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

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

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

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

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

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

MAC Antique Diamond Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Antique Diamond / Blackground Pro Longwear Paint Pot

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC, $18.50.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

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 very, very similar--it has a more satiny finish than a metallic one (and for the record, Birthday Suit is less green-tinged).

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21 thoughts on “MAC Antique Diamond Pro Longwear Paint Pot Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I wish I could see that post yesterday before I went to MAC >.< I havent seen it :/ What is the second pot or eye shadow on your eye?

  2. Priscilla

    Does anyone else’s eyes get mildly itchy when using a mac paint pot? Anyone have any clue what might be causing that reaction?

    • Are the ones you’re using with glitter/sparkle? It might be that! Or are they red/purple?

      • Priscilla

        It’s really bad with the limited editions, and even the shimmery champagne one that is permanent (I forget the name- bare something). But lately painterly even does it and nothing changed with anything else around the eye. I was toying with giving my sister them and switch to nars primer and Giorgio Armani ETK or Chanel’s cream shadows since neither of those cause any issues with my eyelids.

        • That’s weird that Painterly is giving you trouble all of a sudden! :(

        • Gabriella

          Sometimes my eyes get irritated with painterly, and I do not have sensitive skin in the least bit! I think its from my eyes just being irritated when I do a lot of complicated eye looks in a row with lots of blending, combined with (roughly) using makeup remover and washing with soap. I’m heavy handed, so everything I do is a little more rough than it should be…lol.

  3. fabiola

    It look so pretty in the pot, but I don’t like how this applies. I have a lot of paint pot from mac, from posh paradise collection and some permanent paint pots, but I think when they are matte they apply a lot better, like imaginary and hyperviolet, treasure hunt is not a matte, but I love the color payoff. Thank you for your review Christine.

    • Yeah, some of the shimmery/glittery ones don’t apply as smoothly as others. It’s odd, but I feel like the original launch of PPs were great and a lot of the LE versions since then are less so.

  4. Rita

    The eye look isn’t really selling the product for me. I feel that I can create this look just as well with my ELF stuff, and for a fraction of the cost.

  5. Maritza

    I am so over these now.

  6. I’m so glad I skipped these new paint pots!

  7. Maris

    Essence has/had a cream eyeshadow that is similar named ‘Camp Rock’ and I love it. Anyway perhaps Chanel’s Epatant is a better version?

  8. Cliona

    The first thing I thought when I read about these was I wonder have they printed a new title on an old product, now I see the ingredients are exactly the same?! Is it possible for there to be any difference between both products if there’s no difference in the ingredients? If not then Mac are laughing (at their customers) all the way to the bank harder than ever before.

    • I really didn’t feel any difference between these and their previously-released versions, and then the ingredient lists being the same as regular PPs was also surprising. I think it would be great for them to just be transparent and say, “Hey! We re-tested our Paint Pot formula, and they are now tested and verified to wear for X hours!”

      • Cliona

        It would! But I don’t see that happening any time soon :/ I’ve lost almost all faith in Mac. (I wouldn’t be without a lot of their brushes) Their still doing so well but its based on a reputation that’s slipping so fast. I don’t get why their making that happen!
        Btw really love the blog Christine,I used to buy so much make-up and was rarely happy but I’ve loved every purchase I’ve made based on your reviews so thanks!

  9. Sylvie

    It looks like you are not making any effort to these pp look well applied. I’d never get out of the house (or even stay) with an eyeshadow looking like these. And it’s not the product, it’s the no blending thing… Aren’t you being a little biased against MAC lately, Christine?

    • Hi Sylvie,

      These aren’t looks – I’m applying two colors so I can show what the color looks applied on the skin and testing for wear! HTH!

      • ra

        I actually like that you are not blending them as it allows me to see the colours and how opaque they are. Thanks.