MAC Paint Pot : Rubenesque, Delft Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Delft, Rubenesque Paint Pot Review, Photos, Swatches

Hi Everyone!

So here is the much awaited review of the MAC Paint Pots I bought some time ago. Usually the MAC store near my place always has the usual shades of Paint Pot (Bare Study, Painterly, Groundwork, etc.). I did a part time makeup course recently (where, in my makeup school, they only use MAC products….a dream come true!) and found this paint pot shade called Rubenesque. I have always wanted to get it since then and when I saw at the MAC store, I just had to have it!!

I also saw another gorgeous shade of Paint Pot called Delft. This was a new one, so I thought I would get that too. Here is what Rubenesque looks like:

MAC Rubenesque
MAC Rubenesque

Rubenesque paint pot

Rubenesque is a peachy golden shade with gold pearl that looks absolutely stunning. The amazing thing about Paint Pots is that they are so versatile, you can wear them by themselves or under other eyeshadows. For someone with oily lids like me, they are a dream come true ☺
And this is Delft:

MAC Delft
MAC Delft

MAC Delft

Delft Paint pot

Delft is a shade that’s absolutely, positively, amazing! I can’t begin to really describe this shade, and photos don’t do justice to them! It’s an aqua greeny bluey colour. As with a lot of MAC eye products, it’s multidimensional.
Since I can’t seem to describe properly what the shades look like, I thought I would swatch both on my hands and wear them on my lids and show you.

Here is a swatch of both on my fingers:

MAC Rubenesque vs MAC Delft
MAC Rubenesque vs MAC Delft

Here is a swatch of Rubenesque on my hand:

Rubenesque swatch
Rubenesque swatch

Rubenesque swatch on hand

And here’s what it looks like on my lids:

Rubenesque on eye
Rubenesque on eye

Swatch of Delft on my hand:

Delft swatch
Delft swatch

Delft swatch on hand:
And what it looks like when worn on the lids:

Delft on eye
Delft on eye

As paint pots can be worn under eyeshadows, I thought I would try them on with similar eyeshadow shades on top.
For Rubenesque, I tried on this shade called Vex. It’s part of a palette that MAC came out with. I bought it ages back (when I was not really into makeup) so I don’t know what collection it’s from ☹
Anyway, here’s what the shade looks like:

MAC vex eyeshadow
MAC vex eyeshadow

Vex eyeshadow
I swatched Vex on my hand and then put it on top of Rubenesque. This is what it ended up looking like:

vex eyeshadow
vex eyeshadow

(L): Vex, (R): Vex with Rubenesque underneath

As you can probably tell, Vex looks different when paired with Rubenesque (swatch on the right). What I found was that pairing Rubesnesque with Vex changes the whole dimension of Vex altogether! I wouldn’t recommend pairing very shimmery shades with Rubenesque though, as it’s got pearl pigments in it already . 🙂
On to Delft. I took a light blue shade called Silverthorn (again by MAC). It’s quite a sheer baby blue. Here’s what it looks like:

Silverthorn eyeshadow
Silverthorn eyeshadow

Silverthorn eyeshadow
So again, I swatched the colour by itself and then paired it with Delft. And once again, Delft changed Silverthorn completely.

vex vs Silverthorn eyeshadow
vex vs Silverthorn eyeshadow

(T): Silverthorn with Delft, (B): Silverthorn Eyeshadow

So if I were to break down things I like and things I don’t like about the products:


  • The colour payoff is quite good. You only need light brush strokes to apply the paint pots to get a decent show of colour.
  • The texture is quite creamy, and glides on to the brush and then the eyelids quite smoothly.
  • It was not at all difficult to use powder eyeshadows over the creamy paint pots. They blended in quite nicely ☺
  • You get a fair amount of product in the pot, which goes a long way ☺
  • The colours are amazing! And they look even better on Indian skin tones!


  • The colour of Delft I feel can be a little too intense sometimes, and masks any other colour you put over it.
  • As is always the case with MAC, the cost (sigh). It cost me NZ$44 for each pot. I don’t know how much these would cost in India. Maybe someone can help me out on this one?
  • There is nothing else I don’t like about this product 🙂

Hope you liked my review people. Let me know what you think!

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123 thoughts on “MAC Paint Pot : Rubenesque, Delft Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. one word D.R.O.O.L!!!!!!! :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: ..oh its showering now! :rain: :rain: :umbrella: :umbrella: :umbrella: :umbrella: :umbrella: 😀 😀 😀 Loving thoseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee :alien: :alien: :alien: :alien: :alien: ..ok! someone give me a glass of water now! :dazed: :dazed: :dazed: :dazed:

  2. They are looking soooooooooooooooooooo pretttyyyy…Why can’t we have nice nice MAC stores scattered here and there in Bangalore? 🙁 🙁 🙁 Why there has to be only ONE MAC store here in Bangalore, that too located at some weird corner, I’ve never known or visited!! :-(( :-(( :-((

    1. oh errr…they are not scattered in Delhi as well. One for north Delhi Junta and one for South Delhi…that’s it. :(( Btw the south delhi wala is one of the hottest running stores in india. Anytime you step there, you would find customers . :hypnotized: :hypnotized:

          1. yeah…they should trust us too!! :-X :-X What is the point of me ordering stuffs on Amazon and paying extra shippment amount for the stuffs that can be bought here!! :doh: :doh: :doh: :doh: :doh: ….Like I did for Dior….!! 😐 😐 😐 but thats a different case altogether!!

            1. Am going to dance because I have 3 Mac stores 20 minutes away from my house !!!!! Like in three diff directions :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

              1. 😯 😯 😯 :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: :pain: 😥 😥 😥 😥 😥 😥

    2. Are MAC stores in India few and far between? I don’t live in India and I’m coming to India next eyar in Jan and hoping to pick up MAC stuff…..I would hate to not get anything from MAC in India!

        1. Yes we poor poverty-stricken Bangaloreans have 1 entire MAC store…like so generous…its not half or one entire store just for us Bangloreans right opposite Garuda Mall in case anyone didn’t know it. As for Inglot…oh why would they come to Bangalore…we in Bangalore don’t have eyes or eyelids so we don’t need any eyeshadows naaa :reallyangry: :reallyangry: :reallyangry: :reallyangry: :reallyangry: :reallyangry: :reallyangry: :reallyangry:

    3. try searching it online on jabong , amazon , myntra .Please do not use flipkart because it takes a very long time to ship . My dad had ordered something and he literally had to cancel the order because it took forever . But the other sites that i have mentioned will give you fast delivery or simply google mac paint pots online .

  3. he he Cali…..same pinchy pinch……………….me no visit any MAC store…either in hyderabad or in Times square…. :snicker: :snicker: :snicker: :snicker: :snicker: :snicker: :snicker:

    1. I never went to MAC store (in my LIFE) :-(( :-(( …Earlier I used to think that MAC is something only for actresses and movie stars!! 😛 😛 😛 …..And since I never found it in drugstore, never bothered to even look for it!! :razzmad: :razzmad: :razzmad:

      But now I want it…. :X-P: :X-P: :X-P: :X-P: :X-P:

  4. Oh….Poutmati gyaan…… :-X :reallyangry: :-X :reallyangry: ….you two made me bakra today……..i am after your lives…. :-X :-X :reallyangry: :reallyangry:

      1. i have been searching for the locket till now…didn’t get it……but you know what….I have you two punching bags…..where is the other one…..castor oil….. :poop: :poop: :poop: :poop: :present: :present: decomposed poo gift wrapped for you two…….

  5. i wanna go to MAC store…….but its so far from my place 🙁 + i am lazy! :blush:
    + i am sared once i enter i will go bankrupt! :shutmouth:
    n my mom vl kill me then :beatup:

    neways thanks for the review~~
    btw samarpita can you tell me the name of the makeup school where they did everything with MAC :inlove: :inlove: :inlove:

  6. I loved the Delft paint pot. the reason i never picked up Rubenesque was that it is so golden. i mean I wont be able to use so much of golden eyeshadow ever. 🙁 But it’s so pretty for brides and parties na..

    how come delft is not listed on mac’s website?

    1. I’m not quite sure Rati….I can’t even find the paint pots on their website anymore! Or maybe I’m just blind? tehehe 😛

      It was just randomly sitting there in the MAC store!

    1. Really???????????????? 😯 😯 😯 …WOWWWWW!! I’ll be soooper happy then..hee hee 😀 😀 😀 😀 home near to the Forum ke bagalll wala shopper stop!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

  7. Here in Mumbai….Palladium MAC store is under Shopper’s stop.
    They always ask for my SS card there when I shop.
    May be Shopper’s stop is getting the right to open MAC store under them :O :O

    About review: I loved the Delft….I hope they have here…I am loving the blueeee 😀

  8. here comes pav bhaji behenji….do you know…that Poutmati had sent me some goodies…colorbar foundation, maybelline blush, EL lipstick, MUFE primer, Inglot freedom palette, Coastal scents 88 palette :-)) :-)) :-)) :-)) :-)) :beauty:

    1. :shutmouth: :shutmouth: :shutmouth: :shutmouth: :shutmouth: :shutmouth: :shutmouth: :shutmouth: :shutmouth: :shutmouth: :shutmouth: :shutmouth: :shutmouth:

  9. Errr…Rati i got confoooooooosseed…I was talkin abt Chanel taupe grise eyeshadow…That was the review that came to my mind wen saw the swatches…but its different…..

    1. oh no this is similar to blue dahlia. Taupe gris is Taupe :hypnotized: :hypnotized: :hypnotized: :hypnotized: Me bonkers about taupe eyeshadows :hypnotized: :hypnotized: :hypnotized: :hypnotized:

          1. yeah they liquid one powder. 😛 😛 we are going faaltoo mein :alien: :alien: :alien:

            It’s an official mad day today. :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

  10. Hain 😯 …sach kah rahi ho Jomolwa?????????????? Ratirani badi dayalu hai…apni kripadrishti hum par bhi banaiye…..hum katar mein hain…..

    1. Farha……you know actually Sanjeev sent me those goodies…..i will tell you the trick..there are times when Eno kumar and Poutmati fight…and Poutmati goes to shopping with Eno Kumar’s credit card and Eno Kumar is really pissed off….on such days..if you do some chaaploosi of eno kumar and..if you want those goodies….you will have to like call Rati gaalis…like chudail, kulachini, daayan, and sent her poo emoticons…..this way you can do real chaploosi of Eno kumar and your goodies will reach home…… 😎 😎 😎 😎 :chic: :chic: :chic:

        1. OMGGGGGGGG..I’ll die laaafing here!! :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: Kulachini meansssss err… :-/ :struggle: :idk: :idk: :idk: :sidefrown: “Kulta” I suppose!! :giggle: :giggle: :giggle: Now don’t ask me what does that mean!! :silly: :silly: :silly: 😐 😐 😐

              1. 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 Loads of :pumpkin: :pumpkin: :pumpkin: :pumpkin: :pumpkin: :pumpkin: :pumpkin: :pumpkin: :pumpkin: :pumpkin: :pumpkin: :pumpkin: :pumpkin: phor you Ms W Rani..

                Go kiss your WIlbur..he must be missing you :teeth:

        2. me too are not aware of all the meanings. I got to know the meaning of kalmoohi after I watched dabang :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

        3. Err kulachini :sweat: ….I don’t know the meaning….actually, I have heard in hindi films like “kulachini…jaane kahan moonh kala kar ke ayyi hai?”

          1. :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: that was a pron movie Jomol, you watch such movies only..hawwwwwwwwwww!!! :snicker: :snicker: :snicker: :snicker: :snicker:

      1. Ofcourse Jomol posing as an babe and doing daarty talks helps. 😀 😀 😀 You girls don’t give your hubbys’ numbers to Jomol 😛 😛 😛

        1. I know kalmoohi but this kulachini kulta nonsense I no undershtand – and now rottaaaaa – am feeling very unpadh now :-(( :-(( :-(( :-(( :-(( :-(( :-(( :-(( :-(( :-(( :-(( :-(( :-((

  11. Yeah Rati…Ur pic in that review is one of ur best pics…… luks amazinngggggggg on u…..bheeeryyyy bouuuuuuuutiiiiifduuullllllllllllll :beauty:

  12. oh Jomol….. :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: u r the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hereby declare Jomol the Official queen of comments on IMBBB!!!!!!!!!! :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: !! :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: Oh god i have a situation of peeing due to excessive laughing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Then where else will you go ask this Samin?? :evilgrin: :evilgrin: :evilgrin: Someone pls answer this question naaa..I know the answer but not correctlyyy…so Hermioneeeeeeeee pls answer naaa :evilgrin:

        1. Samin please go on and you can change your pic there. just use the same email id you use here. :))

          Please throw some tomatoes on Radhika, once you change your photo. 😛 😛 😛

  13. “chudail, kulachini, daayan” :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
    Oh god help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

  14. Jomol,
    I hope u nvr get in contact with my hubby…coz he gets reaallllyyyy pissed wen i cross all da limits…yesterday me n MIL went to Fabindia(again) to exchange her kurta and ended up spending another 7 grands 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 …he was realllyyyyyy pissd…… got out of the situation makin puppy face :dog2: ….MILs blackmailing helped tooo……… :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

  15. Rati….puppy faces ALWAYS work!!!!!….Can u imagine after yesterdays fiasco…i conviced him to ask his frnd to get me Aarthi’s Victoria’s Secret Strawberry & Champagne Stimulating Body Scrub….and dat tooo TWO!!!!!! “Apni andar ki naari ko jagao…puppy face banao aur shopping kar aao”…this is my mantra!!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

    1. :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: I will make puppy faces after a few days. Abhi to he has made me count some of the stuff that is almost new and unused…I counted till 40 then stopped 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯

      1. oh so….your hubby sent me your used/unused things…count it again, it might be a few numbers less now. :silly: :silly: :silly: :silly: :silly: :silly:

  16. 40!!!! :worship: :worship: Btw Rati hav u read Sohie Kinsella’s shopoholic series…in the new book mini Shopoholic…Becky’s husband tells her u can buy enethng u want once u finish wearing all ur outfits atleast once…ur situation seems very similar!!!!!

    1. I am not a shopaholic actually. I keep a control over lot of things , it just that I bought things in bulk kinds….yeah my situation seems similar but I am happy that i have put a ban somewhere. 😐 😐 😐 😐

      1. hawwwww……. u no reply to me ? ?:-) 🙁 🙁
        i was so excited to tell u about my mac mineralise that i got 2day 🙁 🙁 :weep: :weep: :weep:

  17. 40!! 😯 😯 😯 😯
    i’l send u my address 😛 😛 😛 i’m all open to unused…and used products also 😛 :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

  18. Fortunately (or unfortunately) for me, I keep on losing things so often, that I have to continue buying stuffs without feeling too guilty about them!! 😐 😐 😐 ..For example – that lakme satin kajal was used just once (swatched) by me and it is nowhere visible!…. :-(( :-(( Same fate with my oriflame lippies and eyeshadows..Another of my mascara is missing and one of my fav almay liners is misssssssssssing tooooo..grrrrrrrrr..Thanks to my travelling and so-frequent-shifting routine!! :-X :-X

          1. he he he..yeah..I read her post…about this lakme satin kajal stinging her eyes!! 😛 😛 😛 She has become tooooooooo higher brand customized now!! She should stick to buying Chanel…and then add dior, gucci, EL to her list!! :quiet: :quiet: :quiet: :quiet:

    1. lol this is the first time that i have ever heard anyone refer to me as samrapati! lol i’m from kolkata gia….but don’t live in India. I love the paint pots too :-*

  19. i was reading the review , scrolled down to see the comments ….. laughed and laughed :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: and forgot what was the review about ?:-) ?:-) ?:-) ….. scrolled up to see again…

    rati , jomol , radhika, farha,cali ….. guys you should be in the next laughter challenge or something :evilgrin: :evilgrin: :evilgrin: :evilgrin: :evilgrin: :evilgrin: :evilgrin:

  20. oh god..i hv missed so many posts today 🙁 🙁 loved the delft pot…its so lovely…i anyways fall for anything thats blue :-* i am so irritated with MAC…the website does not open…the only store in bangalore is always under stocked…i have been there 5 times and whatever i select is out of stock ……

  21. Rubenesque…..I loved both the paint pots but just wanted to say this name.Rubenesque…….. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: hehe I’ve lost it today please bear wid me

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