MAC Paint Pot in Painterly – Amazing eyeshadow base!

This is definitely a product I had been meaning to try forever, but for one reason or another (didn't want to spend the money, had something similar already, was lazy, etc.) but now that I finally did, I'm obsessed and not sure how I ever lived without it. MAC's Paint Pots are totally fabulous products, but I'm not sure how much I would use the darker shades. I have had a paint pot in "Bare Study" for ages and it is still half full. While the shimmery neutral-pink shade of bare study is a good base for many looks I use, sometimes I want matte. So in comes "Painterly," a super awesome neutral matte beige. It acts as a flawless base for some fun eyeliner or under any type of eye shadow, shimmer, frost or matte. I just stick my pointer finger in and get a bit on my fingertip and blend it on my lids. It makes such a difference to any shadow you place over it, making pigments bolder and sharper. I highly recommend this product for anyone who likes to do even basic eye makeup, and definitely for those who like to get a bit more creative. I even use Painterly on its own, when I want to do that no makeup-makeup look. With mascara of course! Base Lovely!

14 responses to “MAC Paint Pot in Painterly – Amazing eyeshadow base!”

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  2. Lena says:

    How does creasing fare just using this?

    • Beth says:


      I don't get any creasing when I just use this… and I'd say it lasts 6-8 hours before needing a touchup.


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  5. Ammie says:

    Love this stuff- I also wear it alone with just eyeliner for a very minimal but effective look.

  6. Vonvon says:


    Thanks for the review. I also like the no makeup-makeup look. In fact, I do it quite often especially when in a rush. Painterly with mascara and eyeliner only? That sounds quite me. 🙂

  7. Paula says:

    I LOVE Painterly! I found it recently as a replacement to Benefit's F.Y.Eye since they discontinued it and replaced it with a product that doesn't work for my skin. The Painterly is the perfect matte base that my somewhat oily skin needs… keeps my shadow in place all day long (I use a combo of Stilla, Benefit and MaryKay eye shadows). And a little goes a long way…just so glad I found it!

  8. Rebecca says:

    Do you apply foundation (or something of the sort) underneath? I have dark eyelids compared to the rest of my face, and was thinking of using Soft Ochre or Painterly to even out my skin tone there. Thanks!

  9. alice says:

    How much does it cost the mac paint pot in painterly???

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