MAC Painterly Paint Pot vs Soft Ochre Paint Pot

In Eye Makeup, MAC by Angie Canning

MAC Painterly may be the go-to Paint Pot of all time, but here’s why it’s just not doin’ it for me…
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It’s a well-known makeup fact that MAC Painterly Paint Pot has been uttered approximately 123468798 times in makeup tutorials across the universe (and most likely beyond).  The Pro Longwear Paint Pot formula is perfect for getting a smooth and even base prior to eye shadow application, and in many cases can be worn all on its own for those days I don’t really want to put much thought into my eye makeup.  They can be used to brighten up the lids and some can use them in lieu of a primer to make eye shadows last all day.  All in all, they’re great!


Pro Longwear Paint Pots from MAC are perfect to use as a base for eyeshadow or to wear on the lids for a quick eye look and come in a variety of finishes & colors.

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly may be the go-to for quite a few, but if you’ve ever picked it up, used it and felt like something was just not quite right like me, you may want to keep reading.

MAC Painterly is of course all kinds of amazing, but the cooler/pinky tones in it clashed with my warm, light skin so when I wear Painterly it makes my lids look a little strange – almost deathly if I may be so morbid.  The warmer, slightly yellow tones in another less-mentioned paint pot, Soft Ochre have been working perfectly for me instead.


Dual of the Paint Pot Swatches: MAC Painterly Paint Pot vs MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot

So while this isn’t earth-shattering, I’ve come to experience first hand that Painterly isn’t necessarily the “It works for everyone” paint pot shade that it’s meant to be.  Not to dis it of course, especially if it works for you, but if you’ve ever been turned off after trying Painterly and felt like something wasn’t quite right then definitely give Soft Ochre a try and see what you think!

What about you?  Are you a Painterly or Soft Ochre kinda girl or do you have another shade that works for you?  Let me know in the comments below!

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