MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots – review, photos, swatches & looks

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A look at Let Me Pop, Dangerous Cuvee and Frozen Violet

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots look 

If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a Pro Longwear duck? Oh MAC, you silly goose (duck?)… a Paint Pot by any other name is still as long-wearing!

MAC’s eight new Pro-Longwear Paint Pots ($18.50) are mostly re-promoted shades of prior limited edition Paint Pots. There are two new shades, but other than that, there haven’t been any changes to the ingredient list, nor to the price, or size, or packaging, or anything else.

Three MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots

That’s not to say that Paint Pots aren’t awesome; Pro-Longwear or not – they’re the best cream shadows out there, in my opinion. Let’s just accept that Paint Pots were awesome and long-wearing before you ever coined the term “Pro-Longwear” and that if Paint Pots wore any longer than they already do, you might not ever get them off!

The point is that MAC has added eight shades of Paint Pots to their permanent line-up, and that’s a good thing. I got the chance to test out three of the shades.

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots Dangerous Cuvee in a perfect taupe shade

Dangerous Cuvee (frosted cool grey) – a perfect taupe to my eyes

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots Fronzen Violet in a muted greyish purple on the sheer side shade

Frozen Violet (frosted purple silver) – muted greyish purple, on the sheer side

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots Let Me Pop in a bright shiny copper shade

Let Me Pop (frosted light copper) – a bright shiny copper, like a new penny

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots swatchesDangerous Cuvee, Frozen Violet, Let Me Pop

As with all MAC Paint Pots, these eight are nicely pigmented, smooth in texture, long-wearing, and can be worn on their own or as a base for powder eyeshadow.

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots Looks

These Pro-Longwear Paint Pots are quite glittery and sparkly, and have an almost metallic finish to them. I experienced a bit of fallout, which seems odd for a cream product, but I haven’t had any issues with the glitter falling into my eyes nor becoming an issue with my contact lenses. I feel that the price is fairly on par with other cream eyeshadows too.

Overall, I was quite pleased with MAC’s newest editions to the Paint Pot line and, as always, I hope that they continue to expand the range of colors in its permanent collection.

we heartsters – what are your most loved Paint Pot shades?

Marilyn is a makeup maniac and slow but stubborn runner. She loves color coding her day planner, reading celebrity gossip and drinking good wine. Marilyn blogs about makeup and fitness over at her blog, Lipgloss and Spandex.

photos: stef and marilyn for we heart this

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  • Marilyn

    Marilyn is a makeup maniac and slow but stubborn runner. She loves color coding her day planner, reading celebrity gossip and drinking good wine. skin tone: NC25 Skin type: oily, acne-prone Favorite beauty product: eyeshadow

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  1. These Paint Pot colors are so pretty, and I love the way you’re wearing them, @lipglossandspandex ! I’m a contact lens wearer, too, and always worry about glitter fallout (or fall IN—into my eyes, that is!). Glad to hear this wasn’t an issue for you.

  2. LOVE these! Great looks @lipglossandspandex! I own Let’s Skate because I saw someone rave about it on YouTube. I would have never purchased this shade on my own in the store because it’s pale pink. but it sheers out and has the most awesome wash of gold glitter! <3

    I also have the non pro longwear version of Vintage Selection and I am so in love wih that one as well!

    1. I tested Let’s Skate for wht the last time it was released. It’s a really pretty shade–the gold is just stunning–but it looks really different on than it does in the pot. I had a lot of fallout from that one too!

  3. I want Frozen Violet and Let Me Pop, these add a beautiful wash of color and create a super easy eye look. Just gorgeous! Thanks for the review!

  4. @lipglossandspandex! I love you posts so much because every time I see them I get inspired. Like on this one, I looked at them and thought, “Hmm, nice. The colors are okay…”
    And then I saw your photo and now I’m giving the Paint Pots a second look! It’s gorgeous, but subtle.

    As for my most beloved Paint Pot, it’s Rubenesque. I’ve been known to use that bad boy as a highlighter or brightener even when I’m not wearing makeup, it is LOVELY and you will have to pry it out of my cold dead hands before I give it up.

    1. You’re so cute–you have me sitting here alone, laughing out loud! The dog gave me a strange look and left . . .

    2. Rubenesque is a classic. I think it was my first Paint Pot, actually. It’s a fantastic bit of light peachy gold gorgeousness and when I’m in a hurry, I throw it on to brighten up my eyes. I never thought to use it as a highlighter though! Great idea :)

  5. You are temptation incarnate, @lipglossandspandex! You wear everything so well that you make it look incredible! I don’t own a MAC Paint Pot because I was never huge on cream shadows, but I’m about to invest in one or two or ten–“Dangerous Curve” and “Frozen Violet” fascinate me. Is there anything you don’t wear beautifully?

  6. Dangerous Cuvee looks amazing!! I am such a taupe freak!! I need to try it asap. @lipglossandspandex you always do the best eye looks! I need you to be my on-call make-up artist! Pure awesomeness!!!!!

  7. Thank you all for your compliments! :) It means a lot to me, and I love that it helps showcase the products (for good or bad!)

    These are very shimmery and do have fallout–so if you have any hesitations about having shimmer everywhere, you may want to steer clear! But they are gorgeous, especially Dangerous Cuvee, which I would recommend. Frozen Lilac is pretty but a bit patchy when applied, so you have to be willing to work with it. Let Me Pop is a bit of a difficult color to wear in my opinion, but the formula is nice. The length of wear on these is fantastic, as usual. Again, this amount of shimmer isn’t for everyone, but if you like shimmer, definitely check these out. And if you’re not crazy about shimmer, check out any of MAC’s other shades of “regular” Paint Pots–Rubenesque is fabulous!

  8. Dangerous Cuvee is gorgeous! What a fantastic color. But fallout with a cream eyeshadow? Huh? Was this after it dried?

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