the lid–but certainly not just a sheer wash of color. It was a little difficult to build-up the color and blend it, because it didn’t apply evenly. The consistency of this shade was wetter than other Shadow Paints I’ve tested, and as a result, it was prone to creasing because the drying time was much longer than the other shades. What I noticed was that while it creased initially, it didn’t crease more during the day–so however it dries is how it stays.  If it’s a color you’re interested in, I recommend closing your eyes for two to three minutes and/or watching and lightly blending out the creasing as it happens.  I re-tested it this way, and I didn’t have any color gathered in the creases, though it was still a bit patchy in color overall.

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Extreme Emerald

B-
If it's a color you're interested in, I recommend closing your eyes for two to three minutes and/or watching and lightly blending out the creasing as it happens.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

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Saturday, January 26th, 2013

MAC Vintage Selection Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Vintage Selection Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Vintage Selection Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($18.50 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “frosted dirty peach.” It’s a subtly, warm-toned, lightened brown with a slightly frosted, champagne sheen. Make Up For Ever #13 is less warm-toned. Benefit RSVP is also similar. bareMinerals Libation is very similar but a powder product.

Of the seven shades (Let Me Pop! wasn’t available for purchase when I bought these, but since there wasn’t a noticeable difference between these and when they originally debuted, you can see a swatch here), Vintage Selection was by far the best performer. It was nicely pigmented, incredibly blendable, and applied beautifully–smoothly, evenly, and wore all day long without fading or creasing. This is the kind of consistency and quality that made Paint Pots my go-to base for years (and more to the point, what made them so popular when they originally debuted).  It’s creamy with just the right amount of slip to make for quick and easy blending and application, but it still dries down and sets without ever gathering in the creases.

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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Vintage Selection

A+
This is the kind of consistency and quality that made Paint Pots my go-to base for years (and more to the point, what made them so popular when they originally debuted).

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, January 26th, 2013

MAC Let's Skate Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Let’s Skate Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Let’s Skate Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($18.50 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “pale pink with pearl.” It’s a soft, pale pink with a gold shimmer-sheen. The closest dupe I could think of was bareMinerals Glitterati which has a similar pale pink base with a golden sheen, but it is a powder product and is more metallic in finish.

This shade had really great pigmentation–it was fully opaque on the lid, and it didn’t need to be built up in endless layers either. It wasn’t the most flattering when it dried down on my lid, but from a normal viewing distance, it didn’t create noticeable crepiness. I didn’t experience any fall out with this shade, which was definitely a happy surprise! It had a creamy, blendable consistency that dried down just slightly longer than a cream/matte Paint Pot but not so long that it had time to gather in the creases and settle there. After twelve hours, there were no signs of creasing or fading.

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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Let's Skate

A
This shade had really great pigmentation--it was fully opaque on the lid, and it didn't need to be built up in endless layers either. It wasn't the most flattering when it dried down on my lid, but from a normal viewing distance, it didn't create noticeable crepiness.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, January 26th, 2013

MAC Frozen Violet Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Frozen Violet Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Frozen Violet Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($18.50 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “frosted purple silver.” It is a mauve-brown with silver sparkle. MAC Dangerous Cuvee is cooler-toned, grayer. Tarte Amazed by Amethyst is a bit darker and less sparkly, plus it is a powder product. MAC Shale is browner and a powder product.

Frozen Violet applied more smoothly and evenly than a few of the other shades, though it was only semi-opaque. I did have to build up the color in really thin, sheer layers, because it would easily clump together if I tried to apply a thicker layer. I noticed a few stray bits of silver sparkle, but it was minor. It wore for twelve hours without fading or creasing. So long as you don’t mind some sheerness to the color, I think this one is worth a look.

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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Frozen Violet

B+
So long as you don't mind some sheerness to the color, I think this one is worth a look.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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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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Dangerous Cuvee

B-
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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Chilled on Ice

C-
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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