MAC Imaginary is a very cool-toned, dark blue with a pearl finish. It is a discontinued eyeshadow that retails for $23.00 and contains 0.17 oz.
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). NARS Ubangi (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker, glossier (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Daydream #3 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Givenchy Bleu Soie (4) (P, $23.00) is brighter (90% similar). Sephora So Demure (LE, ) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). MAC Shop & Drop (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Panda Riot (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Heroine (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Starry Night #4 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Goddess (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Pat McGrath Underworld (PiP, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Minuit (02) (DC, $39.00) is brighter (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). Dior Black Night #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). bareMinerals Shaken Not Stirred (P, ) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview, which is a detailed review of the range as a whole.
A highly pigmented, long-wearing, blendable eye primer and/or cream shadow – M·A·C Pro Longwear Paint Pot goes on creamy and dries to an intense, vibrant finish that lasts for 24 hours. The innovative second skin-like creamy shadow formula blends smoothly over lids and creates seamless, buildable coverage without looking heavy or cakey. Its superior colour purity stays true and will not streak or crease. Pro Longwear Paint Pot can be mixed with other products, like M·A·C shadows and liners.