I suffer with very dry skin but very oily eye lids, what a combination! So keeping my eye make up in place is a bit of a nightmare for me unless I use a base under my eye makeup. For years now I have used the Nars Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base (full review here) which I love but it is a powder eyeshadow base and I do love to use cream eye shadows and pencils too, so I recently re purchased an old favourite of mine and something I used religiously for many years as an eye shadow base, the MAC paint pot and the shade I love to use as a base is Painterly.
Painterly is a lovely pale nude shade, perfect to use as both as base for my powder eye shadow and cream eye shadows and also alone as a nice neutral eye colour for days when I want a natural make up look, I use the painterly with a slick of mascara and a neutral lip and it gives me a bit of something without applying a full face of make up, so a really handy and versatile product.
Depending on your skin tone, painterly can also be used to line your lips to stop a lipstick bleeding, if you don't have the correct shade of lip liner, take a lip brush if you have one or if not just a small brush and apply painterly around the edge of your lips and it will help to stop your lipstick bleeding.
When using painterly as a base for my eye products, I apply it with my ring finger and blend over my eye lid, I then apply whatever product I'm using whether it be a powder eye shadow or a cream eye shadow, my eye make up stays in place all day, it doesn't crease or smudge at all.
Painterly is the perfect shade for me but if it is a little too pink toned for you you could choose soft ochre which has more of a yellow undertone, but there are 23 shades to choose from some more neutral like painterly and soft ochre and some coloured shades too. The mac paint pots are brilliant as either a base for an eye look or worn alone, they are a really handy product and you only need to use a tiny bit so a little really does go a long way.
The only negative I have regarding the paint pots is that they can dry out but if you screw the lid on super tight and store them upside down it helps to stop them drying out, I have some other shades which I've had for years and they are fine and haven't dried out at all but have always been stored upside down.
If you would like to try one of the MAC Paint Pots, you can find them on line at the MAC website, Debenhams, House Of Fraser and Selfridges for £15.50.
Have you tried a MAC Paint Pot? What shade is your favourite?
Thank you for reading, much love as always,