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Holy Grails # 1 – MAC PAINTS
MAC paints have been among my favourite beauty products for quite some time now and I do use them almost on a daily basis in my make up. You might ask yourselves now what kind of role do the MAC paints play in my daily make up routine, well, the solution is quite simple, the paints are one fabulous eyeshadow base.
There have been numerous discussions all around the globe whether or not it is necessary to use an eyeshadow base or not. The answer to that question in my opinion is plain simple: YES! Eyeshadow Primer/Bases not only prevent your eyeshadow from creasing, but they also intensify the brilliance and luminosity of your eyeshadow as well as prevent your shadow from fading or greying out throughout the day. But, to be honest, the main reason why some beauties are not fond of using the paints as a base is the feature to intensify the eyeshadow colors, the so called color popping effect.
It seems some of them actually experience a reversed effect, meaning that color intense eyeshadows actually fade out on a paint base, as the paint swallows too much of the actual eyeshadow color. You might think now how is it possible, that there are these completely different opinions about the paints? Well, I think the reason is to be found in our skin chemistry, which is a very individual factor and some colors react very differently depending on the skin the some in contact with. Personally, I haven’t experienced any color fading or washed out effect with the paints, so that’s why they are definitely a part of my Holy Grail collection.
The most popular regular eyeshadow bases that are used in the US and Europe should be the following:
- UDPP – Urban Decay Primer Potion
- TFSI – Too Faced Shadow Insurance
- Artdeco – Eyeshadow Base
- MAC PPE – Prep & Prime Eye
- Sans Soucis – Eyeshadow Base
And one brand new product
- NARS – Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
I actually have tried them all, except for the NARS base. I don’t really share the buzz about UDPP and TFSI. Maybe it’s because I am over 40 and wearing contact lenses, so my eyes are quite sensitive and the skin on my eyelids quite dry. Regarding those facts, it’s no wonder both bases won’t work for me as the turn my eyelid skin into desert lands, even if I use a special moisturizing product before applying the base, my eyelids are extremely dried out. The TFSI is not quite as bad as the UDPP, but both products are a no go for me personally. I had a similar experience using MAC PPE, my skin did not feel quite as parched, but still dried out to a level that was uncomfortable. The Sans Soucis Base has a very creamy texture and does not contain any oils, so that combination neither dries out nor makes my eyelids greasy. So all in all, it’s a good allrounder.
The Paints, which actually are cream eyeshadows packaged in a tube, feature a creamy texture and are available in different colors. You can chose among matte, shimmering or frosty finishes. Combining these finishes with regular eyeshadows you will be able to create stunning and unique effects and on top of that, your eyeshadow will stay put throughout the day. An even more luxurious effect can be created using MAC’s paint pots as a base, which are also available in different colors. If your looking to really add some wow and color explosion to your make up, go ahead and try one of MAC’s Chromalines. So in general, any cream eyeshadow can be used as a base to intensify any dry texture like powder eyeshadows, Khols and eyeliner. It’s up to you to try out which ones will work for you, as I mentioned, your skin chemistry might work with different products as those that work for me. So go ahead and play around. 🙂 Some cream eyeshadows, especially those with a frosty finish, tend to turn into a quite powdery finish and any added powder eyeshadow might start creasing. Again, I am talking about my personal experiences, the younger beauties among you might have no problems with frosty finishes at all 🙂
As mentioned above, very good cream eyeshadws are the MAC Paintpots as well. Used as base they create a stunning and color-popping eye make up – depending on the Paintpot texture if it´s shiny, shimmery or matte. I had no problems with creasing with MAC Paintpots so far and also never heard about any fading of color when they are used as eyeshadow base 🙂
So, you can go ahead and use MAC Paints and Paintpots just as pure color or as an eyeshadow base to either make your eye make up stay put or to play up the intensity of your eyeshadow. Unfortuntaly, only the following Paint colors are currently available, all the others have been dicontinued:
- Bare Canvas (pale, whitish beige with shimmer)
- Untitled (pale, soft greyish mauve
- Base Light (yellowish beige with gold pearl)
- Stilife (pale peach with icy shimmer)
- Bamboom (beige-brown with golden shimmer)
- Sublime Nature (mid-tone naked beige)
My favourite paint is Untitled, the name says it all 🙂
For giving you an impression of the difference between MAC Paints and MAC Paint pots I would like to show you two green eye make up looks. First one was applied on MAC Paint Untitled as eyeshadow base, for the second I used the MAC Paint pot Rollickin´ as base. The light was not very good for taking any daylight pictures but they show enough to give you an idea of the difference.
Eye Makeup using MAC Paint Untitled for base
Eye Makeup using MAC Paintpot Rollickin´ as base:
In my next posts I will show you more of my favorite products 🙂