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:

PRO LONGWEAR PAINT POT

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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M.A.C. Sheertone Blush in Gingerly

So one day, I woke up and thought “Today I’m going to treat myself to some M.A.C. cosmetics.” Not even a word of a lie, it was that sudden of a thought and immediately I acted upon it!  On my way to the mall, I knew I wanted to repurchase a long-time favourite M.A.C. foundation of mine – Matchmaster in 5.0 – so that was on my list.  I was also set on finding a springy, peachy toned lipstick (or two!), so that was on my list too. And then I realized that I don’t have a M.A.C. blush in my makeup collection, so I thought I will top off my purchase with a new blush!

By the end of my M.A.C. haul, the blush I ended up with was one called Gingerly:

MAC Sheertone Blush in Gingerly

MAC Sheertone Blush in Gingerly

On the M.A.C. website Gingerly is described as a “capri bronze” colour.  I was attracted to this shade because first, I don’t have anything in my blush collection close to this type of shade – a neutral, muted, peach/nude bronze colour — hard to explain, but when I swatched it in the store, I thought it would be a great colour on my skintone.  This is the kind of colour that would be very versatile — a basic shade that would go well with any makeup look, both natural and bold.

The formula itself is very silky and finely milled, it seems as I don’t experience too much of a powder cloud when I swirl my brush in the compact. This is a “sheertone” finish, which takes a bit of building up to get maximum colour on my cheeks, but even with a light dusting, Gingerly is a great option for a really natural looking flush on my face. It has no hint of pink in it whatsoever, but somehow the neutral peach undertone of Gingerly looks quite like “my cheeks but better”.

Staying power of this blush is on point. I’d say on average, this has lasted on my face for a good 6-7 hours until I see some fading.

I can see myself wearing this blush almost every day, through any season.  I’m glad I bought Gingerly as my first M.A.C. blush — makes me look forward to what my second M.A.C. blush purchase will be!

I give the M.A.C. Sheertone Powder Blush in Gingerly: a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried M.A.C. blushes?  What’s your favourite colour?

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My M.A.C. Lipsticks

Thought I’d share the M.A.C. lipsticks I have in my collection with you!  I have to say that M.A.C. probably has some of the best varieties of colours and formulas out there — everyone is bound to find something they like!

I currently [only] have four M.A.C. lipsticks but I’m pretty sure I’ll be at a M.A.C. counter one day again perusing their display for my next purchase!

L to R:  Shanghai Spice; See Sheer; Twig; Plumful

L to R: Shanghai Spice; See Sheer; Twig; Plumful

Shanghai Spice

I was looking for a semi-sheer, peachy-pink nude colour for the sunnier weather and for easy everyday wear and luckily found Shanghai Spice. One of my favourite lipstick shades is Revlon Lip Butter in Peach Me, but the gold sparkles in the Revlon are so annoying. Shanghai Spice is very close to the Revlon Peach Me shade, but without the glitter so this was an immediate winner in my books!

This shade is a nice, sheer nude that gives me a hint of peachy-pink goodness. It can look a bit too light on my lips, with a potential to wash me out unless I have some good colour on my cheeks or a heavier lined or shadowed eye.

The M.A.C. website describes this colour as a “frosted neutral pink”, but I would say this leans more on the peachy-pink side (on me anyway). This is a cremesheen formula which is quite sheer and natural but buildable and feels very smooth on the lips. I find it has a tiny hint of a frost finish, but nothing over the top.

See Sheer

A little bit bolder and deeper than Shanghai Spice is See Sheer. While having a sheer, peachy nude is great, I wanted something similar but with a bit more punch — again, something perfect for summer wear.

This shade which is a peachy pink (M.A.C. describes it as a “grapefruit pink”) is a nice colour that brightens up my complexion. This can be worn quite sheer, but I feel like building it up on the lips makes for a nicer effect. Against my medium skintone, this works quite well.

This comes in a ‘lustre’ finish, which is semi-creamy, semi glossy. Very comfortable to wear and easy to apply.

L to R: Shanghai Spice; See Sheer; Twig; and Plumful

 

Twig

I was looking for an MLBB shade but something a bit bolder and deeper and I came across Twig. This completely reminds me of the dark red lips I used to wear in high school in the 90’s (how was I so brave then, but so hesitant now??) but not dark red. This more of a deep brown pink shade and I really like to wear this with basically no other colour on my face — mascara, minimal/no blush and this dark-ish bold lip.

M.A.C. describes it as a “soft muted brownish pink” – agree. It comes in a satin finish, but I would say that it actually is more of a demi-matte finish and because of the formulation, this stays quite a long time on my lips, leaves a bit of a stain but doesn’t over dry. I do have to make sure I exfoliate well if I plan to wear Twig because it can easily cling to dry patches on my lips.

Plumful

This is the first M.A.C. lipstick I ever owned. I actually picked this out when I brought in my six M.A.C. product empties and had a choice for a free lipstick or eye shadow. After trying on maybe a dozen different shades, I settled on Plumful as my first choice!

M.A.C. describes it as a “blossoming rose plum” colour. This is a purpley rose colour that surprisingly isn’t so out there that it’s something I could wear every day if I wanted to. I tend to not look great in purple lipsticks, but this shade pulls a bit of a berry undertone on my lips so I think that’s why it works on me.

Like See Sheer, this comes in a ‘lustre’ finish.

I know my M.A.C. lipstick collection is quite small compared to some of you beauty junkies out there, but believe me, I’ll be building my collection! The colour selection and formula selection of M.A.C. lipsticks are worth the $19 Cdn per lipstick, I would say. The price point is reasonable — right in between drugstore and high end prices.  For the quality of the lipstick, it’s definitely money well spent.

What M.A.C. lipsticks do you own and what’s your favourite?

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