Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Review: MAC Paint Pots

I think a review is long overdue. I've been able to try out some new products lately and I'm sure you'd love to hear about some of them. Last weekend, as many of you read, I ventured out to the outlet mall where one of my favorite stores is located - the CCO (Cosmetic Company Outlet.)

Let's take a minute to talk about the CCO for those of you who have never been, or even heard of it before! The CCO is an Estee Lauder outlet store that sells back stock, limited edition, and discontinued items for brands such as MAC (this is why I shop here!), Bobbi Brown, Clinique, etc. usually for about 30% off.

If you haven't already flown up off your chair and into your car to get to the nearest CCO, then I'll share with you my review on my finds this month.

I'll just say right now that I love MAC eyeshadow. I'm generally a drug store/Target make-up brand kind of girl. I just find it hard to justify paying $20 more for a loose powder when I can find one that's just as good, if not better, for $5. However, I've yet to find anything I love as much as MAC eyeshadow. The quality of these eyeshadows is amazing. They last me a LONG time, too!

So, normally I'll stock up on eyeshadows while at the CCO. This time, I decided to try something new. They had a huge collection of MAC paint pots (A highly pigmented eye color that goes on creamy but dries to an intense, vibrant finish.) I had heard great things about paint pots and knew it was time to give it a try myself.

*Here's where I mention how SAD I was to find out that Ulta discontinued my beloved eyelid base/primer that went on like a cream but dried like a powder.)* Remember this for later.

After swatching about six different colors on my hand (that's the best part) I chose two! The colors were fun on my hand but they are even better on my eyelids! Here's Let Me Pop. It's a shimmery copper-bronze color that has little flecks of sparkle in it.

And here is Treasure Hunt, first by itself without any other eye make-up and then with my full 
eye make-up routine. Treasure Hunt is a real light gold color with lots of fun shimmer.

Friends, this stuff stays on ALL day. I use the paint pots not only as my base/primer but also as an eyeshadow in my inner eyelid. Because of the paint pots, my eyeshadow does NOT crease. At all. The paint pots really grab onto the rest of your eyeshadow and keep it there all day. AND, the CCO sells them for just over $11. What a steal compared to the $18ish normal price tag!

I can without a doubt say that these paint pots are my new favorite beauty product and I can't wait to buy them in a variety of colors. Although, I do love my metallics and neutrals :) The paint pots not only have replaced the Ulta eyeshadow base that I used to use, but it has exceeded my expectations!

Do any of you use MAC's paint pots?


Lauren said...

I've actually never tried MAC eyeshadow at all... I usually use Urban Decay so I may have to try it. Though, I highly doubt we have one of those stores near me, just like we don't have a Nordstrom, etc.

Haley W. said...

I'm the same way with makeup..I always resort to buying mine from Target because of my penny-pinching ways. But I LOVE that MAC eyeshadow! I will definitely be trying that out in the near future. And don't feel bad about always getting metallics and neutrals..I'm the same way! Just can't give them up :)

How much are the paint pots at CCO?

KRISTIN said...

Could your eyes be any more gorgeous? Try not to punch me through the screen but I'm not a huge MAC fan. I am die-hard devoted to my Smashbox. :)

Carolyn said...

I love love love my MAC eyeshadow!!!!!

Jessica @ Lovely Little Things said...

This is the only type of eye line that I can semi use!
I'm terrible at doing makeup but for some reason this stuff glides right on for me :)

Happy Tuesday!

Katie said...

Beautiful! I may have to get the treasure hunt one. I have Painterly and like it but I honeslty haven't used it that much..maybe I should get to that. Thanks for sharing woman!

{[Jessica]} said...

Beautiful colors!!
I have never tried paint pods but just like you I LOVE MAC eyeshadows!! so I might have to find some & give them a try!! Thank you.


Lindsey said...

I love that store and I haven't been in so long! I need to go. Love the colors you got I have never tried the pots but now I want tooooo!!!!

Sami said...

I love the way you did your eye makeup look! It looks great and makes your blue eyes pop :)

Erica [pocket full of chuckles] said...

ohhh i want to go to this store now!

Jackie said...

LOVED this post! I use the MAC paint pot in Bare Study almost every day - its gorgeous!

Raquel said...

I need to get my booty to a CCO!! It's so far away though :(

Jessica said...

This color is gorgeous. I actually don't like or use my Painterly Paint Pot at all anymore because I find that it doesn't help keep my eyeshadow on all day and it in fact does crease. But seeing this beautiful color on you makes me want to give it another try.

Miss K said...

i love the colors you got! gorgeous w your eyes!

Anonymous said...

why have i never heard of CCO?!!? and now its like too late being over here. guess ill be shopping this summer when im home!

i havent tried mac's paint pots...but i love the way the color you purchased looks on you! i have used benefit's 'paint pots' or creme shadows and LOVE them. but i have so many of the colors i need something new!

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