MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Indianwood

I’ve been eyeing MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots for a while. But the price point ($26 Cdn) for a single eyeshadow was holding me back. But hearing so many great things about it of course I had to try at least one! According to the MAC website:


A long-wearing blendable cream shadow that can be worn alone or with other products.  A highly pigmented, long-wearing eye shadow that goes on creamy and dries to an intense, vibrant finish. The innovative second skin-like formula blends smoothly over lids and creates seamless, buildable coverage without looking heavy or cakey. Its superior colour purity stays true and will not streak or crease. Pro Longwear Paint Pot can be mixed with other products like M·A·C shadows and liners.

I’ve never been an everyday eyeshadow wearer, but of the ones I own, I really like the convenience and ease of application cream shadows provide. Don’t even need a brush, just blend with finger!

For my first PP I wanted something wearable enough for everyday but not boring. In doing some research, I settled on the shade Indianwood – a metallic antiqued bronze.

This formula is definitely creamy and so smooth to apply. I usually pack it onto my lids and then smudge out slightly up into my crease with my finger, but then use a blending brush to blur out the edges. I’d say there’s a good 20 seconds of blend time before it completely sets.  And once it does, it stays pretty much all day long (longer with a primer, but still pretty good without).
The colour pay-off is great with this formula. On my lids, I like to pack it on with my finger up to the crease. From my lashline to the crease, I’m left with a metallic (but not overly) gold sheen. Then I take a blending brush and blur and blend out the shadow in and a bit above my crease — doing this, I’m left with a bronzey light brown hue. I really like the effect it gives, very subtle natural brightness. This does not crease whatsoever – with or without a primer and I tend to get semi-oily eyelids.
I think this would look so good on someone with blue or green eyes!

I’ve tried the Maybelline Colour Tattoo cream shadows, Rimmel Scandaleyes Cream shadow crayons and Essence Cream shadow crayons. They are all in the same family formula I’d say, but MAC’s Prolongwear Paint Pots are definitely the winner for creaminess and staying power. Well worth the money in my opinion.

I purchased this from a MAC counter for $26Cdn.

I give the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Indianwood:  a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried MAC PPs? Like or dislike? What colours do you have?

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Essence Cosmetics: Stays No Matter What Jumbo Eye Pencil and Shadow

Hey Pretties!

A while ago I did a post on a Peek into a brand: Essence Cosmetics — one of the most affordable lines of makeup a the drugstore. I recently spotted the Says No Matter What Jumbo Eye Pencil and Shadow in the line. I haven’t heard anything about these shadow/pencil/liner hybrids so I thought I’d give them a try! At $2.49 Cdn each… why not!

I picked up two shades:  Cute Copper and Chocolate Brownie.

I’m not a huge wearer of eyeshadows these days, however, when I do want a wash of colour on my lids I’ve been really drawn to using cream shadows, like the Maybelline Colour Tattoos. I love them for easy application (just use my finger to blend in) and staying power. The appeal of having a cream eye shadow formula in a convenient crayon stick appealed to me even more — just pop off the lid, swipe onto my lids and blend away. Easy peasy.

First off, the colour pigmentation of these eye crayons are great. Chocolate Brownie is a warm, dark brown colour with a semi-satin finish and Cute Copper is bronzey-copper shade that’s semi-shimmery.


Upon application, I found that they were creamy, but a bit on the tacky side — if you’ve ever tried the Maybelline Colour Tattoos (original formulas) or the Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow crayons, they feel creamy and have a good slip to them when you apply; very easy to blend out. The Essence crayons are a bit harder to blend out — I found that as soon as I swipe them on my eyelids I have to work really fast to blend them in before they dry and set — I have about a 10-second window before I find it REALLY hard to blend out. As a shadow, this is sort of a downside; BUT as a liner, this is absolutely great because once you apply this, within a few seconds it dries down and doesn’t budge!

I’ve used both colours as shadows and liners. I really like the Chocolate Brownie shade for a warm, natural wash of colour on my lids and smudged out as a liner under my eyes. The Cute Copper shade is also nice when I want a shimmery pop of copper on my lids; nice on my lower waterline as well to add a bit of brightness to my eyes. I’ve tried these on with and without an eyeshadow primer — the colour, not surprisingly is more vibrant overtop a primer and staying power is even longer throughout the day; but without a primer, I found colour payoff and staying power still quite good.

The staying power of these crayons are amazing — “stays no matter what” is definitely true. I’ve worn this on a typical 8-hour day at work and by the time I get home the colours are still on my lids and/or on my lower lash line. I use an oil-based remover to take this off at the end of the day.

So, for $2.49 a pop I’d say this is a steal of a deal for a decent quality eye shadow/pencil. The colour selection isn’t vast, but with these browns (a black and I think I saw a green and blue) there’s some choices for anyone to try out.

If you’re willing to work quickly to blend out your shadows and want one that will stay on all day long, this might be a good drugstore option for you!

I give the Essence Cosmetics Stays No Matter What Jumbo Eye Pencil and Shadows: a HIGH FIVE

Have you tried these shadows?  Like or dislike?  Let me know!

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Maybelline Eyeshadows: The Nudes Palette and Leather Colour Tattoo

Hi Pretties!

For someone like me who doesn’t wear eyeshadow on a regular basis (partly because I’m no pro at applying it) but likes to play and experiment with different colours and formulas, I surpisingly have quite a decent collection of eyesahadows in my dressing table drawer!

The Maybelline The Nudes palette has been on every beauty blogger/Instagrammer page in the last few months — I finally found it for a good sale price ($6.99 Cdn) so I thought what better time to hop on that train!

The Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo Eyeshadows (CTE) have been around for a long time — I have done a previous review HERE on the CTE in Bad to the Bronze (one of my go-to shadows). Maybelline came out with a new “Leather” line of CTEs — doting more of a matte finish as opposed to any satin or shimmery finish. I picked one up in the shade Vintage Plum.

Maybelline The Nudes palette

In this palette you get 12 neutral shades which is amazing for the price I paid (I think it goes for around $15 Cdn regular price, but I got it for $6.99!). As you can see, you get a beige, some taupes and browns, with a matte black, a gold, and couple highlight shades thrown in. In terms of colour, I would rate this good to great — I think the palette offers a nice range of neutrals that you can wear everyday or even experiment with for a bolder, neutral look.

This palette is an average to good one, in terms of formula. A few of the colours are slightly chalky and I get some fall out (the two lightest, highlight shades) and needs lots of work in building up a decent colour on the lids. Some feel smoother than others. But I would say that most of the colours are smooth to blend and easy to work with.

The top row:

Maybelline The Nudes:  top row swatches

Maybelline The Nudes: top row swatches


The bottom row:

Maybelline The Nudes:  bottom row

Maybelline The Nudes: bottom row swatches

So far, I’m liking this palette; for me, especially the deeper browns and the gold colour — they seem to give off the best pigment, easy to blend, best for my skintone and a good way for me to practice wearing/applying shadow without looking too over the top. Staying power seems OK and I’ve experience no substantial creasing, even when I don’t wear an eye primer.

For an eyeshadow beginner, for someone on a budget and for someone who just wants a pretty good, all-around basic neutral palette in their collection, The Nudes palette is a good one to try out.

I give the Maybelline The Nudes eyeshadow palette:  a HIGH FIVE  (PSSST!  Check out my Rating System in the menu bar above to see what my ratings mean!)

Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo Leather in Vintage Plum

I had high expectations for this cream shadow considering the fact that I completely adore the CTE in Bad to the Bronze.  However, I was sadly disappointed… not completely! But pretty much.

The formula of this is cunningly creamy when I swirl my finger around in the jar, but when I swatch it on my arm or onto my eyelid, it comes off a bit patchy and really needs to be worked in quickly to get it smoothed out before it sets. I’ve used it a few times and it’s the same situation every time.

The colour is one that I was initially very excited about – if I do wear eyeshadows, I typically reach purples because they make my brown eyes pop, without being too over-the-top. In the glass jar this looks like a beautiful deep lavender colour, however, when I swatch it it looks more grey with a hint of lavender. On my eyelid, it looks practically just grey, with almost no hint of purple or lavender. Gah!!

The one thing I do like about this, is that I can use this as a base or primer for any powder eyeshadow I decide to put on top of it. I’ve put this on before a violet powder eyeshadow and I found it helped to make it stay on longer and also brought out the colour of the powder shadow more.

I’ve heard mixed reviews on the other Leather shadow shades in this line – some good, some bad. But at this point, I don’t think I’ll be in a hurry to purchase any of the other shades.

I will still wear this CTE, when I want a subtle neutral colour on my lids or as a base under another powder shadow.

I give the Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo Leather in Vintage Plum: a THUMBS DOWN

Have you tried any of these shadows?  Like or dislike?  Tell me!!

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