Thoughts on MAC’s Greasepaint Sticks & Coral Crepe Paint Pot
Hi everyone, I received a question regarding the coral paint pot from the Pret-a-papier Collection and also about the new greasepaint sticks from the Art Supplies Collection.
“I didnt get much out of it but i was going back and forth about the coral paintpot. Not so sure ? And the greasepaint sticks, what do u think of them ? Let me know my dear, a lot of places have sold out but MAC Pro still has them so thats not a problem. I trust your opinion :)” -Valerie V
For starters, I LOVE MAC’s paint pots. I actually won’t do a make-up application without using a paint pot as an eye shadow lid base. I typically wear “Soft Ochre” everyday (best for more yellow based skintones, while “Painterly” is a popular choice for more rose/pink based skintones).
What is a paint pot? It is a cream based eye shadow primer that allows for eye shadow to last all day AND makes blending shadows much easier. It can also be used by itself as there are many shades than the basic ones for everyday use.
In terms of the Coral Crepe, I did use it one time and although it’s sold out almost everywhere…I’m really not a huge fan of it. I would never personally recommend it UNLESS someone was going for a coral eye look. I’d much rather use coral on the cheeks and lips rather than the eyes, but this is not to say it cannot be done. I absolutely LOVE coral, I find it flatters most people because the color warms the face and gives a nice pop of color for spring/summer. Again, I mainly use it on people for lips and cheeks.
Speaking of coral, I wear MAC’s blush “Peaches” almost 90% of the time. This is a permanent shade in the line and it’s a coral color without shimmer. A MAC trainer used this on me when I was his model for the workshop back in 2007 and I never really started using it consistently until a couple years later. Now it’s one of my personal favorites. Although it looks very peach (hence the name, “Peaches”) it gives such a nice color to the cheeks without too much intensity. It’s very natural and great for everyday use.
Regarding the greasepaint sticks, I think the overall concept is great.
What is a greasepaint stick? It’s a cream formula in a crayon applicator that comes with a built in sharpener. It is water-resistant and long-wearing. This can be used again by itself or even as a base prior to eye shadow.
It’s convenient for people that want to just throw on a color on their lids and walk out the door.
I actually bought 2 out of the 8 shades from the collection.
I bought Slick Black which is a carbon black color FOR MY KIT (in case I want to do a true smokey eye and start the lid jet black). I was very tempted to keep this in my personal collection; however I already own “Blackground” which is a black paint pot with a little shimmer.
I also bought Dirty which is a beautiful smokey gun metal grey color that very much looks like the MAC eye shadow “Smoke & Diamonds.” I’ve already used this on the lids a few times when creating a smokey eye look. I have yet to try using this for creating a smokey eye liner effect.
Although there is a pretty assortment of colors, I would have liked to have seen lighter or brighter colors in the collection for the upcoming spring season. I think this is what stopped me from buying a good amount of them.
As I mentioned before, I do also like using paint pots a little more than the greasepaint sticks. I think this is just because I am used to working with them and find the texture much easier to manipulate. Greasepaint sticks are definitely worth exploring and an innovative way of applying eye make-up.
Hope this was helpful!