Review: MAC Paint Pot vs Maybelline 24 Hr. Color Tattoo

Cream eye shadows are great to use as a base for intensifying any powder shadow and to prevent your eyelids from creasing. Two products that are constantly compared to one another are the Maybelline Color Tattoos and MAC Paint Pots.


MAC Paint Pots are pretty expensive at twenty dollars a piece, which can add up quickly considering just how many paint pots they have. On the bright side, they last a long time and they are really worth every cent in my opinion. The formulation is very creamy, blendable, and pigmented, and the pots do not dry out, which is a definite plus. I have been using my Painterly Paint Pot for about a year now and I have barely dented it nor has it dried out. I find that my eyeshadow really does not crease over these paint pots, and it makes my eye makeup last a lot longer.

MAC Paint Pot

MAC: Genuine Treasure (LE) || Frozen Violet || Painterly || Bare Study

Maybelline Color Tattoos are around five to six dollars and they are advertised to last 24 hours, but that isn’t the case. Although I like the Color Tattoos, they do fade, and their color selection is a lot smaller than MAC’s. At the end of the night when I am taking off my makeup I have noticed that the color is very splotchy and jaded, which does not happen when I am using a MAC Paint Pot. On top of that they do not prevent my eye shadows from creasing like the MAC ones do. Compared to the MAC Paint Pots the Color Tattoos are not as creamy or blendable. In fact, the formulation is much drier. However, they are really pigmented. You do get less product in the jar as the MAC Paint Pots are 5 grams, while the Color Tattoos are 4 grams, but the Maybelline Color Tattoos are significantly cheaper; you win some you lose some.



If you are okay with spending a bit more money to get a better product then I would suggest you choose the MAC Paint Pots. However, if you are not one who loves makeup as much as I do, and you do not want to spend that much money on a single cream eye shadow, then the Maybelline Color Tattoos are perfect for you!

Which cream eye shadow do you prefer? I know there are tons of different brands out there now that make cream shadows!


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