M.A.C PAINT POTS
M.A.C Paint Pots are a staple product that sit in my kit whether it’s for Bridal, Event, Commercial or Editorial work. I’m totally in love with them and for good reason. Their creamy goodness can be used on their own or as a base to intensify shadows. They also increase longevity which is perfect for bridal and event work where staying power is key.
Personally, my weapon of choice for application is the Crown Brush C153 Large Chisel Brush (pictured below). This is a natural hair brush which I find is dense enough to apply the right amount of product and soft enough to blend out the edges all in one hit without leaving streaks.
During application, I find it best to depot a small amount of product on to the back of my hand (a little goes a long way!) using the end of a brush or a spatula and then using a brush to pick up the product from there. This allows you to move the product around with more control, warming it up for movability, and avoiding clumps of product attaching to your brush. I also find applying to one eye at a time works best since this product sets rather quickly.
Make sure you store your Paint Pots with their lids screwed on tight and upside down in a cool place to prevent drying out. I’m pretty heavy duty when it comes to organising, depotting and condensing products for my kit but I just haven’t been able to bring myself to depot these babies. I’ve heard mixed reviews about whether they will dry out or not and since they last so long with so many uses I don’t want to increase the chance of that happening. I’ve had other similar products dry out on me before due to the lid being loose - I added a smidgen of facial oil to the product on the back of my hand and it did come back to life but IMO it wasn’t quite the same with some creasing occurring (likely due to the oil) so that I needed to blend out a second time and reset with powder.
In addition to the M.A.C Paint Pots some other coloured cream products that I use for priming the eyes include Maybelline Color Tattoo, Smashbox Cream Eyeshadow, Stila Smudge Crayon, Rimmel Magnif`Eyes, Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint.