MAC Cracked Emerald, Holy Holy, Overnight Sensation, Win Paints Reviews, Photos, Swatches
MAC Cracked Emerald Paint ($22.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a vibrant, medium emerald green with subtle, warm undertones and cooler, green-teal pearl. It was smooth, creamy without being too wet, and easy to work with; the coverage was easily opaque but just as easily sheered out for a softer, sheerer look. It dried down and set, so it actually lasted for a solid nine hours on me before creasing faintly.
The Paint formula is supposed to be a cream eyeshadow that dries to a “powdery finish in just ten seconds” that is “long-wearing” and can be applied from “sheer to full.” Many years ago, I remember this formula being one of the must-have primers/bases for making eyeshadows pop, and MAC has discontinued all but two shades at this point, so it was a real surprise (and treat) to see four new, limited edition shades released recently. I highly recommend un-crimping the tube once or twice, which alleviated issues I had with the tube squirting out more products than I wanted.
- Sugarpill Midori (P, $13.00) is warmer (95% similar).
- Sephora Picnic in the Park (07) (DC, $10.00) is brighter (90% similar).
- MAC New Crop (P, $17.00) is more shimmery (90% similar).
- MAC Emerald Power (LE, $22.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar).
- Make Up For Ever S312 Mint Green (DC, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar).
- MAC Palm Leaves (LE, $17.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar).
- MAC Guacamole (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar).
LELimited Edition. $22.00.
MAC Holy, Holy Paint ($22.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a silvery white with a metallic sheen. It had semi-sheer coverage at its best, and it could definitely be worn as a sheer wash of color, too. This was the only one of the four shades released that I couldn’t build up to opaque coverage as it seemed too emollient and prone to moving around while it was setting. It took a bit longer to dry, and if I wore it over a more lined/crease-prone area, I did get some faint creasing initially. Once it set, the color lasted for eight hours on me.
- LORAC Snow (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar).
- Stila Moonstone (PiP, ) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar).
- NARS Rue Allent (Left) (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar).
- ColourPop Tassel (LE, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar).
- KVD Beauty Skulls (LE, ) is darker, more muted (95% similar).
- MAC 2x Dare #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar).
- Dior Golden Snow #1 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar).
- Chanel Tisse Camelia #2 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar).
- MAC Dark Energy #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker (95% similar).
- NARS Mortal (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar).
LELimited Edition. $22.00.
MAC Overnight Sensation Paint ($22.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark purple with a cooler tone to it overall (although sheered out, it appeared warmer in tone). The consistency was smooth, creamy without being too slick or wet, and was easy to blend. Sheer coverage was possible, but it required using a lot less and working quickly, and I’d say it was more of a medium to opaque coverage product. It wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing.
- Maybelline Painted Purple (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (95% similar).
- Ardency Inn Royal (DC, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar).
- Melt Cosmetics Hazmat (PiP, ) is more muted (90% similar).
- Anastasia Deep Purple (LE, $12.00) is warmer (90% similar).
- Sephora Indigo (PiP, ) is more shimmery, more muted (90% similar).
- Fyrinnae Parental Advisory (P, $6.75) is brighter, cooler (90% similar).
- Urban Decay Ransom (DC, $18.00) is more muted (90% similar).
- Morphe Twerk (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar).
- Bad Habit Andromeda (PiP, ) is lighter (85% similar).
- KVD Beauty Danzig (DC, $21.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar).
LELimited Edition. $22.00.
MAC Win Paint ($22.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a bright, bold medium-dark blue with cool undertones and a satin sheen. It had mostly medium to opaque coverage, and if I was very careful to use the barest amount, I could get a sheer wash of color, but it was fairly pigmented. The texture was slightly more emollient than Cracked Emerald or Overnight Sensation, but it still dried down nicely and didn’t take too long to set. It lasted for eight hours on me before creasing.
- Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #3 (DC, ) is warmer (95% similar).
- Sugarpill Velocity (P, $13.00) is less shimmery (95% similar).
- Dior Rivage #5 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar).
- Sephora Chris (LE, ) is less glossy (90% similar).
- Urban Decay Chaos (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).
- Sugarpill Royal Sugar (P, $13.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
- Urban Decay Chaos (DC, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).
- Wet 'n' Wild I'm His Breezey #5 (DC, $2.29) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar).
- Give Me Glow Club Sapphire (P, $7.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
- Coloured Raine Blue Magic (DC, $6.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
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These are gorgeous! I’ve only made a few MAC purchases because I’ve never really been drawn to any of it, but I may end up having to get Overnight Sensation! 🙂
It’s a pretty one!
If nothing else, these are stars in this collex! Cracked Emerald and Overnight Sensation especially so! It has been quite a long time since I’ve used these types of liquid paint-like eyeshadows, so I’m not even sure I’d still know what in the heck I’m doing. But those 2 shades are just delish!
The easiest way is to wear them all over the lid (Holy, Holy is easy to wear however, since it’s not as intense!) 🙂
I never did try out the paints and I’m glad these are soo good for those that love the formula.
I still can’t believe they made new shades, LOL!
Wow! I don’t personally have a use or need for these, but the colors and pigmentation are impressive, aside from the white. Especially that purple!
Overnight Sensation is lush!
I feel the same way.
Now I’m drooling over Cracked Emerald — I actually already bought the other three, because one of your readers really liked blue and the purple. I also bought a beige/tan, Sublime Nature.
I don’t think I’m applying the blue and the purple correctly, though. They sheer out way more than I want when I try to blend them.
I put Sublime Nature above my crease and buff it with MUFE #236, and it looks great. After it sets, I place a bit of Holy, Holy with a very small flat synthetic brush where I want highlights, and buff it out with the #236 that I’ve wiped off. And that looks good, even though Holy-Holy is harder to work with.
Then I place Win or Overnight Sensation on my lid with MUFE #228, a thick flat synthetic brush, and try to spread/blend up into my crease and onto my hood with a combination of the 228, 216 (a mini buffer/blender like 236), and 236, to kind of smoke/diffuse it out, but I’m not quite getting the results I want. It gets too sheer, and kind of patchy and uneven. I should probably mention that my eyes are small, hooded, wrinkled, and tucked pretty far under my browbone, so there’s that. But I am used to working with my own anatomy. Maybe I’m asking these paints to do something too complicated? I can add a second layer to my lids and get the intensity back there. I can’t use the #236 on my lids, because they’re too small, I’d wind up with a smeared mess. I’m also not really seeing the sheen I’m seeing in your swatch photos, mine look more matte. And my Overnight Sensation looks much redder. Maybe I just need to practice and play with them! I do like them — paints are fun 🙂
What I’ve been doing is using them all over the lid and letting it mostly dry before diffusing/blending out the edges 🙂
Thank you, Christine, I’m going to give that a try!
I actually liked the results better once I saw them in natural light, and in photos, compared to how it looked in my mirror this morning 🙂
Oh my goodness these are beautiful! I’ve never even heard of these!
They haven’t put out a new shade in eons!
These are so pretty! I love that you can also sheer them out for a softer pop of color. I can’t wait to check them out!
I’m also happy they put out some bright, bold colors instead of neutrals & that they rated well – makes it even better. 😀
Me too 🙂 Always happy to see some bold bases!
I almost bought the blue and purple today when I ordered my Taraji lipstick and gloss, but removed them from my cart at the last minute. I am always looking for good blue and purple bases, it seems like they are hard to find. Now I can order these. Thank you!
Some great shades, Overnight Sensation is a stunning color.
That cobalt blue is stunning!!
Wow, the bold colors are stunning! Almost tooo pigmented for me. Since I have to use industrial strength primer on my lids, blending can be a challenge even for traditional powder shadows, think it will be trickier with these. And unless you are an MUA, one tube might last a lifetime, but to be fair, this is called the Makeup Artist collection!
Yea, I remember people saying how long a tube would last and that was using a more flesh-toned shade as a base every day!
I loved the MAC Paints! And had them all (Flammable, Blue Boy, Infamous, etc…). I was sad when they were discontinued and the Paint Pots took there place. I am very happy to see these have returned, even for a limited time.
It is nice to see a few new shades after all these years!
OH MY GOSH. I remember this formula. It was the BEST. I may still have one old Mac Paint kicking around somewhere. I would be so happy if they seriously revived this product. (And…gonna buy that blue. So bright, so beautiful.)
I know!! So old school, haha.
A purple got an A from Christine!!! That doesn’t happen often. 🙂
I adore all but win (I think iv worn blue eye shadow once in the last year!?) Oh my goodness!
I like these!!!
So bright and colorful! Overnight Sensation is calling me 🙂
OMG, Overnight Sensation is beyond stunning! I love how vibrant these are (except Holy, Holy).
It is a gorgeous purple!
I’m loving these swatches! Cracked Emerald is gorgeous.
It is intense!
Hi Christine, do you know if you can use these on the waterline?
I had a couple of these tubes aeons ago, this brought back fond memories.
Even though I hardly wear blue (one of my tubes from way back was actually blue) I want them all, well, I can skip the shimmery silver-white one, but the others! That green! Lovely vibrant colours. Love at first sight!
The green is amazing!
Christine, I think you forgot a dupe for Cracked Emerald!! (hint, it’s Jealousy Wakes 😉 😀 )
Ooooh, love the vibrant yet not too garish colours and the texture, hope they’re still available when I get a bit of money!
Holy Moly – aren’t these bright and breezy for Spring? Gorgeous shades.
I can’t believe they made more paints! That purple is a stunner.
Bare Canvas was my JAM back in the day, before the paint pots came out. I remember coveting Blueboy so, so bad.
These look like they would be such fun to play with!
Running for Win as soon as this gets to my country!
This may be a stupid question… what kind of colours would you put on top of the green, blue and purple shades if you were using them as a base? I’m interested to try them as it’s unchartered territory for me.
I still have bamboom anybody still remember that one?
I have Sublime Nature, and I really like it, but completely forgot about it. I used to use it when I knew I’d be in the water as it didn’t budge on me, and is also the perfect neutral shade on me. I’ll have to pull it out and give it another run.
Even though it’s LE, I’m seriously considering the blue.
While they are really cool the only one I might use is Holy, Holy for a highlighter.