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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Make your lids pop with MAC Let Me Pop Paint Pot

Along with the Stylishly Yours collection, the Champale collection also hit MAC counters in Australia yesterday so I checked it out. I've seen all the swatches of this collection online and I'd already decided that I only wanted to check out the paint pots because everything else seemed quite average. I noticed that the paint pots were getting alot of bad reviews so I wasn't expecting much when I saw them in person but I was pleasantly surprised. Alot of the negative reviews were about how glittery and sheer the paint pots were but, while these paint pots are definitely sheerer and more sparkly than the permanent line, I still thought they were pretty.

I was tossing up between Vintage Selection and Dangerous Cuvee when my favourite MAC MA brought over Let me Pop and told me to try it out. It was love at first sight with this one because it swatches as a really pretty warm pink on my NC42 skin. I actually liked how all of the paint pots looked on my skin and I think that they would look amazing on brown girls of many different shades because anything shimmery and metallic looking tends to stand out alot more on darker skin.

Here's what Let Me Pop looks like in the pot:

And here are some comparison swatches with Indianwood paint pot on the left, Let Me Pop in the middle and Rubenesque on the right.

From Bitten by the Beauty Bug

From Bitten by the Beauty Bug

Let Me Pop feels really creamy when you apply it and it actually applies more smoothly than some of my other paint pots such as Rubenesque and Bare Study. It's definitely sheerer than my other paint pots but I think it's still pretty good. It also contains more shimmer than my other paint pots but, considering that the whole Champale collection is very shimmery, I don't think that should have come as a surprise.

I tried out a quick look with Let Me Pop as a base just to see how it performs on the lids. I applied it to my lid just up to the crease, put some MAC All that Glitters eye shadow on top and blended the crease lightly with my MAC Shape powder in Definitive and then applied some liquid liner and mascara. I found that it applied well to the lids and the eye shadow applied nicely over it.

I think this paint pot was a nice addition to my collection but it isn't the one that I would recommend to those just starting their collection because something like Painterly or Soft Ochre are better starter shades. I think that as long as you understand that these are meant to be shimmery and sheerer than the standard paint pots, you'll appreciate them more. I would definitely recommend them more to those with more tanned to darker complexions as I don't think the colour pay off will be very good on lighter skin tones but as always just give it a go because you might be pleasantly surprised.

UPDATE 21/01/11:

So I've had a chance to play around with this a bit more and I have a few more observations to make. This pot has a tendency to apply a bit patchy so it's best patted on rather than spread or blended on to the lid. If all you want to do is make a matte shadow sparkly then put this on really sheerly and then apply the matte colour. If not then I wouldn't advise using matte shadows with it because they can look a bit clumpy.

I like this paint pot with my velux and satin finish shadows. If any of you have played around with or own the MAC Solar Bits in Scatterays then you'll know what I mean when I say that this paint pot reminds me of that in paint pot form. I'm still liking it but I save it for nights out because it's a bit too sparkly for the day!


  1. Hello sweetheart! I bought Chilled on Ice and Vintage Selection paint pots from the latest Cham Pale collection by MAC and I am really happy with them! great swatches and gorgeous look, my dear, congrats!
    XOXO from a new follower here,

  2. Thanks! I just checked out your swatches and they look great! I thought that they would apply too lightly on lighter skin tones but I think the swatches I've seen on other blogs must just be applied too lightly. Thanks for commenting :)

  3. I have this as well as the other two from the collection and your review is bang on. Completely agree.

  4. Thanks! I think these paint pots have been getting a really bad rap but they're not that bad. I think you just need to know when to use them and when to go for a different base instead.