Back to Basics: MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots in Painterly and Bare Study

 MAC's Bare Study (left) and Painterly (right)

MAC's Bare Study (left) and Painterly (right)

Great for everyday -- wear them alone, together or as a base for a completely different eye look.

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 Bare Study

Bare Study

Bare Study resembles champagne with a bit of silver and white pearl. To apply, I suggest using your ring finger or an eye brush intended for cream eye shadows (Chanel's Complexion brush No. 10 works well). I'm still not brave enough to forgo using an eyeshadow base thanks to my oily lids; with that said, a few friends of mine can attest to the fact MAC's Paint Pot formula doesn't crease on them.

For a cheaper alternative to Bare Study, Maybelline's Eye Studio Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow in Barely Branded is a close second with undertones of gold.

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 Painterly

Painterly

Painterly is a nude cream with pink and grey undertones. A few years ago I tried Painterly, but returned it because I didn't like how poorly it performed (keep in mind, this was before I learned about the wonders of eyeshadow primer). I couldn't track down a proper dupe, but if you know of something please feel free to chime in :)

 Swatches of Bare Study (left), Painterly (centre) and Bare Study Layered over Painterly (right) without flash

Swatches of Bare Study (left), Painterly (centre) and Bare Study Layered over Painterly (right) without flash

 Swatches of Bare Study (left), Painterly (centre) and Bare Study Layered over Painterly (right) with flash

Swatches of Bare Study (left), Painterly (centre) and Bare Study Layered over Painterly (right) with flash

What are some of your must-have basics?

The Bagful breakdown:

Total amount for MAC's Pro Longwear Paint Pot:

Value for money spent (performance and quality):

  • 9 out of 10 bags – Solid performers.

Would another purchase be on the horizon?:

  • The MAC+Haley Williams collection springs to mind :) I believe it hits counters this week.