MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots Review, Photos & Swatches

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots

This Spring, MAC is launching a brand new line-up of MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots ($18.50 USD / $22 CAD) including eight different shades that will become part of the permanent range.  The collection launches in store on February 7, 2013, however you can keep an eye out online as they usually go on sale about a week prior.

I only have two shades from the new range to show you, and unfortunately the quality does vary dramatically from shade to shade within the collection (so make sure to either swatch in store or look up reviews if there’s a particular shade you’re interested in). To see the full collection, click here.

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots in Chilled On Ice (left) & Frozen Violet (right)
MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots in Chilled On Ice (left) & Frozen Violet (right)
MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots in Frozen Violet (left) & Chilled On Ice (right)
MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots in Frozen Violet (left) & Chilled On Ice (right)
MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots
Note the size (same as the original MAC Paint Pots)

The first shade I have is Chilled On Ice, a light buttercream shade, and Frozen Violet, a deep shimmery taupe. Both shades are both quite sparkly, in a not-so-good way… the texture is a bit patchy and chunky because of it. They are both also quite sheer, which is unfortunate because MAC does claim that this formula is meant to be ‘highly pigmented’.

I’ve never been a fan of MAC Paint Pots (and I’m pretty sure I’m the only one in the world), but I always found them to go on patchy on my dry eyelids. I know that there are people that love them, and I wish I did because some of them have such gorgeous colors and textures, but I have to stick to other brands like Benefit and Bobbi Brown, which offer rich pigmentation, smooth textures and long lasting wear.

I did get a chance to play with these before Christmas, and I can definitely say that some are better than others- so please keep that in mind. These two shades in particular didn’t wow me. I did find them to be quite long wearing, which is nice, but the original formula was always pretty good at staying put and not budging all day.

It’s really a hit-or-miss collection. I would recommend heading to your MAC store when they launch or looking up reviews online; since these are going to be permanent, there’s no rush to grab them before they disappear.

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Chilled On Ice
MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Chilled On Ice
MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Frozen Violet
MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Frozen Violet
MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots
Swatches (L-R): Chilled on Ice & Frozen Violet
MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots
PRICE: $18.50 USD / $22 CAD
AVAILABILITY: MAC (February 7, 2013)
SELECTION: See the rest of the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots here.
RATING: B- (quality varies between shades in the collection, this grade reflects these two particular shades)
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