Described by MAC as "A highly pigmented eye colour that goes on creamy but dries to an intense, vibrant finish. The next generation of a popular M·A·C formula, Paint Pots maintains all the intense traits of its inspiration. Long-wearing, colourfast. Creates seamless coverage without weight or caking. Blends smoothly over the lids. Cream-based, can be mixed with M·A·C shadows and liners. Available in satin, cream, frost, and pearl formulas."
One of my most used items for everyday or occasional makeup looks no matter what they are is MAC Paint Pots. It works perfectly as a primer under all shadows or as a base colour for a smokey eye look. They are available in nine permanent shades: 'Barestudy, Blackground, Constructivist, Groundwood, Indianwood, Painterly, Quite Natural, Rubenesque and Soft Ochre'. They occasionally get released in different colours as limited edition.
Paint Pots come packaged in a cute little glass jar like the MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer and Fluidlines. I've noticed there is quite a small selection of Paint Pots and alot of them are in the neutral colour category cream/beige, shimmer and brown/blacks. I find them really useful and they are very long lasting. They are mainly used to extend the wear time of your eyeshadows as a base underneath.
I so far own: Painterly, Blackground, Idyllic (discontinued) and Constructivist. About a month ago I added 'Soft Ochre' to my collection, this is described as a 'Yellow Beige'. I have started using this as base for my smokey eye looks and it really makes the different looks stand out. It's a nice colour to even out the colour on my lids. I love my paint pot in Painterly but it has a slight pink tone to it, this one is even nicer due to the yellow in it leaning like a really nice neutral against my skintone.
Soft Ochre is perfect for when you want a natural and neutral wash of colour on your lids, it works absolutely great for when you want to pair it with a black, blue, grey or brown smokey eye. The fact that it's a matte colour adds extra brownie points.
I'll apply and blend Soft Ochre on my lid and upto my crease, smudging and blending it so there is an even wash of colour all over. Then I'll either apply just liner, or a nude, brown, black, blue or gray eyeshadow depending on the look I'm going for when doing a smokey eye and blend these in the crease to meet Soft Ochre. If I'm using Soft Ochre just as a base then I love how it brings out the colours of my regular eyeshadows.
I sometimes apply paint pots with a synthetic eye brush such as MAC 242 shader brush but I actually prefer using my fingers because a decent amount of product can be picked up and it warms up the product making it easier and smoother to apply and blend on the lids.
They help my shadows last longer and I can easily get through a 10-12 hour day without any creasing or fading. The little jar will last for ages I am yet to finish any one of them and I am nowhere near and that's with almost 4-5 times a week of use, As long as I keep the lid on it tight it shouldn't dry out and will last alot longer!
Above is a look I wore on Friday night with MAC Paint Pot 'Soft Ochre'