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Pro Longwear Paint Pot by MAC

Pro Longwear Paint Pot

staying power(356)
pigmentation: sheer
Variation: BARE STUDY

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staying power


i just started to wear make-up and i am so glad this works well, the eye shadow stays all day and looks even and smooth

- Nordstrom User

i have been pleasantly surprised, i apply this product as a base coat then apply shadow and liner, it stays on all day, my eye makeup looks great until i remove it before going to bed

- Nordstrom User


not creasing

i used it on my wedding day, zero creases all day even with the extra shadow and natural looking false lashes for photos

- Ulta User

it is long lasting and does not settle into creases

- Nordstrom User



it has a creamy texture, blends and applies in seconds and gives great staying power and true color to your shadows

- Ulta User

the creamy texture applies smooth and doesn't cake

- Ulta User


blends well

stays on all day and easily blends with eyeshadow to enhance the color

- Ulta User

it's great on its own to add a subtle layer of color and cover up any veins or other discoloration on my lids, and it makes any powder shadows i put on top of it blend like a dream

- Nordstrom User


has fallout

i tried to blend mac's steamy eyeshadow over antique diamond into my crease and the glitter fall out was not good

- Ulta User

to boot, the "eyeliner" was all broken inside the pencil so as it was sharpened large chunks would fall out and get wasted

- M·A·C User



i also use this as a spot concealer around the nose area - the best concealer i’ve found (noteworthy, i used a sheer light reflecting concealer under my eyes)

- Mecca User

they are very versatile and can be sheer and simple for a day time look, or bold and sexy for an evening look

- Ulta User
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ulta.com userAugust 26, 2017

Didn't work for me

This product was so highly raved about in the review and on YouTube I was excited to try it for myself, but it just didn't work out on my eyes. As an eyeshadow base, it was extremely pigmented but when I tried to blend it out, it clung unevenly to different spots and made my eyelids look dry and patchy around the edges which no other eyeshadow primer has ever done for me. By the middle of the day, my kids were creasing and my eyeshadow had all but disappeared on the lid. I wanted to love it but the paint pot just didn't work for me. Would not recommend if you have a combination of dry skin and oily eyelids. 

- ulta.com
Nordstrom userMay 6, 2015

Easy to Apply, Stays Put

This is one of my all time favorite liners. It stays put without primer and doesn't transfer to the crease even on a hot day. It lasts an average of about 10 hours and I've fallen asleep in this liner and it is still there in the morning, as perfect as the line I drew at 8 a.m. What more can be said?My favorite color is Strong Willed, a good alternate to black. It has enough pigment to create excellent definition without looking too harsh. It also blends beautifully, making it great as a full on pigment or a soft shadow when you use a blending brush.Bottom line: Excellent value for money. A great everyday liner that goes the distance and creates a creamy, defined line that you can work with before it sets. TRY IT.

- Nordstrom
M·A·C userJune 10, 2012

BEST shadow primer!!!!

I know these are made to be colors of their own but I must say... Paint pots are the BEST for shadow primer!! They have a strong pigment base which helps hide ALL imperfections on lids! they don't crease at all throughout the WHOLE day. Plus, their texture has a slight tackiness to it which helps shadow stay the entire day as well as let the true shadow color show brighter than nay other way you could put it on! And it blends into all spots on the eye and looks great up to the brow line! I use a brush or my finger and both work great! I have lightish-medium skin and the soft ochre is PERFECT! I've tried almost every shadow primer and I will NEVER use anything else but this again!

- M·A·C
ulta userSeptember 01, 2019


I love the Mac Paint Pots!! I have 3 samples in Bare Study, Rubenesque and Treasure Hunt (which is limited edition with the Posh Paradise Collection!) I absolutley love it! they are so smooth and creamy and pigmented! I've been just throwing them on my eyes with out a primer under or a powder eyeshadow over it! I will be purchising some paint pots soon!! even if i paid the 17.50$ for them, my opinion would still be the same as it is(even though the samples were free!) and it dosent creas at all! I had rebensque on all day yesterday (from 8am to 9pm) without a primer under or a powder shadow over it and it lasted all day without creasing!! Its amazing! and its also very blendible, so you can sheer it our or build it up a little. the ones i have arn't too, too buildable, but they are still really great!

- ulta
Debenhams userMarch 14, 2017

Soft Ochre - The Perfect Eyeshadow Base

Amazing matte formula that isnt too drying that will keep eyeshadow in place all day. I have oily eye lids and this stays put without creasing all day at work. It is slightly lighter and more yellow than my NC20 skin tone which means that any colour I put on top is a lot brighter and looks pigmented. Eyeshadows blend like a dream on top. Very thin formula so doesn't cake up but a lot of pigment to cover any unwanted veins or discolouration in eyelids. Always used concealer for my eye base as I found other eye primers to be useless, however concealer would crease up after a few hours - this doesn't budge! Will definitely repurchase (although this won't be for a long time as a little goes a long way and you get so much product, mine looks barely touched after weeks of use)

- Debenhams


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Put on a good eyeshadow primer and a waterproof eyeliner
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Also I use two Mac pain pots religiously. The Groundwork is my everyday no-makeup make up look and I use Indianwood when I want to add some drama.
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So my eye has a deep crease with oily eyelids and it is resulting in the top half of my eyeshadow always wearing off prematurely and I wanted to know if anyone could recommend any products to use to help combat this issue/ any eyeshadow blending techniques are appreciated
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Rachel McMahon
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MAC has a pro longwear eyeshadow base in painterly, that I swear will not budge for days, it’s more of a cream texture but it’s isnt filled with highlights so it blends more closely to your skin tone. (Compared to using concealers)
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infinity hoag
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Hella everyone! I’ve been looking for a product to help with my hooded eyelids, my eyelids tends to get oily and even when I put a primer on, my eyeshadow creases, how can I stop this?
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Channy Monahan
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This is a great product to help with creasing
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#oilyskin tips for keeping foundation from melting off my nose!! My makeup always looks great everywhere else on my face but my nose is so oily it breaks my makeup up in only a few hours. Primers, setting sprays, powders? Help!
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Katy Schmidt
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I’ve heard people recommend putting a thin layer of this primer on your nose before foundation. I usually put this primer on my nose, then use foundation, and finally set the foundation with the Fenty setting powder. This usually keep my foundation from melting off my nose (:
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Does anyone know of any cruelty free dupes for the Mac paint pots? Preferably drugstore
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Britta Juntunen
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Does anyone have any recommendations on a good eyeshadow primer for hooded eyes? I’ve been using too face shadow insurance and I don’t think it’s doing what I need it too.
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This one! All the other ones creases for me.
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Leslie Acevedo
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So I did this look a while ago and I really liked it. I don’t have much experience or expertise with eyeshadow and I’m always looking to get better. What do you think and what can I improve or experiment with? 💞
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Liv Shevlin
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It looks gorgeous!! I noticed the mac paint pot in painterly really helped the pigments pop in my palette and made my shadows blend better too overall really elevating my eye looks!
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Jules Xu
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What do you use to set eyes? Mine smudges even with setting spray! #monolid
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Ashton Guinn
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MAC paint pot to prime and I rarely have to do anything else to set 🙌🏼
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Bailey Williams
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I have super oily eyelids. Every time I wear eyeshadow it runs together and clumps in my crease. Anyone have a good fix for this? #sos
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lisa ortiz
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This might work for that