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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MAC Dangerous Cuvee Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Dangerous Cuvee 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?

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.

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24 thoughts on “MAC Dangerous Cuvee Pro Longwear Paint Pot Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Ooh that is a GORGEOUS color–I am SUCH a sucker for mauve shadows! It doesn’t look like much in the pot but swatched it’s beautiful. I do see what you mean about the texture on your lid though–that’s really too bad. It looks so patchy and clingy :/

  2. It reminds me a little of Chanel’s Illusion D’ombre in Epatant.

  3. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    I bought this when it came out with ChamPale and ended up returning it because it was just too sheer and coarsely glittery. But now I’m starting to be a bit tempted again.

    • It feels the exact same way as it did then, LOL. Don’t do it!

      • Avatar of Mariella Mariella

        If I cave and buy any more cream type shadows, it’s probably going to be another Chanel Illusion d’ombre. I’ve been hankering for Epatant, which someone else just mentioned. I sort of wish I’d bought that instead of Ebloui.

  4. Avatar of Hannah Hannah Spano

    I don’t understand why they are saying that it’s a pro longwear product if it contains the same ingredients as a paint pot. Seems quite deceiving!

    • One reader said that these shades have been tested to meet the “pro longwear” claim – although MAC’s website didn’t actually give a specific hour length of wear for these. But I do find it odd and misleading to rename it without saying something to that effect to the public – because I had no idea if these were reformulated or not.

  5. Avatar of Alex Fairhaired1

    Christine,

    I hate to be such a noodge here, but I know you are a stickler for semantics so I will proceed. You refer to Tough as Taupe as not being a matte, yet I am almost 100% sure it is matte, so I don’t understand your comparison. Can you please clarify? I was somewhat caught off guard by what seems to be a confusing review and I’m not sure it makes the most sense. I’d hate for you to be trying to throw up too many reviews at once and be sacrificing some quality within those reviews. Thoughts?

    Thanks,
    FH1

    • Tough as Taupe is a matte, so because it is matte, it is not a dupe for Dangerous Cuvee, as Dangerous Cuvee as a ton of shimmer! HTH!

      • Chloe

        I think Fairhaired1 is referring to your “Any Dupes?” section. It reads as, “If Maybelline Tough As Taupe was a matte…” Whereas your original review reads as “if Maybelline Tough As Taupe wasn’t a matte…” Honest typo mistake!

  6. Avatar of Pami Pami

    What a shame this shade has sub-par performance, it’s the one I was the most excited about. :( My wallet thanks you.

  7. I bought this paint pot when it was released as limited edition. I loved it so much that I ended up buying 2 of them! It is one of my absolute favorite paint pot shade next to painterly. I don’t even use this as a base because it’s so beautiful on its own. If you are curious about this one, you should find a way to see it in person. It is not as bad as it seems in this review.

  8. tea-chan

    Random, but whenever I see this product’s name I keep thinking its misspelling “curve” as “cuvee”. >_>;

  9. Liz_Pacem

    I have the original release of this, and I find it to be almost a dupe for Chanel’s Illusoire cream eye shadow.

  10. Avatar of lulu lulu

    hey christine! how does this compare to mac hypnotising eyeshadow (powder)? thanks! :D

  11. Avatar of Erica Erica

    Forget this paint pot. Loving your brow shape and liner application.

  12. Meri

    :( OuCH.. I think i will stick with the maybeline color tattoo :)

  13. What a pretty color, shame about the texture. Maybe I will try it and hope that it works better on my skin, because I really love the shade!

  14. Adriana K.

    I’ve been waiting for Dangerous Cuvée’s repromote for sooooo long! I couldn’t get it when the ChamPale Collection launched… and have regretted it for too long, LOL! I hope MAC releases these in Costa Rica soon! :D

    Christine, I have two questions for you:

    1. Would you say this color is an exact dupe for Chanel’s Illusoire or Buxom’s Pug? I have both and this makes me hesitant about buying Dangerous Cuvée.

    2. Nonetheless, too sadly, both Illusoire and Pug crease badly on me even with a primer -and I’ve tried several!-, and just now I’m thinking Dangerous Cuvée might be a good primer for these shades because: a) Frosty Paint pots never crease on me (Vintage Selection performs beautifully, while Painterly creases a bit on me), and b) Since Dangerous Cuvée, Illusoire and Pug seem to be the same color, or very similar at least, I would think Dangerous Cuvée used as a base would not change Illusoire’s or Pug’s color when applied on top. What do you think?

    Thanks for your help!

    • Hey Adriana!

      I don’t think it’s quite a dupe for those two, but the texture of this would make applying another cream on top fairly uneven/gritty looking. You’d be better off with a smoother base, IMO!

  15. Avatar of Sabrina Sabrina Nogueira

    How good this site can be??? :)thanksssss

  16. Adrianne

    Hi Christine(:

    I was wondering if this is a similar shade to lap dance by Too Faced in their naked eye palette? Thank you!