MAC Imaginary & Nice Composure Pro Longwear Paint Pots Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Imaginary Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Imaginary Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Imaginary Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “deep blue plum shimmer.” It’s a deepened, muted, navy blue with fine navy blue and violet pearl. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly creamy consistency, but it is really dense in the pot. The denser texture made it less blendable on the skin; it was better as a defined area rather than used as a cream eyeshadow (so I preferred it as an eyeliner). The color lasted for twelve hours on me before starting fade (the formula has a stated wear time of 15 hours per MAC’s site). Cle de Peau Serenity (Left) (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Night Sky (Cream) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Goddess (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Minuit (02) (DC, $39.00) is brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Daydream #3 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, more muted, warmer (90% similar). NARS Ubangi (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker, glossier (90% similar). Givenchy Bleu Soie (4) (P, $23.00) is brighter (90% similar). Sephora So Demure (LE, ) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). MAC Panda Riot (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Starry Night #4 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Shop & Drop (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Pat McGrath Underworld (PiP, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Heroine (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Blue Onyx (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced De La Mer (PiP, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Long Game (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Chanel Urban (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Mythicool Creatures #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Shaken Not Stirred (P, ) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Nice Composure Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone cool grey.” It’s a muted, medium-dark gray with cool, almost purple-like tones, and a satin finish. It had nice color payoff with a creamy enough formula that it applied well and still retained some blendability if you wanted to use it as a base or cream eyeshadow. The texture is still denser than your average cream eyeshadow, so you’ll want to work one eye at a time to maximize the time you have to blend out any edges. This shade lasted for twelve hours on me before fading. Urban Decay Slanted (PiP, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #11 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Text Me Later (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Trumpeter Koel (P, $19.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Silver Gull (LE, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Smashbox Granite (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Tough as Taupe (P, $6.99) is warmer (80% similar). Chanel Noir Supreme #2 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC Rose Blend #2 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Fabulous Fit (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Imaginary Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Imaginary Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Imaginary Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Imaginary Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Imaginary Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Imaginary Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Nice Composure Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Nice Composure Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Nice Composure Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Nice Composure Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Nice Composure Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Nice Composure Pro Longwear Paint Pot

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I know this may see like a ridiculous question, but what are these supposed to be used for? Or, is it just a do whatever works thing? The only paint pot I own is painterly and that’s just because everybody has it and it’s a base.

I have the paint pot in Soft Ochre, and it’s my perfect color for camouflaging dark circles and brightening the eye, but sadly, it creases on my oily lids, so I haven’t bought another one. But I like the violet shimmers in Imaginary.

I’m obsessed with Grey shades in any form these days … from makeup to dresses
liner , shadow , top , pants and what not ….
MAC NICE COMPOSURE is looking like a great addition in my grey collection 😀

I can definitely see Imaginary being great as an eyeliner vs a shadow or base. Very pretty shade! I wish my Waveline Fluidline worked as nicely, it takes 2-3 coats, which is a major pain in the butt even though it’s a really nice, brightening shade.

Nice Composure is interesting! There are not a lot of of navy blue cream shadows that I am aware of so I’m sadly disappointed in Imaginary…could have been a really fantastic addition to my stash. That swatch on the right makes me think this one might be too much work for my aging eyes. I’m finding paint pots more challenging than in the past.

The navy is a lovely colour, but I think, ultimately, that it would be too tricky to use on a daily basis. There are other cream eye shadows out there that are easier to use and manage.

That grey would unfortunately look horrific on me, but it’s gorgeous. Disappointed about the blue – that’s one I was interested in. Oh well, I will stick to my Bobbi Brown!

I’ve got a MAC question. Do ‘regular’ dept. stores only have product in compacts? I was able to snag 3/4 of the things I was looking for: Tailor Gray paint pot + Make You Mine blush, but I see depotting ahead for the blush + powder shadow I got. Do you have to go to a pro store for pan-only, or scope it on-counter, then order it online? Tomorrow I’m putting tiny dog stickers on Nose For Style. All the SAs agreed they’d be all over the collection, if it was dog-themed packaging. Mac blew that one. I think I’m in for the gray, and probably Stormy Pink.

Wwendy: I’m brand new to paint pots & much older than you, so what’s the aging thing?

From what I last recall, the counters don’t sell pans, so just products in compacts, but I haven’t been to a MAC counter in forever so I’m not sure if they’ve changed any of that!

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