MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot Swatches

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

Recently, new shades were added to the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot range! I ended up purchasing all of the shades (except for one, which wasn’t available) since the last time I swatched the range was in 2013! So, here are swatches of 22 of the 23 permanent shades 🙂


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Pami Avatar

That’s how I remember it, which is why I was so surprised and disappointed at how much darker it is when it arrived. I wanted it as an eye brightener. I didn’t return it, but I probably should have.

When I saw the Princess Cut jar I thought it might work for me as an eye brightener, but after seeing Christine’s swatch, it sheers out to nothing. 🙁

ReaderRita Avatar

I agree about Princess Cut! I am a person that Painterly turns bright orange on, so I have been pining for a cooler base/light one-and-done eyeshadow Paint Pot from MAC. I guess that hasn’t changed! Double Bummer…

Genevieve Avatar

I am so glad that MAC have invested in these paint pots and extended the range, as I have been hearing for quite a few years on this blog by other community members about how much they loved the Paint Pot range. Now I can see why – the shade range is versatile enough to either be a one and done or be a base for other colours.

Pami Avatar

I’ve got Painterly which is too dark for me since I was hoping it would be an eye brightener, and Let’s Skate, which I would love if it didn’t have the gold glitter in it. A lot of these new shade swatches look pretty dismal including the ones I was most interested in, so while I was initially glad to see that they were adding more shades back to the Paint Pot line, I doubt if I’ll be getting any of these.

Mariella Avatar

It’s been sooo long since MAC has had a dark green Paint Pot. I wish they’d brought back Constructivist. I love that product! Is it me or does Tailor Grey look anything BUT grey, especially in the pot? (it’s a nice colour but on my screen, it looks more like a medium cool brown). Bougie looks like it might be an interesting shade….

Jennifer Avatar

Painterly has been a workhorse for me for years! I used it on its own for work every day, along with some black pencil along my upper and lower waterlines, black mascara, and some brow pencil; an easy, pulled-together and work appropriate look that I could apply in no time (which was vital when facing an hour+ commute on a subway line where there was never any chance to sit and finish my makeup, lol).

Even though I’m not working anymore, I’m thinking I still might add Bare Study and Vintage Selection to my collection anyway, so I have the option of a bit of shimmer now and then when I do get made up.

Thanks for posting this, Christine! The Paint Pots really are one of my favorite MAC products, and this inspired me to check out some of the other colors too!

Mariella Avatar

Ditto on Painterly. When they discontinued Constructivist, I thought it would be only a matter of time til Painterly met the same fate but they’ve kept it which is a relief. I bought Bare Study a few years ago and thought it would be a real workhorse too, especially considering that I love a bit of shimmer/sheen in my eyeshadows but I don’t reach for it much – I find the shimmer in it a bit rough looking, especially on the inner corners of my lids and, as I say, I’m someone who generally loves shimmer. When things return to normal where you live, I’d advise trying it in store first, if that’s at all possible.

Anita Avatar

This has reminded me that Groundwork is such a workhorse product. Such a great one and done shade for my light-to-medium skintone. I haven’t worn it in forever, I will have to dig it out and show it some love.

Allison C Avatar

I recently bought Clearwater, Moss Definitely and Silver Screen. My swatches of Silver Screen looked similar to yours, a disappointment. For me, Silver Screen was a sheer topper, and I had expected an opaque shadow. But Clearwater and Moss Definitely are both delights. I loved that you swatched just about all of the shades for us!

Blue Avatar

Great to see swatches of a couple of the old classic shades that have been on my radar a long time but I still haven’t gotten. Odd decision to release such weirdly sheer bright and deep shades, though. Thank you for posting these, Christine!

Paulie Avatar

I’m glad to see the addition of Contemplative State as a potential base option for deeper skin tones when you don’t want quite the intense whiteout of using Soft Ochre & the extra blending work it requires.

DVa Avatar

I have to check my Painterly, I like the look of your swatch better!
The only other one that grabs my attention is vintage selection, and I’m pretty sure my Armani Liquid Eyeshadow in Magnetic could be a close enough dupe.

Vilkas Avatar

I am so glad Let’s Skate is in there. I still have my pot from the Johnny Weir collaboration back in the day. It’s actually not gone off?! It’s such a useful, fun, shade. Thanks for the swatch party.

cncx Avatar

Bougie reminds me a lot of a mac thing I used as a cream eyeshadow in the late nineties, it was in a big pan and it looked like a cross between bougie now and mac club if it were cream. I can’t remember the name but I think about it a lot, it was good for a wash of color. I think they marketed it as all over color and it was the size of a blush compact

There was a paint in the tube that was similar but more brown I started using in the early naughts

Georgina Maurice Avatar

I bought currant affair, it’s fabstract and contemplative state, all matte and all great. They have perfect pigmentation, not patchy at all and once they dry they stay on all day. I am very happy with them. Highly recommend

Elizabeth Avatar

I’m so sad that Indianwood is gone. This paint pot was my one and done shade. I use Bare Study and Vintage for bases for my shimmer. Soft Ochre, Painterly, Ground Work, and Latin’ Lo I use to make any look pop. I thought I read some of theses shadows were limited edition. Good to hear they are permanent to the paint pots. Truly a MAC staple.

Mags Avatar

I’ve been using Bougie as a fun, more subtle eyeliner and it doesn’t disappoint! I haven’t tried it as a one and done look yet, but plan to. Very similar to the Blue Brown pigment in color.

Suzie Q. Miller Avatar

Thank you Christine for reviewing these.

Anyone with deep set eyes or hooded lids, have you had trouble with the new formula creasing? I used to rely on these for a great all day primer with no creasing and I am not sure if my skin has changed or the product. And, anyone with good dupes that are less expensive for paint pots? I have tried ColourPop and they are way too patchy or drying. I love the Maybelline ones but they really don’t have too many cool tones or neutrals.

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