MAC Rubenesque, Layin’ Low, Constructivist Pro Longwear Paint Pots Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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

Here is the final set of three MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots ($20.00 for 0.17 oz.) that have been added to the permanent range of shades available. Shades I’ve covered previously can be found here: Antique Diamond, Blackground, and Let’s Skate. You can also view all of the Pro Longwear Paint Pots I’ve ever reviewed here (as well as read what readers are saying!).

Rubenesque is described as a “golden peach with gold pearl.” It’s a warm-toned, gold-shimmered peachy-copper with a frosted, metallic finish. This shade was part of the permanent Paint Pot range for awhile, so you might already have it. It had semi-opaque color payoff but tends to want to apply more sheer than opaque on the lid. If you’re someone who likes wearing their cream eyeshadows as a sheer wash, this one works well for that. I recommend patting on a layer, letting it dry down a bit, then adding a second layer to get more opaque color if desired. I experienced very slight creasing after eight hours. LORAC Light Bronze is lighter, powder. Disney All Aglow is a powder product.Β bareMinerals Sundance is a bit darker. See comparison swatches.

Layin’ Low is described as a “creamy beige.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark peachy-beige with a matte finish. This shade was previously released as a regular Paint Pot. It had nice, full color coverage and the texture wasn’t too thick or too thin. It blended out well on the lid and didn’t have any wear issues for twelve hours. Kat Von D Unrequited is similar but a powder. Bobbi Brown Terracotta is darker, powder. MAC Tete-a-tint is darker, powder. NARS Ramatuelle #3 is more orange, shimmery. Urban Decay Moonflower is warmer, more shimmery, powder. See comparison swatches.

Constructivist is described as a “metallic brown with red pearl.” It’s a dark, bronze-shimmered brown with subtle warm, red undertones and a pearly finish. This shade was part of the permanent Paint Pot range for awhile, so you might already have it. It has lovely, true-to-pot color payoff that applies with opaque color or can be blended out for a sheerer wash of color if desired. I didn’t have any wear issues with this shade over a twelve-hour period. Urban Decay West is darker, powder. MAC Life’s Luxury is slightly deeper. MAC Carbonized is similar, powder. MAC Roasted Chestnut is more shimmery, lighter, and powder. Chanel Ebloui is redder in tone, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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

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

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

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

MAC Layin' Low Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Layin’ Low Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Layin' Low Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Layin’ Low Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Layin' Low Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Layin’ Low Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Layin' Low Pro Longwear Paint Pot
MAC Layin’ Low Pro Longwear Paint Pot

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

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

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

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

MAC Rubenesque Pro Longwear Paint Pot
Rubenesque, Layin’ Low, Constructivist — After 8 hours of wear

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MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot $18.50/0.17 OZ.
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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Oooh, Layin’ Low looks promising. Constructivist looks SO different on me (NW15/20ish)!I love paint pots but I never get through them and I’m pretty sure I have several that are past their “cream product use by date” πŸ™ You’re doing an amazing job Christine! Thank you!

Christine, I take this as the relaunch of MAC’s Paint Pot under the pro longwear line. I didn’t see Groundwork in this launch nor do I see it on MAC’s website anymore. Has Groundwork been discontinued?

I don’t know, sorry! πŸ™ Your best bet would be to call a store and ask (even if they’re not “local” to you!).

I was actually at a Cosmetics Company Outlet this past weekend and all three were there available for purchase. So I think they may have been discontinued. Sorry. πŸ™

They might be trying to get rid of the old packaging, as the new packaging has labels that say “pro longwear” (which is also my guess as to why it’s taken longer to release all). Hard to believe they’d discontinue those (arguably, all super popular shades) and keep so many other permanent shades!

Truthfully I don’t know how those places work. I just know I was in SoCal all last week and at the beginning of the week they only had three shades (can’t remember what they were). I went back at weeks end and they had five more. I know those three were there because I thought it was odd. I bought Bare Study and considered Painterly. I’m now regretting not getting Painterly since I got home to discover I already owned Bare Study (forgot to take it off my “Must Buy” list, arghh!) but still don’t have Painterly.

Does anyone know if layin low would be suitable as an all over base. I love soft ochre because of its yellow undertone to cancel the darkness in my lids. ? I use it for no makeup looks and all of my other looks as well

I work for MAC and Soft Ochre, Bare Study, Painterly, and Groundwork are definitely not being discontinued! Those are our most popular shades. πŸ™‚ Groundwork is probably just out of stock on line, temporarily.

Hi Christine! How does Constructivist compare with Groundwork? And are there any eyeshadow dupes for Groundwork like there are for the other paint pots? Cheers πŸ™‚

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